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SimCity Mac Launch Facing More Problems

Morth Re:The continuing saga. . . (177 comments)

They also collate differently, which may in some cases be very important. C uses byte value order, en_US will put á before b etc.

1 year,20 days

Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

Morth Re:Dominican Republic, Iran and Thailand stats (322 comments)

Try taking a scheduled minibus through the countryside. Or, actually don't try it. I've been on a couple and I've never been as scared for my life. They seemed to think the middle lane divider is a marker for where to drive... any oncoming traffic you just flash the lights to make them move out of the way.

1 year,28 days

Ubisoft Uplay DRM Found To Include a Rootkit

Morth Re:Is anyone actually surprised? (473 comments)

That's not enough by far. It's very easy for the program to contain a wine style fake dll, which can call any libc functions it wishes (e.g. system, posix_spawn, etc.). Wine does not try to protect the windows programs from accessing the system.

more than 2 years ago

What's To Love About C?

Morth Re:Because its fun (793 comments)

This is interesting... wanted to mod it but no points, so guess I have to reply.

I also find C fun to code, and good for many tasks, including string handling which some seem to use as argument to not use it. I'm trying to learn C++ now but it's quite complicated. C is a much simpler language, and you usually spend less time thinking about how to solve the problem than actually writing the code. Maybe if I code enough C++ it'll be the same, but that feels like far far of right now.

Not that it's a bad idea to design first and write later. It's just not as fun, like you mentioned.

more than 2 years ago

Connecticut Considers Digital Download Tax

Morth Re:Three things... (244 comments)

It's been on slashdot before, probably for other states, can't really remember. Frankly, as a European (Sweden to be exact), I'm still surprised you don't have taxes on internet purchases. Any online US retailer exporting to EU does have to add VAT to those transactions (which are then sent off the to EU state).

more than 2 years ago

How Far Should GPL Enforcement Go?

Morth Re:Execution (432 comments)

Well, I didn't check, but if BusyBox is using GPL 3 then it requires that Sony provides the tools or at least instructions to let you install the software on the device along with the source itself. That's the whole tivoization thing and might be what they're trying to avoid.

more than 2 years ago

Vim Turns 20

Morth Re:Most Popular (271 comments)

Maybe you can do without mouse, but once you start using the visual mode, which vi lacks, you'll never go back.

more than 2 years ago

When Having the US Debt Paid Off Was a Problem

Morth Re:Say what? (633 comments)

Well, it might work, if they're fast. But you're assuming the debt is in US dollars, which it probably isn't (at least not all of it).

more than 2 years ago

Google Buzz Buzzing Away

Morth Codesearch (139 comments)

They also announced that they're shutting down codesearch. That's much bigger news as far as I'm concerned. Sad to see a great tool disappear.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle To Bring Dtrace To Linux

Morth Re:Good news. (155 comments)

Damn, not sure how I forgot the worst part of all. dtruss requires root to be run, so you usually have to do some convoluted double sudo to run a program the same way as without it.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle To Bring Dtrace To Linux

Morth Re:Good news. (155 comments)

As long as the leave strace in place. Apple replaced ktrace with dtrace and I've been hating it ever since.
It's not that dtrace is bad, it's just that they have different purposes, and dtruss has several problems ktrace/strace does not:

  • It's asynchronous. Meaning it won't output write(1, "foo\n", 4); next to the actual output of foo.
  • Sometimes stuff gets out of order, not sure why.
  • It'll only output pointer addresses, e.g. bind(3, 0x12345678, ...) instead of bind(3, {, 8080}, ...)

Ok, rant over.

more than 2 years ago

Linus Thinks Virtualization Is 'Evil'

Morth Re:Screws are evil (330 comments)

That's not different from moving a VM from one host to another, the router needs to change its ARP table in that case as well. There's no reason the IP couldn't be app bound instead of machine bound, if you're willing to assign one IP per app (IPv6 would help). But we're lacking the tools to migrate an IP from one host to another, including the TCP sessions. That's a software problem though, and could be implemented if there's demand for it.

more than 3 years ago

Idle: File-Sharing Is Not a Religion, Says Swedish Government

Morth Re:Curious (250 comments)

It's regulated in law 1998:1593. In short, it has to be a community whose main purpose is practice of religion, it has to have a stature and board, and it has to have sermons. Several organisations falls short on the last point, for example the secular Humanisterna.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

Morth Quality (758 comments)

From napster? A search for 128 kbit MP3 might be enough. Your legal ones are probably of higher quality.

more than 3 years ago

C++ the Clear Winner In Google's Language Performance Tests

Morth Re:... and? (670 comments)

C would have been an interesting language to compare. We actually rewrote some C code to C++ and saw a speed benefit. Ofc, the original C code was very object oriented in this case, using structs with function pointers.

more than 3 years ago

Apple WWDC: iOS 5, Lion, iCloud

Morth Re:Give us the betas! (662 comments)

It's $25 per year and if I understood it correctly you don't get to keep the files if you cancel it. But I didn't watch the keynote firsthand so might very well be wrong.

more than 3 years ago

New MacDefender Defeats Apple Security Update

Morth Re:Obligatory Clarification (427 comments)

Those are glob patterns based on hexstrings:

Not sure about the "Identity" param though. It's 160 bits, so could be a sha1 checksum.

Still seems rather trivial to get around.

more than 3 years ago

Sweden May Mandate Opt-in For Cookie Transfer

Morth Re:Spyware vs cookies (115 comments)

Here's the change we are discussing (google translate).

Old text:

Electronic communications may be used to store or access information that is stored in a subscriber or user-dares terminal equipment only if the subscriber or user of the controller is informed about the purpose of treatment and opportunity to prevent such treatment. This does not prevent such storage or access needed to perform or facilitate the transfer of electronic messages via an electronic communications network or which is necessary to provide a service that the subscriber or user has requested.

will be changed to:

Data may be stored in or retrieved from a subscriber or user equipment only if the subscriber or user will have access to information about the purpose of treatment and agree to it. This does not prevent such storage or access needed to transmit an electronic message via an electronic communications network or which is necessary to provide a service the subscriber or user has explicitly requested.

Not sure I've ever seen such an ambiguous law text.

more than 3 years ago


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