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Comment Re:Sure, why not (Score 1) 430

C++ has made the same choice over and over again: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

"And [Stroustrup] said “no” to no one. He put every feature in that language that ever existed. It wasn’t cleanly designed—it was just the union of everything that came along." --Ken Thompson

Comment Eight(?) weeks of lecture and hands on in BASIC (Score 1) 623

A teacher whose name I've forgotten but to whom I am very much indebted suggested that I go to a series of lectures and hands-on sessions at the University of Oklahoma in the spring of 1971. I was in tenth grade.

On Saturdays we were guided through BASIC and the fundamentals of numerical analysis by Professor Richard Vernon Andree, and one evening a week we could sit at one of four ASR-33 Teletypes connected to a Data General Supernova running a time-shared BASIC. It changed my life. In my junior year, not having access to a computer, I wrote programs in a notebook, which I wish I still had. As a senior I took vo-tech and learned about unit record machines, the RCA 301, and then RPG on an IBM 370. I never looked back.

Submission + - Pointless operation in Microsoft HTML5 demo/benchmark (

jejones writes: "The "Particle Acceleration" Microsoft IE10 preview demo is described as showing how well a web browser and computer perform with HTML5 canvas... but the page doesn't just exercise the canvas code and math. It also switches between background gradients that the human eye can't tell apart. Nicholas Cameron discusses the demo and what purpose the gratuitous gradient switching might have."

Comment I'm afraid I can't do that... (Score 4, Insightful) 305

I can't let you order that pizza. You're overweight.
Do you really want directions to Hooters, Dave? What would your wife think?
"Spanish Sky" is a sad song, and you just cancelled a reservation for two. I will play you something happy.

A nanny state is bad enough. I don't want a nanny phone.

How many Bavarian Illuminati does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Three: one to screw it in, and one to confuse the issue.