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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Ash-Fox Re:Meh (103 comments)

Text messages are essentially free for the carrier (due to how they work on the network).

There are some large overheads when it comes to SMS storing for delivery later as well as high availability implementations. SMS is free to the network if you don't request any delivery retention (ie: keep delivering for a week, otherwise discard) and don't go through a gateway. Most phones don't even support setting that parameter to 0 today nor gatewayless message delivery.

yesterday
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Ash-Fox Re:I support this over Sprint.. (103 comments)

Nothing will happen. Why? Because t-mobile exists in a whole slew of other countries (in the UK they're so much more reasonable than the US deals) and they all operate differently. When mobile firms are bought up by foreign companies, I rarely have seen a change in pricing strategy.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Ash-Fox Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (729 comments)

The optimization flags have nothing to do with CPU errata. You should know that.

I'm aware.

Most of that is due to the compiler taking a few liberties with floating point correctness that may or may not work out OK.

True.

From memory (and this is a few years ago). I do recall using the Intel compiler, to generate bits of binaries to make use of some pretty hard-core optimizations where a threaded application which uses SMID instructions could be used to access overlapping registers (compliant with the specification) and do simultaneous processing off those registers. It ran perfectly on Intel and Transmeta processors at the time, not so much when it came to AMD though.

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Ash-Fox Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (729 comments)

For any case I have ever heard of..

Do you even write assembler with modern opcodes or have a social group that does?

Note that some programs won't run correctly with some optimizations even on GenuineIntel.

Most compilers have a lot of workarounds for errata and poor implementation non-sense.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Ash-Fox Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (729 comments)

And yet, when the CPU detection routines are patched out, the program runs at full speed and with no errors.

For that processor revision with that specific microcode patch level.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Ash-Fox Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (729 comments)

There's are reasons Apple went LLVM-only for ARM/x64, and Sony went LLVM-only for PS4 (x64),

The primary reason being GNU GPLv3.

one of which is that they know better than to trust sweeping claims about gcc's performance

Nope, that had nothing to do with the decision of not using GCC.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Ash-Fox Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (729 comments)

Note: I am not the grand parent.

Actually, you should care. Modular software is more resistant to bugs

Not really.

easier to maintain.

I've seen some pretty terrible modular software, with layers of abstractions on abstractions on abstractions to avoid rewriting other parts of the software. The fact software is modular doesn't magically make it better nor easier to maintain.

More useful error messages improve developer productivity.

To be frank, I haven't found the compiler warning or error messages from LLVM that wonderful when it came to c and c++ code.

It seems that the only thing you actually care about is the execution speed of the generated code,

Some of us don't like the extra 'fluff' generated by GCC and LLVM just makes it worse.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Ash-Fox Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (729 comments)

Not the only time Intel has been caught red handed playing games with the compiler. It produces fast code (usually), but you need a reference compiler around to validate your code.

As someone who writes code in assembler, AMD have had a terrible habit of returning CPU flag support for opcode specifications they do not meet. At least when Intel takes AMD specifications and can't support the specification proper, they just create a new CPU flag (see AMD and Intel's history with MMX, 3DNOW and SSE for examples).

The worst problem is where AMD fix their 'errata' issues by making opcodes try to fool/trick software into thinking it's working when it doesn't.

So no, not really surprising someone made their compiler simply not trust AMD CPU flags and just check for 'AutthenticAMD'.

4 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Ash-Fox Re:Eisenhower was right (511 comments)

I still don't see how this is this is surprising?

5 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Ash-Fox Re:Eisenhower was right (511 comments)

Let's look at the recent PMs of Israel: Netanyahu (former IDF commando), Ehud Barak (former chief of staff of the IDF), Shimon Peres (former defense minister), Ariel Sharon (former IDF general, former minister of defense), Yitzhak Rabin (former chief of staff of the IDF), Yitzhak Shamir (former Mossad agent). The only PM in the past 40 years who didn't have significant connections to the Israeli defense establishment was Ehud Olmert.

This isn't really surprising for a country that has mandatory military service.

5 days ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Ash-Fox Re:Firefox is dying a slow demise (172 comments)

At one time I could say Firefox and Mozilla were on target to make a open source...

I sit here typing on my Macbook Air ...

Found your problem.

about two weeks ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

Ash-Fox Re:" and particularly describing" (150 comments)

particularly describing the place to be searched

Check.

and the persons or things to be seized.

Check.

No problem here, go home.

about two weeks ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Ash-Fox Re: Hijacking (113 comments)

I'm technical and I use Godaddy (just for domain registration).

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Ash-Fox Re: Too long (161 comments)

I won't become a facebook slave, thanks.

I really don't get what your complaint is.

I thought of getting a jabber/XMPP account but don't exactly know where to get one

Facebook provides Jabber/XMPP access to their chat system for free.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

Ash-Fox Re:And I just want Firefox not to shit itself (129 comments)

I find the web unusable without Adblock+, especially on my kiddie-grade 5Mbps max WISP connection.

I don't. I have a simple proxy.pac file that sends a few annoying advertiser domains to use a proxy connection on 255.255.255.255 (and for US-access only sites, hits my local ssh proxy to one of my US servers).

I should also note that I travel frequently (Monday through Friday) and I am often on mobile Internet.

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Ash-Fox Re:What's the point? (309 comments)

You think anybody but Disney actually benefits from Disney being allowed to own copyrights on its work for ludicrous amounts of time?

I used to when I was doing unique character designs because people couldn't use Disney characters instead. So, to answer your question: Yes., yes, I do.

about three weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Ash-Fox Re:france has law designed to protect bookshop (309 comments)

The goal here isn't to create massive companies that don't innovate.

Amazon is one of the more innovative companies out there...

about three weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

Ash-Fox Re:Lock the hardware to the developer (131 comments)

Instead they choose to lock out an entire market.

I think more companies should do this.

about three weeks ago

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