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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Imagix Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

I've used multiple Windows Phones ranging all the way back to the WinCE devices, Windows Mobile, to Windows Phone. Never been happy with any of them. Then ended up on Android and stayed there ever since. (I do have an iPad, so I use iOS, just not on the phone)

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

Imagix Headline that asks a question (280 comments)

Betteridge's law of headlines. No. The article doesn't say a whole lot. Just makes the assertion that "servers" and "desktops" are different, and lightly appears to dislike systemd. Tries to make the assertion that the security concerns are different on the desktop and on the servers, but doesn't provide a strong argument for that assertion (or really any assertion it makes).

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Imagix Re:Crichton is an idiot. (770 comments)

And as soon as those many many many scientists can repeat and verify that experiment, the consensus very quickly changes to account for the new experiment, and the old consensus vanishes. (Or someone can come up with a counter experiment that shows how the first doesn't apply....) That's how Science advances. "Here's how the current theory works. X, Y, Z.". "Hey, I found a case where Y doesn't happen, if there is a presence of midichlorians (M)." "You're right. Ok, new theory: X, Y (if there are no M), Z.". Doesn't make the first consensus wrong. It was right for all of the available data at the time.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Imagix Battlestar Galactica (448 comments)

Did you not watch the Battlestar Galactica reboot? The first thing the cylons did was send a kill code to all colonial forces rendering the entire fleet helpless. Nuked the 12 colonies immediately afterward.....

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Imagix Re:No, it wasn't. (463 comments)

In Canada there's a infraction called "Driving without due care and attention". Let's start with that. Then move up to the equivalent vechicular manslaughter. Or assault with a weapon, or any of probably a host of other charges. While the police are allowed to use electronic devices in the course of their duties (which the rest of us citizenry do not...), that does not mean that they are allowed to endanger other people while doing so. Theoretically they get training on how to do so, so it's worse in this case. The officer should have known better.

about three weeks ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

Imagix Re:64-bit support (113 comments)

Chrome isn't responding to about:buildconfig... and calling file on the executable:
$ file Google\ Chrome
Google Chrome: Mach-O executable i386

about three weeks ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

Imagix 64-bit support (113 comments)

So when are they _finally_ going to have a 64-bit OS X version?

about three weeks ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

Imagix Re:Still... (193 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

about a month 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 month 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 a month and a half 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 months ago

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