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Comment Re:Floppy drive (Score 1) 282

Even so , 8 bit machines were still built to a price - the components were hardly top of the range. I'd be amazed if its been running continuously for 25 years with no issues whatsoever. Also eastern europeans brought up in soviet times tend to be pretty good at repairing stuff for obvious reasons so I wouldn't be surprised if the are plenty of engineers around the area who could sort out the analogue electronics, even if the digital side would be too much.

Comment Re:What about the NBA? (Score 0) 463

Wow, the chinese and arabs invented the internet, the telephone, the computer, the car, the TV?? Incredbile! Why weren't we told!

Reality check: Yes, the arabs came up with a lot of new maths, the chinese invented gunpowder and a few other odds and sods. But this all pales into insignificance compared to what the west has created since the industrial revolution.

Comment Re:Curly braces = good. Indents = bad. (Score 4, Interesting) 173

Delete the last tab on the last line of a python block. Does the code still run? Almost certainly. Does the interpreter give a warning? Nope.

Now delete the last curly bracket from a C/C++/java block. Does the code compile? Not on your life. And if I have to explain why then you have no business giving an opinion on this topic.

Comment Re:"it was used for children's writing exercises" (Score 1) 235

"Except that many of the "winners" in the Bible are not the superior being"

"It was God's providence, rather than anything good about Jacob, that made him the "winner"."

So helped by fictious superior being who came along just in time instead. Yes, big difference.

You should read Beowolf sometime.

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