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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

HyperQuantum Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (160 comments)

Same here.

But I wonder why my browser needs to provide details about the plugins I have installed to any website I visit. What kind of legitimate use could that have?

about a month and a half ago

Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

HyperQuantum It breaks Tree Style Tab (237 comments)

Unfortunately, this upgrade broke one of my favorite plugins: Tree Style Tab. A previous upgrade caused the whole tree to be expanded when restoring the tabs at Firefox startup, and now since FF 34 new tabs are no longer opened as a child of the current tab :-(

about 2 months ago

US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

HyperQuantum Re:Blast from the past (98 comments)

There is a bug in the e-mail. It should be 'We therefore ask you to send this email to all your friends and then delete all your files on your harddisk manually'.

You still need some of those files on your harddisk in order to send an e-mail. Friends with less than average intelligence might not realize that.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

HyperQuantum Real cross-platform is HARD (525 comments)

To make it cross-platform for real is hard. Lots of programmers don't try to avoid platform-specific and write code such as:

string fullname = directoryname + "\" + filename;

...instead of:

fullname = Path.Combine(directoryname, filename);

Another mistake is using explicitly hardcoded paths that only exist in Windows. And another challenge would be case-sensitivity of the filesystem on Linux; this can break programs that were developed and tested on Windows only.

The framework must provide for platform-independent ways to do things so that it is easier/shorter to do it the right way than using a naive but non-portable approach. Or programmers not really thinking things through will simply keep writing non-portable code anyway. The example above illustrates that; it is way more conventient to combine pathnames with such a non-portable string concatenation than it is with the right approach.

about 2 months ago

16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

HyperQuantum obligatory (125 comments)

Does it run Linux?

Not mentioned in TFA, and I haven't seen anyone talk about it yet in the comments here. Or maybe the answer is so obviously 'yes' that nobody even talks about it anymore.

about 3 months ago

OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

HyperQuantum The deadline is near! (242 comments)

Quick!! Let's buy some extra licenses now before it's too late!

Oh wait...
Never mind, we switched to Linux a long time ago already :-/

about 3 months ago

The Problem With Positive Thinking

HyperQuantum Re:As has been posted before (158 comments)

That was exactly my point. The 'negative thinkers/pessimists' worked very hard to solve all Y2K problems, then January 1st, 2000 passed by and all the 'positive thinkers' said "see, there was nothing to worry about" without taking into account all the work that had been done to fix the problems.

about 2 months ago

Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

HyperQuantum Nice way to earn money (93 comments)

This reminds me of a John Connor quote from the movie Terminator 2:

"Easy money!"

about 4 months ago

Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

HyperQuantum Re:And Java fail again (349 comments)

The whole point of Java is that it is supposed to be platform independent. So you shouldn't need to get the OS version at all.

I know, I know, reality is different. But that might explain the apparent lack of such an API.

about 4 months ago

2D To 3D Object Manipulation Software Lends Depth to Photographs

HyperQuantum Not free as in freedom (76 comments)

The software appears to be proprietary, not free as in 'free software'. It is available for zero cost, but usage is restricted:


about 6 months ago

Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

HyperQuantum Re:But people forget what MENSA concluded (561 comments)

So at the end of the day "success" is a combination of multiple factors and IQ alone is non-determinant. So who cares about IQ anyway?

Who cares about "success"? Happiness is much more important. It's the simple things in life that matter. The best things in life are free. You don't need a high IQ to be happy.

about 7 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

HyperQuantum Re:Screw other people (800 comments)

Screw other people

And this is what is wrong with the world.

Let's turn the situation around: suppose you and your children are walking on the street. Will you still prefer the autonomous car to protect it's single driver at all costs and kill you and your children instead? And then imagine how many autonomous cars will be on the road in the future, all with that same logic built-in...

about 9 months ago

Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

HyperQuantum Implementation (184 comments)

I wonder if they wrote it more or less from scratch, or if they managed to reuse a lot of code from some other platform (e.g. Office for Mac OS X)?

about 9 months ago

Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

HyperQuantum Re:Rockets won't be loved at (374 comments)

Now that would be a good use for the term 'bootstrapping'.

about a year ago

U.S. Border Patrol Drone Goes Down, Rest of Fleet Grounded

HyperQuantum Re:WTF? (138 comments)

But less military spending is bad for the economy, right?


about a year ago

Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

HyperQuantum Re:Get off my lawn? (459 comments)

Yeah. And if they don't want to remove it, they should put it back on the bottom where ctrl is now. Ctrl is used way more often.

1 year,8 days


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