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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

evenmoreconfused Re:If you 'speak' C (314 comments)

BALR *,13 to you, sir.

surely it was

        BALR 15,0
        USING *,15

no?

PS: I blame this to be the start of the enormous overuse of #define in subsequent decades, as most people thought it was cool to equate R15 to 15 (etcetera) and then write the above as

        BALR R15,R0
        USING *,R15

leading to the endless nested equating we get in modern C and C++.

PPS: for the worst such mess ever created, does anyone else remember the COBOL "ALTER" command?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

evenmoreconfused Re:If you 'speak' C (314 comments)

Using a text editor to write code for a device like an iOS device, that simply displays the weather or a stock price is so ... 1960s?

Well -- 1970's maybe. 1960's were more about drum storage and all that. Even in the early '70s, the 029 keypunches didn't let us correct typos -- you had to hold the "dup" key down to duplicate the bit you got right, and then carry on keying from where the mistake started. The 129's were much better, as they only punched the card after you finished the whole line.

Although come to think of it, I did write a nice simple weather app in 360/Assembler for a class in 1974.

5 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

evenmoreconfused Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

Hello fellow pedant.

You have to extend the planes into the plane of the camera view.

When the front and back planes are extended it is entirely possible for the camera view plane to be perpendicular to both. In fact, it would be impossible for it to be perpendicular to only one since you pointed out that the front and back planes are parallel.

True. Mea culpa.

What I was objecting to was something else, implied in parent post, to the effect that the lens axis lay on the both the front and back planes of the phone at the same time. But I expressed it poorly.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

evenmoreconfused Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

It can't be at right angles to both the front and the back of the phone -- they are parallel, non-coincident planes.

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

evenmoreconfused Does everyone in the US drive by themselves? (326 comments)

Every discussion I've read on this issue ignores the fact that there could be passengers in the car, and there's no reason to disable their phones. Very much the opposite, in fact, because they can be looking up addresses, getting directions, etc.

if the trip starts at Junior's high school, and mom and dad's phones are at work, the driver has been identified — Junior is driving.

What if all three phones are in the car? Which one does it disable then?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

evenmoreconfused Re:+ operator for string concat? (729 comments)

Actually IIRC '+' was used for string concatenation in the version of PC-BASIC included in the firmware of all the original (1980) IBM PCs. But apparently it wasn't in the original (1973) Wang 2200 BASIC that at least some of us first learned BASIC on.

See the third example here: http://www.wang2200.org/basic_...

I was trying to look up some of my earlier languages (WATFIV and IITRAN in my case), but I can't find any detailed documentation on the web.

about a month ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

evenmoreconfused Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

According to TFA, there are several different sections. The statement about depending on science was from a portion designed to clarify prevailing attitudes towards science in general. It was separate from the part evaluating scientific literacy.

[The report] contains the results of a new public survey that assesses Canadians’ science attitudes, engagement, and knowledge. The report reviews data on Canadians’ science skills and the current peer-reviewed literature on science culture. It also features an inventory and analysis of the organizations and programs that support and promote science culture in Canada, particularly among youth.

However, it turns out the survey was commissioned by a number of Canadian agencies. It was performed internationally, but a Canadian report saying Canada is number one in science is at best somewhat suspect.

about a month ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

evenmoreconfused Re:First Vost (152 comments)

Also the only Vost, as far as I can see...

about 2 months ago
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Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

evenmoreconfused AP? (155 comments)

As Slashdot caters to an international audience, could someone please explain what AP means?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

evenmoreconfused Re:Ask Slashdot? (187 comments)

You want someone two days into a simple desktop linux system to get a consumer appliance?

Surely there should be some simple point-and-click app he can install from the desktop that will prevent basic misbehaviours. The very act of asking here shows that he does indeed have pride enough to want not to be a menace.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

evenmoreconfused Re:Astaro / Sophos (187 comments)

Totally concur. Best product I've used in decades.

That being said, it runs on a separate box and supports things like balancing multiple uplinks and fail-over, so it's a wee bit beyond the stated requirements.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

evenmoreconfused Re:Astaro / Sophos (187 comments)

Totally concur. Best product I've used in decades.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

evenmoreconfused Re:Seriously? (374 comments)

None of the things will protect against theft.

No. The only way I know to do that is what I do: forget it at home every day.

about 7 months ago
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Candy Crush Makers Establishes themselves as Trademark Troll

evenmoreconfused Uhm.... Verb maybe? (1 comments)

"To get around this, Royal Games, formerly King and publisher of Candy Crush, from an older company whose game bears no resemblance to either of the games in question."

Is it just me or does this sentence have no verb?

about 8 months ago
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Old cellphones, in my household ...

evenmoreconfused Re:Properly Recycled (171 comments)

Yes, it's actually kind of astounding that no-one in the poll-editing crew seems to have considered that anyone might recycle the things. Talk about missing options...

about 8 months ago
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Old cellphones, in my household ...

evenmoreconfused Properly Recycled (171 comments)

They get separated from their batteries. Batteries and devices get put in separate Tupperware bins, and every year or so the bins are taken to the local recycling center. After that I expect they wind up in the Far East where child labourers get poisoned as they disassemble them.

about 8 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

evenmoreconfused Re:very understandable (784 comments)

In my mind it centers around this question:

Assume an arbitrary community of 100,000. Leaving out natural deaths, let's say you have an annual death rate of 10 by gun, 3 by knife, and 5 by other (beating by trout, scissors, whatever), for a total of 18.

Then remove all the guns. Does the death rate stay at 18, with just the distribution of causes changing, or does it go down, because some who would have died from gunshots now don't (from e.g. mass shootings, gun accidents).

about 10 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

evenmoreconfused Re:very understandable (784 comments)

Annual number of handgun-related deaths per 100,000 people by selected country (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate)

Australia: 1.06
Canada: 2.38
Germany: 1.24
Israel: 1.87
Japan: 0.06
Netherlands: 0.46
United Kingdom: 0.25
United States: 10.3

Actually that's not as big a contrast as I expected -- I thought the US was 20-50 times higher than the norm, but it's significantly less than that for most western countries. The worst mostly in Central America, but Mexico is only slightly higher than the US at 11.17.

about 10 months ago
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I wish my cell phone was...

evenmoreconfused Missing option (495 comments)

50% more usable

about 10 months ago
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Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Walgreens

evenmoreconfused Re:Paying for Blood Work? (4 comments)

Ok, you're right.

Perhaps I should have said "included in the cover charge". But the cover charge is largely paid by the healthy, capable members of society, while the services are needed by, and provided to, the more needy and less capable members. Whether one considers this to be better or worse than the "user pays" model depends on your politics.

about 10 months ago

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