* Posts by stanimir

443 posts • joined 14 Jan 2012

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

stanimir

Re: Another tool in the kitbag

What will you do if you have developed something, run in on Linux machines... and one day Microsoft decided not to support Linux any longer.

You're stuck with whatever version there was and hope there would be enough community to keep supporting/developing it for Linux, or you bite the bullet and switch to Windows (like God intended)

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Crypto collision used to hijack Windows Update goes mainstream

stanimir

Re: For corruption checking

CRC is a faster, though - basically no inner loops, just table look-up 4096bytes for crc32 - so during the calculation the table is to be hot in L1 cache.

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France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

stanimir

Re: Who cares?

you can burn through your monthly data allowance in about nine seconds.

Hmm, the OP says 111Mb/s which is bits not bytes. One 1GiB would be like 8Gib and that depends if it's "true" data (payload) or includes the network envelops.

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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

stanimir

Re: @ Oldskater (using mobile phone on a date)

on idea, I am not so versed. However, I'd presume the sexting happens after the date or perhaps on a 2nd one.

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stanimir

Re: @ Oldskater (using mobile phone on a date)

Yes, esp. given the date actually is... 'texting'.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

stanimir

Re: How much?

Having all register being used as accumulators would significantly increase the transistor count, so you gotta give something. At least you have mov reg, reg universally instead of putting the register in the zero page (like 6502) or the stack.

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Pint

Re: What this world needs...

6502 was cool, you always knew exactly how many cycles (us) an operation would take.

I still remember quite a few opcodes in direct hex... (coding in basic with DATA)

4GHz 6502 would be awfully slow of course as it has only 3 registers (one accumulator, X,Y index ones), no cache, no branch prediction, no pipelines, basically it will constantly stall waiting for memory. OTOH Apple II had 48KiB RAM only, so adding 64KiB L1 cache to hold both RAM+ROM would do the trick and greatly alleviate the memory issues.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

stanimir

Re: Why ?

The companies employ people, the latter pay income tax, buy goods and pay VAT.

Taxing people is the sure way to collect money, the small guy can't hide/shift the taxes.

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stanimir

You can't tax revenue.

A company can be at a very legit loss with huge revenue. If you tax revenue you cant really have tax deductions and so on.

You can tax people with income tax b/c the income is not directly linked to the spending a person makes. For instance wearing better make up won't necessarily increase your productivity and paycheck.

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

stanimir

Fad means 'free' advertising much like Apple-Samsung war. It's talked on the TV/El Reg/magazines etc.

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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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stanimir

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

stanimir

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

stanimir
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

stanimir
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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