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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

stanimir

Re: re. metric ****load

Does tonne vs ton matter in the UK to warrant the metric prefix? The UK ton is just around 1.6% heavier than the tonne

The US version is just 2000 pounds, so the difference in non-trivial.

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Re: Documentation is beyond the capabilities of most FOSS-ers (sarcasm)

It is sarcasm and it was meant that way, hence the 'erm' part and the serious note in the next comment.

Comments are needed as the train of thought is easily lost after a couple of months even if the developer is the same. The point is that participating in open source projects may pushes people to be able to deal with the lack of comments, not that following suit is a good idea.

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stanimir

Re: Documentation is beyond the capabilities of most FOSS-ers

Actually it's not a joke - it's a reference to Real Programmers Don't Use Pascal [1] "Real Programmers don't need comments-- the code is obvious.".

[1]: http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/real.programmers.html

On a more serious note working on an open source project kind of demands the ability to easily read others' code. Some comments do help indeed, however often comments (and internal docs) tend to become obsolete.

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stanimir

Re: Documentation is beyond the capabilities of most FOSS-ers

Erm, the code is obvious. Why do that?

Although I'd disagree, for example linux kernel doc is pretty darn good (unlike Apple's threading stuff)

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

stanimir

Re: It's difficult to remember all those passwords

To my astonishment BBC has improved greatly - their coverage of Defcon was totally spot on, no apparent mistakes either.

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

stanimir

Re Red Bren

Why don't you buy mouse with buttons on the right side, if you are left handed?

The buttons are actually programmable with the right driver, so you can use them for other tasks. Personally I find the side buttons useful even though I don't use the mouse much at all - like scrolling with spacebar (down), shift+spacebar (up).

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Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

stanimir

Re: "widely respected businessmen"

The very same person who thought "thermonuclear war" is the way to conduct business.

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Anonymous wifi the latest casualty of Russia net neurosis

stanimir

Re: What if you don't have a mobile?

>>(Possibly unlikely scenario, but if you rely on VOIP or Skype-type services then is feasible)

Bonus points: you'd never lose your phone ever again, you don't have to switch it off in business meetings or cinema. Actually it's quite viable.

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Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

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Re: 30cm?

On a plus side the trunks keep the UV light out that's (probably) more dangerous than the reflected visible light resulting in sub-30cm imagery.

On a flip side I wonder about the infamous zoom/enhance technology and if that would allow those sub-30cm full glory members to be visible.

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Facebook wants Linux networking as good as FreeBSD

stanimir

Re: QUIC

Why would you have context switches with epoll[1]?

[1]: http://linux.die.net/man/4/epoll

Edit: actually did you mean mode switches (userland->kernel->userland)? They are not that expensive to matter and in the end the bytes have to be pushed to the network card (or read from, but pushing is usually the dominant part).

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stanimir

QUIC

I am not sure what QUIC has to do with the kernel. It's an application level protocol.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

stanimir

Re: Here's what feminists do when men are encouraged to go into female-dominated fields

"Feminists see men coming into traditional 'female' spaces, but traditional 'male' spaces are still closed to women, so now men have many more job opportunities and women have fewer.Also, men going into traditional 'women's' areas tend to rise faster and higher than women in that field"

Citation needed.

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

stanimir
Paris Hilton

There is no need to pay £900+ on a fashion accessory.

You know nothing about fashion, wolfetone.

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FCC boss says he'll SHAME broadband firms for fibbing on speeds

stanimir

Re: TWCable

20MB/s is very solid, are you talking about Mbits? I have 6-8MB/s stable download and upload on 100MBit line, so I can't complain. 20MB/s would be indeed lavish.

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

stanimir

Re: Something for the next firmware update ( @Danny 14)

I mentioned no standard speakers can deliver infra sounds (even subs). Infra sound would require huge speakers as well to be able to play so low frequency - assuming plugged into some external 5+1 the extra power might be good enough.

I recall reading like 25 years ago about the effects of infra sound and there is info (like the linked one) with experiments on real people. Of course it could be just a myth but that one is hard to (dis)proof as it may not effect everyone.

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stanimir

Re: Something for the next firmware update

Kinect mic can pick up stuff that is outside normal human range.

That's below 16Hz and above 20KHz (mybe 22K for some people). Your standard TV set won't be able to play them. Also could make dogs annoyed as they actually hear ultra sound and that's one of the ways to have the dogs perform at the circus.

Then you may have young kids hear the ultra sound and have very unpleasant effect even causing headache (still clearly remember the high pitch 15625Hz of horizontal flyback transformer)

Using infrasound (sub 20Hz) is quite as dangerous. "Low frequency sound can cause people to have unusual experiences even though they cannot consciously detect infrasound"[0]

Basically putting sound waves outside the hearing spectrum (and being able to reproduce them in the physical world) can result in class lawsuits.

[0]http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/09/08/1062901994082.html?oneclick=true

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

stanimir

Re: Understandable I guess

Text to voice is more than good enough for most games and its easy to switch the base voice from male to female and most of the users wouldn't know the difference.

I can clearly bet you'd not make a lead designer for any game with more than a few hundred quids budget.

Also I bet you'd think any cartoons film can just skip voice actors and use text-to-voice.

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stanimir

Re: So which is it?

The nude mods/packs usually cost extra.

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

stanimir

Is it just "boffin" or Dr. boffin in this particular case of Dr Oren, the boffin?

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

stanimir

Re: Punishment

10% revenue is a tough fine.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Coat

There are only two hard things in Computer Science:

cache invalidation and naming things.

In this very case the winner is paying $20k to solve part of the problem.

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

stanimir

I recall Tetris winning game of the year few years in a row beating all blockbusters... Yet now I can't remember which magazine was one published the chart. My first instinct was "BYTE" but not sure any more.

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Protecting code's secrets wins ACM prize

stanimir

Re: This sounds like missing the point entirely

"fancy tricks that impress programmers ACM but have no real-world applicability".

FTFY

And I totally agree, at some point the code has to go to the CPU (or GPU) to execute. Assembler is harder to read than C but still very far from ability to hide the real execution/algorithm flow.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

stanimir

Re: Leaky

Aside cycles the ref. counting (esp. automatic) blows for multi-core due to shared writes and need for atomic operations.

Indeed it's deterministic but I don't see it as system language as marketed.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

stanimir

Re: Who is liable

the driver - the one responsible for the 'Go' button. Have fun!

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stanimir

Re: Bar Transport

Getting back from the pub: you still need to press the 'Go' button and walk up the stairs home, rather have some mate call a cab. Worst case scenario the driver can carry you home.

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stanimir

Re: Fixed it...

...Plus even if the car never makes it to the streets is all free publicity for google!

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Google is tech industry and world's most valuable brand as Apple rots

stanimir
Pint

Re: seriously???

It's all drivel unless you're a marketing agency :

But then it's still a drivel.

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FINGERS CROSSED: Apple and Samsung said to be hammering out settlement

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Go

Unfortunate turn of events?

I still wonder what made those giants dropping the massive news spots the lawsuits ensured them. Practically no commercial breaks and the company names are heard, the newest models talked about and all that on a daily basis all over the globe.

While litigation is definitely a costly endeavour one would think the massive news presence more than enough mak(d)e it for.

There must be some bigger and invisible (yet) fish to try.

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Apple, Google: WE SURRENDER ... to each other in patent war truce

stanimir

Last few years I was under the impression "patent wars" were used as PR campaign - constantly in the news and as we all know there is no bad press.

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Net neutrality foes outspent backers by over three to one – and that's just so far

stanimir

Profits?

The real profits come from ensuring proper legislation and no competition - all that ensured by mere politicians bribing lobbing.

The process is very straightforward and fail proof.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

stanimir

CD-R is a viable approach and they cannot be meddled with as once written they are unmodifiable.

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stanimir

Re: Not worried about viruses?

>>If I remember correctly, you cannot boot DOS (or Windows) from a write-protected disk<<

You don't. That was how it was done (booting from write protected floppy). DOS doesn't write anywhere unless you have some fancy autoexec.bat... or a virus.

There were urban myths that some viruses can infect even write protected floppies but if the hardware was fine it was not possible.

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stanimir

Re: Good for him

>> though I've never seen Game of Thrones and have heard that it's just soft medieval porn.<<

Two things:

* you're saying it like it's a bad thing

* the books do not necessarily convey sex-position as a scene depicting tool

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stanimir

Re: Not worried about viruses?

The DOS box is unconnected - hence it requires to execute some .exe .com from a floppy. I seriously doubt he'd get some game on floppies to play.

Technically you can even boot from a write protected floppy disk each time if you are afraid of command.com being infected.

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Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

stanimir

Re: Wasn't Java suppsoed to remain "open source"

OpenJDK is GPLv2 licensed[1]. But Andriod is not Java and won't pass the compatibility suit tests and it's not based on OpenJDK.

btw the rangeCheck function is now reduced to just 2 lines of code - so this claim is really bogus b/c the implementation takes like 2-4min top.

However Android initially being ripped off Java but incompatible was a very uncool move. Personally I believe software patents must be abolished even though IMO Google was in the wrong in this case.

[1]:http://download.java.net/openjdk/jdk7/

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

stanimir
Holmes

Re: Archibald

It's more like developed by people who don't get to sleep enough. Still not much of an excuse to click&logon.

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stanimir
Devil

...and lo 'n behold the rest of the browsers are to follow suit.

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stanimir

Overall it smells like: the URLs are unneeded as we (google) deliver them for you now (and whoever pays adsense and the likes)

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

stanimir

Having a remote non-wire connected device crashing a phone is truly an ingenious insight.

Probably the router is just a portable nuclear device emitting EMPs.

Good (or bad) news is that there is not cure for mental retardation.

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

stanimir

Re: 你们所有的基地都属于我们 ! [base not baseS]

It's "All your base are...." (singular)

Kinda spoiled the effort.

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

stanimir

Re: err....

Actually, during the last December I visited Thailand for a couple of week but iphones were quite rare to be seen.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

stanimir

Re: You can still be anonymous

You can bypass giving the phone (I've never given them any nor will). Also disabling javascript does wonders, google sites are somewhat function w/o even.

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Twitter, ARM voted on to Java steering committee

stanimir

There is zero need to run byte-code directly. Having good target architecture (concurrency, locking, read-barrier) is actually what takes to run Java better. For instance hardware read barrier allows for non-stop the world garbage collectors.

As for anyone running java, most of the big business does.

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

stanimir

Re: Batteries!

how you can do it without making the machine larger, heavier and with less battery life.

Glued batteries offer excellent longevity capabilities? I'd rather have a 19"/3kg laptop that I can replace anything I feel (battery/CPU/Video/Add 32GB ram/add another drive etc) than a lightweight crappy spec. thingie.

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Dog bites man: Apple's Macs trounce all Windows PCs in customer love

stanimir

Re: Margin of error?

What std. dev? It's all about satisfaction! Do you probe your std. dev while having sex. Guess no. Exactly the same approach is applied on that survey. Get it?

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

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Thumb Up

Re: At last, something epic

Imagine the pathos when read in Benny Hill chase theme music.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

stanimir

US prices do not include sales tax (which I find very amusing), the price for 'Europe' is after VAT that's also twice higher than avg. sales tax (20+% vs 8%)

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BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

stanimir

Truly Good Stuff, although beancounters should not have DDL privileges. I just wish the PFY was a bit more involved.

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Security boffins say music could trigger mobile malware

stanimir

Terribly slow day?

Triggers bear little significance once a device is compromised which can't happen by just listening music (unless there is some serious bug to execute the bytes perceived as 'music').

Morealso El Reg has committed to use metric, what's up w/ that distance in feet?

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