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Comment Re:Lighten up (Score 1) 85

Mid-forties; nowhere near old age.

In my comment I was just making the point that I am one of those poor people - ZOMG, I could die any day from an earthquake or radiation poisoning!!! - that the parent poster thinks people should not make jokes in front of.

More radioactive rabid robot monkey jokes, please.

Comment Lighten up (Score 3, Insightful) 85

Bah. I live in Japan, was born here, and will probably die here; hopefully from old age, perhaps from radiation or from earthquakes, who knows?

But hey, monkeys are funny. They are also fascinating.

And I love stupid Planet of the Apes jokes. Even stupid Godzilla and radiation jokes don't bother me. They probably don't bother the researchers either, and they sure as hell don't bother the monkeys. After all, they're monkeys! And get your stinking paws off me you damned dirty apes!

Comment GamePro has certainly served me well for 22 years! (Score 1) 91

Though I haven't even read the magazine once in the past two decades, I have a beach/bath towel with the GamePro logo on it, which I received as a giveaway at the June 1989 Consumer Electronics Show, which would make it right when the mag started. I was doing graphic design/advertising at my first job then, and there might be an ad I worked on in the very first issue.

The towel is still in excellent condition - not a tear and little wear. I'll be sure to use it after this evening's shower.

Comment Re:Lisp is a fascinating language with honored his (Score 1) 354

A lot of the advanced features you see in popular "cool, cutting-edge" languages like Python, Ruby, JavaScript, etc. - stuff like closures, functions as first-class objects, lambdas, filter/map/reduce, continuations - were pioneered by Lisp. If you know Lisp, and you look at such languages, it's obvious that the creators also knew Lisp, and when they needed their language to do something that it couldn't otherwise do, they adapted something from Lisp. Interestingly, many such features were not, or could not be, or have been only with great difficulty, adapted to older languages like C/C++.
It's taken fifty years for these modern languages to catch up to Lisp.

The same thing to a lesser degree can be said about Smalltalk. Lisp and Smalltalk's influence is not so much in being used directly to create applications, but in creating other languages.

Comment Re:Crap... (Score 1) 47

(re-posting what I just posted anonymously)

A lot of the "cool, cutting-edge" features you see in popular modern languages like Python, Ruby, JavaScript, etc. - stuff like closures, functions as first-class objects, lambdas, and filter/map/reduce - come straight from Lisp. Even the very idea of XML is just a variation on the list structure of Lisp. It's taken fifty years for these modern languages to catch up to Lisp.

Comment NATO codenames for Soviet Aircraft (Score 1) 722

Fresco, Farmer, Fishbed, Flogger, Foxbat, Fulcrum (yes, the MiG-15 is deliberately left out)
Fitter, Fishpot, Flagon, Fencer, Flanker
Flashlight, Firebar, Forger
Bear, Badger, Blinder, Backfire, Blackjack
etc.

The good thing is that the names are ordered... though I'm not sure if Bear should be first or between Backfire and Blackjack.

Comment Re:Music selection is too limited for me... (Score 1) 391

You know, I think The Onion needs to update their classic article about the man who doesn't own a TV with a new one about the Area Man who constantly mentions that there is absolutely nothing on iTunes that meets his oh-so-eclectic musical tastes. (As well as the Area Man who constantly mentions that he's not on Facebook and franky doesn't understand what's so interesting about it.)

Comment Re:Vs today, political motivations, class filterin (Score 1) 741

On the other hand, Latin is an immensely useful language if you are planning a major in any romance language. Latin Italian but knowing Latin gets you Italian at an 80% discount, Spanish at 70% and French at 60% . Its learning 4 languages for the price of 2.

I see it the other way. Studying a handful of Romance languages (in my case, Portuguese, French, and Spanish) gets you all the Latin-root vocabulary that is supposedly so useful in English, while you don't have to deal with the rest of Latin (i.e., the complex grammar) which of no practical use, and you get living languages that you can actually use to communicate with people.

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