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Comment Re:A C dialog box and a FORTRAN computation ... (Score 1) 232

Having something that 'just works' is not really the prime consideration. Any rewrite has the potential to introduce unknown errors - whether from language constructs, compilation or hitting some odd use case not reached before. Older Fortran (it like that now) and COBOL are extremely well understood programs. The risk/reward of replacement in the new shiny is just not there.

Also, most people (read those not using it) don't know that Fortran has progressed from FOTRAN IV or 77. The current Fortran has just about all the modern language features (if not more) that you could want.

Comment Yanoff List (Score 1) 136

Was one of the first things I remember making it to the web, was Scott's list. Though technically the list was first posted to bulletin boards,ftp servers and yes, finger.

For the young ones, here is what the internet looked like in 1993 The list itself was available by html in 1994, if not earlier
Copyright 1994 "" Scott Yanoff

And some background:

The Yanoff List: meeting the demand for a concise list of ``what's out

In September 1991, Scott Yanoff, a computer science student at the
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, created a list of six items---
telnet addresses of Internet information services. He posted the list
to internet and service related newsgroups like alt.bbs.internet and
news.answers. According to Scott, ``I posted my list one day and next
thing I knew people were writing to me with things to add to the list''
(Yanoff, 1993a). After that, Scott added the list to the University's
ftp site, gopher, and set up an email list to reach people who could
not access the list by those methods. Scott describes how the list
grew from contributions from other people, ``I owe most of the list to
OTHER people . . . that's what is great about the Internet . . . I
decided to share my list, and everyone else shares their knowledge in
helping to contribute to the list'' (Yanoff, 1993a). Today, the list,
popularly known as ``The Internet Services List,'' (Yanoff, 1993b)
contains listings for more than 135 separate services accessible
through telnet, ftp, finger, gopher, and email. Daniel Dern (1994)
calls Yanoff's list ``one of the most frequently cited or referenced
documents on the Internet.''

Comment Re:Don't blame me (Score 1) 993

so... you voted for Kodos the Executioner? Striking that Trump seems like he could follow in the footsteps of Kodos (but never fill them)

In 2246, Kodos served as governor of the planet Tarsus IV, who had seized power and declared martial law when an exoitc fungus destroyed the colony's food supply. He earned the name "Kodos the Executioner" when he rationed the remaining food supply by condemning some 4000 colonists to die, selected according to Kodos' personal theories of eugenics. Kodos was believed to have died at the colony shortly thereafter, but he actually escaped persecution and assumed a new identity, as Shakespearean actor Anton Karidian.

Comment Re:Reaching the limits of the unlimited (Score 2) 422

Personally I'd rather have that caveat than pay extra to support the 0.01% of the people that consume 1000x more resources than everyone else

What you meant to write was:

Personally I'd rather have that caveat than hurt Verizon's profits to support the 0.01% of the people that consume 1000x more resources than everyone else

its pretty rich to think that these "very few" customers have any material effect on what you pay or even the quality of your service.

Comment Re:real reasion (Score 1) 460

this... i just checked whats on there from a friends and its really pitiful now. movies older than 5 years? good luck. movies that didn't go direct to streaming? again good luck. Sure there are some but they are few and far between. Looks like even the DVD catalogue has been cleared out. How much of that is Netflix fault and how much is content provider's is open to debate but the consumer doesn't give a rats about that, they just want to find stuff worth watching.

Comment Just look at the history (Score 1) 348

to know it is a bullcrap index. 1986: Ada as #2. Really? Lisp as #3? Really? The world was COBOL and C back then with FORTRAN (caps then) and assembly thrown in. Was there hype around both Ada and Lisp? Yes, very much so. There wasn't even an official standard until the early 80s but Ada and Lisp were going to be "the future." Perhaps more believable is the 1991 #3 as that is when DOD briefly mandated Ada use.

To call either Ada or Lisp "popular" at any time is really a reach. Hype/astroturfing is not popularity. Even tracking "how to I learn ..." searches does not measure popularity. They are measures of interest. Popularity can only be based upon job requirements, number of projects, even (broadly) loc metrics. Popularity is reflected by use/consumption, not what is talked about.

popular: 1. liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group. 2. (of cultural activities or products) intended for or suited to the taste, understanding, or means of the general public rather than specialists or intellectuals.

Of def 2, substitute "general programmer" (ie, Java, C, C++) with 'specialists/intellectuals' being those involved with Haskell, D, etc.

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