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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

hendrikboom Keyboard? (290 comments)

Don't know about phones, but an Android tablet, the Asus Transformer, works fine with a real keyboard.

about a week ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

hendrikboom Re:Bah (278 comments)

One Password to rule them all, One Password to find them,
One Password to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

about two weeks ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

hendrikboom laptop (143 comments)

Still waiting for my ARM Linux laptop with a good touchscreen.

about two weeks ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

hendrikboom Re:My Notice to General Mills (216 comments)

You probably mean prescribed, not proscribed, in several places.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

hendrikboom Re:ARM laptop, please? (110 comments)

Because I like writing code generators, and the ARM has a nice instruction set.

Not to mention battery life.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

hendrikboom Re:Analog Science Fiction & Fact (285 comments)

I've been trying to maintain an e-subscription to to Analog for some time now, mostly because I've run out of room for books in my hose and I've reached the point where, for every paper book that comes into the house, I need to find a book to throw out. It has been an exercise in frustration. e-subscriptions are handled by independent businesses, not by the publisher (as paper ones seem to be). And they've been closing one after another. First fictionwise closed, apparently subsumed by Barnes & Noble, which sells only within the US. I switch to Sony despite their reputation with rootkits. Then the Sony reader drops my subscription so I have to resubscribe, and a few months later the reader store closes to North American subscribers. They've handed over their customers to Kobo, which in OK for books (I read my books on a Kobo device anyway), but they abandoned their magazine subscribers. Kobo, on the other hand, treats Analog like most epublishers treat magazines, that is, as throwaway items. They even delete your magazines as a service when they're a certain number of months old. I'm told it's possible to take some action to keep them around longer, but I have no idea what that is.

Not to mention the ever-present DRM.

Publishers need to get their act together if e-publication is to work for readers. Tor and Baen seem to have figured it out. Few others.
   

about 3 months ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

hendrikboom Re:ARM laptop, please? (110 comments)

And, no, not a locked-down one.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

hendrikboom ARM laptop, please? (110 comments)

I'm still waiting for an ARM laptop, preferably with a WACOM-grade touch screen.

-- hendrik

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Open CS, IT, and DBA Courseware in 2014?

hendrikboom Athabasca University (84 comments)

Athabasca University is a leader in distance education in Canada. Have a look at http://www.athabascau.ca/

They have tutors on-line, by email. I once met one of their tutors, answering students' question part-time while he was working full-time as a programmer in Montreal, which is the other end of the country from Athabasca. Yes, the tutors are actual practitioners, and may be anywhere on the net.

You might find it to your liking. Check out the cours listing and see if it's what you're looking for.

-- hendrik

about 4 months ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

hendrikboom Re:Space travel (357 comments)

Not sure they had the word "science fiction" in 1914. Not even sure when "scientifiction" was coined.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

hendrikboom Get rid of the poorly designed environments. (306 comments)

Or find a better one. I recommend you try "How to Design Programs", an intro to Scheme, which, despite its syntax, is a very decently designed language. You can buy the book for money, or download it for free. (there's two versions. The newer one is more fun. The older one is more finished.) Racket is the implementation that's designed to work with it, and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. For free.
The book is about program design, not about piecing together fragments found on the web.
The Racket mailing list is a place where students can actually ask questions and often get the language designers and implementers to answer even trivial questions.
Try it. It won't take long, and you will learn.
To the extent you are already experienced, you will find the beginning a bit tedious. So skim through until you reach your level.

-- hendrik

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

hendrikboom Re:Proof or paper (149 comments)

About Lisp --- yes, ancient academics still use it. But the cutting edge of Lisping seems to be Scheme these days, and its very much alive indeed, with implementations like Racket (with excellent educational resources), Gambit (which gets along well with C), guile (the FSF's scripting language), and many others, In the user communities around Racket, for example, you see an eagerness to try new things and redesign the language for future generations.

-- hendrik

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

hendrikboom Re:Dover math books (149 comments)

After all, Dover reprints those old relics of math books precisely because they *are* still relevant.

-- hendrik

about 5 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

hendrikboom soylentnews. (237 comments)

You can volunteer your servers to soylentnews.org.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot BETA Discussion

hendrikboom Re:Actually, I'd prefer white text on a black back (60 comments)

Evidently not on mine. It's the mostly white screen that leaves an afterimage on my eyes. We must be different. Maybe there's a hint here about making options available.

-- hendrik

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot BETA Discussion

hendrikboom Leave a choice? (60 comments)

Maybe if it is necessary for whatever reason to migrate slashdot to a new visual format and you let slashdot.org point to the new format site you should hang onto your user base by making something like, say, alpha.slashdot.org point to the the same textual content in the old format. It wouldn't bother me at all to have my bookmarks point to alpha.slashdot.org instead of slashdot.org. And for those few devices for which the new format works better, I'll still be able to use the new format.

If it manages to preserve your user base (which surely would contribute to profitability), maybe it would be worthwhile?

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot BETA Discussion

hendrikboom Actually, I'd prefer white text on a black backgro (60 comments)

Actually, I'd prefer white text on a black background.. When I'm using a slightly out-of-focus screen, it's more readable. What's more, it's not as blindingly bright at night and it's not as likely to wake my wife up.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Educating Kids About Older Technologies?

hendrikboom Re:more generalized... (208 comments)

The schools tend to teach history in terms wars, royalty, and loyalty to country.
I won't pretend that understanding the dynamics of conflict isn't important.
But the history of technology is an extremely important part of history that's usually given short shrift.

-- hendrik

about 6 months ago
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Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

hendrikboom Re:Will the slashdot beta die? (209 comments)

Is there any substantial support for the slashdot beta?

-- hendrik

about 6 months ago
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Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

hendrikboom A war. (209 comments)

There's a war on science in this country. It's a disaster. And it'll continue at least until the next election, which may be years away. I'm ashamed of what's happening to my country.

-- hendrik, a Canadian.

about 6 months ago

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Crude oil train explosion in Quebec.

hendrikboom hendrikboom writes  |  1 year,21 days

hendrikboom (1001110) writes "A train that was parked for the night appears to have started rolling on its own. It rolled into the town of Lac-Megantic, derailed, and several of its tank cars exploded, setting the town centre afire.

I wonder if this is going to make environmental approval of shipping oil even more difficult than it is already."

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