* Posts by nautica

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Microsoft drops a little surprise thank-you gift for sitting through Build: The source for GW-BASIC

nautica
Boffin

More sheep than in all of New Zealand

I picked up a fairly recent, somewhat-scientific book the other day, wherein the author had generated some tables of dependent variable-vs.-(many instances of) independent variable; the results were photo-copies of his original printouts. Guess what the author used to generate the results and print-out: BASIC.

BASIC is a very good language, containing some very-high-level constructs which are extremely painful to access or generate in most any other language.

It is STILL, to this day, extremely fashionable to engage in BASIC-bashing, for NO good reason(s) other than (a) it's not the language d'jour; (b) its name; (c) "...it's not a structured language..."; (d) it contains the GOTO command.

Here's three real piece of NEW information for all you effetes: (1) if you need a LANGUAGE to force you to write a structured program, you don't know how to program (cf. the book entitled "Structured COBOL"); (2) the GOTO command is a very powerful command, to be used only by those who know what they are doing (if the GOTO command scares you, then so does Linux's "dd" command); (3) "new" does not mean "better".

"...We are still trying to undo the damage caused by the early treatment of modularity as a language issue and, sadly, we still try to do it by inventing languages and tools."--David L. Parnas

"Originality is no excuse for stupidity."--Fred Brooks ("The Mythical Man-Month", et. al.)

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

nautica
Boffin

The Artful Dodger

"The Artful Dodger".

You know, from the character in 'Oliver Twist'.

Here are some of Artful's more endearing characteristics--all of which fit--from Wikipedia:

"...The Dodger is a pickpocket, so called for his skill and cunning in that occupation. He is the leader of the gang of child criminals...The Artful Dodger is characterized as a child who acts like an adult...was of a rather saturnine disposition...seldom gave way to merriment when it interfered with business...as dirty a juvenile as one would wish to see..."

Works for me...

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Quantum compute boffins called up to get national UK centre organised for some NISQy business

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Boffin

Not falsifiable?!! Don't bother me with details.

Quantum computing: the "Cold Fusion" of the 21st century.

Only difference? "Cold Fusion" was too easy to prove to be a hoax. So easy, that the president of my science/engineering university stepped in and said, "Stop this nonsense [cold-fusion research] RIGHT NOW. And I mean NOW, before you irreparably damage this institution!". No one would even dare to issue an edict like that on a subject which contains those two magic words: "computer", and "quantum".

THE MAJOR problem, and why billions and billions will be spent on chasing this unrealizable dream? It violates the most basic tenet of experimental and theoretical physics: IT IS NOT FALSIFIABLE.

Quantum computing, whatever IT is (ask an 'expert' to define what, exactly, quantum computing is), will only be abandoned whenever we find another digital rainbow, with its pot of gold, to chase.

How about "super-string" computers? ...Has all the makings of a concept guaranteed to bankrupt most smaller nations.

'Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing'... Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform

nautica
Holmes

"The Register" needs more Microsoft stories / snoozers.

The Register's attempts at being humorous, in its presentation of news have always been--to put it charitably--pathetic, at best.

It seems, however, that a straight-forward approach, while very forcibly putting any attempts at cleverness on infinite-hold, just might be what is needed to add the long-sought-after, but always-out-of-reach attempts at being 'cute' and <gag; vomit> funny.

The following present-tense headline is offered as an example of one of the funniest the only humorous example I can remember ever seeing here:

"DEVELOPERS HAVE LOST HOPE MICROSOFT WILL DO THE RIGHT THING"

Get in the C: Raspberry Pi 4 can handle a wider range of USB adapters thanks to revised design's silent arrival

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Forget the 'Osborne Effect':focus on the "Upton Effect".

"The Upton Effect" strikes again--

Can't design two different power supplies; can't design a display; can't COPY the reference design for a USB-C implementation; won't implement a 64-bit OS, because "...we adopted a 64-bit processor simply to get a faster 32-bit machine..."; and the list goes on and on. As does the circumlocution and dissembling and tap-dancing all around the subject...the MAIN subject being that the Raspberry Pi group does not know how to, nor has any desire to perform the simplest of electrical engineering designs. Quality control? Get real.

It's all right here in the article:

"...We asked Upton some further questions about the possibility of modifying or recalling existing devices, but he has yet to reply...."

"...the revision has emerged with very little fanfare..."

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes

nautica
Boffin

YOU take an active role in giving Boeing what it deserves!

"...I suppose you could research the carriers and only select the ones which don't own any 737 MAXes at all, but I doubt enough passengers would do that to make any difference to overall sales."

It ain't that hard, folks. Simply drop a postcard--do NOT WRITE AN EMAIL--to the airlines which have 737 MAXs on order, and tell them you WON'T fly on that airplane.

All you have to do is type "airlines ordering the 737 max" into your search engine, and you'll be greeted with two very informative entries:

"Which Airlines Have The Biggest Boeing 737 MAX Orders?"

and

"List of Boeing 737 MAX orders and deliveries" [Wikipedia]

GO !

You will--absolutely and unquestionably--have done the world a favor.

nautica
Happy

Re: Isn't THIS why we've got to teach 2nd-graders how to "code", rather than how to think?

One of the more cogent arguments here as to what's completely wrong with the software 'industry'.

nautica
Holmes

Re: Isn't THIS why we've got to teach 2nd-graders how to "code", rather than how to think?

"...They (language designers) also spread the false impression that the important thing was to learn the language‭; ‬in truth,‭ ‬the important thing is‭ ‬to learn how to design and document.

We are still trying to undo the damage caused by the early treatment of modularity as a language issue and,‭ ‬sadly, we still try to do it by inventing languages and tools.‭" ‬--David L.‭ ‬Parnas

nautica
Boffin

Re: Captain Obvious

When I worked for Lockheed designing basic avionics and avionics systems, it was a FACT--not even, ever, questioned as to why--that anything having to do with the safety of the craft would be, at the very minimum, TRIPLY-REDUNDANT, with 2-out-3 voting among the systems happening at all times.

Forget "...end of discussion..."; there was NEVER a discussion as to changing this FACT, and designing using any other 'algorithm'--unless it was to employ a 3-out-of-5 system implementation.

nautica
Holmes

Isn't THIS why we've got to teach 2nd-graders how to "code", rather than how to think?

"‬When someone builds a bridge,‭ ‬he uses engineers who have been certified as knowing what they are doing.‭ ‬Yet when someone builds you a software program,‭ ‬he has no similar certification,‭ ‬even though your safety may be just as dependent upon that software working as it is upon the bridge supporting your weight.‭"‬--David L.‭ ‬Parnas

"There are no standards for computer programmers and no group to certify them."--David L. Parnas

David L. Parnas penned these gems WAY before the 737 MAX debacle. He was one of the most vocal--and most effective--critics of Reagan's "Starwars" SDI boondoggle, and is credited with almost single-handedly shutting down the program by arguing, with surgical precision that, "...no, you can NOT solve any and all problems with software..."; certainly not with software which was written the way it was back then.

Spoiler alert, folks: the writing of software has only gotten worse since then...much worse.

LibreOffice 6.4 nearly done as open-source office software project prepares for 10th anniversary

nautica
Boffin

LibreOffice: a review.

"LibreOffice 6.2 – de oppresso liber officium"

February 28, 2019

OCS-Mag

Open Content & Software Magazine

http://www.ocsmag.com/2019/02/28/libreoffice-6-2-de-oppresso-liber-officium/

nautica
Go

Re: ELEVEN YEARS to "succeede"?

...because the résumés received by the HR-Department get fed into automated readers which do NOT read PDF documents.

Industry does what's easy; having a reader to accommodate the MS-Office-generated-résumés, which is what 99++ percent will be--as well as having a PDF reader to handle the rest--does NOT qualify as "easy".

'NOTHING' qualifies as "easy" if manual intervention (sorting, in this case) is ever required.

nautica
Boffin

Re: ELEVEN YEARS to "succeede"?

A very elegant (read that as 'small'--as in 25 MB! ; 'very powerful for its size'; 'highly capable'; 'gets very good reviews') alternative to the wretched wordprocessor under discussion here is named "AbiWord", and is NOT available for Windows. When it comes to compatibility with Word, it is PRECISELY as compatible with Word as is LibreOffice: it is NOT, just as LibreOffice Writer, at ten (or more) times the size, is NOT.

AbiWord 3.0.4

https://www.abisource.com/

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AbiWord v3.0.4 Release notes

(27 November 2019)

https://www.abisource.com/release-notes/3.0.4.phtml

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AbiWord v3.0.3 Release notes

(24 November, 2019)

https://www.abisource.com/release-notes/3.0.3.phtml

nautica
Holmes

You are absolutely correct; the only question is, "What's taken so long?"

"LibreOffice 6.4 Nearly Done..."

nautica
FAIL

ELEVEN YEARS to "succeede"?

"Succeeded" at what?

Eleven years, all that verbiage, all that money, and they STILL have not been able to come up with a program which is compatible with Microsoft, and at which two or three good developers would have been successful.

If you think they've succeeded, then you need to send all your really important documents (résumés; especially résumés) to all your really important clients and business associates; and make absolutely certain that they've been generated by absolutely the latest version of LibreOffice, so you'll have no excuses. You also need to have your head examined.

Perhaps all those high-salaried Document Foundation "managers" need to be replaced by people who know how to write software.

It's quite obvious that the Document Foundation's money is NOT, nor has it ever been going into the writing of a competitor to Office.

Wait...ALL these years...ABSOLUTELY NO RESULTS. As the old saying goes, something really stinks on ice.

Perhaps upper-management ties to Microsoft...

Want an ethical smartphone? Fairphone 3 is on the way – but tiny market share suggests few care

nautica
Linux

Ever heard of the Pinephone?

$159.95 Linux phone; nothing Google; bootable microSD card slot; replaceable $10 Samsung battery; headphone jack; security switches; I2C data bus available to back cover; kits already delivered to devs...

https://www.pine64.org/pinephone/

https://forums.ubports.com/topic/2403/pinephone

https://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/Project_Don't_be_evil



You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found

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Boffin

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"‬When someone builds a bridge,‭ ‬he uses engineers who have been certified as knowing what they are doing.‭ ‬Yet when someone builds you a software program,‭ ‬he has no similar certification,‭ ‬even though your safety may be just as dependent upon that software working as it is upon the bridge supporting your weight.‭"‬--David L.‭ ‬Parnas

"There are no standards for computer programmers and no group to certify them."--David L. Parnas

We don't know whether 737 Max MCAS update is coming or Boeing: Anti-stall safety fix delayed

nautica
Boffin

Re: Question for the experts

When I worked in the aerospace industry it was an absolute imperative that, for a "fail-safe" or "fail-softly" system--which Boeing obviously does not consider this to be--three sensors are needed so that a "vote" can be taken. Of course, this was before the days of the mental set of the sh*theads who think that software can solve everything--and this ABSOLUTELY INCLUDES engineering managers--became "the way" of engineering design.

Face it: now, designing things with hardware is soooo "old school", so "not trendy", so...safe.

"Never ask a man with two watches for the correct time."

"‬When someone builds a bridge,‭ ‬he uses engineers who have been certified as knowing what they are doing.‭ ‬Yet when someone builds you a software program,‭ ‬he has no similar certification,‭ ‬even though your safety may be just as dependent upon that software working as it is upon the bridge supporting your weight.‭"‬...

"‬There are no standards for computer programmers and no group to certify them.‭"‬--David L.‭ ‬Parnas

ReactOS 0.4.11 makes great strides towards running Windows apps without the Windows

nautica
Boffin

The biggest problem, and the biggest promise of ReactOS...

...is to know when what they've got to offer and what they've done is 'Good Enough'--and then declare ReactOS 'done', except for the occasional point upgrade.

There are a lot of very valuable and entertaining programs which would--or will--run on ReactOS which will NOT run on Microsoft's latest--i.e., last many years--monstrosities.

These "new" operating systems suffer from the same, or worse, indignities, of most all "modern" operating systems, including Linux--the need to offer more and more "features", which include more and more totally 'un-fixable' serious problems ("bugs" is a much-too-nondescriptive term); and whose totally useless upgrades--which, as often as not--result in a WORSE version of the operating system, after having to run all night long. But the assurance is that the new problems introduced will be 'fixed' in the very next upgrade, folks--which will, of course, require another all-night, or 'right-in-the-middle-of-what-you're-doing' upgrade session.

Even "bug fixes" in the latest-and-greatest 'feature-laden' versions of some of the most famous linux operating systems are now so extensive that 'bug fixes' are now effected by one simple procedure and strategy by the developers: the bugs--even very serious ones--which are discovered and reported are simply ignored. After all, who can be bothered with pesky bug fixes when we're working on the latest, greatest, and NEWEST feature-laden distro which HAS to be out IN SIX MONTHS?

Google sells 'predictable' storage costs: $120k for a year before you get a foot in the door, though

nautica
Boffin

What people won't do / pay to be "cool"--

One can buy a LOT of SSDs and / or spinning rust for this kind of money--and it's nowhere near as perishable as depending on radio contact with Google--or MOST importantly, depending on the WHIMS of Google to hold, keep, and return one's data, absolutely intact, forever and ever.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Holmes

Wait...wait...WAIT!

According to everything I've been reading--for YEARS--from the world's second-biggest blow-hard and grandstander from South Africa, is that Ubuntu is more profitable, much more beloved, head-and-shoulders bigger, and much more important than Red Hat.

IBM, you just don't pay attention to the really important stuff. You don't listen to the REALLY VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE. If you want to know how important this person is, just ask him.

You could have had Ubuntu.

Jerks.

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub

nautica
Boffin

What's all the fuss about? What's the big deal?

MS-DOS 2.11--running a 3.5" floppy drive--is alive and well, in ROM, on my 1987 Toshiba T1000 laptop; bought brand-new--along with a $295, 512K RAM upgrade--and is still brand-new.

The other best investment I ever made was the 5.25" floppy-drive peripheral for it, which allows me to say to my friends--who bemoan the fact that they can't read (or write, of course) any of their legacy 5.25" floppies which they may still have for some reason--"You can't!? What's the problem?"

I'm not ever touching the original, but one of these days I'm going to put a back-light on the screen of the second--or perhaps the third--of the back-up devices I bought.

The T1000 in conjunction with reading Van Wolverton's book was how I learned DOS--and 'edlin'. No wasted youth there!

Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

nautica
Boffin

Whatever happened to...?

What exactly has this function--Power-Over-Ethernet--got to do with the lofty intention of the Raspberry Pi's existence being the teaching of computer programming to small children?

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Eben Upton has yet to admit to, or have fixed, one of the most egregious mistakes one could make on an electronic product made for public consumption, to say nothing of the "8-year-old masses" target audience; and one which has existed since the introduction of the very first Raspberry Pi: a SIMPLE, rational shut-down procedure which does not corrupt the mass-storage device. It is unimaginable that one would design an electronic product, especially one designed for this one's purported market, without a simple "on-off" switch.

But I forget...this has been explained previously as a 'benefit': a 'real-world' teaching experience. Silly me.

Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

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Pint

A BIG favor please, El Reg...

As I can't explicitly find this information anywhere else, how about giving us a YOUR listing of the Top Twenty Linux distributions which are systemd-free?

I have never been moved to send a contribution until now, but I am definitely sending one--for a brew, or three--to Devuan for their ground-breaking work; and to MX Linux for their outstanding, dynamite MX-17.1 distribution. I predict MX-17.1 will be a first-place contender before much longer...and systemd-free, by the way.

Now, about that list...

You know what your problem is, Apple? Complacency

nautica
Holmes

No need to read the article...

If this has been touched upon in other comments, there's a reason for the duplication: those comments have not been read; just as, has not, the article.

When the entire message of the article--"Apple's Problem is Complacency"--is in the title, why waste time on "amplification"? "Amplification" of the title's very succinct and complete message is a fool's errand; it is not possible.

(Oh, and here's a 'freebie' for you, Register: simply replace the word "Apple" in the above quotation with the name of most any organization extant, of over twenty-five employees, and you have a virtually unlimited supply of titles for future articles.)

nautica
Holmes

No need to read the article...

If this has been touched upon in other comments, there's a reason: they have not been read. Just as, has not, the article.

When the entire message of the article--"Apple's Problem is Complacency"--is in the title, why waste time on "amplification"? "Amplification" of the title's very succinct and complete message is a fool's errand; it is not possible.

(Oh, and here's a 'freebie' for you, Register: simply replace the word "Apple" in the above quotation with the name of most any organization extant, of over twenty-five employees, and you have a virtually unlimited supply of titles for future articles.)

Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

nautica
Holmes

Everyone is a lawyer...but EVERYONE!

The preceding comments, as well as the ones to come, prove the truth of the following--

#1: "Have you heard that medical researchers have decided to use lawyers for their experiments, instead of lab rats?"

#2: No; why?

#1: "There are three good reasons: (a) the lab workers have a tendency to become emotionally attached to the rats; (b) there are some things which you can't get a rat to do; and (c) there are more lawyers."

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

nautica
Holmes

Re: Fantastic!

Why not?

Doesn't everyone need a computer whose "...Gigabit Ethernet..." really runs at only 300 MHz?

Kudos to the Raspberry Pi organization for their being able to to foist this package of not-so-subtle prevarication and dissembling off on the majority of the 'Tech-Journalist' and RPi-fanbois world.

Heaps of scorn to The Register for its brain-dead acceptance, and lack of correction, of this load of crap from the RPi organization.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Thumb Up

What a golden opportunity...

I personally think the thing (Hey! That's what Morrisons can call it..."The Thing") looks absolutely scrumptious. I think they'd make a bazillion bucks by packaging it up and mounting a sales effort aimed directly at the U.S! After all, a people who will eat at McDonald's will eat anything, so "The Thing" is a shoe-in to be a phenomenal success. And...what better way to get retribution on the U.S for exporting McDonald's to the U.K.?

Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

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Go

Now's the time to be a pioneer, again.

Remember those 'sideays' glances when you told people your browser was something new called 'Firefox'?

Midori is looking really great right now!

Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Re: Question [Friendly Advice]

If it's not already 17.3, upgrade it to 17.3.

If it is 17.3, leave it alone; just use the 'update' icon on the panel to stay current.

17.3 is acknowledged to be THE BEST of all the latest MINT distros, hands down; the most rock-solid; the most trouble-free. Newer does NOT mean 'better'.

I have two Lenovos (T430, T420), one running 17.3; the other had 17.3 RE-INSTALLED after trying out the "new, improved" version. The MINT Linux organization set the bar really high with 17.3.

nautica
Happy

Re: I wuv MSFT

I really don't understand--

...do the recipients of your hoped-for largesse not understand the phrase, "I do not work on, nor provide advice on, any Windows computer"?

Works for me. ALL the time.

How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Thumb Down

Re: Want one ... but will it sell?

"...I can't think of any Penguinista who wouldn't want one of these..."

Are you prepared to 'root' the device?

Would you know how to 'root' the device?

Neither can I think of any "penguinista" who wouldn't want one of these, as long as it were a TRUE LINUX DEVICE, and not something that runs Linux under Android.

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Thumb Down

Re: Linux

Then you don't want THIS.

Read EVERYthing on the Gemini...including the fact that one MIGHT be able to

ROOT THE MACHINE to make it run Linux natively.

Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver

nautica
Megaphone

Not even close...

Wrong word.

Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

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Holmes

No matter what they say the reason is, the real reason is declining sales.

There is absolutely no mystery here.

The large segment of more-mature RPi buyers which has been overlooking the RPi's shortcomings--and they are far too many to be overlooked in today's environment--has stopped doing that, and has stopped buying (tried programming the RPi in Assembly Language? You can't. Most wannabe serious designers don't find this out until they've ordered one or two. Or ten). The RPi group will cheerily suggest that you design your project as an embedded Linux application.

That leaves what market segment? Why, the very young crowd, of course, which was supposed to be the original target of the RPi Foundation's pitch, and who are now responsible for generating large sales numbers. How can we do that?

Well, the PiZero didn't work. Buying the MagPi magazine didn't work. Developers--who are, by definition, serious--have universally shunned the "Compute Module" because it is, after all, STILL a poor excuse for a serious design tool (a "cheap little board", as one website recently put it). This leaves what?

Why, merge with a CoderDojo, of course.

Now it will become clear as to who has been creating all those numbers for the RPi.

And it will become very clear that the party's over.

Uber responds to Waymo: We don't even use that tech you say we stole

nautica
Boffin

Howzat again?

"...We don't even use that tech you say we stole."

"...I didn't say all them things I said..."--Yogi Berra

Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

nautica
Happy

I'm totally in the dark...

Why isn't Microsoft tempting us with something which really matters to the average consumer? Like, for example, points to be used to shop at Wal-Mart?

Oh, never mind...it just struck me-- not millenial enough. Hog swill trumps butter and eggs every time.

Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

nautica
Happy

What should have been said...

"...The delay would almost certainly help on the consumer front, as home users begin to potentially digest--and get over the dry heaves-- Anniversary Update."

Microsoft buries the bad Windows Phone news: Mobile sales collapse

nautica
Happy

And then, there's always...

...the Ubuntu self-driving car, the Ubuntu fitness monitor, the Ubuntu microwave oven, the Ubuntu whatever-it-is-which-will-get-Mark-Shuttleworth-ANY-press-space, and, last but not least, a real

UBUNTU LINUX DISTRIBUTION FOR THE DESKTOP.

nautica
Happy

Yes, but there's always the...

Ubuntu phone. Oh, and uh, the Ubuntu TV. And the Ubuntu watch. The Ubuntu refrigerator, of course; and the Ubuntu...

nautica
Happy

Yes, but there's always the...

Ubuntu phone. Oh, and uh, the Ubuntu TV. And the Ubuntu refrigerator; and the...

Who should deliver our next Reg lecture? You tell us

nautica
Happy

Never assume too much.

"...Think you're up to it? Get in touch with us here."

I am. You're not.

nautica
Happy

Calls 'em like he sees 'em

"...a modest man who has much to be modest about..."--W. Churchill re C. Atlee

European privacy body slams shut backdoors everywhere

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Happy

sex munths ago i cunt evn spel injuneer...

"When someone builds a bridge, he uses engineers who have been certified as knowing what they are doing. Yet when someone builds you a software program, he has no similar certification, even though your safety may be just as dependent upon that software working as it is upon the bridge supporting your weight.";

and

"There are no standards for computer programmers and no group to certify them."--David L. Parnas

UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

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Happy

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.--Djikstra

"UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads"

WHAT?! After all the millions of "Raspberry Pi" s sold?

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

nautica
Happy

A two-word answer to 2000-word question:

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

Hell, no.

Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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Happy

Poor Linus...

One particularly well-informed, intelligent, and THINKING expert has posited that the recent rash of Linux-OS sh*t, as best exemplified by the abortion known as Ubuntu 16.04, is likely heralding the end of any hopes of--and indeed, even the death of--Linux on the desktop. This comedy by Linus Torvalds does nothing to make one feel good about being at odds with this prognostication.

"Programming is the art of telling another human being what one wants the computer to do."--Donald Knuth

"Programs are meant to be read by humans and only incidentally for computers to execute."--Donald Knuth

"Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer."--Edsger Djikstra

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