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C++14 Is Set In Stone

Imagix Re:Still... (191 comments)

Uh, yes they do. Don't rely on summaries to list all of the features of the language. From N3797: An integer literal is a sequence of digits that has no period or exponent part, with optional separating single quotes that are ignored when determining its value. Example: The number twelve can be written 12, 014, 0XC, or 0b1100. The literals 1048576, 1’048’576, 0X100000, 0x10’0000, and 0’004’000’000 all have the same value. — end example

3 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Imagix Re:Templates all over again (427 comments)

Uh, have you seen the stuff that Andrei Alexandrescu does with templates?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Imagix Re:Nothing (430 comments)

It's like if your car wasn't acting right, and you took it to a mechanic, and he told you, "just read the fucking manual you idiot." Of course, that doesn't happen, because most-if-not-all mechanics aren't so arrogant they think everyone should know how to fix their own car.

You forgot the clause "for free" in there. Of course that doesn't happen because there's an expectation that if you bring the car in, the mechanic is going to get _paid_ to first figure out what's wrong with your car starting with the description of "Car no go". So the mechanic gets paid for the time that he takes just figuring out what's wrong first, and paid to then fix the problem (plus parts). (and eventually you find out that the person is trying to use the car to go driving up and down sand dunes in Oregon.... but they are trying to do it in an F1 race car with racing slicks)

about three weeks ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Imagix Re:When will we... (266 comments)

How about starting with perjury and treason charges?

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

Imagix Maybe (112 comments)

Maybe it should, maybe it shouldn't. Why will the telcos push/carry this phone, and/or why will end-users demand this phone? Good answers to these questions will help determine whether it should be published. (And note end-users are the generic people, not the techy people. "It's more open source" isn't a good answer...)

about three weeks ago
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Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

Imagix Stupid sensationalism (25 comments)

So why is Amazon being specifically mentioned here? What makes this specific to Amazon? Is Google Compute Engine somehow immune to this? Or Azure, or any other hosting provider? Or self-hosted? Better headline: "Servers compromised through known vulnerability, admins failed to update software to close vulnerability."

about three weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

Imagix Re:Whats the problem? (147 comments)

Because the people paying for ads to show on WABC7 in NY are expecting viewership in NY to be the ones consuming the ads. If the audience is now nationwide, then the value per eyeball goes way down since now a smaller percentage of the eyeballs matter. So actually both sides of the equation don't like it. The advertisers aren't advertising to the demographic they want, and since the demographic is now much wider, WABC7 can't charge as much per eyeball since many of them are useless to the advertiser.

about a month and a half ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Imagix Re:why? (346 comments)

Unfortunately your analogy is also flawed... the mail _was_ addressed to the recipient. GS "wrote" the wrong address on the envelope.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

Imagix Re:Because I'm lazy (279 comments)

That one's quite useful. You've declared a variable and now whomever is reading the code now has the additional cognitive load to try to figure out why that variable exists.

about 2 months ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

Imagix Re:Because I'm lazy (279 comments)

Yep. Compile with -Wall -Werror. All warnings are now errors. If the compiler is warning you about something, it is likely that you're not telling the compiler a consistent message. "Do not try to outsmart the compiler, it will get its revenge." Rework the code so that it doesn't warn. Also, gcc has a compiler flag to tell the compiler that certain directories are "system" includes, and not to warn about stuff in them.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Imagix Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

no more data cap

Why? The cable modem will be able to figure out what traffic is coming from the home vs. coming via the public wifi, and can count those separately. (And can do different speed shaping and prioritization).

subscriber cancels service

Same question. If the cable modem is plugged in, they just need to block the ethernet and "personal" SSID, leaving the "public" SSID operational.

about 2 months ago
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OpenSSL To Undergo Security Audit, Gets Cash For 2 Developers

Imagix Re:Why bother? (132 comments)

Yet again, another person who can't distinguish between the technology and a particular application of that technology. What you're complaining about has nothing to do with the implementation of OpenSSL (which is what this article is about), but has to do with the application of OpenSSL. OpenSSL is doing it's job by verifying the presented certificates against the list of trusted certificate authorities that you have configured. The fact that you're trusting too many people isn't a problem with OpenSSL. (It is also not OpenSSL's concern as to how you obtained your list of trusted CAs, only that you have one.)

about 3 months ago
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5 Years Later, 'Do Not Track' System Ineffective

Imagix Re:Why would anyone want it? (254 comments)

Cookie tracking means you're getting spammed with ads you DO want, instead of the ads you don't want.

If only they weren't lying. I don't want _any_ of the ads.

about 3 months ago
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Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

Imagix Re:a group representing independent musicians (197 comments)

Or, set an acceptable price to you. $1 per play (or whatever). No negotiation. Look at all of the time you just saved.

about 3 months ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

Imagix Sci-fi story (189 comments)

Read Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward. (and the sequel, Starquake) Part of the story involves humans interacting with an alien species that is a lot faster. The alien's lifespan is about 15 minutes...

about 3 months ago
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Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?

Imagix Re:Better still (187 comments)

but why shouldn't I get to make that decision

Because your "reasoned" decision apparently doesn't take into account the threat you now represent to everybody else.

about 3 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

Imagix Re:Customers are not property. (417 comments)

Not really... the cabs are being artificially hamstrung by regulation that was put into place precisely because private people were doing bad things and thus government was lobbied/decided upon that regulation was required in order to protect public safety. So now there are a bunch of cabs which are following said regulations (likely at a pretty significant cost), and now this other organization is setting up a de facto cab company, but doesn't have to follow the regulation. Now... if the cab companies no longer had to follow the regulations and _still_ couldn't compete with Uber, then so be it. But as it is now you're comparing the performance of two race horses, but one of them has its legs tied together.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Imagix Re:Do you see the problem with this? (461 comments)

I made no comment on the validity of the case itself (and had also mentioned the 5 minute thing). What I'm pointing out is that this article is inaccurate in it's headline ("Stop and _Search_ Based On Anonymous 911 Tips"), and many of the comments are making the same leap. The facts of the case didn't link the anonymous tip to the search. The facts of the case linked the anonymous tip to the _stop_. It was evidence gathered during the stop that lead to the search. The dissenting opinions were around whether the police had sufficient cause to stop the person in the first place since without the stop, the police wouldn't have had the additional evidence to provide cause for a search. So, much of the outrage here is misdirected. It should all be directed at whether or not the police had sufficient cause to stop the car. What we should be seeing is arguments along the lines of: "The police received an anonymous tip. Based on that they located the car and observed its behaviour over 5 minutes." Followed by either "Having seeing no signs of impaired driving we stopped observing the car and went on our way", or "We then pulled the vehicle over in order to have a discussion with the driver that a concerned citizen had observed the car behaving erratically, was there something wrong?" (Which then leads to the discovery of the other evidence)

about 4 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Imagix Re:Do you see the problem with this? (461 comments)

You're missing a bunch of parts, and the headline of this article is similarly misguided (the original title is not). The 911 call did nothing regarding the _search_. What the 911 call did was focus the attention of the police on a vehicle that was allegedly driving dangerously. They then pulled over the vehicle that was allegedly driving dangerously under the suspicion that the driver was impaired (remember, driving impaired is illegal). During that interaction they discovered further indications that drugs were involved and based on _that_ evidence a search of the vehicle was conducted. Where the dispute comes from is whether the police had sufficient suspicion about the original "driving while impaired" problem (and thus sufficient cause to pull the vehicle over). They'd apparently followed the vehicle for "5 minutes" and didn't see any indication of poor driving. _That's_ where the dissenting court opinion comes from, not about the search. (I've made that 911 call myself. And in one case, I'd actually saw the vehicle that I was reporting clip someone else and tore the mirror off of their car. They'd pulled over, but I bet he was rather surprised as how fast a police cruiser arrived on the scene....)

about 4 months ago

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