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Comment Ah, nostalgia... (Score 1) 633

When I was in grade school, my father used to work on a mainframe computer. I was curious and used to bug him with questions, and eventually he brought me a couple of manuals. My first computer program was written on an 80-column paper form and started with "IDENTIFICATION DIVISION."

Shortly later, I joined a "computer club" and got to play around with an 8080 board with a hex keypad for input and a line of LEDs for output. That was my first exposure to assembly language and machine code.

Later, in high-school (early '80s), I got exposed to personal computers and programmable calculators. So, roughly in chronological order: 8085, TI-59 (belonging to a fellow student), BASIC, 6502 (neighbour had a VIC-20), 6509 (got my first computer: a TRS-80 CoCo)

Comment The state of the industry (Score 3, Interesting) 23

Investing in marketing is more cost-effective than investing in R&D.

In the old times, when people mostly bought locally, there was a benefit in retaining customers for repeat sales, but with the advent of globalization, it is easier to convince people to buy buy a gilded turd (because it's cheaper) because even if they realize they have been duped, there are plenty of other fish in the sea. Even bad reviews don't really matter since the corporations have bigger megaphones than the individuals, and the information overload also plays to their advantage.

And because everybody races to the bottom, it becomes even harder to make an informed choice. Even the adage "you get what you pay for" has been subverted by rebranding the same crap and selling it for a premium. Cases in point: Monster cables, Bose, etc.


Comment Re:The Allure of Cash in society today (Score 1) 35

Because something that is acceptable today may be considered unsavoury tomorrow.
Because a corrupt government (or even a single person in power) may consider your actions unsavoury for their own personal reasons.
Because your constitution gives you the right to do many unsavoury things. And for a good reason.

Comment Re:Obligatory XKCD (Score 3, Informative) 456

I am currently running Pidgin 2.12 with Jabbber, Skype, Hangouts, AIM, Steam and Facebook active. I stopped using Yahoo when they changed to the abomination that their current protocol is, even though Pidgin does support it with a plugin, and MSN is dead since MS migrated everyone to Skype.

There is also a plugin for Twitter, but I don't use it. So that takes care of 7 out of the 9 that you mentioned, leaving Snapchat and Instagram. If more developers get to work on it, those two could get support as well. Every platforms that works with web-clients can be added.

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