433 posts • joined 14 Jan 2012
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.
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.
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  "Real Programmers don't need comments-- the code is obvious.".
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.
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)
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.
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).
Re: "widely respected businessmen"
The very same person who thought "thermonuclear war" is the way to conduct business.
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.
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.
Why would you have context switches with 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).
I am not sure what QUIC has to do with the kernel. It's an application level protocol.
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"
There is no need to pay £900+ on a fashion accessory.
You know nothing about fashion, wolfetone.
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.
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.
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"
Basically putting sound waves outside the hearing spectrum (and being able to reproduce them in the physical world) can result in class lawsuits.
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.
Re: So which is it?
The nude mods/packs usually cost extra.
Is it just "boffin" or Dr. boffin in this particular case of Dr Oren, the boffin?
10% revenue is a tough fine.
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.
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.
Re: This sounds like missing the point entirely
"fancy tricks that impress
programmers ACM but have no real-world applicability".
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.
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.
Re: Who is liable
the driver - the one responsible for the 'Go' button. Have fun!
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.
Re: Fixed it...
...Plus even if the car never makes it to the streets is all free publicity for google!
It's all drivel unless you're a marketing agency :
But then it's still a drivel.
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.
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.
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.
CD-R is a viable approach and they cannot be meddled with as once written they are unmodifiable.
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.
Re: Good for him
>> though I've never seen Game of Thrones and have heard that it's just soft medieval porn.<<
* you're saying it like it's a bad thing
* the books do not necessarily convey sex-position as a scene depicting tool
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.
Re: Wasn't Java suppsoed to remain "open source"
OpenJDK is GPLv2 licensed. 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.
It's more like developed by people who don't get to sleep enough. Still not much of an excuse to click&logon.
...and lo 'n behold the rest of the browsers are to follow suit.
Overall it smells like: the URLs are unneeded as we (google) deliver them for you now (and whoever pays adsense and the likes)
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.
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.
Actually, during the last December I visited Thailand for a couple of week but iphones were quite rare to be seen.
Re: You can still be anonymous
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.
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.
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?
Re: At last, something epic
Imagine the pathos when read in Benny Hill chase theme music.
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%)
Truly Good Stuff, although beancounters should not have DDL privileges. I just wish the PFY was a bit more involved.
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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