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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

ltbarcly Because it's the best way.. (876 comments)

For the same reason we still write text-based stories, send text-based emails, text based text messages, etc etc.

There isn't a way to express tree structures directly, without jumping back and forth, so we have settled on (or evolved to) a standard way to linearize such structures, which is called grammar.

There's no advantage to any other representation, but rather there is a huge disadvantage to other representations because our brains have spent the last million or so years evolving to be adept at manipulating language in this way.

about 2 months ago
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Machine Condenses Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

ltbarcly Re:Amazing! They've invented... (438 comments)

The amount of water output by a dehumidifier is proportional to the humidity of the air. Presumably you have a dehumidifier in your basement because it is so humid that the humidity causes problems, that is to say, far more humid than an average kitchen.

I don't see how this is news though, you could just put a cup under the spout on any air conditioner and then sterilize the water.

more than 5 years ago

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