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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

WillAdams Good enough for Knuth and TeX (359 comments)

The only software tools which I have found as reliable and pleasant to use as TeX (which is said to be so full of cutting edge techinique to have revealedbugs in every Pascal compiler used to compile it) were WriteNow (~100,000 lines of assembly) and Altsys Virtuoso (Objective-C w/ NeXTstep frameworks).

2 hours ago

Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

WillAdams Re:Why can't I buy an aftermarket chassis? (227 comments)

I was very sad when NeXT went under and I couldn't get a third (second upgrade) motherboard for my Cube.

Have you considered designing / machining the parts? There are replacement laptop hinges which are pretty affordable --- if you picked one from a recent model it'd probably still be available if you needed a replacement.

5 days ago

NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

WillAdams We're supposed to be the good guys (181 comments)

We need to limit our actions to those which:

  - increase security
  - improve communications and transparency
  - improve access

Monitoring communications has to come after that --- the whole point to a society is to maintain and increase human dignity --- any action by a government which doesn't do this is an absolute travesty and should be prosecuted as a criminal act.

about a week ago

South Africa Begins Ambitious Tablets In Schools Pilot Project

WillAdams Daylight viewable display? (66 comments)

Or are the kids only going to be using these indoors?

Is anyone doing a true daylight viewable display, like the transflective LCDs which were used on Fujitsu tablets?

I need to replace my Fujitsu Stylistic ST-4121, and there simply don't seem to be any real options (need a Wacom stylus as well).

about two weeks ago

Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

WillAdams Re:That's revolutionary (363 comments)

Ars long, vita brevis.

Make beautiful things with the wood which will be cherished by generations to come --- that's what I tried to do when making my archery case:


about a month ago

Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

WillAdams Re:Fine (293 comments)

Let us know when you've worked up a design for a transmitter which will respect property lines.

about a month ago

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

WillAdams This is one of the reasons I like a Tablet PC (567 comments)

It's really convenient to rotate the display on a pen slate (or convertible in slate mode) as appropriate to suit the sort of work / activity one is doing at a given moment.

about a month and a half ago

AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

WillAdams It will empower the people who own/direct it (417 comments)

the people who are paying for the development and paying the power bills. Everyone else will be viewed as just a resource to be exploited.

Fictional take on this --- Marshall Brain's novella _Manna_ --- available free on-line: http://marshallbrain.com/manna...

The first half seems all-too-likely, the second, likely impossible.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

WillAdams Re:I'm sorry (415 comments)

You do realize that Windows 7's mainstream support will end 13 January 2015, and extended support on 14 January 2020?


about a month and a half ago

Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

WillAdams I'd like to buy one (101 comments)

I've been a big believer in pen computing since reading Niven & Pournelle's _The Mote in God's Eye_ and using a Koala Pad graphics tablet attached to a Commodore 64 in high school.

Reasons I prefer tablets w/ a stylus:

  - drawing
  - note-taking
  - annotation
  - more efficient usage of some programs, esp. those which can be configured w/ pie menus or menu structures which can become gestural (Punch in Altsys Virtuoso was a gesture for me on my Wacom ArtZ graphics tablet attached to my NeXT Cube)
  - lighter weight / smaller --- currently trying to ``upgrade'' to a ThinkPad x61 Tablet (convertible) from a Fujitsu Stylistic ST-4121 slate and the former won't fit in my old laptop bag.

Almost bought an Asus Vivotab Note 8, and would've bought the Microsoft Surface 2 from sales this past weekend, but didn't. Concerns I had:

  - poor build quality for the Asus --- there's a DIY fix posted for the digitizer ceasing to work
  - standard LCD, not daylight viewable
  - the Surface 2 which was on sale was the RT model, so can't run Macromedia Freehand --- the Pro 2 was out-of-stock

I'd be sleeping on the couch tonight if someone would make a pen slate which:

  - ran either Mac OS X or Windows --- or if there was a drawing program for Android as nice as Macromedia Freehand
  - was a pen slate w/ a Wacom digitizer
  - had a daylight-viewable display (transflective LCD or better) --- I use my machine as a map reader when traveling and to control my CNC mill on the back porch
  - had a resolution higher than 1024 x 768 and was not much larger than a letter-sized notepad

about 2 months ago

A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

WillAdams Re:Memory mapping? (200 comments)

More importantly, the Bible tells those who believe in it that nothing is unknowable: Genesis 11:6

>The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language
>they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do
>will be impossible for them.

So it's blasphemous for Christians (or Jews or Muslims) to say that humanity can't understand such things (or anything).

about 2 months ago

We Are Running Out of Sand

WillAdams Re:Beach (264 comments)

The problem is, you can't have a shoreline which is all cove --- look at North Carolina's Outer Banks --- Waves/Rodanthe/Salvo lose sand, while it builds up at the tail end down past Hatteras.

about 3 months ago

Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

WillAdams Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

Getting over-the-air TV isn't as easy as it used/ought to be.

When all the stations went digital they also reduced their transmission power, so I went from being able to receive in my basement to getting no signal for the local PBS affiliate.

Had to run a cable from the basement to the living room and build a special-purpose digital TV antenna in order to be able to receive a signal again: http://cachefly.oreilly.com/ma...

(I'm pretty sure PBS had the plans originally, but I can't find the link)

about 3 months ago

Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

WillAdams Re:Balmer is a smart man. (283 comments)

Actually, there was an early ebook reader, predating the Kindle, which Amazon supported and then discontinued.

about 3 months ago

Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

WillAdams Re:Hindsight (81 comments)

Or upgraded them to Apple IIs.

about 3 months ago



Trimble Software follows Adobe's subscription-only licensing lead

WillAdams WillAdams writes  |  about a year and a half ago

WillAdams (45638) writes "From the license for the new SketchUp Make (which replaces Google's free version and complements the paid version) Trimble Navigation Limited ... gives you a ... license to use the ... Software for non-commercial use only. Non-commercial use means: you may not sell, rent, lease or lend the output of the Software or the Services. If you are ... engaged in commercial activity; therefore, in order to use the Software and Services, you must purchase a SketchUp Pro license. In addition to the basic $495 licensing fee, one must pay an annual $95 fee for maintenance & support."

Elon Musk wants to send 80,000 people to live on Mars

WillAdams WillAdams writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WillAdams (45638) writes "SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to create a colony on Mars consisting of a population of 80,000, ferried to the planet in a reusable rocket. For the initial trip, the rocket would contain fewer than 10 humans, and enough equipment to found a colony ready for the other 79,990."
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MLA updates references, web default, but no URL

WillAdams WillAdams writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WillAdams writes "Inside Higher Ed as reported the new seventh edition of the _MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers_ makes web references the default, but doesn't require a URL, operating under the assumption that readers will be able to find the referenced work using a search engine http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/03/11/mla — an assumption which doesn't take into consideration Google bombs &c. Ars discusses it here: http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2009/04/sign-of-the-times-print-no-longer-default-mla-citation-style.ars"
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