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OpenBSD 5.5 Released

Jurily Re:Can I relax now? (128 comments)

Using a signed 64-bit value introduces a new wraparound date that is over twenty times greater than the estimated age of the universe: approximately 292 billion years from now, at 15:30:08 on Sunday, 4 December 292,277,026,596.

about 5 months ago

OpenBSD 5.5 Released

Jurily Re:YAY for BSD (128 comments)

...until you put a typo in /etc/fstab when you're not used to plain old vi, and get to discover the joys of learning ed. Without a man page because that was in /usr too.

I wish that was a joke.

about 5 months ago

Nokia Closing Australian Office, Looking To Sell Qt Assets

Jurily Re:For better or for worse... (125 comments)

I worried about Qt's future when they tried forcing Qt onto Symbian. I'm glad they gave up. If all else fails, we can still have a Free port maintained by the KDE people or something.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are The Days of Homebrew Gaming Over?

Jurily Re:Semantics, schemantics (181 comments)

Ever since they're not allowed to burn both the books and the author, yes.

more than 2 years ago

Mexican Hotel Chain Outsources IT To US

Jurily Re:Blatant lie (125 comments)

Since the 1980s, congresspersons and staffers have been "going downtown" -- becoming lobbyistsâ"and the big draw is money.[79] The "lucrative world of K Street" means that former congresspersons with even "modest seniority" can move into jobs paying $1 million or more annually, without including bonuses for bringing in new clients.[79] The general concern of this revolving-door activity is that elected officialsâ"persons who were supposed to represent the interests of citizensâ"have instead become entangled with the big-money interests of for-profit corporations and interest groups with narrow concerns, and that public officials have been taken over by private interests.[53]

I'm sorry, what were you saying about theaters for bribery again?

more than 2 years ago

KWin Adds Support for QML Decorations

Jurily Re:Performance change? (30 comments)

QML is essentially JavaScript, with all its costs.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

Jurily Re:crash faster (563 comments)

For power users, Windows simply cannot match the ease of use of a command line that can do literally everything. For example, I switch between three sets of screen resolutions and layouts with shell scripts. Also, KDevelop4.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Blames Earnings Miss On iPhone 5 Anticipation

Jurily Re:Duh! (242 comments)

I don't know of any other profession, _including_ meteorologists, where being wrong in your prediction that often is acceptable.

Keep in mind, that drop that the smart guys couldn't predict, was caused by rumors. The stock market is a strange beast, and nobody understands it completely: the very act of trying to model it, changes it. At least for models with enough predictive power to make you money.

more than 2 years ago

App Developer: Android Designed For Piracy

Jurily Re:Wait a sec... (596 comments)

People will pirate pretty much anything, as long as there are people who are willing to crack and people who are willing to download. There's nothing you can do about it.

The scale of piracy, however, is highly dependent on the quality of the pirated version compared to the original. As long as you do everything you can to make your paying customers happy, there's no reason to worry. Business models based on DRM, DLC, etc. that do nothing except annoy your players, will see a higher piracy rate simply because you made the pirated version that much more better than what you sell.

more than 2 years ago

Why Linux Vendors Need To Sell More Than Linux

Jurily Re:Depends on your definition of "marketplace" (290 comments)

But then, the question is loaded, and presumes that Mandriva's fall is solely due to the marketability of a Linux distro.

They are trying to sell something that's free, and adding nothing of value in the process. Of course they're going to fail.

Linux is marketable. I can wholeheartedly recommend Debian for data centers or Ubuntu as a non-gaming desktop. However, I have no idea what Mandriva is trying to be, much less why I should pay them for.

more than 2 years ago

Startup Testing Mobile Farmbots

Jurily Re:This would solve... (243 comments)

> Humans consume resources. If you're concerned about limited resources,

I don't like this tiny little box you think in. What about colonizing space? What about economic systems of the machine age where people don't have to work to live at a decent standard?

It's because of fear like yours that I don't have my flying car yet.

more than 2 years ago

OCaml For the Masses

Jurily Re:why I use Haskell (338 comments)

The problem with Haskell is that it forces you to solve a problem. You don't write for loop, because that's a solved problem, it's a function called "map". You don't write synchronization logic, because that's a solved problem, it's a function called "atomically".

To write Haskell, you have to get off your ass and solve your own problem. (Or reimplement an existing library, but that's hard to explain to the boss.)

more than 2 years ago

Study Compares IQ With Browser Choice

Jurily Re:All of those studies are the same (380 comments)

> We're geeks: we're smarter than average (in terms of IQ at least) basically by definition.

Bullshit. We've just invested significant time and effort into understanding computers. Does that make us smarter than people getting really good at other areas of their life?

more than 3 years ago

Hackers To School Next Generation At DEFCON Kids

Jurily Re:Children (86 comments)

Actually, I think they are. The more people know about social engineering (or pretty much any "evil" knowledge, technique or information), the more people will realize when it's happening to them.

Remember the old saying: if you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have them.

more than 3 years ago

Turkish Police Nab 32 Suspects Tied To Anonymous

Jurily Re:hmmmm (153 comments)

i have a hard time believing that they have enough people part of anon, to get 32 caught at once... cover story?

Is it so hard to believe 32 of them were dumb enough?

more than 3 years ago

Apple Store Employee Attempts To Form Union

Jurily Re:Unionize this (1008 comments)

When that happens, we log back to Facebook and bitch about our lives even more.

We'd need a complete rethinking of resource distribution otherwise, and I doubt most of us could imagine a world without capitalism.

more than 3 years ago

Western Washington Univ. Considers Cutting Computer Science

Jurily Re:It makes sense (298 comments)

This is similiar to obtaining technical certifications for factory jobs. Americans simply do not do them anymore in a global economy.

The very idea of this comparison makes me sad about the state of modern software.

more than 3 years ago

Western Washington Univ. Considers Cutting Computer Science

Jurily Well... (298 comments)

we do need a source of cheap labor.

more than 3 years ago

Google Engineers Deny Hack Exploited Chrome

Jurily Re:Microsoft fixes security issues but not bugs (244 comments)

If CEO's knew what seasoned developers know about Microsoft, they would run away in fear.

If normal people knew what developers know about software, civilization would collapse.

more than 3 years ago



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