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Comment Re:It has its uses (Score 2) 368

I remember back in school writing a (very rudimentary) MIPS emulator for a class assignment. Since most of the students had never used C before school (and were, in any case, more used to C++ references than pointers), apparently I was the only person in ~10 years that implemented the emulator using an array of function pointers (indexed on op codes). I thought it was a pretty cool innovation, then I read about jump tables.

Still cool :-)

Comment Basic / Pascal (Score 1) 614

I guess my very first programming experience would be Logo sometime in elementary school, but about the same time I was learning GWBasic. My dad got me a book from the library that had programs you could type in and run. I've never forgotten typing in 500 lines (supposed to be some kind of space shooter) and then program didn't work. I never figured it out!

Soon after I started using Qbasic (the version that could compile EXE files).

My next programming language was Pascal through Delphi and then C++ through Borland's C++ Builder. I picked up a copy,of the K&R C book around the same time that today is very well worn!

I was very interested in different languages around high school and so I picked up a smattering of Visual Basic, a senior high school independent study in Visual Studio C / windows API (why?!), x86 assembly, OS/2 REXX scripting, etc. I wrote an ecommerce site for a local business in 1999 using PHP and a perl cgi-bin cart system.

Picked up Java in college, one course with Prolog, etc.

Today I'm not a professional programmer, but I end up using PHP, Python and Perl for text processing, SQL, etc with some regularity.

Comment Re: User's need to take responsibility too. (Score 1) 223

I still don't know how to make my mouse feel right, or stop many applications from looking horrible on a retina display.

I want to know what you use on Linux which makes dealing with resolutions and mice easier than a couple of clicks in OS X. If we accept your mouse thing as a realty, I could even follow along with you; however, saying you have applications which don't look ok on a Retina display is something which I simply cannot fathom.

Please explain.

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 2) 226

From the screen shots, it looks like XRDP is another one that shows an entire desktop, just like VNC. Thanks, but I will pass. I like solutions that are "windowless" where, on a Windows client, the Linux windows work just like Windows windows (if you know what I mean).

My current company has "Exceed On Demand" which works just fine, but is NOT open source, or even affordable for the average person.

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 1) 226

X11's main flaw is that it's supposed to be inefficient. It might be, but I've never noticed any significant difference between user interface performance on Ubuntu vs Windows or Mac.

Try tunneling X over a VPN connection from home to work. It sucks for most applications. Apparently there is a lot of "back and forth" between the client and server where latency is multiplied by orders of magnitude.

This was years ago, but I installed NoMachine's NX server (version 3.x) and things worked very smoothly, almost as fast as being local. NX eliminates a lot of the "back and forth" in "X" which demonstrates that you don't really need that extra overhead in the first place.

However, NoMachine seems to have screwed the pooch with version 4.x in that they only support a virtual desktop (like VNC), which makes it MUCH less desirable to me.

So, yeah, I am perfectly OK with something to replace X if it is a lighter weight protocol and can natively support remote sessions without having to jump through hoops to get usable performance.

Comment Just saying... (Score -1, Flamebait) 178

They are very wrong on this. I'd put up my own degree against their, but now I have a feeling a University of Nevada-Reno degree is pretty worthless. I mean this study couldn't be more wrong. But I could see this getting a lot of sympathy here. I'll bet they also found that smoking a joint and taking shots before class even further improved their "learning".

Comment Re:So you exclude half the taxes and what you get? (Score 1) 903

Actually, you paid a ton of money to the Feds (likely). Filing your taxes means settling up (and taking things into account). That is, did you pay in too much, or too little? If Uncle Sam gives you a refund check it means that they earned the interest on the money instead of you. The goal is to pay nothing or owe a bit.

Comment Re:The gov is just trying to level the field (Score 1) 325

>> That's what they say, but it's misguided..you can block data from Google or Facebook. You can't from your ISP.

When I block Google, 99% of websites cease to work. I lose productivity. But when I block Facebook, I find I'm actually more productive.

Comment Free or Flame? (Score 1) 230

Simply put, it wasn't FOSS. If it were, it could have been fixed, enhanced, ported, etc. Might have actually become something useful. The question isn't "what killed flash?", the question is "who killed flash?" and the answer to that is Adobe. It didn't have to die, they just never gave it a chance to live.

Comment Re: Thanks Samsung! (Score 3, Informative) 286

This ban has NOTHING to do with what logo is painted on the aircraft, but depends entirely on the airports involved.

Flying from Paris to Chicago? Middle-Eastern and American airlines have the same rules -- electronics allowed, even on a Middle-Eastern airline. Flying from Istanbul to New York? Once again, same rules for Middle-Eastern and American airlines -- no electronics, even on the American airline.

So, explain to me how this is supposed to prefer one airline over another? I am really waiting to hear this one.

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