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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

GuB-42 Re:Coding leads to a life of poverty (213 comments)

And how about letting them do what they want ? As long as it is realistic of course.
Once you got past the basic necessities, like food and shelter and a bit of spare for simple pleasures, earning more money doesn't add that much to your quality of life. OTOH, you spend a huge part of your life working, so it's better be something you like.
If your kids really are that bright, it means that they have the rare chance of being able to do practically anything and make a living of it. I include coding of course but also much more competitive fields like acting, arts, gaming, etc...

about a week ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

GuB-42 Re:Ditch ChromeOS, focus on Android (183 comments)

Yes, the system has multitasking abilities, but Android is not designed for user-level multitasking. GUIs, frameworks, etc... are all designed for full-screen and developers usually don't expect their apps to be resized. Peripherals like keyboards and mice are supported but like with resizing, apps typically don't use them effectively.
If you adapt android to properly support desktop-style usage, you need to rethink the user experience for all apps, living you with something that is basically just linux with dalvik support.

about a week ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

GuB-42 Re:The big question is.. (144 comments)

I am not saying that the "right to be forgotten" is bad. I'm saying that the law is stupid.
The really stupid part is that search engines have a say in what is and what is not a valid request. It shall be a judge's job.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Radiation Mimicked In the Lab

GuB-42 Re:Make sense if pinch instead of hole (66 comments)

Here is the article that ticked me off : http://www.jp-petit.org/scienc...
Which is a reply to : http://www2.iap.fr/users/riazu...
All these conversations are in French.

Here, a cosmologist named Alain Riazuelo criticized J.P. Petit work regarding his theories. He points several mathematical mistakes. J.P. Petit answers by requesting a public confrontation, which, for some reason, doesn't get. He then goes on by saying how cowardly Alain Riazuelo, that he didn't understand anything about his theory, blah blah blah... But nowhere I see him address the technical points raised by his opponent. And no, I don't buy his excuse that he absolutely needs a seminar to defend his position.

about two weeks ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

GuB-42 Re:The big question is.. (144 comments)

They don't just allow them to cherry pick, they require them to.
As an European I would have preferred a middle finger, just to show how stupid the law is.

about two weeks ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

GuB-42 XKCD 936 most of addresses your points (547 comments)

1) Choosing a password should be something you do very infrequently.
2) Our focus should be on protecting passwords against informed statistical attacks and not brute-force attacks.
3) When you do have to choose a password, one of the most important selection criteria should be how many other people have also chosen that same password.
4) One of the most impactful things that we can do as a security community is to change password strength meters and disallow the use of common passwords.

XKCD 936 addresses 2 and 3
With four _random_ common words, you have 44 bits of entropy, guaranteed, and no informed statistical attack will change this. OTOH, common password schemes using clever tricks are more vulnerable (Tr0ub4dor&3 only have 28 bits of entropy if the cracker is smart enough). And with 44 bits of entropy, it is unlikely that someone has chosen the same password.
As for strength meters and all this Randall strongly implies that we should focus on length rather than numbers, case and special characters.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Radiation Mimicked In the Lab

GuB-42 Re:Make sense if pinch instead of hole (66 comments)

I am very skeptical of Jean-Pierre Petit works.
He looks more informed than your average quack. He is definitely knowledgeable in aerodynamics and some of his "Lanturlu" comics are really good.
However, the way he sees conspiracies everywhere (including UFOs), his reliance on "ad hominem" arguments and tendency to go well beyond his field of expertise is suspicious at best. I'm not saying that his theories are worthless but they shall be taken with much skepticism.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

GuB-42 Re:Or, just don't get married. (447 comments)

Here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Note that even if PACS basically grants you the same rights as marriage regarding taxes, it doesn't do much regarding inheritance. And in France, even if you write a will, children have priority over at least half of your assets (i.e. you can't disinherit them).

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

GuB-42 Re:Or, just don't get married. (447 comments)

The solution for taxes is PACS which is a form of civil union which have no fidelity requirement and that can be ended at any time without lengthy procedures. Same sex PACS have always been allowed since its creation, in 1999.

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

GuB-42 Re:Hoax (984 comments)

In this case, yes.
There are far more evidence that point to a hoax rather than something legit : bogus scientific claims, Rossi's not totally clean past, unusual presentation, ... And we are talking about breaking the rules of physics as we know them : an extraordinary claim that requires extraordinary evidence.
So yes, there is a tiny, tiny possibility that it is legit and that's why a few scientists and investors are interested but otherwise and without further evidence, it's safe to assume it is a hoax.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

GuB-42 What can replace Perl ? (547 comments)

What language is as good as Perl for throwaway scripts ?
If written countless perl scripts for countless problems such as extracting data from web pages, crude monte-carlo simulations, code generation, merging contact lists, etc... Most of this code is no more, in fact, a lot of it was one-liners directly written on the command line.
For this, I don't need a language that is clean, maintainable and readable. I need a language that is featureful, terse and lenient, and it's exactly what Perl is. As an added bonus it is installed by default in most UNIX systems.

Ah, and BTW, it is a legitimate question.
A lot of modern languages focus on maintainable code, which is a good thing. However, there are some cases where short term efficiency is more important. I thought about ruby (second in the list of dying lanquages...) but are there more recent alternatives ?

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

GuB-42 Re:Wonder how it feels... (236 comments)

Offshore workers used to be cheaper than an TI-84 calculator and it is the only reason they were hired as their skill level was abysmal.
But guess what, low skill doesn't mean stupid, so these offshore workers start getting better, and they start noticing that they are more valuable than the minuscule "wages" they get. As a result they now want to actually get paid, forcing the directors to reconsider that TI-84.

As for the offshore workers. They will probably indeed start their own companies, not just because they are replaced by machines, but because they now have the necessary skills to compete. I believe it is a good thing.

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

GuB-42 Re:No GPS? Where's the E911? (132 comments)

I don't think it is mandatory even in the US... yet
If you don't have GPS, emergency services can track you using cell tower data.

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

GuB-42 Re:Seen this before. (203 comments)

This "flying car" (actually a roadable plane) is most likely to be a toy for private pilots. As such it is better than the sum of its parts.
First it solves the problem of parking space. Getting hangar space in your local airfield may be difficult and/or expensive.
Second it solves the problem of what to do after you land. Unless the place you want to go is in the airfield itself, you are likely to need a car to move around.
Third it offers an alternative in case of bad weather. Unlike airliners many small aircraft can't fly in poor weather conditions, and not all private pilots have the required IFR certification. Also, many small airfields are not equipped to allow instrument landing. As a result it is good to know that you can simply drive back home if you are stuck.

I am an ultralight pilot (LSA in the US) and I faced all three of these problems. They are bad enough to make flying little more than a hobby.

about two weeks ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

GuB-42 Re:Google just pissy (107 comments)

Google is just in a snit that CyanogenMod is fantastically better than stock android, BECAUSE it gives power back to users.

No, the real value of CM is the way they manage to put recent, lightweight android on devices in stead of their manufacturers.
Power to users is just a secondary goal, and CM doesn't offer much more than just rooting. For this, the champion is Xposed framework.

about three weeks ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

GuB-42 Re:I'd like to know the facts , what happened (209 comments)

Taking 15x as long to follow procedure is fine so long as they hire 15x as many people to do it. Anything less is implicitly telling someone to disobey procedures or be fired. Hiring a shell company subcontractor or other scapegoat should not release the top brass from liability - that's why they get the big paychecks, right?

9 women don't make a baby in one month...
And insensitive or not, people hate safety procedures, especially if they are perceived as useless. And people will do anything to skip them. Just see how many drivers don't follow something as simple as a speed limit.

about three weeks ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

GuB-42 Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (365 comments)

C++ is an enormously powerful and comprehensive language, and it relies on the programmer or organization to use a reasonable subset of it

I use a reasonable subset of C++, I call it C :)
Well strictly speaking, C is not a subset of C++ but I consider it good form when writing C to also make if valid C++.

And what you are saying about memory is true in userland code but in the kernel allocating memory is no trivial task. You have to think about paging, DMAs, etc... and your pointers may point to devices rather then memory. Another problem with C++ is that it is hard to know exactly what code is executed and when. With C you just need to follow the code without worrying about a constructor being called or an operator being overloaded. The kernel is a place where you really want to control such things.

It is possible to do kernel level code in C++. I did. But the code was more like "C with classes" than real C++. You can do it the C++ way (within reason) but it would require extreme levels of expertise.

about three weeks ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

GuB-42 Re:Makes Sense (225 comments)

in Europe

Google is a US company, so I guess they were at a disadvantage compared to L.A.

about three weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

GuB-42 AdopteUnMec (482 comments)

There is a French site called AdopteUnMec.com (adopt a guy) that works by being heavily biased towards women :
- free for women, men pay
- women can message any men, men need to ask permission first
- site is marketed like a shopping site where men are considered products, with tongue-in-cheek ads highlighting their features, or offering "sales".
Profiles with pictures are all public though.

It is very successful in France but it failed to gain traction when they tried to export the concept to other countries. Due to their policy they boast a 50-50 men/women ratio and deeper relationships for both sexes.

about three weeks ago

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