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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

Daniel Oom Re:This is wrong (134 comments)

At least the screens are smaller.
The problem with the article is in the assumption that the App Store of the Americal Apple company sells only software that was written in the U.S. of A.

yesterday
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Daniel Oom Re:Contains DNA? WTF? (351 comments)

Terrorists, white sharks, ebola viruses, and lettuce may contain desoxyribonucleic acid, but they may also contain hydroxylic acid a.k.a. DHMO. The latter is more dangerous, but can be rinsed away with water. We recommend against smoking lettuce.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Daniel Oom No, but Object Orientation is a fad that has faded (488 comments)

Pascal gave way to Modula and Oberon and it inspired Ada.

Then you got things like Borland Object Pascal / Delphi, but once you include Object Orientation, it no longer should be called Pascal, just some proprietary language.

4 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Daniel Oom Re:Q. How does one subtract light? (171 comments)

You all learned the answer in high school: if you have a wave, then you can reduce its amplitude or extinguish it by adding a copy if the same signal with the opposite phase.

This has been done to reduce acoustical noise, but it's rather harder to accomplish with light waves. But then, holography is all about interference.

about a week ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Daniel Oom Re:Do we need another open source browser? (165 comments)

It's not so much an Open Source browser that we need, but rather a port of Internet Explorer 6 to Linux / Unix.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Daniel Oom VB6 was better ??? (647 comments)

Something worse than Visual Basic? I can't think of any.
SNOBOL? MUMPS? PL/1? Ada? Intercal? APL? Progress 4GL? PHP?

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Daniel Oom My name is nobody (592 comments)

There was a time when Apple built better quality boxes than the every Windows PC.... before the fruity company switched to RISC processors and begged Jobs to come back. Today they build pretty, but flimsy PCs without Windows preinstalled.

about two weeks ago
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Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases Second Issue CC-BY-SA

Daniel Oom Would you want it to be Open Source? (19 comments)

The point of having an Open Source publication would be that anybody will be allowed to change any article. We already have that, and it's called Wikipedia.

about three weeks ago
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The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

Daniel Oom Re:I'm at a loss. And I RTFA (252 comments)

Who cares about the Operating System, as long as it's cheap, reliable, and trivial for the consumer. It's more about the network and the high-level protocols that will define how devices cooperate or if we have to wait for a vendor to monopolise the market.

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Daniel Oom Steve Jobs is dead (598 comments)

Apple's kit may look pretty and cost a pretty penny, but their quality is lacking and lagging. As to software: AFAIK they once had a daughter company called Claris that made some software. Now they just distribute a variant of BSD Unix.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

Daniel Oom "Mein Kampf" enters the Public Domain (328 comments)

The German state of Bavaria has claimed the copyright over Adolf Hitler's book 'mein Kampf' and used it to prevent it from being printed. This copyright has expired now so the book becomes free.

about a month ago
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Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

Daniel Oom It's the singer, not the song [Mick Jagger] (149 comments)

Frankly, I hardly know who Knuth, Lamport, Liskov, Hoare, Tarjan, Dijkstra or Maxwell are or were. CS grads should know their theories. Donald Knuth belongs to a small club who study the lives of the inventors along with their inventions.

about a month ago
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Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

Daniel Oom Jobs is the Son of Gates (149 comments)

Steve Reich invented minimal music. Steve Jobs just invented the second record company called Apple (the first one being invented by The Beatles - not anywhere as historical as Sun records). Alan Turing invented the Turing Machine - after Conrad Zuse had built a working computer. Al Bell is credited with the telephone. Innovation was patented by the biblical author of Ecclesiastes.

about a month ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

Daniel Oom Open Source always was and will be a failure (205 comments)

It follows that Open Source software does not and cannot exist, except as an innocent hobby, or else the theories of economics are erring.

about 1 month ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Daniel Oom Re:C++ is C (641 comments)

The Object-Oriented Paradigm is not that hard, but C++ is very complex and C contains just the functionality you need.

about 1 month ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Daniel Oom Unix is dead (641 comments)

Unix was proclaimed dead in 1990 by Byte Magazine. Windows is broken, Apple is rotten, Solaris has set, IBM AIX with age, HP-UX was fed to ducks, Excel has left Word that it is out of the Office, the Oracle is learning Delphi, but still there's quite a byte of C code running for president every day.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

Daniel Oom Re:In my experience (118 comments)

Red Hat gives good support, but it takes time. The optimum answer is to have your own support staff and to be able to escalate serious problems to your vendor, but that's not cheap.

about 2 months ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

Daniel Oom Re:Singularity? (181 comments)

More correctly, a singularity is a black hole and the most accepted theory says that you need at least 10 solar masses to create one.

about 2 months ago

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