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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

qpqp Re:Yes, but (227 comments)

it's useless because it doesn't use a processor that hasn't even launched?

It's useless for me. What am I supposed to do with a friggin Iris? Fuck that, I want a real numbercruncher, even if I have to wait.
So, I'm not complaining, they've got a great lappy, just not quite what I imagined for myself, so I'll hold out.

I can't find the link, but there was something about TB2 not being connected directly to the CP lanes.
Ah, there it is:

Intel has never allowed motherboard vendors to hang the Thunderbolt silicon / add-in card off the CPU's PCIe lanes. [...] It would have been great to have a new version of Thunderbolt with PCIe 3.0 along with the X99 launch. But, we already know it is not going to be the case till Skylake launches.

From: http://www.anandtech.com/show/...
So that seems the single most important update we've had in years, IMHO.

Hopefully I'll be able to get myself something like a WS 60, but with proper TB support that will be able to run OS X. I.e. metal case, two drive bays, lots of RAM, TB2-3, USB 3(.1), and a quadra or the like.
I'm willing to accept binary blobs on my 'puter for such specs, since I have a Free router that does the network filtering anyway.

In any case, they got pretty close to what I want except for the TB and the GPU. I might get one of these for my wife in order to support them.

4 days ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

qpqp Re:too expensive (227 comments)

You forget that some people don't give a fuck, and/or live in a country where they can get away with not giving a fuck, and/or can go as fast as they want for other reasons.

5 days ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

qpqp Re:too expensive (227 comments)

Put some stickers on it and they wouldn't be able to discern it from a MBP.

5 days ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

qpqp Re:too expensive (227 comments)

You do get an optical drive, if you care about those things.

Much more importantly, you get a potentially empty bay for another drive!

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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

qpqp Re:Does anybody give a shit? (227 comments)

They don't need legions, and they have *lots* of cash to buy the ones at the source.

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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

qpqp Re:Yes, but (227 comments)

This is useless for me without TB2 on Skylake, and/or a decent GPU. Otherwise great gear.

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

qpqp Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (629 comments)

What is a "scripting language"?

For me it's the glue that controls the events that invoke the state transitions of the (more or less) optimized parts of a system.
And for many things you can get away without optimized parts. So as long as you don't mind the whitespace... ;) For kids though, I'm unsure, if Python's the right choice.

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

qpqp Re:Households without a PC (629 comments)

Java is covered by android and C is covered by jailbroken iDevices. PHP you can do on both, I guess (at least you can on ios (and here's some more, so you stop trying to troll me about that.

Now you said: "Un-jailbroken iOS not so much, as its strict W^X policy and App Store Review Guidelines make on-device compilers impossible." And, while technically correct for the jailed devices (not counting the stuff, where you need to be online), you ignored the availability of interpreted languages (most of them turing-complete) on iDevices, which, suddenly, are the only ones available.
So, why don't you ask that teacher from TFA to VB your $200 pee-cees a Winblows app that takes them on a trip to somewhere damp and dark together with the toolchain, as they're evidently unnecessary to teach kids programming these days?

Admittedly, I have no idea what to tell you about the kids, who don't own a smartphone, but have a console, apparently they're his target audience. Maybe he should create an account on MS Zone (or however it's called these days) and try to upsell them VB there. I wish him luck! He'll need it. ;)

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

qpqp Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (629 comments)

All valid points.
And I should have, of course, clarified, which efficiency I meant. For glueing stuff together, it is quite all right, as are most other current scripting languages.

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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

qpqp Re:Lower Level != "Complex" (629 comments)

What do we need? A Number (i.e. Int), a character, ...
What is this? This is the number five.
Int aNumber = 1;
What's Yoda here?

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

qpqp Re:How about No Language (629 comments)

Why do you want to scare the kids? They want to sit in front of the computer trying out things. Not listen to a (potentially boring) lecture by some (potentially opinionated) (high-)school teacher.
There's so many great languages to dive right into and have fun on the first day, like logo, scratch, even processing, and further, C and Java fit the bill. But theory? Let them learn it by doing it.

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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

qpqp Re:Translation... (629 comments)

Great quote, and insightful conclusion. Amen.

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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

qpqp Re:Java (629 comments)

It ate my < >s
Hey Dice, how about you merge some of the UTF support back in from Soylentnews?

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

qpqp Re:Java (629 comments)

I don't really think you can beat Java. There is a freely available IDE. It creates applications for (large install base). It is an object oriented language. The syntax is straightforward (you don't have to deal with complex point nomenclature, unless you want to for speed). Its a modern language that is as simple or complex as you want.

SCNR.

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

qpqp Re:VB? Been there, done that (629 comments)

I suggested processing in another post. Best of both worlds.

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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

qpqp Re:VB6 was better (629 comments)

It's also much easier to depoly your applications.

Welcome to 2015. The age of smartphones and phablets.

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