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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

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Re: anything but python

>> What's your point? There is Java [1], Java 2, Java 3, ..., Java 8; C++ 3, C++ 11, C++ 14, C++ 17.

Yes, but by & large they have backward compatibility. At least java does. I haven't touched C++ in years but as has been amply pointed out in this thread (I'm paraphrasing a bit) "You can write K&R C in any language" (including C++ last time I checked) at least with a few gcc flags and ignoring the warnings; . This is *not* true of Python (or for that matter, my own favorite scripting langauge perl, though in fairness I'm guessing that the vast majority of all perl ever run in production anywhere was perl 5.x).

My $0.02.

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Re: Jesus!

I hope he at least had a sense of humor about it, unlike the sophomore in my 11th grade Spanish class "Ginger Rail". I may have misspelled her last name, but pronunciation wise it was ... you got it: just like Schweppes.

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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Re: Hmm

Then what's the point? If self-crashing mode requires the driver to be able to take control at any point, then why pay the big bucks for it?

I don't even like cruise control for this very reason: Some fool pulls out in into the left lane (typically without signalling a lane change -- I digress) doing five under the limit when I'm doing five over, and the brake disengages the bloody thing.

I don't see the point.

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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OMG! Could it be any slower???!!

You mean the internet is supposed to be even slower today than yesterday!??? I was WFH yesterday in Chicago and every single time I hit a URL for the first time I initially got a DNS failure, followed a second or so later by resolution. Please tell me El Reg is on vacation in Singapore or somewhere the date is the 13th, and the *Day of slowness* (which I am actually just hearing of!) happened YESTERDAY!

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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Re: Leap years

You mean March 0th, or at least that's what the old APL programming language called it (or was it PL/1?). :-)

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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Of course everyone hates the Metro interface!

I was making a living in IT for at least five years before anyone ever made a pointing device part of my standard hardware setup, so .... I'm pretty comfortable with a keyboard.

Apple, MS & others have been shoving pointing devices & GUI's down my throat for so long that I've finally gotten to *like* them! Then along comes the phone and the tablet and "gestures" which originally just caused browsers to scroll oddly if I was too far right on the touch pad ... (better stick to that keyboard after all) and you know what?: I got used to them too! In the meantime, they brought multi-tasking to the masses by introducing the notion of windowed interfaces which could be minimized, and brought up side by side on the same screen, and...

Then Windows 8 comes along trying to capitalize on the fact that the Apple juggernaut had two completely different interfaces (iOS & MacOS X) even as they were rapidly converging their hardware offerings. Unfortunately, by trying to be all things to all folks (<Alt>-C & start typing! OR touch the far right side of your screen, OR...) they failed everyone. (Metro of course puts paid to the whole multi-tasking as multi-windowing paradigm as well of course).

That said, my Win 8 notebook (never upgraded to .1 but configured to be desktop-centric: I literally never see the Metro interface) is starting to flake out, and rather than get a Win 10 replacement I bought my first Mac Book Pro. It's got a decent bash shell, a nice responsive UI, .... what's not to like (other than Safari, but it served to download Chrome & Firefox quite well)!?

Now, if only it had a touchscreen....

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Re: Lovely hardware...

With java of course, since it was originally meant to run on toasters...

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Surprised by the enthusiasm of fellow Trekkers ...

... for what I always call Deep Sh*t Nine, .... they don't "Boldly go ... " anywhere. It kind of ruined it for me. Also, they have money. Both Kirk & Picard pontificate often about the nastiness of societies where money makes the world go 'round, even as Riker goes off to play poker and Paramount kept milking the cash cow that ST became. DS9 might have been a very nice series on it's own but it's a black sheep of the ST family, IMHO.

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Bullocks

> The USA grew into a surveillance state under Obama, ...

As you mention yourself, W. and the neocons did this. The wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, the "Patriot" bill, the whole nine yards. Has it gotten worse? Yes, gradually and over time, but I stopped flying "for pleasure" well before 2008, since it just wasn't pleasurable anymore. Now I only fly for work, and only when absolutely impractical to do otherwise. "Sorry boss, to save 3 hrs of humiliation by the TSA goons, I'm driving to NY so I'll need an extra day and lodging on either side of the trip -- oh, and I'll being taking Friday's meeting from the car...."

Your argument is equivalent to blaming Truman for our involvement in WWII.

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FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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Finally!

Finally Comey is gone; I"ve been waiting since at least November. Finally someone invoked the Don's favorite "Your fired!" meme in all the media hysteria surrounding this unsurprising event. Hopefully the Russians will run this bloody country better than we have.

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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

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WTF?

Re: Crippled C++

If you check the tiobe index I think you'll find that java peaked in 2004, a good four years before any of us ever heard of Android. My own experience (wrote C in 1984, started switching to java in '96, switched completely in 2000) confirms this, YMMV.

Lost in the religious wars here is the number of programming concepts java "democratized" (dumbed down if you're a cynic): multi-threading & concurrency, object-orientation, safer memory-indirection, inter-process communication & networking, design patterns, embedded documentation [javadocs], generated unit-tests [junit]). I for one never really adopted C++ because it was easier to write structs & functions than learn about classes & methods; Java did provide those options. With this all built-in to a cross-platform language (no #ifdef LINUX in java), not to mention runtime memory management, boundary-checking and the like, there are of course associated costs. Nothing is free(). :-)

The language is nothing if not resilient, having morphed from Oak's set-top language, thru webtone "java-stations", thru the darling of the WWW, then the place we put business logic when we abandoned client-server, now REST services and [Android] mobile apps.

If I had it to do over, I don't think I'd have abandoned java for PHP or Ruby or ... whatever the next fad may be.

My $0.02.

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Re: Target audience?

I was the loan Sybase DBA / developer for a 23 / 6 trading firm for a good half-dozen years or so. Until ASE 15. At that point I realized their product roadmap had gone so far in the wrong direction that they were destined to have their marketshare sink to where the mindshare was (nowhere). They were making themselves more like Oracle than like MS. Sybase always provided decent performance and great reliability straight out of the box, with low licensing and very low admin costs relative to Oracle, which always seem to need two DBA's, a SysAdmin, and a storage guy just to install it; MS was the opposite; I know MS shops that don't even have a full-time DBA on speed-dial; not saying it's a good thing, but there you have it. Further, since about SQL-Server 2005 MS started introducing cutting edge features way ahead of Sybase. I'd have switched to MS long ago if only it ran on an enterprise grade OS. Like Linux.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: Wall Building

Sorry, but we're dead broke. And The Donald's projected to send the deficit thru the roof. Once upon a time there were "tax & spend" Democrats & "fiscally conservative" Republicans. The Dems have remained pretty much the same, but Republicans since the Reagan era (inclusive; W's dad was the famous exception, and got the boot for it) have pretty much been "spend and don't tax".

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Hitler's wife's lovely lilac knickers fetch £2,900 at auction

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Where's the tech connection?

That is all.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!

It's been a while but I am positive I've replaced mainboards (and hard-drives and ...) without buying a new Windows license. I mean, why should I? I am running the same O/S. If anything I should get a rebate since the need for more horsepower is typically because of the way Windows slows down after installing any actually software, particularly if the software was not published in Redmond.

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Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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Who's widely loathed again?

"... Microsoft's acquisition of widely-loathed social network LinkedIn?".

I hadn't realized LI was "widely-loathed", though I know MS certainly has its share of detractors. I've been on LI for about a dozen years and have found it a useful resource for recruiting, job-hunting, and other professional "networking" purposes. They have made some bone-head moves to be sure, like trying to turn the email-like "Messages" button into something more like chat, and ending up with something having the disadvantages of both. Sending me an email saying "Why pay those nasty ole recruiters when you could upgrade to our Recruiter Lite Premium...." when their best customers are ... recruiters and in fact I had already evaluated the upgrade and found it not nearly as useful as a decent recruiter. And of course the data breaches...

But when it comes to privacy & social networking is "If there's info you don't want made public, don't make it public" (by posting it to a social networking site). If you take naked selfies on a device which backs itself up to "the cloud", you shouldn't be shocked when your selfies are ... well, in the cloud.

MS too has been useful to me these last thirty years; there are things they've done right, but as for products they've acquired (Viso, Skype, all Nokia products...) they've nearly all been made worse by their new corporate overlords; the one exception which comes to mind is the corner case (not really acquired) of SQL Server which outgrew its Sybase roots a decade or so ago.

I fear LI will be the lesser for this transaction; any suggested alternatives?

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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Re: A question

> or compete on features (at which point PCs and Macs are about on parity for a given price point).

I hear this all the time from Apple users, and have always been skeptical, at least for US pricing. "One 3rd the number of mouse buttons, 3 times the price" is what I've always said.

I'm eating my words though; parity is near. The local BestBuy offers the machine below for $1K US before taxes: Apple - MacBook Air® (Latest Model) - 13.3" Display - Intel Core i5 - 4GB Memory - 128GB Flash Storage - Silver. Comparable WinDoze machines vary from $800 - $1,400 depending on whether or not you want "touch", or will reformat the Win10 drive w/ Ubuntu, LOL.

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Russian billionaire: GET me the ALIENS ON THE PHONE. Do it NOW

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I have always subscribed to the theory ...

... more advanced => less violent, but of course we have no guarantee of that.

I'm reminded of the Twilight Zone episode where aliens land and give us puny Earthlings N days to shape up. The Cold War powers that be end the wars, start solving problems like hunger & ignorance, etc. The aliens return and make it clear that they are a warrior species, and we have confirmed their worst fears about us. Bwaaahhaaa (evil laugh).

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Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting

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US of NRA

Once the civillians follow the Guv'ment lead and start weaponizing these things, the gun lobby will make them nearly impossible to regulate in any way. Scary situation.

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Common brain parasite 'can affect host's actions'

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Well, we've got one of each ....

... and a parakeet to boot; it keeps the kids happy.

But when I walk the dog, I pick up after her. The cat is a house cat. In fact, her lack of front claws (yes, I know, how cruel!) kind of requires that we keep her in for her own safety.

I would no more let her crap in the neighbor's garden then I'd let my dog allow one in to crap in ours. As to why anyone would keep a cat (who showed up before the other two) I can only speak for us but I'll give two reasons: 1) She needed a home (feral kitten), and 2) We have a fair number of mice in the yard. AFAIK, the difference between a field mouse and a house mouse is strictly a matter of residence. Oh and field mouse: cute; house mouse: not so cute. The mice haven't been clued in about the cat's lack of claws of course, her litter box smells the same.

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How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype

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Ummmm, Stravinsky (apologies to Homer Simson)

I once saw "The RIte Of Spring" exquisitely danced to the choreography of Ballanchine. Neither of them actually danced of course. It was a double-bill in fact w/ L'Apres-midi d'une faune.

Oddly, no one sued, or threatened to sue anyone near as I can tell.

"Standing on the shoulders of Giants", indeed.

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OPERA review serves up a feast for physics geeks

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Joke icon missing....

... despite being well-deserved!

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Sutter: C++11 kicks old-school coding into 21st century

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WTF?

Not a full-time java guy myself...

... but I have been writing code in it since JDK 1.1 or thereabouts and I think GC actually can be an issue. It's gotten much, much better over time, but if you can't afford to have an application arbitrarily running a bunch of free()'s when it's least desirable you'd better stick w/ C or C++.

OTOH, as has been said, a java programmer of skill level X can get the job done in a third the time it will take an X-level C++ programmer, which leaves lots of time for performance tuning, refactoring, porting small critical parts of your app to C++, etc.

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Dennis Ritchie: The C man who booted Unix

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Yes, but ....

It's true enough that FORTRAN, COBOL, BASIC, and others pre-dated C, but C was different precisely because of the other exception (NO PUN:) taken to this very nice article: C is not quite a high-level language (HLL), but sort of straddles the ASM / HLL border. That's the good news -- and the bad. In the right hands it is a thing of beauty (which could be set of Unix as well). As a guy who taught the C class I once took (not at Uni; courtesy of an employer) : "It compiles itself." What he meant of course, is it's the sort of language you could easily write a compiler in. I wouldn't want to try that in any of the HLLs which preceded it, or those which came later. In fact, with a little help from the lex & yacc descendants, you almost wouldn't want to write a compiler in anything else.

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Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

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Point taken, but...

"But not one in 100 of you would consider buying a car you had to service or repair yourself, a car that needed virtually daily service,..."

Have you driven a Ford lately?

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Really?

I'll take perl documentation over power-shell's any day. MySQL's over Sybase's or Oracle's flagship db too. Do a "man ps" in Linux and comare it to "help tasklist" in the MS command shell. (Don't even get me started on the futility of clicking "Help .... (anything other than About)" in nearly all Windows products; I couldn't figure out how to get much helpful Help the few times I've used Apple products either; their approach seems to be like the pricing of their products at the Apple store: if you have to ask, you shouldn't be there.

It is really discouraging though how quickly these flame wars degenerate into ad hominem hissy fits. Jobs was an innovator, I don't see that as a debatable issue, frankly. Also a capitalist. His company has been anti-competitive at times and (as you can conclude from the above), I'm not fond of their products, personally, but that would not cause me to "speak ill of the dead" as so many seem to feel compelled to do. Stallman, OTOH, is very much alive. He's obsessive, and narrow-minded, and doesn't seem like the kind of guy you'd want to go have a pint with. Still, his contribution to Open Source Software cannot be denied.

"Can't we all just get along?"

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Windows 7 overtakes XP - finally

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Stop

But when will MS finall produce an OS as good as Windows 2000?!

That is all.

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Mobile industry fights San Fran 'carcinogen' labelling

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Californians have grown up with these and block them out

Having lived in CA for nearly a dozen years, I am reminded by this (having been away now equally as long) that almost every retail establishment in the state was required to post warnings of one sort or another (something about the toxicology of the cleaning products or something), so that there was a bit of a "boy who cried wolf" effect -- no one even notices them. The coffee shops likely already have them posted for that reason. If anything the cell-phone purveyors should fell left out....

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NASA to recruit fresh batch of astronauts

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Finally, a little down time!

I was thinking about a mid-life (well, OK, a bit past that; is there an age range for astronauts?) career change since IT guys can never seem to get any time off, and had considered "Olympic Athlete". Unfortunately, I'm more the bookish type, so not very good at any sports. (US) Presidential candidate seemed good, but I'm likely much too honest and under-funded for that.

Plus, in both fields there's that "having to compete every four years" thing.

This sort of thing seems right up my alley though....

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Computer sim explains why hippies became extinct

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I saw a beautiful film about this years ago

"Pathfinder" is a gourgeous film set in the Lapland about 1000 years ago. An idyllically peaceful tribe living on the coast runs into bad guys, who in addition to greed and hierarchy have discovered... the crossbow.

I don't know about stability, but strongly believe that scalability is an issue here. What works for a tribe might not work for societies like the UK & the US, much less India or China.

I realize the irony in saying this, since I'm referring to a film based on an ancient legend, but I'm not entirely sure how much credence I'd put in sociological simulation just yet either. GIve it another 1000 years, maybe, if we (as a species) are still around.

Anyway, the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093668/plotsummary

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GNOME emits 'head up the arse' desktop update

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@AC 14:35 (several): Thanks!

I thought there may have been a joke I was missing; thanks for clearing things up!

(He said, sheepishly....).

Mine's the one w/ the DVD of old SNL bits and Miss Wotyjla (Gilda Radner, RIP) saying "Never Mind".

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"All your online accounts are belong to OS"

Well, it sounds like English, but the words don't quite fit together to make like, you know, a sentence thingy.

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Boffins invent miracle pill that counteracts effects of booze

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As the Ferenghi synthehol angle has already been mentioned...

.... I'd just like to affirm that as a Treker, and an Illinoisian, I'd be honored to volunteer to assist in this important research.

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Microsoft staff savage Ballmer at company confab

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Really?

One of the first programs I ever got paid to write was in Pascal (the only 3GL compiler I had for CP/M which supported a language I actually knew; yeah we're going back a ways). By the time the guy came back w/ requests for a version 2.0 I had learned C, and I distinctly remember building some libraries of Ccode and linking them into the Pascal program I had written him. 'may have been Borland though, now that I think about it, though I seem to remember evaluating the cost of the switching to MS specifically because of that capability.

I also remember (later) extending some RM Cobol code with database calls written in C, but that was Unix for sure, ergo not MS.

Memory: 2nd thing to go.

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MS Backward Compatiblity

I dunno, I still have some code I wrote for System III Unix that runs just fine today on the newest Linux boxes available. Of course, they must be recompiled...

The shell scripts and (later) perl scripts run w/out a recompile, as does nearly all the java code I still have.

OTOH, some of MS's own apps won't even install on modern versions of Windows (I'm thinking of my Office 97 suite, the last version which seemed worth the cost for my needs) and of course, when we got the first WIndows 7 boxes at home none of the 32 bit printer drivers for our existing printers worked any more....

I'd like to give MS credit where it's due for * attempting * backward compatibility, but I don't think it's quite the seamless continuum you describe, nor is it so exceptional.

OT3H, sure they have been innovative at times, and near as I can tell OLE is theirs. Another thing they've always done well is linking code from multiple programming languages, starting back in DOS days and continuing thru .NET.

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HP parks Airbus supers in containers

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Now, if only Airbus had a reliable way to ship them

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Apple loses bid to trademark 'multi-touch'

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Huh?

Whether "AppStore" is "distinctive enough" to warrant a TM is a matter for the courts (I'd vote that it may well be, frankly) but....

"Before Apple, essentially no one generally used the word application to describe programs executing on computers."

As in "AppDev", "...it depends on the apps you want to run", "Application Suite", ....????

"Applications development" (or "AppDev" in the spoken form) was on my CV when most Apple II computers still had monochrome monitors.*

Hey, maybe I should sue... :-).

P.S.: * This very fact (that I'm an IT guy) and that I'm a Yank may skew the argument a bit, but it hardly seems to me that Apple invented "App" as the short form of Application, any more than the term "window" was invented in Redmond to describe certain GUI components.

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