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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

alexandre_ganso Re:Buy a Mac (554 comments)

My machine is seven years old. It runs the latest mac os.

The machine I'm writing now is an Early 2009 Macbook. According to the "about my mac" menu, I'm running 10.9.5. So...?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

alexandre_ganso Re:Legacy? (247 comments)

Really? A LOT. People swear by fortran. Look at the codes running on the top 10 fastest supercomputers in the world. Fortran is about a third of it, if not more.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

alexandre_ganso REXX (247 comments)

Ibm used to say for a time that REXX was the most used language in the world.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

alexandre_ganso Re:Why .Net? (247 comments)

People coming from the CS background just hate Fortran, but that thing just doesn't go away. Physics and Math people love it.

The performance excuse is mostly excuse, you can have pretty much the same performance with C or well-made C++. The fact is that it's easier to come from a mathematical model to code in fortran than in C.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

alexandre_ganso Re:Why .Net? (247 comments)

That depends on the small world you live at.

PHP WAS used for those things. People moved to ruby, python, etc. Which is bad, now when finally php does not suck anymore.

C is HUGE. The open-source world is C. Everything unix is C. Pretty much every compiler for other language is C. The embedded world is C as well.

Fortran is not legacy AT ALL. In my world, which is that of Supercomputing, about one third of new codes is in FORTRAN. It is simpler for the people in Math and physics fields to use it and achieve high speed using hundreds of thousand processors. (the other two thirds are roughly C and C++).

Perl and python are used for data analysis in science. And some R.

Python is used everywhere in Linux distributions.

Functional languages are used in wall street.

You can't even compare those with stuff like cold fusion.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

alexandre_ganso Re:Anything that isn't C (247 comments)

After I saw some idiots taking pictures with notebooks at concerts, I would say yes :)

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

alexandre_ganso Re:Depends on your definition of legacy (247 comments)

That's because you don't live in reality. Legacy is that thing where you can't get any new, fresh programmers to work with. Good luck finding a 20yr-old PL/I ou AC/L or COBOL language.

Or .NET.

about 9 months ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

alexandre_ganso Re:Ha ha (465 comments)

Ah, the same shit as with erections.

There, fixed for you

about 10 months ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

alexandre_ganso Re:Ha ha (465 comments)

could I buy pizza with tulips? because I just did that today at The Netherlands.

about 10 months ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

alexandre_ganso Re:Ha ha (465 comments)

I could swear that the Euro only entered in circulation almost twenty years AFTER what you declare as using it for oil. Actually, it was 1999. So, your information is wrong.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

alexandre_ganso Re:well... (531 comments)

I could swear that the "gcc" on current macs is just a shortcut for clang.

Yep, it is:

$ gcc --help
OVERVIEW: clang LLVM compiler

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

alexandre_ganso Re:You lost me at vim (531 comments)

pff. Vi is great when all you have is a 300/75 baud connection and your "terminal" is an electronic typewriter with a two-lines display (one for the line being edited, one for modal)

To be honest, my impression is that vi was DESIGNED for that use case.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

alexandre_ganso Re:Any Android Tablet (370 comments)

Nope. Get an ipad. Better accessibility.

I use android myself, but my father has the same problem. He uses an ipad with big letters, big contrast. works.

1 year,13 days
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

alexandre_ganso Re:another design cue from apple? (408 comments)

Nope! I like it. I miss the lenovo keyboard every time I have to use a Vaio.

1 year,18 days
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

alexandre_ganso Re:another design cue from apple? (408 comments)

I know what those keys are for. Especially because I write daily in German, Portuguese, Spanish and occasionally in a couple of other languages, besides English.

And you know why the apple ones were created, and why they didn't use the already existing modifiers, right? And then why microsoft made those, as well. You can find it on the web.

You might not like the symbol (on the alt case, but never mind - the new keyboards call it alt now). I like the cmd symbol, which is the symbol for touristic landmarks in nordic countries.

Oh, and I am hardly a kid anymore.

1 year,18 days
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

alexandre_ganso Re:another design cue from apple? (408 comments)

I have had notebooks before that. They had mice and trackpads. Look at this one from hp, idiot:

http://blog.laptopmag.com/wpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/HP-omnibook-300-pop-out-mouse.jpg

I had those pop-out trackballs, some with the trackball over the keyboard, and even with trackballs right next to the screen. So the "magical palm rest" might be a necessity, but no one did it before.

1 year,18 days
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

alexandre_ganso Re:another design cue from apple? (408 comments)

I have in my lenovo three indiscernible hieroglyphs: one that turns out to be the old-generation of the windows logo, one that engages the right click on the mouse (why?), and one called Alt-Gr. It seems that Microsoft took what was bad, made it worse and it is now a standard. Never mind the rest of incomprehensible bullshit I have on this keyboard, like "fn" in blue, but also the whole enter key in blue. Or keys for page back and page forth, right next to the up arrow. Or....

Nah, I am fine with the alt key looking like an alternative line.

1 year,18 days
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

alexandre_ganso Re:another design cue from apple? (408 comments)

Even more: Later PowerBooks featured optional color displays (PowerBook 165c, 1993), and first true touchpad (PowerBook 500 series, 1994), first 16-bit stereo audio, and first built-in Ethernet network adapter (PowerBook 500, 1994).

1 year,18 days

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Lack of copyright in the 19th century made Germany become the mightiest

alexandre_ganso alexandre_ganso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alexandre_ganso writes "While the British Empire was at the top of the world, Germany was a agrarian country. Then something changed. Its rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century, according to a German historian, is due to an absence of copyright law, as the massive proliferation of books, and thus knowledge, laid the foundation for the country's industrial might."
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Steve Jobs regions as CEO

alexandre_ganso alexandre_ganso writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alexandre_ganso writes "Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple.
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve"

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Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

alexandre_ganso alexandre_ganso writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alexandre_ganso writes "Larry Page on google blog: Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience for users. Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been activated worldwide—with over 550,000 devices now lit up every day—through a network of about 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers in 123 countries. That is why I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola."
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Bacterium hosts remnant of life's distant past

alexandre_ganso alexandre_ganso writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alexandre_ganso (1227152) writes "Within a dangerous stomach bacterium, Yale University researchers have discovered an ancient but functioning genetic remnant from a time before DNA existed, they report in the August 13 issue of the journal Science.

"What these cells are doing is using ancient RNA technology to control modern gene expression," said Ron Breaker, the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale, investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and senior author of the study."

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Spark programming interest in a 10yr old kid?

alexandre_ganso alexandre_ganso writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alexandre_ganso (1227152) writes "I am the godfather of a 10-year old kid, whose parents have a very successful small software company. His birthday is at this month's end, and I wanted to give him a gift not related to money, as he has pretty much everything money can get. He loves technology, computers and gadgets, but so far his interests are more into gaming and browsing and facebook than anything else. His parents tried to teach him python, but he lost interest as the thing of writing loops and assigning values to variables just to print something seemed, in his words, "quite dumb compared to what computers can do".

So my question is, how can I spark interest in programming to a today's kid? We are in a point where computers are so advanced out from the box that they don't need to think by themselves — the computer/internet/youtube/WoW is interesting enough for them. Is there any programming course/toolkit for the instant reward generation?"
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How to enforce GPL to a HW manufacturer?

alexandre_ganso alexandre_ganso writes  |  more than 6 years ago

alexandre_ganso writes "I have one of those media players, a small GNU/Linux box with a huge hard drive with tv and network output. In general it works great, but it has several small glitches, such as a buggy ftp server, internet radio support fails and goes back again from one version to another and so on. They have no interest in fixing most of these stuff, as newer products are priority. Eight months ago, I asked the for the source code, so I could fix it myself and return the fixed code to them, but they ignored me. Interesting to notice that the TVix HD M4000's user manual contains the full transcription of the Gnu General Public License, version 2! My question for slashdotters is: If they're using GPL stuff, and admit it, how can I enforce them to get me the source? It would benefit them, so I don't understand what dirty little secrets they may have...."

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