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Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?

Dogun Re:Simple (454 comments)

I concur. MSBuild is shit. sources and dirs forever. I like to know what I'm linking into my binaries - if they would just fix manifest generation and c# build stuff in the public version, I'd have a very hard time even sympathizing for msbuild folks.

The compiler at least through and after Windows 7 was most definitely a msft compiler. I'm actually really surprised at this claim. Why do you think all the MSFT devs are stuck in C89?

about 2 years ago
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Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

Dogun Re:That's nice (847 comments)

The executive is pretty much unrestricted in how it chooses to deal with classified information, since that's where the ability to classify stuff comes from.

about 2 years ago
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Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

Dogun Re:That's nice (847 comments)

Watch the entire video. They attacked people attempting to help the wounded, as well.

about 2 years ago
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Free Desktop Software Development Dead In Windows 8

Dogun Re:Wait, what now? (462 comments)

Huh - sure enough they now leverage the compiler from outside the WDK.

I sure as shit wouldn't pay for Visual Studio. I guess it's time for some other compilers to step up!

more than 2 years ago
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Free Desktop Software Development Dead In Windows 8

Dogun Re:Wait, what now? (462 comments)

It's worth noting that Visual Studio wasn't always free.

More to the point, though, I doubt they're going to stop shipping the WDK, and that DOES include a C compiler. I hope you like nmake, though!

more than 2 years ago
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Suggestions For Music Hosting?

Dogun Re:Dedicated Server (225 comments)

Yeah. You definitely gotta shop around in order to find good deals, but they are out there. I've had had particularly good experience in Canada, actually, for stuff that will normally get you chucked out of a datacenter in the US.

more than 2 years ago
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Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

Dogun Re:What if... (1009 comments)

She'll be held in contempt until the judge understands how fucked up this situation is. Could be years.

This situation is the precise reason we have the 5th Amendment - so that people can't be compelled to make testimony against themselves and then be jailed indefinitely on a whim when they 'refuse' to comply (or, when someone has apprehended the wrong person, or ...).

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's iBooks EULA Drawing Ire

Dogun Re:A point I haven't seen anyone mention: (308 comments)

Out of an entire page of comments, you are the only one to get it right.

The legalese here has to do with code from ibooks being exported into the file, so that even if they have fixes for css bugs, etc, in the future, the formatting preferences can be preserved.

RE: Bison. Even after bison's licensing, some software companies are nervous about it - not that bison community is going to come after them - but that they might not completely own the binaries they produce. It's a really tough legal conundrum (code generated from a recipe), but luckily virtually everybody seems to be on the same page, insofar as useful tools like these should be used judiciously and without restriction.

In theory, Apple is being defensive, which is a little sad, but it is understandable Nominally, they pick the wrong side of this issue in order to protect their CSS.

Additionally, though, they create a headache for their users, which is something of a mortal sin in my book, and require many hours of additional labor to prepare books for other vending platforms. I very much wish that Apple would get off of their anti-competitive high horse and focus on building good tools without noxious restrictions. They have come pretty far by being very agressive about building a software silo. But at this point Apple needs to begin to transition to a softer sell on its platforms, or it will become another Bad Era Microsoft.

more than 2 years ago
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Craigslist Donates $100,000 To the Perl Foundation

Dogun Re:Great! (99 comments)

Ever used ithreads? Ever?

more than 2 years ago
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Craigslist Donates $100,000 To the Perl Foundation

Dogun Great! (99 comments)

Great! Now maybe the perl folks can afford to fix their epic memory leaks that have been their bug list for the better part of a decade.

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Dismantling Occupy Wall Street Encampment

Dogun 4th amendment issue? (933 comments)

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Throwing tents into dumpsters, without issuing a 'vacate or your property is forfeit' order seems like a clear violation to a non-lawyer.

Lawyers? Or have I simply missed something requiring the demonstrators to disperse?

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Dogun Re:So windows is right (803 comments)

No new code (except in the rare case where you are writing a tool to migrate stuff out of the VirtualStore into a new unprivileged user data directory) should reference the VirtualStore. That was created because ignorant devs couldn't wrap their heads around ACLs and didn't listen when MS told them that there's things out there that aren't admins.

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Dogun Re:/bin, /sbin had their functions (803 comments)

This will absolutely not make its way downstream into an existing RHEL release. Maybe future releases.

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Dogun Re:Dumb move (803 comments)

I agree the wow64 fs and registry direction is confusing as hell. With the benefit of hindsight, I suspect they would have designed that differently (I will just assume it was fundamentally possible, if a bit more work in the short term.)

c:\winnt vs c:\windows vs c:\win vs e:\foo are all theoretically valid windows directories, though. That's why windows has an API for finding the Windows directory.

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Dogun Re:Dumb move (803 comments)

Red Hat jumped the shark in 1997. Once you go slack, you never look back. You do continue to look forward, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Dogun Re:If it ain't fix (803 comments)

While I imagine there are liekly cases where that statement about performance is true, I have generally not seen a performance boon from building 32-bits on 64-bit OSes.

more than 2 years ago
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No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux

Dogun This shouldn't be an issue (548 comments)

I don't see why linux can't adapt to these boot protection schemes. Self-signed or vendor signed, as long as there's a way to import your key information, what's the issue? Frankly, code signing is a good thing, especially if you can perform it from the ground up.

I understand the anxiety, here, especially given that Sinofsky is not a popular figure and nobody wants to trust any initiative he backs. That having been said, MS (and partners) would be opening themselves up to swift antitrust action again if they were to engage in industrywide attempts to lock out OtherOS.

It's also important to recognize that there are deployments out there where people WOULD like systems where you CAN'T disable secure boot, and have really stringent protections around the boot process. It is unlikely that this type of configuration is one that would be used in the general consumer market; there's too much of a need for boot media and utility software. Imagine not being able to run memcheck or a recovery tool, ever.

Now, really, we need to hear this kind of language from BIOS, mobo, and ready-built systems manufacturers. Overall, an initiative like this is a good thing, but everybody needs to be on the same page. Not foaming at the mouth.

more than 2 years ago
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Helping the FBI Track You

Dogun Wrong. (193 comments)

His assumptions about the nature of information sharing and privacy are dangerously wrong.

The problem of information sharing is inequity; if it turns out that he documents his presence at a laundromat on some random dull October day, and later it turns out that some terrorists used to meet up there, his documentation of that random laundromat appearance will put him under scrutiny all over again - without any concrete reason. Meanwhile, some other fellow who rode his bike and paid with cash and didn't document his life on the web will probably never be scrutinized.

There is a fundamental issue with all mass intelligence/data collection: Humans don't understand conditional probabilities.

When we start to use large databases of essentially random data to inform investigations, we greatly increase the likelihood that investigations impact random people.

more than 2 years ago
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Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

Dogun Re:Not just the apps (725 comments)

> You have been able to do this in C for the past twelve years.

While I imagine there may be a way to convince cl.exe to make its peace with c99, it's not immediately obvious to me what it is.
There are other minor conveniences you get, as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

Dogun Re:Goodbye (725 comments)

Windows is C and C++, but mostly C. All native Windows interfaces are C interfaces. Even the COM ones.

more than 2 years ago

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Consumer Encryption for a post post-FISA world?

Dogun Dogun writes  |  about 6 years ago

Dogun (7502) writes "With the spiritual death of FISA fast approaching, our communications are less secure than ever. What sort of painless solutions are out there for consumers wishing to have secure, end-to-end encryption of their cellphone, landline, and email conversations? Does the device have a chance of gathering broad market appeal? Is it affordable? Are keys shared and stored in a sensible manner?

To wit, why don't we all have secure communication so easy your grandmother could use it?"

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