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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

John Bokma Maybe a better reason for the plateau (277 comments)

Is that they don't become obsolete as fast? My mother still uses a iPad 2. I sold my iPad 4th generation to my wife's cousin, and she and I now both have an iPad Air 2. And to be honest, I just sold mine because I could, not because I needed to upgrade to the Air 2. I think the iPad 4th gen I sold will be OK for at least 2 more years. And it wouldn't surprise me if it will get an iOS 9 update. Moreover, it wouldn't surprise me if it will get an iOS 10 update as well.

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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

John Bokma Re:That's WordPress in a nutshell (302 comments)

Or maybe he knows exactly what he does; how does the exported HTML compare to handcoded HTML?

about a week ago
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Exploring Some Lesser-Known Scripting Languages

John Bokma Re:Who supports it (60 comments)

Yup. Before Python Pascal was thought of as the language that was extremely readable; it was nearly like programming in pseudo code (hah, it was actually that a cleaner version of Pascal was used in several textbooks on algorithms). However, years ago when I had to port Pascal to Perl (no, I am not making this up) I came upon hundreds of lines of very hard to read code. After some careful study I discovered that someone had coded bubble sort (in a very weird, long winded way) with a separate piece of code to reverse the sort order. Basically sort { $b cmp $a } @items ...

My point is that how readable code is has also a lot to do if the implementation of an algorithm follows the expectations of the person reading the code. And (also) in Python there are many ways (really) to solve the same problem, including very unreadable ways.

I do agree that Perl has a lot of "line noise" like $, @, %, etc. but that's not that different from learning a language with a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Hindi, which uses Devanagari). After a very short while (in my experience) those weird symbols become second nature and actually help with reading (they are there for a reason). It's even more fun when one of the major complains about Python is lack of some line noise; the use of significant white space instead of {} ...

Finally, while I have been doing some Python programming I am not attracted to the language. I don't know why I am attracted to Perl (and no, it's not because I am brainwashed by Perl). I think it's for the same reason that I consider Devanagari a very nice script. And why I am currently learning Haskell ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Exploring Some Lesser-Known Scripting Languages

John Bokma Re:Who supports it (60 comments)

Perl has OO for longer than 7-8 years. Perl is not harder to read/write than Python. Hard to read code can be written in any language, including Python. And yes, one can argue that Perl makes it easier to write hard to read code, but why would one do this? Last but not least a lot of hard to read Perl is the result of cargo cult coding; too many people back in the mid-90's thought: "Oh, I know this, it's just another programming language". Heh.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

John Bokma Re:Dewhat? (150 comments)

alcogrythem

I like it, sounds like a good title for a steampunk book: "The Alcogrythem" by Neal Stephenson.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-Based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds of Over 2GB/s

John Bokma Re:If you don't want to upgrade your box (100 comments)

Yeah, walled garden, right. You are aware that OS X is just *BSD under the hood, right? Moreover, one can run Parallels on top of OS X. I am currently typing this in a full screen Ubuntu 14.10 session in Parallels on a Mac mini. My first impression of this little beast: why didn't I buy one years sooner. It's silent. It just works, out of the box. And so far it runs Ubuntu fantastic! And with one four finger swipe I am in the OS X desktop.

Apple out of business within 5 years? Right, that's about the same time we finally have Linux on the desktop, right?

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-Based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds of Over 2GB/s

John Bokma Re:If you don't want to upgrade your box (100 comments)

Eh, who is serious about computers and worries about a few bucks?

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

John Bokma Re:Age prior to dyine (115 comments)

If we look again at the estimated maximum life expectancy for prehistoric humans, which is 35 years, we can see that this does not mean that the average person living at this time died at the age of 35. Rather, it means that for every child that died in infancy, another person might have lived to be 70. The life expectancy statistic is, therefore, a deeply flawed way to think about the quality of life of our ancient ancestors.

source: http://www.ancient-origins.net...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

John Bokma AxDroid (110 comments)

http://axdroid.wikia.com/wiki/... However it looks like nothing has happened for years... I own an Axim X51v and would like to give it a second life.

about a month and a half ago
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An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

John Bokma Re:gotta be Bennett (162 comments)

Halfway? Didn't the number of paragraphs give it away?

about a month and a half ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

John Bokma Re:Atlanta Nights by Travis Tea (100 comments)

For that we have Rothfuss' "The Slow Regard of Silent Things", which I actually enjoyed, a lot.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

John Bokma Short answer, IMO: yes (317 comments)

I am currently doing Introduction to Functional Programming and I am very impressed on how much it has helped to get into Haskell. Earlier I've tried reading "Learn yourself a Haskell" and "Real World Haskell" but having to do excercises and labs made the difference (for me)

about 1 month ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

John Bokma Re:Perl! (277 comments)

Oh, huh, bless has never bothered me much. And that's the only Christian propaganda I can think of.

about 2 months ago
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Raspberry Pi A+ Details Leaked

John Bokma Re:Can't call it that... (141 comments)

And somewhat later an Raspberry Archimedes, with an ARM processor .... wait....

about 3 months ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

John Bokma Re:Quantifiable (282 comments)

Sounds like a problem waiting for a solution...

about 3 months ago

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