Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts
Unicode seems pretty backwards compatible; have any of the the newer versions overwritten or changed the meaning of older versions (e.g. caused damage)?
Yes. Version 2.0 completely changed the Hangul character set. Korean texts written with Unicode 1.1 were not readable in Unicode 2.0, and vice versa. This was 17 years ago, but note that it was after ISO had accepted version 1.1 as an ISO/IEC standard.
The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube
You do not RC. The real Rubik's cube has always used stickers. Only recently have Rubik's started manufacturing cubes with coloured plastic sides.
Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability
Actually, C does not try to handle pointers at all. It treats them just like a long int (with the appropriate cast) [...].
That's not actually true. First of all, there is no direct connection between the size of pointers and the size of long int. That is platform and implementation dependent. Secondly, at compile-time, pointer arithmetic differs a lot from that of integers. You cannot add two pointers. You can subtract two pointers to the same type (except void); that will give you the number of elements between them, in the ptrdiff_t type. (In theory, that's only possible if the pointers point to the same array, but the compiler can't know if that's true in the general case.) You can add an integer to a non-void pointer. Adding N to a pointer p is the same as &p[N], i.e. you get a pointer to the Nth element.
First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands
A simpler solution would be to just let all the genetically engineered, glow-in-the-dark lab animals out in the wild. The roadkill will light up the roads.
Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin
Excuse my ignorance, but wouldn't a 20kHz sine wave sound less harsh or loud compared to a 20kHz square wave?
It would not. The "harshness" is the overtones (40 kHz, 60 kHz, etc.), which you cannot hear. From a mechanical point of view, no matter how quickly the signal switches from low to high, the hairs in your cochlea are bound by their individual resonant frequencies, which limit their respective frequency ranges.
Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight
I can refute this trivially within my own household.
Haha! Good one :-D Refuting a small-sample study with an anecdote, classic!
Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
No, this is getting the cook fired by claiming there is hair in your food, because you spotted an Obama sticker on his car in the parking lot.
Not even close. Eich was not the cook with the power to choose a different amount of pepper; he was the chief executive officer with the power to make the rules that affect all employees, contributors, customers, and possibly even the world's web sites. Eich did not get fired, he was urged by a lot of people to step down, which he finally did.
Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills
People like you are why so many myths go undispelled. Things that are "fucking obvious" may still be illusions.
Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer
Odd considering their (Wines) last copyright cockup was entirely due to an internal contributor committing decompiles of Microsoft binaries as contributed code...
The word you are looking for is the opposite of odd.
Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away
There's actually a lot of evidence that sitting down the majority of your awake time (8+ hours) is itself bad for the body, and cannot be made up for with physical exercise. Working a few hours standing up and being mildly active (i.e. taking walks) during free time is better. Of course, one hour spent at the gym is better than one more hour in the couch. I'm just saying that if you have the opportunity to work standing up, it is likely worth a lot more than you think!
Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?
Step one is to compare file sizes. Since file sizes need to be identical in order for the files to be identical, and file sizes are already calculated and stored as metadata, this will greatly reduce the time needed.
- List all files with their respective sizes.
- For each consecutive file in the list with the same size as the previous file, compare the MD5 hashes.
The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'
Try making jokes about negative female stereotypes and see how quickly your posts got moderated down to -1 troll or flamebait by all the whiteknight pussybeggars around here.
I wonder why there are so few women on Slashdot. Could it be because of all the idiots who assume Slashdotters are always male, and accuse those who defend women's rights of doing it only to impress women?
Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian
Decrease of 150 tons of meat. Global production of meat 180 million tons. 150/180,000,000 - 0.00005%. Decrease in greenhouse gasses: 0.00005*.18 =0.000009%. Get a million of those together and you would have something.
Apart from the "I'm just one person out of 7 billion, so my meat consumption/petrol burning car/operating system choice/vote doesn't have impact" replies one could make, I'd like to point out that they are also showing a lot of young people (mostly men) that a meal doesn't have to contain meat. It is quote possible that these men will eat less meat (on average) during their lifetimes, influencing their families' consumption, and so on.
Gunman Opens Fire At LAX
You're right, laws and rules don't work because they can be broken, and since they can be broken they're worthless. So let's not have any at all.
Meet the Guy Who Fact-Checks Stephen King On Stephen King
Well, the bible sold a lot of copies, and though it's just one book - its writers *definitely* needed a continuity advisor, and the lack of one is clearly evident in the bible.
The Bible is not one book. It's a compilation of several books.
Why Steve Albini Still Prefers Analog Tape
No, that's not how it works. You still get aliasing – unless you lowpass filter the signal before sampling it.
Obamacare Software Glitch Will Limit Penalties Charged To Smokers
Freedom or nannying, you get to pick just one.
Freedom or nannying.
Meat or vegetables.
Christian or Muslim.
Coffee or tea.
With us, or against us.
Black or white.
Never a greyscale or a third option to be seen.
Why Your Sysadmin Hates You
Or, you know, maybe treat all your employees and coworkers with respect.
NSA Surveillance May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts
Sweden's FRA spying law, nobody could quite figure out why Sweden did that in 2008
While it's no secret that the Swedish government (unlike the Swedish people) acts as the US's lapdog, the FRA law allows only spying on data that crosses the border. FRA has no right to stored data, or data that travels only within the country's borders. If you believe they do PRISM-like spying, then you have no reason to believe the FRA law was necessary in the first place.
And you might be right, because the military more or less admitted they were already doing everything that the FRA law would later allowed them to. Also, I'm pretty sure my Gmail is stored abroad, which means FRA may read everything I get sent to me.
Microsoft Unveils Xbox One
Xbox for Workgroups?
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