"Emacs is a great operating system, if only it had a decent text editor!"
Nice dig but quite out of date. Check out EVIL.
*gives up trying to reason. There's none so blind as those who don't want to see...
That was really an act of astonishing rudeness and arrogance. A formal apology and the firing of the person responsible would not be uncalled for.
I actually tried to read the text but it was too brain-numbingly stupid to get through. He's trumpeting all these wonderful features that... vi and emacs had in the 80s.
It's so true - 'those who do not remember Unix are condemned to re-invent it, poorly.'
High level languages sucked all the fun out of programming for me though.
I don't really understand what you're trying to say here. I don't know COBOL. Are you saying that if you gave me an assignment to parse a data stream in COBOL, and I couldn't do it in COBOL because I don't know COBOL, but I could both demonstrate a solution in another language and learn COBOL at a later date, I would still FAIL?
Not the same guy but I think we are on the right wavelength.
I dont care if you have ever heard of Cobol or not. I have never used it myself, and I havent been a working programmer in decades. But if I needed a parser written in Cobol I expect I could search for the docs first thing in the morning, find a syntax reference, and have a working if rough parser done before lunch. If this sort of work was needed by me on a regular basis I expect I would become very familiar with Cobol and a week later I would re-implement that parser in less than an hour and do a much better job.
All a computer can do is math, or if you prefer to think of it as symbolic logic, fine. But it's still all the same stuff. Any high level language you use, no matter how strange the syntax, no matter how unfamiliar the vocabulary, is still the exact same thing at core. Logic. Arithmetic. Algorithms.
A particular language may be a pleasure to work with, or it may be a pain but end of the day if you understand logic you should be able to translate your logic into any language for which you can find useful reference documentation.
The socket AM3+ does support ECC (if you choose the right motherboard, ASUS usually do...)
Yeah, I have standardized on Asus for all my builds, and the ECC support is one of the reasons.
If you want ECC for cheap you could buy a lower-end socket AM3+ processor like the FX4350
My most recent build was an FX8xxx part. FX8350 I think.
otherwise Xeon is clearly the better choice.
I have made the choice to not give Intel any of my money if I can help it. I don't like the unethical games Intel plays (example).
Processors are so fast these days anyway, that the difference between the best AMD and the best Intel are not that big a deal for my purposes. And while AMD loses on absolute performance, they generally win on performance-per-money-spent.
And your credentials are what, exactly?
I think you're proving my point about the black-and-white nature of how people regard free speech in the USA. See, I'm very much in favour of free speech, it's been a fundamental right of UK society now for longer than the USA has existed in its current form, and pretty much any UK citizen would be equally for it.
Where we differ is in nuance. The UK approach is a shades-of-gray one, where the right to speak whatever you want, no matter how hurtful to others, is actually counter-balanced by how much what you say hurts the target of your invective; and this in turn is counter-balanced by the importance of what it is that you're saying to society as a whole. There's a whole spectrum of things to consider when making a judgement, which is why the UK position is that if a free-speech issue comes up, it ought to be decided by a judge rather than a black/white hard-and-fast rule.
Now does this matter, in day-to-day life ? No. People say and do pretty much the same thing on both sides of the pond; but when a big issue comes up and a judgement has to be rendered, the courts take a more reasoned view than "Is this free speech ? Yes ? Ok then, feel free to ".
I'll ignore the idiotic purposeful misreading of the Fire thing...
I have a strong preference for using ECC RAM when I build a new computer.
I would be perfectly happy to use an APU to make a very quiet computer, but the chipsets that support the APUs don't have ECC support.
I admit I'm probably a weird outlier. People who want APUs probably don't want to pay extra for ECC RAM most of the time. Still, will there ever be even one chipset that will add ECC support?
Is there any technical reason why ECC shouldn't be used with an APU?
The nice thing about this "treatment" is that you can experience the VR party at home, where you can reach for your stash.
Implementation makes a difference. Early versions of NT were quite good, but unpopular because you needed 16MB of RAM (if I recall correctly) to run them in an era when a high end personal computer shipped with 4MB of RAM. Over the years they tried to hold the line, at one point getting the minimum down to 12MB of RAM, but perhaps not coincidentally stability got really bad.