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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

hendrikboom Re:Driver ABI change (164 comments)

If seven ate nine, I can imagine them wanting to stay clear of the whole cannibalistic feud.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

hendrikboom Re:FreeBSD (264 comments)

OK. I don't know enough about FreeBSD and Dragonfly to get the joke. Can someone explain?

2 days ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

hendrikboom Re:Fire (143 comments)

Yes, so it does. I stand recorrected.

-- hendrik

about 3 months ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

hendrikboom Re:Fire (143 comments)

I missed that it was lithium *ion* cells.

-- hendrik

about 3 months ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

hendrikboom Fire (143 comments)

And lithium will burn aggressively in water. ripping the oxygen right out of the water molecules to do so, incidentally releasing hydrogen, which is also flammable if it ever escapes to the atmosphere.

There might just be aa safety concern.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

hendrikboom Re:Real Programmers don't use GC (637 comments)

There are very very few production contexts in whch stopping a moment for garbage collection is a problem. Outside of those, failing to use a type-safe, garbage-collected language is malpractice..

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

hendrikboom Re:semi-colons (430 comments)

Since there was an 'and' between the main clauses, commas were appropriate.

about 4 months ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

hendrikboom Keyboard? (291 comments)

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

about 4 months ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

hendrikboom Re:Bah (280 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 months ago

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Crude oil train explosion in Quebec.

hendrikboom hendrikboom writes  |  about a year ago

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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