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Comment Re:uname -a (Score 1) 220

I am one of your greybeards. In fact, my beard was already pretty grey when Java was introduced and then there were not that many huge, unwieldy libraries, or not many. If I remember correctly, the two selling points of Java were its supposed invulnerability and the fact that for some obscure reason it was touted as the ideal teaching language. So everybody changed their curriculum to Java and the rest is history.

As I see it, applications that rely on user interaction will be served as well by one of the scripting languages and for number crunching the Lord gave us C, vi and make. We should not presume to improve upon His designs :-)


Comment Re:Selling at a loss (Score 1) 220

Making money of course is an important consideration, especially for people with a certain mindset. Other people prefer to consider the impact of a technology on society or whether life is improved by it. Would you measure the importance of open source to the amount money it generated or to the fact that it made the Internet possible?


Comment uname -a (Score 1) 220

Open a shell on any android and type 'uname' or 'uname -a'. That is: if you know what a shell is. My point being that both industry and press bend over backwards to avoid the L-word. I wonder why.

In all honesty: the structure erected on top of it is a horror. From the beginning I never understood the enthousiasm for Java and the necessity to introduce it everywhere. Its strongest selling point was its invulnerability for malware, but once introduced this invulnerability was shortlived. And now this lumbering, vulnerable and slow language is the pivot on which the world turns.


Comment Where do we get the resources to build it? (Score 1) 951

The science to build computers, games and VR does not drop out of thin air. The same is true for the technology. You need a complicated economic structure to accomplish all this and to date we pretty much destroyed this planet Earth to create such a society.

Mankind will have failed long before Musks VR games are a fact.

Comment Slashdot is sooooo USA! (Score 1) 216

Would Slasdot have commented if Bianca Hoogendijk had died this week? Or Hannelore Graser? They are respectively former dutch and german 'first ladies'. And I will not even start on Joachim Sauer (the current husband of Angela Merkel. But then most Americans will ask "Who is Angela Merkel".

As a nerd of long standing I like Slashdot. But I am often offended by the USA-centric attitude of the editors. Why not include an european or asian collaborator? I am available.


Comment Re:Related to recent government measures (Score 0) 228


In dutch, I am afraid, but google translate may give you enough pointers to start your own research. Or read "the 25th hour" by Virgil Gheorghiu. When Churchill coined the phrase "the iron curtain" it was exacty this what he meant. But probably you will prefer to ignore this side of history.


Comment fluffy rabbits (Score 0) 228

There is a school of thought - a very large school - that sees prewar Europa as a green pasture with ever blue skies and fluffy rabbits and ponies, foremost among them the poor, innocent Poles. Then the bad Germans came and started killing the poor, defenceless rabbits.

This image is not quite correct. The Poles tought to be on the winning side, and already had taken their share of the division of Tchechoslowakie - Churchill in his memoires says that the Poles behaved like hyenas. Nevertheless, they have been dining out on their role of victims ever since the war.



Comment Re:Related to recent government measures (Score -1, Troll) 228

actually, the death count in the post-war Polish deathcamps for Germans came near to the percentages of Auschwitz. Bottom line: there is nothing that humans are not willing to inflict on other humans for the Good, preferably national, Cause. It is such a pity that history is not taught as an exact science.


Comment Re:The crescent wrench an american tool? (Score 1) 329

In the Netherlands we don't call that a 'Crescent' but a 'Bahco' (which is a swedish firm) or an' engelse sleutel' (english wrench). And I did not know that I, as a dutchmen on an international forum, was supposed to be familiar with american nomenclature.

The discussion was about quality and price of tools. I was and I am unhappy with the obvious assumption of the author that high retail price and 'made in the USA' equalled to quality. In my experience that is not true.

May I add that the best operating systems for PCs, Linux and FreeBSD are free? And that the Linux based Android got messed up after the big companies grabbed their piece of the action?


Comment The crescent wrench an american tool? (Score 1) 329

Among all the stupid chauvinistic stories I read, this one tops all. Crescent wrenches are made all over the world, and the USA was not the first to manufacture one. The one I have has a scale, and I use it. Don't know where it was made, but judging its price it was not made in the USA.

Also, I have several PCs. My Macbook certainly performs worse and has more problems than the ALDI nameless that is my main computer. My cheap east-german, polish, taiwanese or chinese tools are as rugged and relieble as the expensive stuff that comes from America. This has been a pattern ever since I carried my Apple II to the attic.

The point I am making is that most cheap products that I buy (in Europe) are as good or better than the more expensive brand products. YMMV, but don't come with all kinds of mystic explanations.


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