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Comment: Re:Not news, not for nerds, doesn't matter (Score 1) 148

by Tablizer (#49756937) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

the entire story about a spontaneous demonstration and a mob angry about some video on YouTube was completely fabricated. They knew it wasn't true

First, we still don't know the full reason why the attack happened. And the main perp admitted he was indeed upset by the video. Wether it was the main reason or not, the perp wouldn't discuss further.

And as far as the Susan Rice announcement, it was suggested by a team member that evidence of possible terrorism not be immediately made public because it may give clues to the terrorists that their involvement was known about. Whether that reason was tainted by political bias or not is hard to say, we can't x-ray their neurons. It's speculative either way.

I've explained this to you before on slashdot, but you ignored it for unknown reasons.

Comment: OK, you asked ... (Score 3, Informative) 130

by gstoddart (#49756763) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

It was a big deal for me, and I still consider Win 3 as *the* most significant Windows' release, and I wonder what other Slashdotters think, looking back on Win 3?

Honestly, the Steaming Heap of IInnovative Technology that was Windows 3 is what led me to Linux and UNIX and much of the rest of my career.

Right when nearing the end of Uni a free UNIX came along in the form of Linux ... because I had witnessed first hand what a steaming pile of crap was Windows 3, and then eventually Windows 3.11 (which sucked somewhat less, but not enough), I knew I wanted UNIX experience. It led to my first jobs.

I will be marked troll by people who weren't there, but Windows 3 was such a steaming pile of shit compared to what Linux (and at some point FreeBSD) could do on the exact same hardware, it's almost impossible to describe.

In 1993 no fewer than 3 other science nerds, to whom I said "hey, if you like Windows, far be it for me to judge ... but if you're asking for my Slackware disks and some install help, no problem -- I'll wipe out your new computer". They all switched to Linux because it was far more usable than Windows was on the same hardware. Even if Linux did occasionally crash, it was more robust than Windows. Because they could actually do several things at once.

On the same hardware, Linux destroyed Windows 3/3.11.

Windows 3 is significant in that it forced me to realize Windows wasn't anywhere NEAR being able to do what I'd learned in operating systems class ... I wrote an instance of pre-emptive multi-tasking before Microsoft made a commercial instance of it.

That doesn't mean that I could write a better OS than Microsoft, but it means when Linux was doing pre-emptive multitasking with proper virtual memory ... Microsoft was doing time-slicing ... it was a hell of a better operating system than Microsoft had written.

It just didn't have Word. It did, however, have LaTex ... yet another bit of awesome for a university student.

So, Kudos to Windows 3 for being such an out-dated pile of crap technology by the time it was released that it wasn't even fully utilizing a 386's inbuilt hardware features for multitasking, and wouldn't until Windows '95 ... which made possible (and preferable) for the widespread popularity of Linux.

If it hadn't sucked, we might not even know who Linus even is.

Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 146

by gstoddart (#49756165) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

I can't imagine it is really a big water treatment issue since they have a different density than water and you could separate them with settling tanks and skimmers.

I dare you to tell us the cost of fitting tanks and skimmers into every sewer in California. Or every other body of water it flows into .. like apparently 471 million plastic microbeads are released into San Francisco Bay alone every single day.
Filtering the inputs to San Francisco Bay would be ridiculously expensive. Outlawing this plastic crap makes far more sense.

What you describe is theoretically possible, but utterly absurd in reality.

It's not a nothing issue. It's huge amount of crap dumped into waterways which acts like silt, doesn't break down, and otherwise serves to give people whiter teeth (or whatever the hell it's used for).

California has decided that's a dumb idea.

Comment: Re:SimCity Cities: Skylines (Score 1) 62

by MacTO (#49755869) Attached to: How Cities: Skylines Beat SimCity At Its Own Game

I enjoyed SimCity 4 more than Skylines, but I'll take Skylines for what it is because SimCity 4 did not age well. It's difficult to get running on modern hardware, and it is full of quirks if you do get it running.

As for the latest iteration of SimCity, no thank-you. It may be a good game, but it wasn't designed with people like me in mind.

Comment: Re:That again? (Score 1) 361

by ThePhilips (#49755235) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

[...] you complained about imports.

I haven't complained about imports.

I have complained that Java's standard library is dumb as fuck.

The point which you have missed completely. Probably because, I get the feeling, you have never used any other programming language and you simply can't imagine how it can be any different, least better.

Comment: Re:That again? (Score 1) 361

by ThePhilips (#49755049) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

You mean auto-complete in Eclipse can write programs for me? It would read my mind and output proper working Java code, with all the boilerplate, configuration and 3rd party libraries includes?? Would it also by chance deploy to customers too? and provide support and updates? What is the keyboard short-cut to all this magic?

The Eclipse seems have made an enormous leaps in functionality - and all that in the 6 hours since I left the office. ;)

Comment: Re:That again? (Score 1) 361

by ThePhilips (#49754945) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

You have completely missed the point.

When you program in Python (the language I btw actively hate; Perl guy here) it actually feels like you programming in a high level language. It gives you the tools you need to accomplish the task. Not every tool, not for every task - but the tools cover a lot of ground.

When you program in Java, it sometimes feels like you are programming in assembler: the same level of attention to details, the same microscopic impact of every line you write. And you too need to write a lot of lines to accomplish the same, other languages allow you to do in one or two lines.

There's a whole WORLD in a mud puddle! -- Doug Clifford