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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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I know I know. But how hard can it be to regression test code running on a nominally backward-compatible JVM?

Unless of course, the test code has been left "for later" (*cough*)

And the documentation ..ummm... "cannot be found"

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Re: Java on the desktop is dead

Java on the desktop is dead, it's primary use these days seems to be to infect your computer with malware. The best thing to do is deinstall it. I bet about 99% of people will never need it.

Sounds like random shock talking points from one of the "N arguments to make the heads of [some political opponent you want to antagonize today] explode" posts that one can regularly find on confusenik websites, written by people actually unable to develop a coherent train of thought.

Servers and mobiles seem to be a success area, but really it's depressing to see smartphones running Java apps

Which ones run Java?

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This stemmed from the fact LinkedIn and Twitter abandoned hipster-choice Ruby for less fashionable Java. As ever, when it comes to Java, the reasons were performance and scale.

Ah no, Twitter went with Scala, i.e. a language running on the/a JVM. Did they move off it? Scala has its own problems, I hear, including major problems in debugging as coders enthusiastically embrace the newness and the ubiquitously overloaded "surprise" operator.

As for multicore, there is always Go.

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Re: Good performance? Scalable?

C++ or any other fully compiled language would've outperformed Java by miles

"Stop me, I'm a moron and I'm gonna use this computer"

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Your developers need a bit of training. Stop watching TV in the evening and read a Manning book.

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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"Bond is sent by M to a clinic to improve his health. While massaged by physiotherapist Patricia Fearing, he notices Count Lippe, a suspicious man with a criminal tattoo (from a Tong). He searches Lippe's room, but is seen leaving by Lippe's clinic neighbour who is bandaged after plastic surgery. Lippe tries to murder Bond with a spinal traction machine, but is foiled by Fearing, whom Bond then seduces. Bond finds a dead bandaged man, François Derval. Derval was a French NATO pilot deployed to fly aboard an Avro Vulcan loaded with two atomic bombs for a training mission. He had been murdered by Angelo, a SPECTRE henchman surgically altered to match his appearance.

Angelo takes Derval's place on the flight, sabotaging the plane and sinking it near the Bahamas. He is then killed by Emilio Largo (SPECTRE No. 2) for trying to extort more money than offered to him. Largo and his henchmen retrieve the stolen atomic bombs from the seabed. All double-0 agents are called to Whitehall and en route, Lippe chases Bond. Lippe is killed by SPECTRE agent Fiona Volpe for failing to foresee Angelo's greed. SPECTRE demands £100 million in white flawless uncut diamonds from NATO in exchange for returning the bombs. If their demands are not met, SPECTRE will destroy a major city in the United States or the United Kingdom. At the meeting, Bond recognises Derval from a photograph. Since Derval's sister, Domino, is in Nassau, Bond asks M to send him there, where he discovers Domino is Largo's mistress."

Yep, I think this must be how it happened.

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Pretty sure there are. IIRC, in Yurop alone, subsidies are allocated depending on what is being grown, which is checked by you-guessed-what. All the tech for all the wrong things. On the other hand, we can analyze and map the whole surface of nearby planets within weeks. This isn't being done manually.

Anyway, I had a course on this back when Bush made Kuwait safe for the Emir again, back when computers were slow and 16 MByte counted for something.

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Re: Maybe

I don't know what to think of this exhibit of millenial brain power.

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What?

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So you think it was the guy with the X-Files Collector's Edition in his personal library wot done it?

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Because the device and app are designed to take advantage of them.

Progressive bollocks.

Children apps with in-app purchase should be banned. Why a children app is allowed to connect to the Internet and spend money? Why the store rules which are so strict when they like, are so liberal when it comes to extract money from users?

Yeah, those parents are good for nothing. We need us some REGULATION in here.

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They expect some basic safeguards to be in place as they have other priorities in life, which don't include checking every little detail on things like in-app purchases.

PEBKAC

These "other priorities" apparently include buying the latest bling on which they then load games they don't understand (the use of which sure is going to be declared a "human right" by an UN panel any moment now).

UTTER FAIL.

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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your car battery will have to be disconnected in order to avoid damage

This isn't The War of the Worlds or en EMP pulse, you know. To induce current you need a large current loop.

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RIP Full Disclosure: Security world reacts to key mailing list's death

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Anyone remember the history of Full Disclosure's creation? I remember there was some discussion about whether people should voluntarily restrict talking about vulnerabilities in wake of serial exploits for Windows (and possibly Linux) immediately before that, but I'm hazy about the details.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: There is at least one other possibility...

then dig themselves into much bigger problems simply by telling lies to themselves

I suppose the solution to this here problem would then be to move everything into the cloud....

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Re: Hijacking foiled scenario?

A downvote? Guess in 2014 there are still wankers who actually believe 9/11 was a "complete surprise".

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I think the Indian Ocean is the province of the People of The Ancient Continent of Lemuria, and they are very justified and jealous and want to have nothing to do with the faggots from the Bermuda Triangle with consort with greys and other riffraff.

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Re: @Vic Facts

...but Fox News will make a PANIC ARTICLE or unlawful technical knowledge in the HAND OF TERRISTS.

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Re: Hijacking foiled scenario?

Plane is hijacked by tech savvy terrorist intent on a 9/11 type attack on Beijing.

Considering that no a single peep was hear from the nation-state listening stations, whereas for 9/11 chatter was extensive, the whole folder was basically on the FBI's desk and the undercover guy was phoning it in but got recalled for retarded bureaucratic infighting reasons... this is very unlikely.

"And tech-savvy terrorist forgets how to read a compass...."

"Batteries, Aziz!"

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Re: Tinfoil Hat?

So, how are these patches / updated delivered? DVD? USB stick? Hou easy is it to access the slot? I suspect in the cockpit might be a likely location.

Expensive shit is ordered, then duly licensed repairman shows up in the hanger to apply patches, then I imagine, plane must pass recertification.

Or, could the updates be delivered over the net? If RR were getting engine data ant the plane was pinging a sattelite it suggests it had some sort of a connection.

What? No.

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Re: This is a job for......

In Aliens vs. Cowboys?

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Re: There's a lot more that can be said...

It is possible for the pilots to depressurise the fuselage AND disable the deployment of oxygen masks from the cockpit.

It is?

To the south, the Cocos Islands have a suitable airstrip, and only 600 inhabitants. This is sufficiently low for a small group of armed men to take it over.

But this didn't happen.

I hope everyone here has read Tintin: Flight 714 to Sydney to fuel ideas.

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Re: Facts

I don't see why Freescale or Iranians come into this.

Care to elaborate? You seem to be hinting at something, possible a plot for "Moonraker II: The Boeing"

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Re: Different theory

Go on....

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Well, no. It was pretty immediately clear what happened to KAL 007 although there was never clarification about why the pilot set the autopilot so that the plane crossed soviet military territory and no-one in the cockpit realized that the sun not being where it should be supposed to be (i.e. over the horizon) meant they were off course.

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Re: Another interesting hypothesis

Due to the cost of parking at an international airport most in service airliners spend more time airborne than on the ground.

It's also a good strategy to avoid the meteorites that periodically hit airports.

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Re: What now?

Absolute real-time GPS tracking of -every- commercial airplane everywhere on the planet. Period.

Step up with your tax dollars, gramps.

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Re: Obviously

"now, don't you dare threaten to dump our treasuries again"

3.5 tonnes of Gold?

Yeah, that's gonna be comporable to the multi-trillion unredeemable debt crater that must NEVER EVER be though of as unredeemable.

But not that Saudis hold more of these.

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Re: Question

"Most obvious one first, pilot and co-pilot should have different religions."

30 years war IN THE COCKPIT!

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Re: Afghanistan is under heavy US military aerial radar

Who knows what lengths the US would go to to get at him.

You would be able to express them in nautical miles.

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Re: Accident or Malicious?

"Religion knows no logic, and this is by far and a way the simplest answer."

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Naturally, Iran is claiming that the evidence against them is a conspiracy by 'Zionists'.

Well, Robert Fisk always claimed that Pan Am was actually payback for the massacre of that Iranian airbus by "Robocruiser" aka. USS Vincennes, an act rewarded by "medals of courage" instead of immediate shitcanning of the whole crew, so I guess why not.

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Re: From the horse's mouth...

Stanislaw Lem - The Conditioned Reflex

Pirx dashed out into the corridor. Quick—outside! Get your ass into the pressure chamber! He got as far as the airtight door; as he was racing past the kitchen, something black against white had caught his eye. The photographic plates! They were lying right where he had dropped them in all the panic over his partner’s sudden disappearance…

He stood before the chamber door, too dumbfounded to move.

The whole thing was like a replay, a repeat performance. Langner cuts out in the middle of making supper, I take off after him, and—neither of us comes back. The hatch will be open… In a few hours the Tsiolkovsky team will start radioing the station… No one will answer…

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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1) It's "Ghengis Khan"

2) How you can be "to the right of" the same is beyond me, as the seating order of the french parliament was still not decided at that time.

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Re: FFS, Reg...

What's that, ***? Not into the PC wars of 2014? **** ***, *****!

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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LOL!

I guess they have been infected, too.

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Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

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"I don't often talk to liberal arts majors, but when I do, I order LARGE FRIES"

I would think if they are correctly "educated" (as opposed to today's "edulcorated"), they would be hired forthwith and no "reporting" would be needed.

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Trick cyclist with scant knowledge about economic exchanges spotted.

What this article makes me think

Yes?

is that we don't have enough technical jobs in this country any more

Go on...

due to all the outsourcing, so now we've got to find something for the technically-oriented to do which isn't actually technical

Intredasting! I sure will subscribe to your newsletter.

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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

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Now I know where the idea of Cylons comes from!!

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MtGox remedy worse than the disease says Kaspersky researcher

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Le résumé de la situation

Mt. Gox Problems Mount

On its current balance sheet the company lists its assets as consisting of 2,000 bitcoins (plus $32 mn. in fiat), and offsetting liabilities of 750,000 bitcoins (and another $55 mn of fiat claims against it). There is a clearly a big hole to fill. More troubling is that Mt. Gox notes that this theft of its bitcoins took place over a five-year period. Furthermore the company now confirms that the loss is due to the “transaction malleability” issue with the bitcoin protocol (which I discussed here as a reason Mt. Gox held only fractional reserves).

In other words, over a five-year period the bitcoin bank went from a (presumably) 100% reserve ratio to holding less than 3% reserves… and no one noticed!

Here is the critical fault with fractional-reserve banking that rarely gets discussed. When someone deposits a good it is not because he does not want to use it. Nor does that good represent some idle resource until it is asked for. People who support fractional-reserve banking of both the centralized and “free” varieties are both of the opinion that deposits are idle cash and no one is harmed when a bank puts them to good use.....

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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

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Re: Run them in a chroot jail

I think last time I checked, you could simply chroot out of a chroot "jail". I don't think it ever was designed to be a security feature.

So what do you think it was designed to be for?

To "break out", you need to be root. This is already a little bit of an impediment:

Breaking chroot()

It should be noted that this document was written with protecting web servers from rogue CGI scripts in mind. Therefore it is not unreasonable to assume that a user has access to a Perl interpreter. It is then a matter for the user to gain root access via security holes on the box running the web server. Whilst this is outside the topic of the document, an attacker could make use of application programs which are setuid-root and have security holes within them. In a well maintained chroot() area such programs should not exist. However, it should be noted that maintaining a chroot()ed environment is a non-trival task, for example system patches which fix such security holes will not know about the copies of the programs within the chroot()ed area. Ensuring that there are no setuid-root executables within the padded cell is going to be a must.

Well, today we have Virtual Machines.

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Re: Why

There is no fun in watching cats falling down stairs on secure software!

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This city's smog is so TERRIBLE, people are told to stay indoors. Beijing? No – PARIS

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It could also be because you are nearer the ocean,

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Re: Proof

TIme to move to Hollande.

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Target IGNORED hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim

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Re: Statement of the week

Welcome to Korea Vietnam Afghanistan Iraq....

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Re: Windows mention share ..

It's straightforward Ballmerization, I say!

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'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

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Re: Overreacting users?

Hillary, please leave.

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Re: Overreacting users?

You got a downvote.

This, I think, means that no-one knows, but some people get unreasonably excited whenever the Cloud is mentioned .... because ....

THOSE WHO MOVE THEIR STUFF INTO THE CLOUD APPEASE HITLER IN MUNICH!

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

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Re: Clouds and Unicorns, parallels in recent history

> At 28 my cynicism doesn't kick in as soon as it should.

Kids these days.

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

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Re: Interesting coincidence?

Monsieur Besancenot, please go!

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