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Comment Dartmouth Basic first. (Score 1) 629

Basic. Dartmouth Basic. (At school on an interactive terminal to a Prime 300 IIRC)
Fortran (At school. On punch cards fed to some IBM mainframe in the basement.)
Intel 8080 assembler (At school, IMSAI 8080 running MP/M)
Fortran (At work, PDP-11 running RSX-11M)
Macro-11 (At work, PDP-11
Pascal (At Work, in service class)

At some point I heard about C and got "The C programming Language" and started to learn that. I've used that for more projects in the ensuing 30+ years than anything else. Along the way I also learned/used Java, C++, and I'm now learning Go. I've scripted with sh/bash, Rexx, Perl, Python. I've dabbled with a few others like Rust, TCP, PHP and probably others I've forgotten.

Comment Re:Heathkit H8 (Score 1) 857

An H-8 was my first PC purchase as well. I got good at soldering. ;) I got it near the end of the product life cycle and got the H-8, H-19 terminal and H-17 floppy drive and housing all for $1300 US. It included CP/M, a Fortran compiler and a spreadsheet (IIRC.) I can't recall if the original included the 64KB memory card or if I bought that separately. I think it might have come with 48KB and I upgraded to 64KB. The 5 1/4 floppies held 92KB.

Comment Disjoint between title (subject) and summary. (Score 1) 188

I didn't read the original article. I did read the summary which says absolutely nothing about "How To Make Novice Programmers More Professional." It seemed to be a whinge about how one seasoned developer felt disrespected by management. I don't see how that helps make novice programmers better in any way.

Looking back on my development, a mentor was insistent that shortcuts often lead to delays and inefficiency later on. Do things right in the first place and move forward.

I'm not sure that's relevant to this discussion, but I'm one of the dinosaurs.

Comment Re:Car itself should recognize such behavior and (Score 1) 180

I've always wondered how the technology exists for my SatNav to tell me the speed limit of the read I am currently on... but the car doesn't get limited to that speed limit. ...

SatNav in our car does not always list the correct speed limit. There are some roads that had the speed increased years ago and the car (purchased 2016-09) shows the old limit. Driving 55 mph on a road with a 65 mph limit would be suicidal (particularly at the times when most traffic is moving at 75 mph or faster.)

Comment Re:Can we please have that here in California? (Score 2) 180

That may be the law, but that cop was a jerk. There's no real safety concern with people texting while stopped at a stoplight. Singling that out for special enforcement -- that's just jackass behavior of someone with a little power and an axe to grind.

1) Maybe the cop has sat behind cars that just sit there when the light changes because the driver is busy on their phone.

2) If said person suddenly notices that the light has changed and hits the gas w/out checking to see that the way is clear, it does become a safety issue.

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