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Comment: Gödel, Escher, Bach (Score 1) 517

by drozofil (#26223629) Attached to: Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books?
I will quote Steve Yegge's words to describe one of my favorite books. He made me read it. So here they are :

Douglas Hofstadter has spent a lifetime thinking about the way we think. He's written about it perhaps more than anyone else in the past century. Even if someone out there has beaten him in sheer quantity of words on the subject, nobody has come close to rivaling his style or his impact on programmers everywhere.

All of his books are wonderfully imaginative and are loads of fun to read, but if you're a programmer and you haven't yet read Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (usually known as "GEB"), then I envy you: you're in for a real treat. Get yourself a copy and settle in for one of the most interesting, maddening, awe-inspiring and just plain fun books ever written. The Pulitzer Prize it won doesn't nearly do it justice. It's one of the greatest and most unique works of imagination of all time.

You can find his original post, and you can obviously find the book on amazon.

Comment: Re:How about pushing for open specs instead? (Score 1) 232

by drozofil (#23248464) Attached to: Major PC Vendors Push For Open Source Drivers

You see to make a big deal that constructors only see Linux and not the other dudes floating around it*. IMO, even Windows Open Source drivers would be a nice ! An OS driver provides the info to port it back everywhere ... The extra step you're talking about isn't necessarily the most painful. Especially compared to unavailable or poor technical data.

Of course if no ones does that extra step, your last option is to buy supported hardware only. Just as usual.

*: s/around/behind/ but that would trash the score

Cellphones

Apple Targeting Business World for the iPhone 338

Posted by Soulskill
from the we-will-add-your-technological-distinctiveness-to-our-own dept.
The New York Times is running a couple of stories about the future of the iPhone in the business world and Apple's plan to maintain control of application development. Now that the iPhone SDK has been released and the "App store" has been demonstrated, Steve Jobs is pushing for the adoption of the iPhone as a standard business tool. In addition, a venture capitalist named John Doerr has launched a $100 million "iFund" to spur development of applications for the iPhone. From the NYTimes: "Mr. Jobs was upfront that there are limitations on what applications can do. He talked about bans on pornography and malicious programs. He also said Apple will not allow any application to be installed on the machine other than through the iTunes store. Nor will applications be permitted that enable an end run around Apple's deals with wireless carriers. Many questions remain unanswered. How much streaming video will Apple allow, because the iPhone is such an interesting video device? Mr. Jobs did say that the application development environment will have a lot of capabilities for video playback. Will Apple allow a service like Last.FM to offer streaming music on the iPhone?"
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+ - Locating Linux-loyal Laptops->

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davidmwilliams writes "Linux can bring new life to old laptops, and is a great choice for brand new systems in its own right. However, with few major vendors making laptops that ship with Linux out of the factory, how can you be sure the laptop you're eyeing off will run your favourite distro rather than the proprietary OS it comes with? Here's our guide to finding out! http://digg.com/linux_unix/Locating_Linux_loyal_Laptops"
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