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Journal Journal: Getting started in computers in the year 2010 (and a few years past...)

Computers are reaching new lows. Low prices, low size, and low thresholds for intraductory use. Devices such as the Basic Stamp and Arduino are available from Radio Shack, with starter kits under $50. These are different from a Raspberry Pi in the way that a mainframe is different from an old Apple II. The mainframe and the RP are great for programs that deal with files and data, but can't interact with the real world. The BS (and kin) and the Arduino are made for the real world; to make

Comment Thank you CmdrTaco (Score 1) 1521

Hi, I've been reading /. since 1999 or so. In these 12 years I've seen the fantastic growth and transformation it went through, with user accounts, more and more customization settings, and a great community in no small part due to the moderation system.

Some mock the /. community (it has its flaws ofc), but even after all these years you can still be surprised by how informed and insightful it can be on nearly anything.

Rob, I wish you all the best in your future endeavours, and hope /. will remain a great community for years to come.

Comment Re:I expected more (Score 4, Informative) 253

The bulk of scientific research is done by grad students (or others like them with various kinds of scholarships). The professors whose name is at the end of paper's author list guide and oversee what is done, but don't have time for the daily grind of research. Their main job is to teach and get funding.

Comment Re:Changing TV channels (Score 1) 297

When I was a kid I had to wait five minutes for a game to load on the ZX Spectrum. Now I have to wait a quite a few minutes to start the computer, steam, then the game and connect to a server. Somewhere in between I had DOS games that started mostly instantly.

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