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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Gr8Apes Re:Very much so! (641 comments)

All depends on what you're doing. And, as a side note - citation needed that the code was 10s of millions of lines, and that it was refactored programatically. Mail just isn't that much C/C++ code. If it is, Google is doomed. Same for search.

2 days ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Gr8Apes Re:Very much so! (641 comments)

I merely corrected your misinterpretation of what I said 2 entries earlier. You seem to be stuck in a faulty logic loop. I don't care about Google's success on refactoring their code nor that mail and search have largely remained up. I would be surprised if either was fully down, actually, based on how they're running them.

about a week ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

Gr8Apes Re:Older cars reduce pollution (176 comments)

I inferred no numbers, only the overall trend of reduced traffic and that reduced traffic = reduced pollution. To make any statement about the reduction amounts would require study.

The fleet aging effect would assume the same number of vehicles on the road. The only thing you can say about that study is that for an average of 'n' vehicles, the median age is older, and they would be dirtier than a newer median age. In fact, that's all TFA says.

about a week ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

Gr8Apes Re:Older cars reduce pollution (176 comments)

Sure (it's not direct a direct study on recession vs pollution, but supports the fewer cars on road aspect. Fewer cars on road equals less pollution.)

about a week ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

Gr8Apes Re:Older cars reduce pollution (176 comments)

L.A. is dirtier right now than it otherwise would have been without a recession.

Are you sure that the recession didn't result in less people being on the roads in LA particularly, thus resulting in less pollution than if the recession was avoided?

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Gr8Apes Re:Very much so! (641 comments)

Even mail is mostly lookup with a minor backend that I personally have written at least 4 times - ie, even I can do it

ie, the mail backend is minor, sending, receiving, as all you're doing is integrating with system provided services. No, I haven't written an SMTP type server in more than a decade, why would I? There are very suitable choices out there that are current with the latest RFCs and easy to integrate with. As far as inbound, that's not terribly hard either, but again, there's systems out there that handle that. What's needed is a client that can handle the UX. Simple mail isn't too bad, where gmail excelled (for 2005 anyways) was in allowing you to categorize and search (hence the lookup) your mail via a web front-end. Hopefully that clarified things a bit.

and, as an FYI, recently I designed and wrote a flexible notification system in about 1 month. That included sending notifications via email and SMS and in-app messages on triggers as well as accepting inbound responses and acting on them, and included search capabilities. That system has been in use for years with 1M+ users and no faults. IOW, this stuff isn't all that damn hard. FYI - Google's search isn't even all that great, IMNSHO, they just initially had better interfaces and results (ie, they crawled more web) than all the competing services at the time. Hell, I'd bet I wasn't the only one that was writing their own crawler/search solution at that time and stopped when Google became available. Google's claim to fame was in monetizing search. Now that, I grant you, is more than a little challenging.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Gr8Apes Re:Very much so! (641 comments)

Gosling did it, as did Ritchie. in a panel conversation along with Stroustrup. That covers all the majors. So how many other big language creators do you know that haven't said something similar?

Not particularly, because I don't really use them much. And how hard is a lookup routine anyways? (Even mail is mostly lookup with a minor backend that I personally have written at least 4 times - ie, even I can do it:) The rest is adserving (blocked significantly, apparently) and tracking, and other things that don't really affect the general user's services.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Gr8Apes Re:Very much so! (641 comments)

That doesn't discount that templates, and C++ itself, cannot be a whole lot better. People built huge codebases with COBOL. Would you say there are no problems there?

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Gr8Apes Re:AI is not just a look-up program. (417 comments)

Well said and summarized. I'd agree that AI is thrown around way more than it should be. I blame games for that. At best, most are simple state machines reacting to input, but they're called "AI". There's not a lick of intelligence nor randomness about how they work, unless you count the random choice for motion or a specific action chosen out of a preset set.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Gr8Apes Re:Very much so! (641 comments)

It wasn't merely the mangled names, but the complete crap-fest and lack of organized rules on how that was to be handled, and what to do when limits were exceeded during compilation/linking. Yes, if compilation results in a name that can't effectively be linked, perhaps a warning might be in order? I've gone a different route and although you should never say never, I doubt I'll be facing that particular problem again. My current focus with anything C/C++ would either be to integrate to it, or convert it to something else, not write meaningful new code in it.

I agree with Stroustrup that templates could have been better, IMHO a whole lot better.

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Gr8Apes Re:programming (417 comments)

How did it happen with people (maybe questionable in some cases) and quite possibly a few other mammals, and who knows what other "animals". We haven't defined "awareness" to a reasonable extent to be able to identify it accurately. But, the point Musk and others made is not to describe awareness, but what it means should we create such a thing in a wide-open environment like the internet. Quibbling about definitions is getting crushed by the avalanche while studying a slightly interesting pebble.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Gr8Apes Re:Very much so! (641 comments)

That's truly disappointing to hear. Hopefully it's no longer link order dependent as well? The only thing I can say that was a positive out of the 3 months spent tracking down why something worked in all test cases but sporadically failed for the full models on SGI machines was I learned to read compiler output (subsequently mostly forgotten for C anyways) The fact that it took days to validate small models on PCs and IBM boxes which wound up giving alternate results, depending upon which compilers were used added to the problem. Turned out that different limit lengths per compiler of pointer descriptors truncated the name, and when the name mangling exceeded the compiler/linker output, you got some interesting results out of your pointers, like the next object in the array instead of the one you were expecting, or perhaps some random area in memory, since the apps were not restricted in those days.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Gr8Apes Re:Very much so! (641 comments)

But C++ is a thousand times more than "C with objects". And even when it comes to objects, the most important ones aren't the ones you make yourself, but STL.

The STL.... the thing that drove me from C++ in the first place with its horrible non-portable implementations due to non-standardized name-munging amongst different compilers. (Note: I'm sure this situation improved from the date(s) I'm referencing, but even the thought of the STL brings back old nightmares)

And my most recent forays with C/C++ were thankfully STL free, as it was mostly straight C code, or merely linking into C code.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Gr8Apes Re:Si. (641 comments)

Untrue, if you program in assembly.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Gr8Apes Re:Would have stuck with VHS (129 comments)

I prefer hard media in my hands, for all the reasons you state. Add to that list much higher quality video and audio, and you'll be golden.

PS - you use a player to watch your media? How 2002... ;)

about two weeks ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Gr8Apes Re:Would have stuck with VHS (129 comments)

and witness the industrywide switch from HD DVD to Blu-ray Disc when the latter offered region locking and stronger DRM (BD+, ROM Mark, and lack of rich menus on non-AACS discs).

Um, none of that had anything to do with it. It was Sony mortgaging itself to the hilt and selling 49% of Sony Pictures to pay Fox to stay BD exclusive and Paramount to be BD exclusive as well as the end cap exclusivity agreements with Target and BlockBuster and others that caused the tipping point. Until Christmas 2007, HD-DVD was still ahead technically: HD-DVD players existed and executed stated features while BD was "wait until the next release" and pulled a Microsoft, always late and under delivering. Also consider that the PS3 was by far the majority of "BD Player" sales. It's estimated that the PS3 cost Sony over $3B in losses by including a nearly free BD player, take it for what it's worth. Had MS included HD-DVD in its XBox for "free" like Sony did with BD...

In any case, this is all history now, and Sony is still suffering losses, may they continue. (Sony deserves its losses, and BD is by far the weakest reason, although perhaps the biggest contributor) We at least thank HD-DVD for pushing region codes out of the mainstream, BDs still do not enforce region codes like DVDs do.

about two weeks ago
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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

Gr8Apes Re:Ditch the DSLR (108 comments)

Truth to this but lighting is the magic ingredient.

Yes, lighting is key, but even with good or excellent lighting you are not guaranteed a great shot.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Gr8Apes Re:Lawsuits and Patents (528 comments)

They still either have 1 year from the (un)lawful disclosure, or 0 from the time someone else creates and uses the patented technology. Also, since the US specifically is a first to file....

But this is Sony Pictures we're talking about, not Sony the 900 lb patent gorilla.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Gr8Apes Re: "Ultimately, our users will decide" (239 comments)

That doesn't guarantee no data mining, which is probably the most important facet of the entire thing. I run my own mail server to avoid it.

about two weeks ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

Gr8Apes Re:Rick-Roll (164 comments)

For Safari - Click To Plugin will save you. NoScript or a number of others for Firefox, and Chrome also has something similar, though if you use chrome, why do you care?

about two weeks ago

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Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about a year ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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The First Cyber Super Weapon?

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Help the Galactic Census

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Listeners and Indies may rejoice according to a just breaking story. According to the AP story:

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "TomsHardware reviews Intel's new Kentsfield quad core processor From the article:
Compared with the already not-too-shabby Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, the Core 2 Quadro can give performance a mighty tweak — but only for specific applications. In the best-case scenario, performance can even be doubled.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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