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Comment: Re:Another language that has a fatal flaw (Score 4, Informative) 520

by jdeisenberg (#49059833) Attached to: Nim Programming Language Gaining Traction
Here's the direct link to the section of the manual, for those who, like me, couldn't believe this: (see the section titled "Strong spaces") You have to explicitly say you want this experimental parser directive, but it's still a horrible anti-feature, as far as I'm concerned.

Comment: Re:I have a dream ... (Score 1) 78

by jdeisenberg (#48992915) Attached to: Facebook Brings React Native To Native Mobile Development
On what basis do you conclude that "phone home" code will be included, and that it will be difficult to remove? Does the current React.js include such code? If not, is there a reason to believe it would be included on the React native? As per TFA, Facebook did write it to benefit themselves, but that certainly doesn't mean it is useful only to them.

Comment: Re:How many kids took those classes? (Score 1) 134

During the '70s, it was mostly available for students at the University of Illinois. (I was the lead programmer for the Modern Hebrew project, and I know all of the first semester students used it. We even created a threaded notes system that let students write posts in Hebrew.) With quick response time, programmable fonts, and graphic display, it was well ahead of its time.

Comment: Quick chi-squared test, FWIW (Score 2) 350

by jdeisenberg (#48381629) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism
Given the data (36 out of 47 found one photo inappropriate, 38 out of 54 found the other photo inappropriate), a chi-squared test without Yates's correction shows X2(1, N = 101) = 0.497, p = .481; thus, not significant. It would be nice if Mr. Haselton had posted a link to the raw data so we could look at it for ourselves. (Sorry for not using the Greek letter and superscript, but Slashdot didn't seem to like them.)

Comment: Re:Finally getting this right. Maybe. (Score 1) 466

I have had some of the chicken strips, and they are quite good. (No, I do not work for Beyond Meat, nor do I have money invested with them.) Yes, it's far more expensive than chicken, but theoretically the price should come down with volume. It's a chicken and egg thing :) I'm also quite fond of the Tofurkey italian sausage; the texture is totally off, but the spices make it sufficiently flavorful to be enjoyable.

Comment: "...strengths of certain languages" (Score 4, Insightful) 232

by jdeisenberg (#45879091) Attached to: "Clinical Trials" For Programming Languages?
And therein lies the problem of comparisons. An extreme case: a person writing a program that involves concurrency among hundreds of processes will probably be more productive in Erlang than in Perl, but a person writing a program that does massive amounts of text manipulation will be more productive in Perl than in Erlang, because of what the languages were designed for. It's somewhat like asking which is a better tool, a hammer or a screwdriver. A lot of it depends on what you're trying to build.

Private Collector Builds Apple Pop-Up Museum 73

Posted by samzenpus
from the exhibit-in-the-hallway dept.
David Greelish, Founder of the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, has taken it upon himself to "tell the story of Apple.” Greelish partnered with Lonnie Mimms, a local computer collector, with a museum-quality exhibit dubbed the "Apple Pop-Up Museum." From the article: "...Mimms wanted to focus specifically on Apple—partly because of Steve Jobs' recent passing, but also because of Apple's 'overwhelming success and stardom.' And so the two teamed together to create the Apple Pop-Up Museum, which will be part of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0 when it opens in Atlanta on April 20 and 21, 2013. In a twist of historical fate, the show will be held in an old CompUSA store, with 6,000 feet of the CompUSA regional corporate offices being used for the Apple Pop-Up museum. '[Mimms] and his staff are literally building a museum within the separate rooms,' Greelish told Ars."

Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the guided-by-the-light dept.
First time accepted submitter markboyer writes "The Solar Impulse just landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California to announce a journey that will take it from San Francisco to New York without using a single drop of fuel. The 'Across America' tour will kick off this May when founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg take off from San Francisco. From there the plane will visit four cities across the states before landing in New York."

Gartner Says 3D Printers Will Cost Less Than $2,000 By 2016 170

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-you-one dept.
colinneagle writes "Widespread adoption of 3D printing technology may not be that far away, according to a Gartner report predicting that enterprise-class 3D printers will be available for less than $2,000 by 2016. 3D printers are already in use among many businesses, from manufacturing to pharmaceuticals to consumers goods, and have generated a diverse set of use cases. As a result, the capabilities of the technology have evolved to meet customer needs, and will continue to develop to target those in additional markets, Gartner says."

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.