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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jamu Re:Great one more fail (583 comments)

Yet Another Responsible Gun Owner Shoots His Own Penis

Could easily be solved by not pointing a gun at anything you don't want to lose. How difficult can that be?

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Jamu Re:The C pre-processor (729 comments)

The C pre-processor is the duct tape of C programming.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Jamu Re:Actionscript Scoping (729 comments)

The first version was the standard ANSI C behaviour.

i.e. for (expr1; expr2; expr3) statement

was basically the same as

while (expr2) {

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Jamu Re:Lua[0]? (729 comments)

It kind of makes sense in C, as arrays are basically pointers. e.g. p[i] == *(p + i)

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Jamu Re:Powershell (729 comments)

strings terminated by a binary zero rather than their physical size. Who the hell thought that would be a good idea?

One advantage to null-terminated strings is that there's typical only one format - well one for each character type at least. For length encoded strings, the format depends on the register size, and the endianness of the platform. Of course C does not enforce the use of zero-terminated strings. Not even for string literals.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Jamu Re:Actionscript Scoping (729 comments)

for (int i = 0; i < 10; ++i) { something(); }

I remember when some compilers would treat this like:

int i; for (i = 0; i < 10; ++i) { something(); }

and others like this:

{ for (int i = 0; i < 10; ++i) something(); }

As the standard, for whatever reason, decide to change it. So much for not breaking existing code.

about two weeks ago

The Disappearing Universe

Jamu Re:Foolish (358 comments)

I am not saying we will find FTL travel method - but they are assuming we won't which is foolish.

There's a lot of evidence we won't. We would have found it by now if someone has discovered it in the future.

about 3 months ago

Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

Jamu Robotic chauffeur (437 comments)

If the autonomous car is reliable there should be no need for a drivers' license, for the same reason I wouldn't be required to have one if driven by a chauffeur.

about 4 months ago

US Navy Wants Smart Robots With Morals, Ethics

Jamu Re:Ethics and Morals ? (165 comments)

They might. Imagine a machine that can be used to eliminate whatever "enemy" you want, but also takes the blame too.

about 4 months ago

C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Jamu Re:Meh (435 comments)

I think garbage collection is a library issue, not something that should be in the core language by default.

I'd like to see runtime reflection with the proviso that it's static. It's my thinking that reflection should be compile-time for a compiled language.

about 5 months ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Jamu Re:Carpooling (405 comments)

Just don't go into Paris until you've picked your passengers up.

about 6 months ago

Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

Jamu Doesn't solve the big problem (413 comments)

The big problem with music on MP3s and CDs isn't the sample rate, or even the bits used to sample. To sell CDs and MP3s the recording is made as loud as possible and this causes distortion in the sample values. There's no point having 16-bits or 24-bits if the recording doesn't make good use of the full range of values.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

Jamu Re:Donald Knuth (197 comments)

Not sure that counts as free. It's $175 ($100 to rent) on Amazon. Although still a lot cheaper than a BS.

about 6 months ago

Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Jamu Re:Power button. (194 comments)

I've probably got mine set up for an orderly shutdown, but it's easier for me to use my keyboard and mouse, instead of reaching under my desk for my system's power button. I'm thinking that turning it on from the computer case is kinda daft too. I should really just use the keyboard.

about 6 months ago

Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Jamu Re:"Robots" will never be as smart as a human. (294 comments)

Does a book or a web page really know the information it contains?

Doubtful. If a book contains the equations, 1 + 1 = 2, and 1 + 1 = 3, how does it know the first and not the second equation?

about 6 months ago

Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Jamu Re:Whats the point? (431 comments)

I especially like that "Conservapedia proven right" is one of the most popular articles.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Jamu Re:It is payday (669 comments)

I picked that up too. Had lots of fun playing it when it first came out. I'm currently having fun with DK2, which I also picked up from GOG. A quick warning about Dungeon Keeper Mobile: It's pure EA with a DK polish.

about 7 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

Jamu Re:I was shopping for one recently (444 comments)

I'm currently running a WD Green with an old Samsung SSD 830 as cache. I get the occasional pause if a game loads in something that isn't on the SSD. Overall though it's very fast with that combination and seek times, in particular, aren't an issue except for the first time you play a new game. A WD Black with an SSD as cache should be even better.

My statistical insignificant experience with HDDs: WD: Old WD Caviar died, but the replacement lasted years. Two WD Greens still working. IBM (Now Hitachi): Had one die, two others still work. Samsung: Both still working. Seagate: Never had any.

about 8 months ago


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