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Best Education Path To Learn Video Game Programming?

AbbeyRoad Join Free Software Projects to learn to code (240 comments)

Probable the best thing about Free software projects are as a learning tool.

Join a project, learn the code base, submit patches, get experience.

Don't try learning to code from the code you write yourself.

-paul

more than 3 years ago
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Can Large Scale NAT Save IPv4?

AbbeyRoad Re:Useless investement (583 comments)

YOU would not put up with it.

But others would if it were cheeper.

So the Internet will just be divided into the 0.01% of users
who have real IP address, and the 99.99% average Joe.

-paul

more than 3 years ago
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Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials

AbbeyRoad You can't patent a business process (434 comments)

A business process, like pure math, and like pure software is not patentable in many jurisdictions. What is being described here is a BUSINESS PROCESS, and lacks key patentability criteria under current patent law.

Whoever came up with this patent doesn't understand IP.

It probably won't get approved.

It certainly won't get approved world-wide.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Releases New Image Format Called WebP

AbbeyRoad Lenna image not shown?????? (378 comments)

The first and foremost image comparison should be the Lenna image.

No Lenna, no approval.

Lenna forever. Long live Lenna. I am lossless without thee.

Lenna, you make my pixels huffman.

Lenna you transform my fft.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenna

more than 3 years ago
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There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

AbbeyRoad Re:The IPv6 nightmare begins with it's design... (717 comments)

Basically, this is what is going to happen:

Some ISP somewhere with a /20 is going to project that in 6 months time they will be out of IPs,
and it's going to be too expensive to buy another /20.

So they are going to buy some Cisco-hardware-NAT-appliance and say to their customers: "look here,
you are all on NAT from now on, if you want a real IP you pay extra."

This NAT box will NAT a /20 to a /24 of temp addresses+ports. It will be plug-n-play and
easier than setting up IPv6.

99.9% of customers won't read the announcement and won't notice. They are all NATing through
their DSL modems anyway, and this Cisco equipment will have hacks for all those special
apps that need it to work behind double NATing.

And no one will ever think of switching to IPv6

-paul

more than 3 years ago
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There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

AbbeyRoad Re:The IPv6 nightmare begins with it's design... (717 comments)

or you could just added an extra 32-bits as a TCP or IP header-option

if you interleave the bits, you can keep all the routing configuration

-paul

more than 3 years ago
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There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

AbbeyRoad Re:The IPv6 nightmare begins with it's design... (717 comments)

> The only thing that *fails* is when [...]

thats quite a lot of things failing.

> similar to using an NAT router

no, there are 100 million people connected to the internet using ADSL and all *their* stuff works fine

why, because NAT is a solved problem with lot's of workarounds

ergo: IPv6 is just NAT all over again

we might as well solve the IPv4 address-space problem with huge /8 NAT'd networks.

good luck to the 0.0000001% of the Internet that has "successfully" switch to IPv6 after 20 years of IPv6 promotion.

-paul

more than 3 years ago
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UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act

AbbeyRoad Re:So they can just keep stolen property then? (340 comments)

"Treated" by who?

You have to file a charge in order for there to be a crime.

The guy needs to contact the public prosecutor to get him to take up the case and get a court order in the correct jurisdiction.

It's only because he doesn't understand the legal process that he can't get his info.

-paul

more than 3 years ago
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UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act

AbbeyRoad Re:So they can just keep stolen property then? (340 comments)

You are not reading the article.

How can a judge issue a court order outside of his jurisdiction?

-paul

more than 3 years ago
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UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act

AbbeyRoad Company may be perfectly right (340 comments)

The company is perfectly right. The judge only refused because the guy asked the wrong judge. This is explained in the article.

The company also is being entirely cooperative and "would encourage Mr Moorhouse to go to a solicitor and start a civil case".

Through a civil case he would be able to get a court order. I don't even think he would need a lawyer for this.

This law is in line with good civil rights: it's the same law that prevents Google from disclosing info about your searches.

more than 3 years ago
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Swedish Pirate Party Fails To Enter Parliament

AbbeyRoad The people have spoken (224 comments)

So the truth finally comes out: now one gives a flying fluck.

Not even surprising enough to warrant a sarcastic choke on the next sip of my coffee.

-paul

more than 3 years ago
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Best Way To Archive Emails For Later Searching?

AbbeyRoad I have a solution (385 comments)

I have the exact requirements as you, so I spent the last six months developing a
solution. It converts SentBoxes, Inboxes, gmail, PST files and regular mbox.

It archives and indexes everything and provides full text search with google-like
phrase grouping and exclude phrases.

It normalizes addresses, eliminates duplicates, understands every character set and
can display any email within it's web GUI with proper inlining of pics-in-html.

For me it can index 8 gigs of emails within a couple of hours.

We are pilot testing this solution at an ISP for our customers.

Would you like to try it out?

My email http://2038bug.com/email.gif

-paul

about 4 years ago
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Fun To Be Had With a 10-Foot Satellite Dish?

AbbeyRoad Alien signals from space (386 comments)

Whatever you do, don't make any broadcasts to alien vessels.
Also, any signals you receive from the alien's should not be made public,
or else YOU and your satelite dish will dissapear curtesy of secret UFO coverup agencies etc.

Eat this message.

-paul

about 4 years ago
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Is a US High-Speed Railway Economically Feasible?

AbbeyRoad Europe trains vs US and the challenge (1139 comments)

High-speed rail between cities works in Europe because when you arrive by HS rail you can get from the main station to whereever by light-train, tram, or bus and only have to walk five minutes. High speed rail won't work if you have to hire a car once you get there, or pay for an expensive cab, in order to complete the last leg of your journey, where you wouldn't have had to do so if you had jost drove your car the whole way.

Most of the US does not have high-density high-frequency public transport: meaning you usually have to walk for really long distances and wait a really long time.

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle Sues Google For Infringing Java Patents

AbbeyRoad Oracle will win (510 comments)

Sun developed Java for embedded systems, and then further for business systems,
investing enormous amounts of capital to create better technology. This was done
over the period of over a decade. For this they deserve IP protection.

The fact that Google is so closely copying their method means that *whatever*
patents Sun had on the Java VM, could easily be said to be infringed upon.

The details of course will play a part, but on the face of it myself I side
with Oracle. If Google wanted to do Java on the android, they should have
licensed the VM like everyone else, not stolen it.

What Google has done is exactly what the patent system was invented to
protect agaist.

-paul

more than 4 years ago

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10 Petaflop machine @110 billion yen

AbbeyRoad AbbeyRoad writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AbbeyRoad writes "Five times faster than the current top supercomputer, a Cray Inc. system in the U.S. at Oak Ridge National Laboratory called Jaguar, the K Computer will stitch together 80,000 processors, each equipped with eight cores for a total of 640,000 electronic brains. The K computer aims to once again vault the country to the top of the global supercomputer rankings with a system capable of tackling complex problems related to climate change and weather patterns. It could also provide Japan Inc. with a powerful computational tool in the search for breakthroughs in drugs, materials and new technologies."
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Ex-Air Force come clean on UFO visits

AbbeyRoad AbbeyRoad writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AbbeyRoad writes "An ex-U.S. air force chief has given an astonishing account of an encounter with a UFO at an air force base in Suffolk. Charles Halt is one of a number of senior former airmen who went public today over claims that UFOs had tampered with nuclear missiles in the U.S. and the UK. Mr Halt, who retired in 1991, told a press conference that he was working at RAF Bentwater near Rendelsham in Suffolk in 1980 when he had the terrifying encounter. He said that early one morning in December 1980 several of his base's security forces saw lights in the forest near Woodbridge."
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China renews license for uncensored google.com.hk

AbbeyRoad AbbeyRoad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AbbeyRoad writes "Google said Friday that it has renewed its license with the Chinese government to continue operating in that country, ending a standoff over censorship. "We are very pleased that the government has renewed our [Internet content provider] license and we look forward to continuing to provide Web search and local products to our users in China," said Google on its blog. Google did not make any concessions regarding censorship, Tokyo-based Google spokeswoman Jessica Powell said. "I don't think we gave anything up," she said. "We asked the government to renew our license to make some products that don't require any censorship. We are going to continue to offer uncensored Web search with google.com.hk.""
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EU approves Sun acquisition by Oracle

AbbeyRoad AbbeyRoad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AbbeyRoad writes "Oracle Corp won unconditional European Union approval on Thursday for its $7 billion takeover of Sun Microsystems, a month after offering public pledges to sooth regulatory concerns. ... The European Commission had started an in-depth investigation of the deal in September, citing concerns about the competition impact on MySQL. The Commission said its decision took into account Oracle's public pledges and that the company had already implemented some of its promises. Oracle had in August last year received the green light from the U.S. Department of Justice for its takeover of Sun, developer of Java software, among the world's most widely used computer languages. Authorities in China and Russia have yet to approve the deal."
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General solutions to slow JavaScript?

AbbeyRoad AbbeyRoad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AbbeyRoad writes "Anyone noticed that web pages seem to be getting slower and slower? One of the biggest offenders is Slashdot itself, boasting lavish javascript bells and whistles, while also punctuating their content with the latest in browser performance news. (Me thinks I sense a link betwixed the pair.) This lunacy has got to stop. No longer will a 2GHz machine do — higher and higher hurtz will be required to render ordinary-news-text using a single-threaded-loosely-typed interpretty running the most inefficient code since MS QBASIC. Ok, ok. I do know I can turn it off, but is their anyone without a top-end machine that actually enjoys these user interfaces? Why do these sites write an interface that is only borderline comfortable to 10% of their users? Can Slashdot please profile this garbage so that I'm not consuming 100% CPU just to read plain text?"
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Current Status of P vs NP

AbbeyRoad AbbeyRoad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AbbeyRoad writes "Fascinating overview of a frontier in information theory. Quotes: "To understand the importance of the P versus NP problem let us imagine a world where P = NP...." and "(current) algorithms have exponential growth in their running times, so even a small increase in the problem size can kill what was an efficient algorithm. Brute force alone will not solve NP-complete problems no matter how clever we are.""
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Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

AbbeyRoad AbbeyRoad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AbbeyRoad writes "OSLO (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for giving the world "hope for a better future" and striving for nuclear disarmament. ... The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.""
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Water planet @ 20 light years gets buzzed by Bebo

AbbeyRoad AbbeyRoad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AbbeyRoad writes "Astronomers believe that there may be a "water world" capable of harbouring intelligent alien life orbiting a star just 20 lightyears from Earth. Unfortunately, it appears that the first communication any aliens will receive from the human race will be a multimedia compilation assembled by Bebo users."
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Parallel builds on VM machines

AbbeyRoad AbbeyRoad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AbbeyRoad writes "I have a 64-bit application that I need compiled and regression tested on 6 different operating systems. One solution is to run 6 virtual machines concurrently and use expect scripts to login, build, and test the source. I have already natively installed all six OSs each in its own physical partition — grub selectable at boot time; this was er... time-consuming! Now what is the best way of running them at the same time? VMWare Server 2 beta does not seem to have an option for booting a raw disk. Under Linux VMWare Server 1 does not support 64-bit guests. I also want the OSs to run full screen and use the native graphics addapter — heck the only thing that really needs to be "virtual" here is the memory — even if I can script a hot-switch between each OS, it is better than booting each in turn from power on (which is really slow). What solutions can you recommend?"
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