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Comment Re:Start with what you find easiest and move to C (Score 1) 510

...and then once you have learned what you set out to learn by programming in C, immediately stop programming in it unless you are doing some heavy-duty programming (like writing an OS or bleeding-edge game development) You can write robust apps in nearly any language, but the language you are using when you make a mistake (and you will make mistakes) will determine what happens. Screw up in Python, Perl, BASIC, Java, etc. and your app will crash. Screw up some memory management in C or C++ and your OS will crash.

Comment Re:Call me a Luddite... (Score 1) 97

You are aware that visible light is also electromagnetic radiation (as well as infrared and ultraviolet - both provided in gratuitous amounts by the sun... far more than produced by any artificial light source)

Of course the back pain reported by workers of electronics stores has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they are likely moving heavy objects (probably without taking proper precautions to prevent injury) and are on their feet for most if not all of their shifts.

Ignorance does not improve the credibility of your field.

Comment Re:Double dipping? (Score 3, Insightful) 1306

Here's a logical usage taxation for vehicles: Tax the tires. They have a limited lifespan which is already measured in miles. Additionally, the lifespan is reduced if they are not maintained properly (which also leads to increased wear on the roads). Wear out the tires sooner, you'll have to buy new tires sooner, which means that more taxes will be paid for higher roadwear vehicles. The more tires your vehicle has, the more wear you are likely placing on the roads, and thus the more taxes your vehicle will be providing for road maintenance. You can even have varying taxes based on the intended usage of the tires: Farm tractor tires would pay less in road maintenance taxes (since they spend most of their time off the road). Racing tires would also pay less (perhaps almost none) since they would rarely, if ever, be used on public roadways.

Comment Re:Initial unlocked numbers a bit surprising (Score 1) 274

I voted based on the concept of "locked software", though I am an American. My phone is CDMA, so it is "locked to a carrier" automatically. CDMA phones do not have a SIM card that can be replaced (though some of the CDMA phones support a SIM card as well for use on GSM networks outside the US)

Comment Re:Initial unlocked numbers a bit surprising (Score 1) 274

I have a WebOS phone. Palm (and now HP) had a very developer friendly approach. The tools to develop are free, including the emulator, and the documentation tells you how to unlock any WebOS device (by typing "upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart" into the phone). On top of that, all of the built-in apps have the full source and can be changed on the phone.

+1 for being truly open source, +1 for using the Konami Code.

Comment Re:Clueless about PLATO (Score 2) 203

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Apple stopped being the computer of choice for schools in the early 90s. I attribute their decline to Wozniak's departure. Jobs has the marketing know-how, but Woz was the innovator. The last time Apple was the pioneer in their field was when the Apple II series was in its heyday. Everything they've done since then, someone else did first. Apple just did a better job at marketing.

Comment Re:Why do you tolerate this? (Score 1) 538

The choice that was referred to was that the consumer does not have the choice of choosing an ISP that does not cap (*although that's not necessarily true). The consumer "can" choose not to deal with caps by choosing not to have internet access, but that's something else entirely.

* Consumers can opt for business-class ISP service, which is typically not capped (even by Comcast), but you will also pay a significant premium for it.

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