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Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

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MS shills strike again

"Microsoft have by far the best OS for touch and gesture based computing in Windows 8"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

Oh dear, both one of the zillion AC MS shills and mmeier, the MS evil Eadon clone.

Realistically, Windows 8 might actually trigger a faster migration *outside* the MS ecosystem. People were already setting back new PC purchases; with the Fabulous Fred interface infesting all new PCs and Windows 7 off the shelves *and* MS site (both offer win8 only), consumers are put off.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: oh yes, people are dumping iPhones for Windows phones all day long. SURE they are.....

While dumping iPhones for Winblows Phones is iffy at best, the iPhone->Android migration does seem to ring true. Not all iPhone users are fanbois, and those who aren't might actually switch for many reasons.

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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

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Oh please...

MS Architect. I might have bought not needing the five-nines availability, but someone pushing MS stuff is usually trying to cover up for MS failings, availability being one of those.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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MS take on version numbering?

OSX does use a different kernel versioning, but at least the 10.x versions usually match a major version in the Darwin Kernel.

Sun would use the second decimal for Solaris, so SunOS 5.10 is Solaris 10. They also do this with Java, with 1.7.x being "Java 7".

MS however seems to be unable to standardize versions. Windows 7 is actually NT 6.1. Ow!

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Federal lawyers, MIT threatened following Aaron Swartz' death

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Re: Oh the irony!

Yes, JSTOR decided not to press the charges further. But the prosecution decided to do so anyway, especially Ortiz; *those* are the guys who are actually being pilloried.

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Oh the irony!

The people who bullied Swartz into suicide, saying he had to suffer the consequences of his activities, are asking for themselves not to suffer the consequences of THEIR activities.

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BitTorrent opens kimono, gets out one-to-many streaming tool

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BT Multicast!

So basically, it's the BitTorrent way of doing multicast. Hope it works behind NAT, given the ISPs out there trying to force that awful thing upon end-users...

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Apple denied trademark protection for 'iPad mini'

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ooh that's why

Meanwhile, here in Mexico, Holy Thursday and Holy Friday are the days marked as holidays. Some places even give the whole week off. Wee call 'em the "Holy Week Vacation" period.

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hahaha

APRIL FOOL'S!

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Relaxed Windows 8 rules hint at smaller slabs to come

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Windows 8

It has one true place in my office: the trash bin.

There's no way in hell I'm buying anything with the Fabulous Fred interface.

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Re: @Shane Kent

Why are all these MS shills so shy? Most of 'em hide behind AC...

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IT Pro confession: How I helped in the BIGGEST DDoS OF ALL TIME

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So I'm not alone!

Last year I decided to switch my DNS pointers from the hosting service I have (GoDaddy) to my own. Alas, I forgot that while ns2 had the "recursion disabled by default" setting, ns1 *didn't*.

2 weeks later, I check out my bandwidth usage and notice that it's waaay off chart. Monkeying with iptables, I was able to pinpoint the extra traffic to port 53. Firing up tcpdump gave me a zillion DNS requests for some weird domain, which itself was pointing to CloudFlare as well. Ouch! I outright blocked port 53, sending it to DROP. I even switched the DNS order ... but I did notice that ns2 didn't get the zillion requests. So I went on checking and finally found out about both the open recursion configuration, and the default config switch. Even after securing my ns1 BIND, I still had to leave port 53 blocked on my main DNS 'till the request flood died out. It cost me a lot in bandwidth that month, but lesson learned...

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Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

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Was falling...

'till the 'nsfw daemon'. References to "the adult industry" made me remember that it is already April 1st on the GMT timezone.

A good one, El Reg!

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Microsoft says WinPhone outselling iPhone, BlackBerry

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Re: Azure now has a dozen users, up from 6 two years ago!

"I wouldn't mind having a revenue growing 3x."

Neither would I.

But the coffee shop that went bust across the street last year? They were able to have their revenue grow up 10x. That didn't save their business go titsup, as their "revenue" was pretty much chump change. The given value for "x" matters a lot.

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Re: Azure now has a dozen users, up from 6 two years ago!

hahaha, awesome stats! And I wouldn't doubt it is the truth behind MS numbers. After all, Apple also did the faux numbers dance in the times before they hit the Top Three spot.

I at least still see Blackberries in the street, but I haven't yet seen a single Windung Phone. There are a lot of Symbian-toting Nokias, maybe Nokia should see the truth and dump Elop-borg?

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Spanish Linux group files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

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joke's on you

"Three percent of WPhone? Wow - double the share Linux has on the desktop. So 2013 will be the year of WP8!"

What makes this attempt at humor actually funny is that MS has been *claiming* every year since WP7's release the "year that WinPhone will take over the world", yet remain irrelevant.

Modern/TIFKAM Metro sucks donkey balls and exactly zero organizations have taken in that flying dung. In fact, our clients (big organizations, financial sector) actually *stopped* buying new PCs, or added a mandatory requirement for any new PC to have Win7. Hell, some of them are still in the process of jumping from XP to Win7!

Yes, we've tried Win8. The last dude that was still defending Win8 gave up last month, reformatted his laptop and went back to Win7. I have yet to see someone in the real world actually like the Win8 stuff.

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@mmeier

"PS3 was neither powerful nor low power so the game box was rarely used as a NAS - cheaper maschines for that around"

PS3 *is* powerful thanks to the CellBE processor, and people actually using the OtherOS feature, like me, were actually monkeying around with the special features of said processor. Of course, most of those who dabbled with Linux on the PS3 were trying to run it as a regular NAS/Desktop box, which sucks given the low RAM specs on the box. But removing features like that is pretty much frowned upon. My original phat PS3 is still on 3.15 FW, I ended up buying another PS3 to play more recent games and have PSN access.

The irony is that Sony's boneheaded decision didn't hit the "nonmarket" ... it hit the crossover market of dudes like me who actually play games *and* tinker around with Linux. That made it a FAIL, which morphed into an EPIC FAIL as it energized enough crypto-geeks to crack the box.

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Re: Wah Wah Wah

Actually, the MS shilltards are far more annoying than anything Eadon posts (or any of his alleged sock puppets). Proof of the AC shilltards being, well, retarded is the whole comment section for the article on Samsung's firmware doo-doo where booting Linux would brick a Sammy laptop. All of them saying "that's what happens to freetards".

Then someone made a PoC app that bricks the same laptop model from Windows, and the AC's go either quiet, or say "Will Eadon apologize now?"...

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You're reading it wrong

"No, it's actually a REQUIREMENT for Microsoft Windows 8 certification that you can disable Secure Boot."

Actually, it's a REQUIREMENT for Windows on ARM certification that you *CAN'T* disable Secure Boot. On PCs, they hastily added "user should be able to disable Secure Boot" after word got out of the Linux-disabling feature, and even then that was because MS knows they can't pull that off on x86 hardware without getting antitrust lawsuits in their face.

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Re: As is said in church...

Actually, Secure Boot is a useful thing ... *when it is user-manageable*. The MS way of doing Secure Boot is locking the stupid thing with an MS provided master key, so only MS signed stuff will work. A truly secure system would have me being able to add my own master keys, or those from Fedora, Ubuntu, whatever.

Most if not all PKI systems have this ability, so should all "Secure Boot" systems have it.

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Angry commentard mobs to feel Facebook jackboot in site tweak

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Um... no

The most upvoted comments kinda appear in the main article bit, but clicking on "read all comments" will still show all comments in chrono order, up/downvotes nonwithstanding.

FB doesn't have "dislike" so there's no real "balance" on stuff, and the page owner überupvote is something not even El Reg does.

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

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@t.est, you forgot Spanish

Spanish Spanish (that is, the variety used in Spain vs. the zillion variants in Latin America) is incredibly anal on language paranoia. They go as far as fudging words just to make them "fit" (such as "whiskey" becoming the eye-watering "güisqui") or try to put out some lame invention to "replace" the real word, like "sorting machine (ordenador)" instead of "computadora (computer)" or "balompié" instead of "fútbol (football)".

Other "minor" offenses are fudging spelling, with "cuásar" instead of quasar, but a lot of these are less intrusive than the previous examples.

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Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

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It depends, though.

I care more of actual achieved speed as well, but something I do hate is to be lied. Three is being really good at going out and stating that HSPA+ is 3G. Meanwhile, a couple of operators are outright lying and saying that HSPA+ is "4G". Even worse when they end up charging the "4G" tax on HSPA+ capable devices...

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

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Re: Banks too?

Heh. Yup, HSMs give the really awesome protection of having the private/secret key never leave the HSM, so barring someone physically stealing the HSM, the stuff encrypted by it is safe.

OTOH, if someone were to have direct access to the HSM *and* the config info to use it... Oopsie! (Hopefully, they're running it at FIPS 140-2 Level 3...)

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Bill Gates offers big bucks for better condoms

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Re: And Yet @JDX

Catholicism preaches that any sexual intercourse that isn't for procreation is evil, a sin, and anything enabling non-procreative sex is evil as well.

Humanae Vitae is the main offender for this.

A lot of the backwardness of Latin American countries is directly tied to Catholicism and its backward views, including that on birth control and other interesting topics.

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The gaming habits of Reg readers revealed

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Re: No suprises in any of that.

Agreed that PS3/Xbox is for proper gaming ... but PC is for even more proper gaming and hardcore gaming.

Thanks to Steam, most of my games library is back to 100% legal. And it isn't the only platform out there for PC gaming: Blizzard's own battle.net is necessary for the StarCraft games. Which I also own legally, even if my High School StarCraft days were fuelled by pirated SC.

Games are now easier to purchase on the PC/Mac scene, cheaper and given that I also have much more $$$ for discretionary purposes, the need to pirate is gone.

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Brussels 'mulling probe' into brutal Apple negotiations with networks

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It's not just the iBone

*All* manufacturers have gone to the touch-only madness. Even Blackberry went out and put out the Z10; the Q10 was probably baked up when their market analysts told them "dude, your CURRENT BB users hate touchy stuff and want a keyboard!". Most of the current-gen smartphones (or those with worthy specs) are the keyboard-less junkers...

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Apple debuts two-step verification for Apple IDs

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Google asking for mobile number

I'm doubly annoyed by Google's asking for my mobile number. Mostly because one time I said "ok, I'll give it, stop nagging me!" only to have Google say "SMS not available for your country".

So stop nagging me then!!!!

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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

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But they are anti-competitive...

Instead of sticking to the payment processing thing, they're doing a dick move on these intermediate processors. And they do it because they know that nobody's willing to put up a payment processing system as big as theirs.

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They can

There are other CC processors, they just aren't that known as MasterCard/Visa. JCB is one, and IIRC Discover is also separate, kinda like American Express.

Thing is, Mastercard/Visa is the one you'll usually see as the ones being accepted everywhere.

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

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Re: Hmmm

Wall Street Journal, part of the Faux News Disinformation Network. As much as I do have my doubts on EVs, it isn't quite the source I'd use for disproving EVs.

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Lack of charging points...

"The real problem is that its most suited to city dwellers, who are exactly the sort of people who are unlikely to have a driveway or garage suitable for charging it. Currently, they are a 2nd car for the rich."

THIS is the main problem I've seen with EVs. My current apartment block lacks charging points in the parking lot, and I guess the same applies for most apartment block dwellers in large cities ... the very ones that would benefit from EVs.

By the way, Mexico City now has a car hire system since last year, and they do rent out both petrol and EV cars by the hour. This is how I finally got my hands on a Leaf, and I was actually surprised to find out that the Leaf's range will exceed by far my daily commute requirements. It did 75kms and it still had half the battery charge left. Given that my regular commute is around 20km, I'd easily get Monday-Friday covered with a single charge. Mighty appealing, though I'll probably stay with the car hire system.

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Who's riddling Windows PCs with gaping holes? It's your crApps

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of course C# is lovely

... given it's basically pirated Java. It does some stuff better language-wise, but it suffers from being tied to MS platforms.

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Apple tears itself away from iThings to squash Mac OS X bugs

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hehe, the File URL

that bug crashes a lot of stuff. In fact, if I attempt to type it in here, it *will* crash Safari. Or Firefox. Or anything!

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Beijing IT biz taunts Microsoft: Show us your licence for Office 365

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Re: Foreign multinationals would be affected?

Some recent reports are talking about the Chinese government b0rking VPNs. Then again, maybe your company has a "license" to use a VPN?

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HTTPS cookie crypto CRUMBLES AGAIN in hands of stats boffins

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Re: Is CBC-mode really an "algorithm"?

Not picky ... CBC's a cipher *mode*. So you get RC4-CBC, AES-CBC and such. Though people should really be doing AES-GCM.

The fun thing is that both RC4 *and* CBC mode should no longer be used. I'd add 3DES to the mix, if only because it's basically DES three times, and DES has been cracked for ages by now...

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SimCity 4

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Re: Can anyone explain the railways to me?

Except for the original SimCity, you had to put railway stations for people to use 'em. And even then, the 3 tile max distance rule applied as well. Basically, make the railways link Residential, Commercial and Industrial areas and the railways would get usage.

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Fake fingers fool Brazilian biometrics

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Re: In other news

hehehe. The one I use has two modes of operation: the main one where you stick your finger and it will grant access directly, showing your employee number, or the second one where you first input your employee number, *then* stick your finger. The first mode will sometimes go "timeout", while the second method will rarely fail. Maybe biometrics take too much time to match against the database?

Oh wait, I've also had "matching error" even with my emp ID. More like scanners suck....

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Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites

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A series of apps

Actually, "the internet" *is* a series of apps. We got our chuckles back in '98 when a teacher told to his class that the lab computers now had "the internet" blocked. Netscape now was password-protected. We got a great laugh, and then proceeded to telnet off to our favorite MUD. Of course, we wouldn't correct our teacher's idea of "the intertubes" as this misdirection would mean he wouldn't prod on our MUD/BBS stuff.

Interestingly, many of those "series of apps" are actually using the web anyway; Web Services are usually the interface used for many of them. So there's no love lost with the series of apps, and mobile devices are coping better with the native apps anyway. Hell, even Steve Jobs found out the hard way about that, remember the iPhone was originally devoid of native apps.

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Sony chairman Howard Stringer set to retire, explore 'new world'

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Hm, that explains it...

This guy seems to have been in the helm during the whole time that Sony started turning anti-consumer, and he's the first gaijin CEO.

Maybe the problem is precisely that? Japanese culture is usually better at the whole consumer's rights than the typical US company. Maybe having CEOship return to Japan might get Sony back on track, and off the stupid root kit/ban OtherOS path. Hopefully.

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Marvel: 'Come and get 'em! 700 first-issue comics! FREE!'

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Meh

Meh.

Comixology suspended the promotion, due to their servers crashing.

It cannae take it much longer Captain!!!

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Re: Pandorum

Oh yes. Though this movie is best watched without knowing what it is actually about, other than "spaceship going to colonize Earth-like planet".

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Re: Any love... @sisk

You should actually see it. It sheds of the artsy-fartsy stuff from 2001 and is actually watchable by non-artsy types. Arthur C Clarke did two more books on that series: 2061 and 3001. While 2061 was still fairly good, 3001 seems to have been more of an ass-pull though.

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Cloud Atlas!

I'm guessing that Cloud Atlas hasn't been out for long, and thus isn't yet being considered as worthy of a top ten list yet. It's pretty good, though.

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Re: s/10/20/

Westworld. The movie where you get Yul Brynner to make a Terminator impression ... at least a decade before Terminator came out!

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1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug

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Re: They keep saying that... @Gordon Fecyk

Start Menu wasn't a bad change. In fact, Win95 was merely MS catching up to do a complete ripoff of the Macintosh System 7 interface, instead of the half-assed, DOSSHELL-based thing they used for the 3.x versions.

XP activation theoretically would've done the trick, except the corporate keys started making rounds on the internet and thus the feature was defeated.

Of course, the rest of the stuff you mention should've theoretically made people jump ship, but Linux hasn't quite got up to scratch on the install part, and lack of MS Office is a dealbreaker in many companies. But jumping ship to OSX does seem to be a real possibility...

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

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ALU IXDANB RESUME

I would probably swap OS360 for OS390 a.k.a. z/OS as most financial institutions using mainframes are running that these days. But yeah, I remember graduating as someone who knew more than average because I actually dabbled around with Linux, AIX and HP/UX.... only to find myself confronted by a 3270 terminal 10 months after graduating.

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Uni profs: Kids today could do with a bit of 'mind-crippling' COBOL

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Dijkstra

As bad as COBOL might have been (ok, still is, it's still in use) there's a worse abomination that didn't have a Dijkstra to axe it like COBOL.

Visual Basic.

That particular language has caused far more damage to programmer's brains than COBOL. People who learned to do the "On Error Resume Next" trick evolved their nasty tricks to the Diaper anti-pattern on both .NET and Java. So now you can see a VB or former VB dev having breaky code that can't be debugged nicely thanks to this.

COBOL is probably a minor offender by now. At least the language did teach you basic stuff you needed to know, especially in the 60's when most coding was basically assembly stuff. Oh, and it was much better than the other monstrosity out there: MUMPS.

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Re: Proper programming language

"More importantly, I think it is important to teach the students programming rather than teaching them a programming language."

My degree involved both things, in fact. The whole data structures, algorithm analysis and similar courses were actually designed for teaching them without relying on a specific programming language. At first I thought "cut off the stupid pseudolanguage stuff, let's C how it's really done!" but when we hit complex stuff like binary self-balancing trees, I saw the advantage of doing stuff using this approach. It also led in the long run for me to actually appreciate OO; it's much easier to implement a data structure class and just create instances of that than go on doing the funky function juggling that comes with the lack of OO support in a language.

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Microsoft exec selling his Surface tablet

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@Simon Barker

Because it lacks both the actual apps you find for iOS/Android/Playbook while posing as a Windows device that can't actually do what "traditional" Windows devices can do. When we got Windows CE, nobody expected it to do much; but MS itself sold the idea of WinRT as basically Windows on ARM. And on those expectations, it's horribly limited.

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