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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

mah! BBEdit and Emacs (359 comments)

wait, what?
Yes, BBEdit and Emacs, side-to-side, one for its clean interface, multi-file search GUI, etc. and the other one for its macros and programmability.
Now if only Python had a good *native* GUI debugger on Mac OS X that'd be useful.

about 3 months ago

The Truth About OpenGL Driver Quality

mah! Linux/WIndows, or Mac too? (158 comments)

The article seems to mention Windows/Linux (or Linux/Window). What about OpenGL/GLES drivers on other platforms, such as Mac OS X, Android, iOS, ?

about 4 months ago

Domino's Plans Pizza On the Moon

mah! Re:just change the name from "pizza" to anything e (214 comments)

I wish... I have yet to find one... I tried in Chicago, NYC, San Diego, Indianapolis, Portland, Atlanta, etc. not to mention in many small towns, while avoiding any chains and fastfood pizza places. Some of them were interesting, a few were quite good, but they weren't at all close to the real thing.

Very few restaurants baked them in a wood-fired oven (a necessary but not sufficient condition), pretty much none of them used real mozzarella (as in mozzarella), most of them added extra ingredients etc, etc.
But if anyone has any specific suggestions for finding real pizza in Northamerica, i.e. places / names / addresses, I'd welcome them!

PS: I don't like using wikipedia so much, but they got some of the explanation OK on this, e.g.:
the real thing: "pizza types" vs. "...quite a large number of regional forms of pizza, many bearing only a casual resemblance to the Italian original".

about 3 years ago

Domino's Plans Pizza On the Moon

mah! Re:just change the name from "pizza" to anything e (214 comments)


What people sell in Northamerica, whether in fast foods or restaurants, is not pizza. It's a surrogate. It's a lookalike, made with different ingredients, different preparation methods, and ends up tasting quite differently from the real thing... I have yet to find one single place that tastes the way it should. Just change the name, it'd be the decent thing to do.

Try and go to any standard pizzeria in Italy or surroundings, and you should be able to taste the difference.
Or then again, maybe not - after all people call Budweiser "beer", even though it's made with 30% rice... but it's still less different from a pilsner than the so-called "american pizza" is far away from the real thing.

about 3 years ago

Domino's Plans Pizza On the Moon

mah! just change the name from "pizza" to anything else (214 comments)

Would the so-called "american pizza" makers do the decent thing and change the name from "pizza" to something else, in order not to confuse the public with the real thing?

Anything will do, really. Changing just one vowel would be enough. Here are a few suggestions for alternative names, all much more fitting than "pizza" to what people eat in "american pizza" restaurants:

about 3 years ago

RIM Does Not Want PlayBook Devs, Complains One Potential Developer

mah! anglocentric popular culture reference (Re:Buller? (165 comments)

This seems to be one of those anglocentric popular culture references - where most of the rest of the world knows, or cares, very little about.
But since most native anglophones seldom speak fluently any other language, it's not easy for them to figure out what is or isn't relevant outside of their countries.
As in "Foreign language education: if ‘scandalous’ in the 20th century, what will it be in the 21st century?" by Eeon E. Panetta.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Bans Open Source From the Windows Market

mah! vs. App Store for GPL? (566 comments)

Can anyone explain in plain non-legalese the difference between Apple's App Store and this Windows Marketplace, in terms of open source? Does either one allow GPL applications distributed? For a fee? IANAL and AFAIK, doesn't GPL 2 allow charging for distribution of executable code, as long as the source is available somewhere? Thanks---

more than 3 years ago

Most Mac Owners Also Own a Windows PC, But Not Vice Versa

mah! Re:not here! (814 comments)

Thank you for taking the time to reply to my comment.
Without counting the hypothesis presented in your last sentence, you guessed right on 3 out of 4 counts.

more than 4 years ago

Most Mac Owners Also Own a Windows PC, But Not Vice Versa

mah! not here! (814 comments)

several machines, but no Windows on any of them, thank you so very much.

more than 4 years ago

Wolfenstein Being Recalled In Germany

mah! Re:censorship (625 comments)

considering that in /.'s own country even the human body is censored under criminal penalty, it seems to me that the local population needs to get their facts straight about censorship first...

more than 4 years ago

US Cell Phone Plans Among World's Most Expensive

mah! Re:Hidden Costs in European Cell Rates (827 comments)

I tend to think it's better that I (the wireless customer) pay for the convenience of having a wireless phone than ask the people who call me to do it for me

Alas, I've heard this argument 100 times. My opinion is: if you're happy to pay for incoming calls, go ahead.
But why should everybody be forced to pay for incoming calls? It's lucky for people in most other places in the world not to have to use such a freedom-restricted system.

Why should my mother with the landline phone pay an extra surcharge to call me just because I have a wireless phone? What value is she getting from my ownership of a wireless phone?

Indeed, following this argument, why should they pay to call you at all, only because you want to be reachable by phone? And why should callers have to pay long-distance charges only because some people they want to reach chose to be available only at a distant place?

But it gets worse: how can companies only in this country get away by charging for incoming SMS messages, which receivers can not refuse nor filter by caller ID?
At least, one can refuse to pick up calls (and pay for incoming minutes) if they arrive from unwanted caller IDs...

It seems to me very sad: most people in this country will do anything to rationalize a 'greatest country' syndrome, finding out all possible excuses to justify worse conditions as 'better' (ranging from the abysmal health system, to the near-illiteracy provided by most of the primary school system, to double/triple pay TV reception, to outrageous internet fiber connection prices, to gun-accident-ridden society and overfilled jails, and finally to the lack of several basic freedoms enjoyed in many other more advanced democracies...) simply because they've never tried anything else; and most of their primary school system keeps them illiterate enough to prevent any understanding of other languages, thus rendering them incapable of gaining 1st hand experience in other places... very sad.

more than 5 years ago

US Cell Phone Plans Among World's Most Expensive

mah! Re:Hidden Costs in European Cell Rates (827 comments)

"my real problem with European cell phones is how much is costs to call them"

It's not just European cell phones: it's prettymuch everywhere in the world except the US, since everywhere else people don't pay for incoming calls on their cellphones, which is one of the most absurd charges people are forced to pay when using a US cellphone (everywhere else, people pay the cellphone cost when they call a cellphone, and they know they are calling a cellphone because cellphones have a different area code). It's as if you were paying for incoming long-distance calls on your fixed line. Would you accept that?

Next thing, you're going to tell me you also pay a monthly to watch TV programs containing commercials.... oh, wait.

But the fact remains: why oh why do people defend a system where you're forced to pay to receive calls?

more than 5 years ago

Most Distant Object Yet Detected, Bagged By Galileo Scope

mah! Re:It's fitting... (101 comments)

"It's fitting in a numerological sort of way"

It's fitting just because 400 years ago Galileo Galilei (same name as the observatory, see?), in 1609 began his astronomical observations, and as a direct result of that came in direct conflict with the religious establishment, since he began supporting Copernicus's heliocentric theory.

Try to explain that to the enlightened individuals who still insist nowadays that the universe is 5000-6000 years old, that dinosaur bones were placed there by some humorous deity just in order to make us wonder, or simply that Evolution is 'just a theory'...

Happy round-numbered birthday to both events, I say, or in other words: eppur si muove.

more than 5 years ago

Fun Things To Do With a Math Or Science Degree?

mah! let kids do what they like, not just good at (564 comments)

went through elementary and high school with straight-A math grades: it was just easy and no big deal to be top of the class.
but I did music and acting on the side, which I liked.
then they told me I should get into math, sciences, engineering, since those are the IMPORTANT professions.
so I did, while keeping music and acting on the side.

decades later, I still like music and acting, and math/sciences/engineering are mostly boring now. sure they do bring some income, but if I could go back I'd choose a career in performing arts.

moral of the story: let kids choose what they like, not just what they're good at.
by doing what they care for, they'll get better at it, and become better professionals too.

more than 5 years ago


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