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Comment Re:Hasn't it been supposedly "paved" several times (Score 1) 55

I agree with "Nobody wants to make the investments or do the hard work....just wake me up when I can get it on sale at Walmart." Remember that even 'normal transistors' were ideas conceived and realized in 'research labs' and definitely not the market. And there are companies which (search for infinera) are doing things like 'photonic integrated circuits' (the signal processing is in electronics and transmission is optical); and they're better off than blowing smoke.
Books

Puzzle In xkcd Book Finally Cracked 90

An anonymous reader writes "After a little over five months of pondering, xkcd fans have cracked a puzzle hidden inside Randall Munroe's recent book xkcd: volume 0. Here is the start of the thread on the xkcd forums; and here is the post revealing the final message (a latitude and longitude plus a date and time)."
Education

The Value of BASIC As a First Programming Language 548

Mirk writes "Computer-science legend Edsger W. Dijkstra famously wrote: 'It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.' The Reinvigorated Programmer argues that the world is full of excellent programmers who cut their teeth on BASIC, and suggests it could even be because they started out with BASIC."

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