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Comment: Re:Preservation (Score 1) 108

by jma05 (#49117197) Attached to: Mummified Monk Found Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

This is really a communal conflict, rather than a religious conflict. But then again, that is the case with a few other so-called religious conflicts today.

Even with these riots, it is still difficult to paint Buddhism or Buddha as hostile. The rioters are not at all drawing from any religious teachings. In case of Abrahamic religions, the perps can quote scripture as justification. I don't think there is anything similar in Buddhism.

Comment: Re:Okay, hardware sucks, but what about the softwa (Score 1) 177

by jma05 (#49016377) Attached to: The First Ubuntu Phone Is Here, With Underwhelming Hardware

Yes, but I would argue that Windows was not heavy even back then. In my tests, XP consumed a little less than 60 MB of RAM with unnecessary services turned off. In 2000, Linux certainly consumed less than that, but mainstream Linux desktops got more heavy than that fairly quickly. Most average Windows users had sluggish desktops because they had too many programs that put themselves in startup, rather than with the Win OS itself being bloated or sluggish. Vista did become a bloat, which was an exception rather than the norm. Win 7 quickly corrected that.

I am not arguing with the point that Linux can be as bloated as Windows or more. My KDE desktop is certainly not more responsive than my Windows boot. I am just saying that this is not a new thing.

And it was always the case that regardless of how much better Linux got with hardware support, Windows generally had it better.

Comment: Re:Okay, hardware sucks, but what about the softwa (Score 1) 177

by jma05 (#49012537) Attached to: The First Ubuntu Phone Is Here, With Underwhelming Hardware

15 years ago, most distros did not work out of the box on most *current* hardware then. The common quip in forums then was: "Oh, you did not check all the hardware for Linux compatibility before you bought it? It's your fault then". Then we got spoilt by Ubuntu which worked out of the box on most hardware.

Desktop effects did not work on most computers for many years or at least made the desktop unstable after some use.

I think you are pining for a past that never was. You *could* make old hardware work with Linux, but only with some effort. You always toned down your fancy desktops when running on old hardware. If you want to make old hardware work, try a stable, mainstream distro like Debian or Ubuntu, not some "preview" distro. For that old hardware, I'd go with Lubuntu desktop.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 2) 492

by jma05 (#48902585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

> Pointer and String handling are also better in Pascal

Used to be better. C++11 string handling and pointer features are certainly better than what Object Pascal can offer now.

The best parts about Delphi were everything except the language. VCL, IDE and the fast compiler were all great and I still favor them. The language itself was, although very clean, not as productive to work in (just tiedious to type and too verbose to read - no complaints about its semantics). It was however well-modified to support IDEs. It was Delphi that first had language level support for properties, event_handlers and the like.

I still use Lazarus/FreePascal, but wish that I could use/mix modern C++ into the projects.

Comment: Lazarus (FreePascal) via CodeTyphon (Score 2) 264

by jma05 (#48805127) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

Lazarus is pretty good. It is a Delphi like/compatible IDE based on FreePascal. I always thought that Delphi's approach to DB GUIs was the most straightforward.

CodeTyphon is a good cross-platform distro for Lazarus that bundles lots of components. It also specializes in cross-compilation. But you are probably not looking for that aspect. It can target multiple GUI toolkits including Win32, Qt & GTK with the same set of components. I am surprised why it isn't more popular. Perhaps it is because Delphi is not as well known as C++/Java/.NET. While I am not a particular fan of Pascal, the component framework (Delphi: VCL, Lazarus: LCL) makes it worth while.

http://www.pilotlogic.com/site...

Comment: Re:"free" education costs too much (Score 4, Insightful) 703

by jma05 (#48772693) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Adam Smith's capitalism isn't what is in charge today. Why talk about some idealized version of capitalism that never was, beyond small town bakers that Adam Smith observed (you are not the only one who has read some economics). The world moved on. Its better to read Piketty than Smith to keep up with the times.

BTW, it makes it a lot easier to cuss and complain when you are anonymous, doesn't it. Does it feel good?

Comment: Re:"free" education costs too much (Score 4, Insightful) 703

by jma05 (#48771991) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

You pretty much hit the nail on its head. When most governments take socialist action, it is because of socialist motives (people demanded it). When US takes socialist action, it is because of capitalist motives (businesses lobbied for it). So cost controls, either through regulation or via competition with the public options (in US, public option often ends up being publicly-funded option, rather than publicly-run option) are quickly ruled out as infeasible or unfair for privates. Then everybody nods their heads on how government is not the solution.

This is not to say that a bit of this does not happen in other countries, but seems to be especially problematic in US.

Comment: Debian - all of it. (Score 1) 223

by jma05 (#48389775) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

Download all the Debian DVDs. The full repo has nearly everything you might conceivably need in terms of software and dev tools. Make sure you take two copies of the data. The last thing you want is a disk dying unexpectedly. It is safer to have one copy as optical disks. I actually did this when I left for a rural location.

I'd download some Coursera courses and fill my ereader as well.

Of course, the best thing to do there would be to enjoy the scenary and practice mindfulness. I am sure you will be doing that as well.

Comment: Re:No, but schools will take a second look (Score 1) 232

by jma05 (#48344489) Attached to: Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

I used Lyx initially for the same reasons and exported to PDFs. Soon it became apparent that it was much easier to just pass Word files since I could just click to accept or reject suggestions (I know Lyx can do that as well... if the people on the other side also use it) from my advisor who used Word. So I exported to Word and stayed there. Plus using Zotero with Word was much easier than with Lyx. I also liked the grammar checker in Word, flawed as it may be (it is popular to criticize it, but I liked it). There is LanguageTool integration for Lyx, which can be more comprehensive, but is also weakly integrated. I do hope to furrther use Lyx in the future though.

Comment: Re:No, but schools will take a second look (Score 1) 232

by jma05 (#48294629) Attached to: Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

> Students can write their reports and essays using LaTex

Good luck getting anyone outside CS to do that. Even if the student learns LaTeX, he/she won't likely be able to collaborate with other students/advisers easily. Exporting and importing into/from PDFs is not really a solution when edits are involved.

> I cannot think of a valid reason students should be learning a proprietary application.

The most common and valid reason is when other people you work with want to use a proprietary application and you are not in a position to make them do otherwise.

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