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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

K. S. Kyosuke Re:I wonder... (58 comments)

I've always been "special" like that, unfortunately. ;/

2 hours ago
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FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Since when is AMT controversial? (92 comments)

All the 'Libre' crowd rants about the source code of the software, but somehow gives a pass about the hardware not being open

You must be living on a different planet.

2 hours ago
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

K. S. Kyosuke I wonder... (58 comments)

...if I can still make it crash within ten seconds, like all the previous versions. :-p

2 hours ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

K. S. Kyosuke Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (334 comments)

That doesn't stop a certain portion of people from deciding that these protections don't apply to non-citizens, and this sadly includes some judges. I'm not sure where they think that leaves anyone with a green card or a visa.

Didn't the US sign and ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights? Which states in article 14 some interesting things those judges might want to read up on.

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

K. S. Kyosuke Re:It depends (208 comments)

I'm not really sure that APL is all that problematic. I've always thought of it as being conceptually quite simple. Just the notation was weird, that's all.

6 hours ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Power Costs (236 comments)

Either that, or the usual economies of scale would apply (clever block allocation and low-power large cache electronics to increase performance while decreasing energy costs per data transaction).

10 hours ago
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Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Passes (73 comments)

Speakers of 19th century English?

Death: "I've come for you."

Townes: "No thanks, I'll pass... Oh, wait!"

Death: "Muhehehehe!" [snatches him]

yesterday
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We May Have Jupiter To Thank For the Nitrogen In Earth's Atmosphere

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Fuck this snow (46 comments)

Unless Ganymede gets there first, that is. :-p

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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

K. S. Kyosuke Re:It depends (208 comments)

I'd give a slight exception for Haskell code, though. That might take a week to some people.

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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

K. S. Kyosuke Re:It depends (208 comments)

It's fortunate for us, then, that Common Lisp isn't a functional language.

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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

K. S. Kyosuke Re:It depends (208 comments)

Orbitz...

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

K. S. Kyosuke Re:It depends (208 comments)

That's ambiguous. Do a lot of academics like to think that they are solving real-world problems in Lisp, or do a lot of academics like to think that outside of academia, people solve real-world problems using Lisp?

2 days ago
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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Awwwww crap (209 comments)

And do such devices actually use glibc anymore? I thought that stuff like uClibc or musl has become common in that area. Plus like a few other people here, I'm surprised that gethostbyname is still being used. I concluded that its use was dangerous even in principle something like seven years ago.

2 days ago
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"Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

K. S. Kyosuke Re:That's a lot of lifetimes (59 comments)

Well, what I had in mind was a flyby of an object of a roughly comparable size, and I'm pretty sure that ~0.5-1km sized objects have been mapped pretty exhaustively. So, yeah, there will be a lot of flybys before 2027, but the flybys of things we don't know about yet are bound to be somewhat less significant.

The interesting thing here is the somewhat skewed shape of the size distribution of known NEAs, which suggests to me that the skew due to detectability happens somewhere below the ~300m region. That's what makes me think that most of the ~1km sized stuff has been already discovered.

2 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

K. S. Kyosuke Re:i would love it if it were true (208 comments)

the problem that i've found is that it's not like literacy where you pick a language and you learn the syntax.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but that's not much of a literacy either. :-p Otherwise people wouldn't be taking writing courses.

2 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

K. S. Kyosuke Re:yes, programming, like poetry, is not words, un (208 comments)

Yet reading and writing, basic literacy, help billions of people who are neither authors, nor poets in doing their everyday job. Literacy enabled a huge revolution in the workforce, and life in general.

That's what I understand to be the aim of the HtDP project - to put a decent number of people into some reasonable place between the alphabet and Shakespeare.

2 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

K. S. Kyosuke Re:We need better software, not more programmers (208 comments)

I'm not quite convinced that your analogy is completely accurate. Do we need better programs? Of course we do. But we most definitely need good ways of connecting those good programs together, otherwise you'd have islands of good functionality connected by people cutting and pasting stuff for no good reason. Granted, that's largely what we do in the physical world: the warehouse "program" and the truck "program" aren't automatically connected either, people have to either manhandle stuff or at least operate forklifts, significantly decreasing the efficiency of the compound system relative to the ideal value. However, computers have this tremendous benefit of allowing people to automate these connections much faster than we'd be able to do in the physical world (you can write a pipeline in shell much faster than you can design and build a robo-forklift). This very technical possibility is perhaps why our expectations are a priori higher when it comes to computers. Unfortunately, this process of effecting computational processes by means of connecting primitive operations by means of composition operators and abstraction operators is called "programming". That applies even to those cases in which the "primitive operations" are whole independently-useful programs. And a lot of these scenarios can't be predicted in advance.

2 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

K. S. Kyosuke Ugh... (208 comments)

To achieve this, it seems like all we need is to show people how to give the computer instructions, but that's teaching people how to put words on the page. We need the equivalent of composition, the skill that allows us to think about how things are computed.

Ugh...if only we had something like this...we could call it "computer science" or something like that. We could even write textbooks about it! But that's just a pipe dream, right?

2 days ago
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Virgin Galactic Dumps Scaled Composites For Spaceship Two

K. S. Kyosuke Scaled Composites renamed (38 comments)

Will change name to Downsized Composites now.

3 days ago

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Radio Contact Lost With Vostok Station

K. S. Kyosuke K. S. Kyosuke writes  |  more than 2 years ago

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) writes "Russian scientists at the Antarctic Vostok Station, who have been trying to dig into the liquid heart of Lake Vostok, have suddenly gone silent.

The conditions in the lake are presumed to be similar to those of Europa and Enceladus and there is a hope that previously unknown forms of life could have found a niche in this unusual environment. Despite having been warned that their drilling technology (using freon and kerosene to lubricate the bore hole) may not be up to the task of reaching the lake without harmful enviromental side-effects, the Russians have decided to go on with the drilling. They haven't been heard from for the past five days."
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HP releases AdvFS under GPL

K. S. Kyosuke K. S. Kyosuke writes  |  more than 6 years ago

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) writes "The battle for the "next-gen Linux file system" might have just become a little fiercer. Hewlett-Packard have just released their AdvFS file system under GPL. There is a press release on the HP web site, but the Wikipedia entry sports less PHB talk. The reaction of Sun and Oracle (each with their own advanced FS initiative, ZFS and Btrfs, respectively) to this might be interesting."
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