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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

LaughALot Re:What do you mean by text? (876 comments)

The problem with APL is it was a write only language which was very difficult to read. Perl is another example of a hard to read easy to write language. Visual programming - not to be confused with Microsoft's hijacking the word visual and using it incorrectly - visual programming has never been able to really address more complex problems easily.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

LaughALot Winodws XP has lasted (503 comments)

I no longer use windows xp, but I use windows 7 but in windows classic mode which pre-dates xp but comes from windows 2K. I personally find find it to be clean and uncluttered. I also have Linux Mint Cinnamon which is very similar to windows classic and as a metaphor it works admirably. I dislike the mac interface of one common menu and the unity emulation of that interface be it a side app menu rather than a bottom app menu. In fact I am writing this on Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon. Linux mint 15 and 16 work virtually the same way. I think that operating system vendors think they they have to have new UI's in order to resell themselves every 3 years. I think it is high time that Microsoft gave away the OS and just sold extra apps to run on it. I doubt I would buy any of their apps however.

about 3 months ago

The Far Future of Our Solar System

LaughALot Re:In AD 802701, war was beginning (122 comments)

AD has also been superceded by CE (common era). Neanderthals were around for a paltry million years. The thought process in producing this drivel I am spouting here does not really require smell, taste or touch. I have to see and try to hear what I am saying.

about 4 months ago

The Far Future of Our Solar System

LaughALot When will homo sapiens go extinct. (122 comments)

I am sure we will go the way of the neanderthals and the denisovans and the whole bunch of bipeds in our region of the evolutionary tree. I suspect that there may be other beings that use their brains for more than just moving around in earths future. Perhaps we may be able to upload and download our consciousness and employ various new senses.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

LaughALot Re:Well... (796 comments)

In the late stages of the Second World War, Evelyn Waugh was trapped in Europe in the company of Randolph Churchill, the boorish son of the wartime prime minister. "In the hope of keeping him quiet," he wrote to Nancy Mitford, "Freddie and I bet him £20 that he cannot read the whole Bible in a fortnight. Unhappily it has not had the result we hoped. He has never read any of it before and is hideously excited; keeps reading quotations aloud... or merely slapping his side & chortling 'God, isn't God a shit!'."

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

LaughALot Enders Game - Orson Scott Card (796 comments)

Whenever you see bugger read it as formic - ROFLMAO

about 4 months ago

Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

LaughALot Chromebooks are double the price in South Africa (321 comments)

I cannot understand why this is the case, I think they are are ideal running ChromeOS for use in schools and old age homes. I do not understand why they are not sold here for a good price.

about 4 months ago


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