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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Damouze Re:Simple (635 comments)

Hear hear.

With regards to editors. I used to -hate- vi. Passionately and with an almost religious fervor. To the extent that I renamed the vi binary to sucky-editor etc. For me, joe was the way to go. At university, on systems that were maintained by me, vi was usually a symlink to joe ;-).

All those wordstar key combo's that I was used to from those days (and nights) that I spent writing my next C program were not lost to me. I could still use them in joe while I was writing my C programs for Linux. Them good ol' times...

Nowadays, there is a dichotomy of editors in my twisted brain. If it's flat text I use vi. Mainly because of it's powerful search and replace features. If it's something else, like a UNIX shell script or a SQL file, I still use joe.

about three weeks ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Damouze The programming language for the next 20 years... (315 comments)

C. Plain old C.

Entire Operating Systems are written in it. Userland tools for those operating systems are usually written in it. Any self-respecting developer knows at least C. The rest is just like fashion tips: next year they're outdated.

Although, as much as I hate to admit it, the same could be said for Java...

about 1 month ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Damouze 4DWM ftw :) (611 comments)

I miss the good old days of the SGI Iris Desktop and 4DWM. There is a clone of sorts around for Linux and it looks quite nice, but it just lacks the magic touch of SGI.

about 4 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

Damouze Re:Yawn. (403 comments)

"Beware he who would deny you access to information, for in his dreams he reckons himself your master"

From a fabulous game I used to play :).

about 4 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

Damouze Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (1098 comments)

In what way is it impossible for people to use GPL licensed software to develop commercial applications? Loads of companies do it and not every single one of them shares the source code of their product or products with their customers.

I tend to take a stance in the middle ground here. The GPL license and the BSD license serve different purposes, just like the rest of the plethora of licenses in existence do. It is up to the developers to decide which of those licenses suits them and their philosophy best.

I used to be a nearly religious advocate of the GPL v2.x licenses and their derivatives. In fact, in many ways I still am. The problem with the current incarnation, GPL v3, however, is that it contains more restrictions than freedoms. And while I am no fan of DRM of binary blobs in software, preventing them from being included in Free and Open Source software harms the cause of Free and Open Source Software more than it does it any good, to name an example. Add to that the fact that the legalese in general of the GPL v3 does not invite a sense of freedom (at least to me it doesn't) it could be argued that it actually foregoes its original goals, in favour of the licensing equivalent of hard marxism.

In other words, the GPL v3 doesn't suit me, so I tend to avoid it in my hobby projects. Fortunately for me (and the rest of the world) they're exactly that: hobby projects.

about 8 months ago
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Most run piece of code. Ever

Damouze Re:Depends on the decade (9 comments)

It must not be my day today, because I made a mistake:

In C it would have to be:

a &= 15;
a += (a >= 10 ? 48 : 55);

about 8 months ago
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Most run piece of code. Ever

Damouze Re:Depends on the decade (9 comments)

I skipped the 'non-assembler' part, my apologies.

I still think it's a cool piece of code though and it's probably been run the most, especially in certain operating systems associated with the color blue :P.

In C:

a += (a >= 10 ? 7 : 55);

about 8 months ago
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Most run piece of code. Ever

Damouze Depends on the decade (9 comments)

In the late '70s and early '80s:

and $0f
add a, $90
daa
adc a, $40
daa

Since then:

add al, $90
daa
adc al, $40
daa

about 8 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Damouze Barbaric (3 comments)

Capital punishment is barbaric and should be abolished by every country in the world. No nation can truly call itself civilized unless it has abolished the death penalty.

about 8 months ago
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Activision is preventing Gabriel Knight from coming to Linux

Damouze Android is a derivation of Linux (1 comments)

Although probably correct on a marketing and perceptual level, technically speaking the game is in fact going to be published for Linux, since Android is a derivation of Linux.

about 9 months ago
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Snowden Document Says Dutch Secret Service Hacks Internet Forums

Damouze Re:Language? (162 comments)

Actually, both are equally correct in Dutch.

about 10 months ago
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Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

Damouze Re:More importantly (1293 comments)

Texas also gave us Double Duh Bush. One of the least enlightened beings on this planet, as well as the one who put us in the international mess we're currently in.

"If you're not with us, you're against us."

Great way to sway everyone to your side - or theirs for that matter.

On topic: the problem between science and religion is not that they are mutually exclusive, but rather that science requires actual proof, whereas religion requires merely faith. One cannot prove the existence of god either way.

Even so, it seems silly to me to require the teaching of pseudoscience in school, merely to placate a couple of religious fanatics. I thought it was us who invented the polde model, but the Americans seem to have taken it to an entire new level.

about a year ago
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Yahoo CEO Says It Would Be Treason To Decline To Cooperate With the NSA

Damouze Re:Treason.. or... (524 comments)

Assange can't be charged with treason in the USA, because he is not an American citizen.

1 year,5 days
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Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud

Damouze Dream on (292 comments)

Whatever the encryption is, you can bet your bottom dollar bill that the NSA is at least two decades ahead of it.

1 year,17 days
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

Damouze Pure racism (1233 comments)

That's what it is. And it's time somebody stood up to these assholes and told them so.

1 year,26 days
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Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

Damouze Fat chance (280 comments)

You might as well try to tell the Sun not to set tonight.

1 year,26 days
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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

Damouze Re:GET READY.... (242 comments)

Ginger?

about a year ago

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