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Comment: Re: Rather far north. (Score 2) 151

by smithmc (#47451629) Attached to: Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport
French Guiana is not a colony of France. It is a departement d'outre-mer, with the same legal status and participation in French government as any of the continental departements. It is analogous to the relationship Hawaii has to the United States, with full statehood and participation in US government.

Comment: Re:My biases, let me show you them (Score 1) 415

by smithmc (#47434273) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language
My first language in college was Pascal. It's not a bad choice IMO. In part, perhaps, because it is a (pretty much) *dead* language - sort of like Latin for programming languages. Which means you *can't* get stuck on it, you *have to* move on to other languages. One disadvantage is that it may not be rich enough to use to teach concepts found in more modern languages, like objects/classes (although there are OO extensions for Pascal), maps/dictionaries, etc.

Comment: Re:So it's ok to kill US soldiers? (Score 1) 242

by smithmc (#47416367) Attached to: Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries
I wasn't referring to any side. But to answer your question... well, I'm not sure I can. Certainly it was understandable for the Iraqi military to fight back against the US invasion. But as for terrorists/insurgents... are they necessarily acting on behalf of or under the orders of their country? Are they legitimate war combatants? Hard to say. There is a government in Iraq, for whatever it's worth, and any attacks on an invading or occupying force should, it seems to me, occur at their behest.

Comment: Re:Well that does solve the vertical video problem (Score 1) 139

by smithmc (#47413805) Attached to: BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones
I have QWERTYUIOP on my Android phone. It pops up when I need it and it goes away when I don't - which is most of the time. I, too, used to insist on smartphones with physical keyboards, but I have come to find that a virtual keyboard with Swype is just as good if not better.

Comment: If they expect to "win over" Win7 users... (Score 1) 681

...they'd better offer an in-place upgrade from Windows 7. Nobody (well, almost nobody) is going to back everything up, do a fresh OS install that blows away the old one, and then reinstall everything and reconfigure everything. It just takes too damn long. I'm thinking about moving my Dad from his XP machine to a Chromebook for exactly this reason - I'd upgrade him to Win8, except you can't do that.

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