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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Guy Harris Re:First taste of Mac OS X (303 comments)

Oddly, most things on Mac are Command+. However, on the command line, Ctrl+C is still used to break a program.

That's not a bug, that's a feature.

On most other UN*X desktops, most keyboard sequences for copying are Ctrl+C, and, on the command line, Ctrl+C is used to break a program, but, in the terminal emulator window, you have to use Shift+Ctrl+C to copy, because, well, you still use Ctrl+C to break a program, just as you've done for a while on UN*X (back to the 1980's, at least, if you used BSD back then, otherwise more like the 1990's when it displaced DEL).

On OS X, most keyboard sequences for copying are Ctrl+C, including copying in the terminal emulator window, and you still use Ctrl+C to break a program, so you can still use Ctrl+C the way God^WDigital Equipment Corporation intended, and the way it works on most UN*Xes these days, but you can use the same key sequence for copying in Terminal that you use elsewhere.

My Mac has been set up to be case insensitive. LS, GrEp, cAT, TAIl all behave as if they had been typed lowercase.

Yes, the OS X file system is set up as case-insensitive by default, so file names - including command names - don't have to be typed with the exact case of the file name.

5 days ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

Guy Harris Re:Wait... (178 comments)

He should have said Apple is not the "original" developer of CUPS which is true. They are the current developer and owner of CUPS.

(And current employer of the original developer of CUPS, unless he's left.)

about a week ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Guy Harris Re: Whenever anyone says "Sweden"... (346 comments)

No. Sweden has decent oil exports considering their population. It's not like all the oil in that area is only on the west coast, and the central and east is barren.

"Decent oil exports" doesn't necessarily mean "a gigantic amount of crude petroleum wealth". As far as I know, Sweden isn't a petro-state; the CIA World Factbook entry for Norway says that the petroleum sector "accounts for the largest portion of export revenue and about 30% of government revenue", whereas the entry for Sweden says that "the engineering sector accounts for about 50% of output and exports".

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Guy Harris Re:Whenever anyone says "Sweden"... (346 comments)

I just want to vomit. Seriously, it's a nation with a tiny population and a gigantic amount of crude petroleum wealth.

Did you just confuse Norway with Sweden, or are you just trolling?

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

Guy Harris Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (365 comments)

NTOSKRNL and Base Drivers are all C and ASM bits my friend.

...as I suspected they were.

So "Microsoft Windows uses C++", if it's talking about kernel development (as suggested by the title of the thread), is mostly wrong, with...

Only WIN32K (Win32 Kernel Mode Graphichs and helper functions core) contains some C++ bits, specially DirectX DXGI/D3D functions.

...one exception.

OS X uses C for kernel development, except for I/O Kit and I/O Kit drivers, which use C++, but restricted to a subset that excludes exceptions, multiple inheritance, templates, and run-time type inference. (Well, some stuff outside of there that needs to use I/O Kit APIs might use C++; the AFP and/or SMB client VFSes - I forget which - had, at one point, a small C++ chunk of code to allow the file system to prevent sleep to keep TCP connections to the server from being dropped. The rest was C - not surprising for the SMB client VFS, descended as it was from Boris Popov's SMB client VFS for FreeBSD.)

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

Guy Harris Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (365 comments)

Microsoft Windows uses C++ -- albeit with the CRT (C Run Time) library separated.

The source to ntoskrnl.exe, and the *.sys files it loads, is primarily C++, not C?

about three weeks ago
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Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

Guy Harris Re:Stop posting opinions in TFS! (54 comments)

Now the entire comment section for this article will essentially be a huge subthread for that guy's inflamatory comments.

Yeah yeah, I know this is par for the course for /. and that's the part that really sucks.

Are you sure that's not the intent for /.?

about a month ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Guy Harris Re:Eugen Fischer (222 comments)

I'd expect most people to interpret "eugenics" as the Greek stems for "good" and "genes", because that's where the word comes from. A fairly obscure nazzy doktor with a similar name isn't what tainted the word.

I'd expect most people neither to associate it with the Greek stems in question nor with Eugen Fischer; I'd expect them to have no clue where the word came from.

about a month ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Guy Harris Re:Then I guess you could say... (222 comments)

I'd be cool with it if it were Ed Harris

If you're referring to Pollock, hee came across in the movie as being manic-depressive, not schizophrenic.

about a month ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Guy Harris Re:Bad Fake Science Alert (106 comments)

"When antibiotics are used to kill them, dying viruses release toxins"

Too bad SlashDot isn't a science web site...

Neither is the International Business Times, whence this article refers.

The web site for Nature magazine, however, is a science web site, and there's a much better story there on the same topic.

about a month ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Guy Harris Re:I call BS (106 comments)

I call bullshit on this. Not a credible source, and whoever submitted the article bungled the science...

A better source is the article in Nature .

about a month ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Guy Harris Re:Say what now? (106 comments)

When antibiotics are used to kill them, dying viruses release toxins in the blood that begin to multiply quickly.

Is it just me, or is this sentence completely devoid of any scientificic sense in many different ways (antibiotics killling viruses? Toxins multiplying ??)

No, it's not just you, and, yes, that sentence is completely devoid if any scientific sense. Better sentences can be found in the news article from Nature .

about a month ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Guy Harris Re:Woohoo!! (106 comments)

Yeah, for years we were told magnet therapy was bullshit. Now there's money to be made by "legitimate" medicine, though, it's suddenly scientifically acceptable.

Well, there's "magnet therapy" as in "wear a magnet on your body", and there's "magnet therapy" as in "coat extremely small magnetic particles with a protein that binds to bacteria, viruses, and bacterial toxins, run your blood through a machine where the particles bind to the bacteria/viruses/toxins and get magnetically removed from the blood, and pump the blood back in".

It's quite possible for the first form of "magnet therapy" to be bullshit and the second form of "magnet therapy" to work.

about a month ago

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