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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Pseudonym Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (303 comments)

Why remove the vertical scrollbars when a mouse is not connected?

Because 99% of the time, that's also when the big external screen isn't connected. I quite like this feature.

3 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Pseudonym Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (303 comments)

It will be interesting to see reviews from all those people who spend most of their day running Pro Tools, Ableton, Final Cut Pro, etc. Anything which reduces screen real estate for those people will be an undeniable net loss.

3 days ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Pseudonym Re:In Soviet USA (387 comments)

You will note that the censored phrase is "metric sh*#load". That's because the US still uses imperial f*$ktons.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Pseudonym Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

Because most software patents don't go above the threshold of 'obvious.'

This.

I do concede that a key word is "most", though a slightly stronger phrase like "the vast majority of" would also be appropriate. There are a very small number of software patents which I would (grudgingly) agree are probably legitimate, like RSA. Software patents like that are remarkable precisely because they are extremely rare.

about a week ago
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Amazon Web Services To Build Two New Aussie Data Centers

Pseudonym Re:Aussie FAQ (27 comments)

As a bonus, next time your AWS drops out, you could just blame it on boat people.

about a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Pseudonym Re:More feminist bullshit (726 comments)

"he-man woman hater's club"

I dunno about weev specifically, but that's not a bad alternative name for the MRA movement.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Pseudonym Re:More feminist bullshit (726 comments)

This isn't a gender specific issue though.

It's only a gender-specific issue because people like weev act in gender-specific ways. If people like him went after both genders equally, or all ethnicities equally, or all sexual orientations equally, then the conversation would be different (even if the most appropriate solution is completely identical).

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Pseudonym Re:More feminist bullshit (726 comments)

To be fair, she was also mocked for being a woman, just not by the liberal press.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Pseudonym Re:weev (726 comments)

There are many things I can think of which really should be done to Weev. None of them are fatal.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Pseudonym Re: weev (726 comments)

I don't think that anyone doubts that there are real instances. Claiming that it's all of the most extreme proponents on all issues is quite a big claim, and I think it does need some proof.

Hell, I can't think of many more extreme nutcases than the Westboro Baptist Church, and they're apparently genuine.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Pseudonym Re:weev is a fucking D-bag....but (726 comments)

Who really cares the difference.

Have you ever considered working for US law enforcement? You'd fit right in, with the "let's get him on something, anything" attitude.

We all should care about the difference. Weev is a first-class arsehole who is guilty of many things, both criminal and civil. He also has certain civil rights simply by virtue of being a human being. You have these rights too. Taking them away from him means taking them away from you too.

If it helps, think of "innocent" as a property of the act, not the person. He was innocent of hacking. He was guilty of stalking, harassment, and libel.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Pseudonym Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

These days I'm baffled there are people who still don't use an IDE for real projects.

IDEs work if your language and toolchain are well-integrated with the IDE. If they aren't, you spend a significant proportion of your time fighting the IDE. Also, if you're the sort of software engineer who spends some of their time doing sysadmin-related stuff, moving between two types of text editor incurs a significant context switch.

Of course, what I really want is vim and/or Emacs embedded in the IDE. There are some projects for doing this with varying levels of success.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Pseudonym Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

For any of us who have taken compiler classes, a context free grammar specifically ignores whitespace.

People have written whitespace-aware grammars because that is what the language specification requires. One of the more famous historical examples was Jon Levine's Fortran 77 parser written entirely in Yacc with no lexical analyser. Parser combinators have made the technique popular again in some circles.

Most compiler writers aren't happy with the current state of parsing tools, by the way. Almost all of the big production compilers use hand-written parsers because programming languages are complicated when you take into account language variants and extensions, and because error reporting from automatic parser generators is terrible.

From a theoretical point of view, once upon a time, people wrote recursive descent parsers to parse the block structure of a language and then switched to an operator precedence parser to do expressions. The distinction between lexical analysis and syntax analysis seems similarly artificial.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Pseudonym Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

Nope, that's not duck typing. That's type inference.

Haskell does support a principled form of duck typing, in the sense that you can make any type a Duck:

class Duck d where
    quack :: d -> IO ()

instance Duck BelittlingBird where
    quack _ = putStrLn "I don't think so"

Unlike Simula-style OO languages, Haskell has a strict distinction between a type and a class (the same as the distinction between a set and a class in Goedel-von Neumann-Bernays set theory). The equivalent in Java would be if you could declare a class or even a built-in type to "inherit" from a superclass without having access to the source code for that class.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Pseudonym Re:Inter-species communication (152 comments)

The summary at least says "imitate".

Indeed. For all we know, this could be the equivalent of Charlie Chan. Did anyone ask the dolphins if they find it offensive?

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Pseudonym Re:Speaking for myself (320 comments)

Sturgeon's Revelation applies.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Pseudonym Re:Iron Curtain (320 comments)

Pat & Mat. Trust me on this one.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Pseudonym Re:Speaking for myself (320 comments)

So you didn't watch Rocky & Bullwinkle and Roger Ramjet, or you were too young to get the Cold War satire?

about three weeks ago

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