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Comment World domination right on schedule (Score 1) 84

Actually, Linux needs competition or it will start to run out of reasons to make it better. In future, it looks like the BSD family will be pretty much it.

Thanks, Sun/Oracle for erecting barriers around DTrace, thus motivating even better tracing in Linux. Thanks also for doing the same to ZFS, thus saving the rest of us from that sprawling abomination.

Comment Re:Worrying (Score 1) 142

Unfortunately, I can't google "ipad fire" as it collides with "kindle fire".

Here you go.

Couple of choice ones:

Fire that killed four dogs in rescue home started by an iPad charger
iPad fire

So to show us "Apple battery fires", you link us to stories about "(chargers (supposedly) from Apple fire (or in one case more of a smolder)"

"iPad Fire" (read the post)

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 203

in reality nothing other than C, C++, C#, Java, Javascript, Perl, PHP, Python, Objective C, and Swift are

Kind of pointless trying to come up with a definitive list of languages that supposed to be the only ones in use when there exist many others with large industries revolving around them. I will add SQL and FORTRAN to the list. Ruby. Eiffel. So many in which important systems are written and not on your list.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 203

It was then used by NeXT for NextStep. It got into Apple only because NeXT was bought by Apple and NextStep was the basis for Mac OS X. It had nothing to do with developer lock-in.

That's how it got into Apple, but it continued to be promoted by Apple mainly in the interest of developer lock-in.

Comment Re:Just what the world needed most urgently... (Score 1) 203

Compare programming a 6502 in assembly back in 1980 to programming in Java nowadays. Using modern languages and compilers you can write code 1,000,000 times faster, clearer and more complex in the same amount of time.

So that what used to take a week to write in 6502 asm now takes less than a second to write in Java? Not disagreeing with your post, just taking issue with your scaling factor in the interest of making a better argument. Agree that OP couldn't be more wrong.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 203

You clearly identify as someone who has no exposure to anything outside a limited set of mundane languages. Your implied bifurcation fallacy between "fad languages" and "languages I know" is enough to see that. LISP, for example, can be pigeonholed as neither a fad language nor a hobby language. The Chinese have a term for your kind of world view: "frog in a well". The frog spends its entire life at the bottom of the well, and far above it can see a small part of the sky, which it believes to be the entire world outside its well. That's you.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 0) 203

As for the real world, I see four types of languages used

You are talking about the galley slaves of the internet. All the languages you listed are distinctly pedestrian. A programmer who knows nothing beyond the likes of those is not well rounded and better get adjusted to the idea of being a galley slave for their entire career.

Comment Re:Wikipedia says (Score 1) 142

The flight recorders section omits some of the media reports referenced in the investigation section, and does not state that the voice data record was successfully repaired.

BTW, there are photos of the recovered flight recorders. No apparent structural damage. It is likely that the enclosures are not waterproof even when undamaged.

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