* Posts by swsnyder

5 posts • joined 6 Jul 2009

Obama proposes four-point plan to investigate US data spooks


Re: Time to grow up

> Is there anyone on the planet who (not that) really believes that China, Russia and numerous others do not snarf everything that passes their border gateways?

U.S. citizen here. The difference is that China or Russia can't use their information against me. The NSA can pass the snooped info (possible gained from their BFFs in the UK or Canada) to any other U.S. agency as evidence that can be used to prosecute me.

At any time in the future the database of my communications can be sifted to determine if I am a "person of interest" by whatever the criteria du jour happen to be.


Visual Studio 2012: 50 Shades of Grey by Microsoft


Yet another Visual Studio "review" in which there is no mention whatsoever of the code generation.

Also: WinXP is still a supported Microsoft product yet the VS2012 runtime libraries don't work on it?


Opera stomps on 'extremely severe' security holes


Phil Rigby

Here you go: ftp://get.opera.com/pub/opera/linux/1011/final/


Visual Studio 2010 - your chunky new friend dissected


Code gen?

And again no mention of code generation.

Amidst all the ooing and ahing over the newest eye candy, it would be nice to get at least the barest inkling of how this program does at its intended purpose: creation of Windows executables.

How big are the binaries relative to VS2008? Relative to VS2005? What instruction sets (remember those?) are supported by the compiler? Can post-SSE2 instructions be automatically generated in the binaries or are explicit intrinsic functions still needed? What is the relative performance of a VS2010 binary compared with the same C/C++ source compiled by VS2008 or VS2005?

Pffftt!! Some tech site.


Firefox 3.5 patch coming soon as Mozilla cranks up downloads


re: png?

That's likely the color management scheme, disabled by default in v3.0 and now enabled by default in v3.5.

The values for preference gfx.color_management.mode:

0 = Disable color management.

1 = Enable color management for rendered graphics.

2 = Enable color management for tagged graphics only.

The pref is set to a value of 2 by default in FF v3.5.

Some related bellyaching: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=500079



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