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Ask Slashdot: Easy, Open Source Desktop-Sharing Software?

AtrN Re:Free usually = not very good (116 comments)

OP may have written "open source" but I got the impression they really meant "zero cost".

about a year ago

UK Court: MPAA Not Entitled To Profits From Piracy

AtrN Re:Er... (159 comments)


about 2 years ago

Gerry Anderson, Co-Creator of Thunderbirds, Dies

AtrN Re:also known for the UFO TV series (129 comments)

I grew up with Gerry Anderson's shows from the early 1960s - I always wanted to be Joe 90 and get things downloaded into my brain (still do) and also think UFO is the best GA show. Dark themes with a cool look (the theme music is great too).

Now back to the point... In the UFO books, yes, there are books, you learn that the purple wigs are in fact anti-static devices! No idea about the miniskirts and knee-high boots though.

more than 2 years ago

Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

AtrN Re:And no patents (725 comments)

BTW dmr had one of the first, if not the first, software patents - setuid.

more than 3 years ago

LSD Alleviates 'Suicide Headaches'

AtrN Re:On a related note (272 comments)

Southern hemisphere here. Left side episodic cluster head of about 17 years. I sense no difference this year. My other pretty regular run of winter clusters seem to have come a little early this year. But they're milder.

more than 2 years ago

LSD Alleviates 'Suicide Headaches'

AtrN Re:Curious... (272 comments)

We're already taking the drugs "far nastier and more dangerous than mere LSD". A lot of the time they don't work and they don't work the same across all sufferers. I'm only a episodic cluster head (a lucky one) but the side effects of the meds that work for me and can stop an attack cluster are such that I prefer to ride it out without them. More info at clusterheadaches.com

more than 3 years ago

Science Channel Buys Rights To Firefly

AtrN Re:This is important? (380 comments)

In my universe Cleopatra 2525 was the best.

more than 3 years ago

Uniforms For the Help Desk?

AtrN Appropriate Wear (837 comments)

Dress like fire fighters.

about 5 years ago

Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language

AtrN Re:Google search "Go" (831 comments)

C+@ was essentially Smalltalk in C's clothing.

more than 5 years ago

DIY 1980s "Non-Von" Supercomputer

AtrN Re:Transputer? (135 comments)

The transputer architecture was quite different. It wasn't SIMD but just a processor with communications links, some on-chip RAM and h/w support for CSP - a scheduler for threads (called a process in occam/transputer-land) and comms via synchronous, uni-directional channels. The scheduler and stack machine architecture made context switches very fast and communications easy. The h/w was notable that you just needed some power and a clock to get a transputer machine up and building multi-processor systems wasn't too difficult.

more than 5 years ago

Phantom OS, the 21st Century OS?

AtrN Re:Anyone ever hear of Multics? (553 comments)

As for eliminating languages to prevent bad code, it's been done too

Earlier than Prime. Burroughs.

more than 5 years ago

Good Books On Programming With Threads?

AtrN Communicating Sequential Processes (176 comments)

Hoare's classic is freely available. It's worth reading despite workable higher-level techniques being available. I like this bit...

In its full generality, multithreading is an incredibly complex and error-prone technique, not to be recommended in any but the smallest programs. In excuse, we may plead that it was invented before the days of structured programming, when even FORTRAN was still considered to be a high-level programming language!

more than 6 years ago


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