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Comment: Re:news for nerds? (Score 5, Funny) 215

by elbisivni (#47845215) Attached to: New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

Hello, when you refer to Americans please don't conflate a meddling, incompetent President with Americans in general. Most Americans did not actually vote for that guy, he's lost most credibility in the US and among allies and other countries around the world. Thanks.

Why are you bringing GW Bush into the conversation?

Comment: In the Netherlands and UK I used: (Score 1) 632

by elbisivni (#41582553) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

a ZX 80, Commodore PET and BBC Micros. And some huge Research Machines (RM) thing running DOS that no-one used.

I find it interesting that I know a lot more about computers than those claiming 'kids should be taught Windows in schools as that is what they'll encounter when they enter the workforce'. It's about understanding how computers work, not particular interfaces, peeps! What they're talking about is a slightly glorified typing class, which is NOT teaching about computers.

Comment: Re:Your "GPS" is wifi-based (Score 1) 76

by elbisivni (#34085934) Attached to: Why Apple's iPad Has Been Good For Sprint

The touch, and wifi iPad both use skyhook wifi base station triangulation. Neither have gps hardware. Can be pretty accurate, especially in urban areas.

The iPad 3G and iPhones do have gps hardware. They can use skyhook and phone network triangulation to speed up the initial acquisition, but they're real GPS by any definition of the term.

Java

Apple Deprecates Their JVM 451

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the zomg-i'm-posting-a-java-story dept.
Mortimer.CA writes "In some recent release notes Apple has deprecated their JVM: 'As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated.' In the past Sun (now Oracle) has always let Apple do this: 'Apple Computer supplies their own version of Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.' I wonder how much heads-up Oracle was given for this change, and if the Java team has any code ready to go, or whether they'll have to ramp up porting for Mac OS 10.7 (aka 'Lion')."
Programming

Modern Day Equivalent of Byte/Compute! Magazine? 327

Posted by timothy
from the must-have-tape-drive dept.
MochaMan writes "I grew up in the '80s on a steady diet of Byte and Compute! magazines, banging in page after page of code line by line, and figuring out how sound, graphics, and input devices worked along the way. Since then, the personal computer market has obviously moved away from hobbyists intent on coding and understanding their machines down to the hardware, but I imagine there must still be a market for similar do-it-yourself articles. Perhaps the collective minds of Slashdot can divine some online sources of fun and educational mini-projects like 'write your own assembler' or 'roll your own bootloader.'"

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