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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

RabidReindeer Re:Huh? (212 comments)

"Coding" had nothing to do with theaters dropping the movie. What made them drop the movie was a terrorist threat that spoked a bunch of bean counters.

And it wouldn't surprise me to learn that the bean counters had also been the ones that nixed proper security procedures within Sony.

Because IT Doesn't Matter. What matters is getting the Low Price Always.

yesterday
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

RabidReindeer Re:Displacing five times as much water... (113 comments)

Eureka!

Seriously, tell most people it "displaces 5 times as much water" and they're going to be thinking volume, not weight.

2 days ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

RabidReindeer Re:Oh yeah, he was a orthodontist (155 comments)

More properly:

Dr. Dobbs Journal of Computer Calisthenics and Orthodontia

"Running Light without OverByte"

"Dobbs" was a synthetic name, not a single individual. They got rid of the "Orthodontia" part because they claimed too many Dentists were inquiring, thinking it was of professional interest to them.

3 days ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

RabidReindeer Re:Oh yeah, he was a orthodontist (155 comments)

Yeah these programmers today are spoiled little brats! Multicores, thousands of MB of memory? trying having to PEEK and POKE because every single fricking BYTE costs! Looking at the specs of my first PC and you could a couple hundred emulated versions of it on your average dumpster dived PC.

I could say the same about my first mainframe.

3 days ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

RabidReindeer Re:Pretty sad (155 comments)

The "old media format" that killed it for me was loss of the Dead Tree option, although in DDJ's case, much of the charm went out when they stopped "Running light without overbyte".

I have the first several years of DDJ as collected volumes and a few more as loose issues. From back in the day when bare-metal programming was still common and we didn't have a vast universe of ready-made software solutions at hand. There's some interesting stuff in there.

Once it shifted to other topics, I dropped my subscription and only rarely glanced at DDJ.

I read fiction and a few reference manuals on my tablet. I don't like to read magazines there, since part of the charm of a dead-tree magazine is just flipping it open and seeing what's on random pages, piquing my interest in things that (at the moment) have no immediate practical application for me. The closest I can come to that sort of thing outside a magazine is a Wikipedia article, but I don't surf Wikipedia with that sort of spontanaity.

It takes time to prepare, edit and produce a magazine article and to fit it into the publishing schedule. If I have a specific need to read on a given topic, I just go to the sources themselves or find a good blog. They're going to be more up-to-date.

3 days ago
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ODF Support In Google Drive

RabidReindeer Re:International document standard? (40 comments)

LibreOffice isn't intended to be simply a slavish function-by-function replacement for MS Office. Not everything MS Office does is done well.

Actually, MS Office has some real warts inside. Look at a table in its RTF form and you can see one of the most blatant, as the "table" isn't really a table.

If you're used to doing things one way, even a superior replacement is likely to offend. Sometimes, eventually, you may come to prefer the new way, though.

Working with framed objects in LibreOffice is not intuitive. It has more precision of placement and more options (for example, text wrapping/overlay) than a simple "slam-image-here" sort of paste.

I too, find it irritating when all I want is a brain-dead way of inserting images. But I eventually, I supposed I'll break down and RTFM.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

RabidReindeer Re:What? (440 comments)

About 30 years back, the US border with Canada was more or less a line drawn with chalk and the Mexican border was not much less porous itself. Most of the Carribean was easy-entry as well, excepting, of course Cuba.

Then after 9/11, the US began to build its version of the Berlin wall.

It's hard to remember that the original reason for beefing up the fences and guarding them with deadly force was fear that brown-skinned terrorists should slip over it. We got all caught up in the illegal-immigrants-taking-our-jobs meme, instead.

4 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

RabidReindeer Re:Interesting, but ... (142 comments)

It is not strictly true that language controls thought, as George Orwell posited and untold proponents of Politically Correct speech believe. You can ask no better example of that, than all the permutations of meaning that the word "nice" has had over time - some of them flattering, some insulting.

However, language does provide viewpoints. English and Spanish are quite different in many ways, but an astounding number of Spanish and English idioms translate back and forth almost word for word.

German, on the other hand. despite its closer kinship, has some real conceptual differences. Which is why even English speakers use terms like Schadenfreude or Weltschmerz. Similarly with French and so forth.

To eliminate these alternative cultures - or mindsets or whatever - is much the same thing as eliminating colors on an artist's palette. You can still paint, but the results will be more constrained.

4 days ago
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Snowden Leaks Prompt Internet Users Worldwide To Protect Their Data

RabidReindeer Re:Changing passwords regularly (53 comments)

We're going to spend more effort on security now.

The new password: S-o-n-y

4 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

RabidReindeer Re:Interesting, but ... (142 comments)

So you advocate Monoculture?

Let's go one step further. 'Murican! Don't need nothin' else!

4 days ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

RabidReindeer Re:Float? (156 comments)

I have an accounting system. Doesn't mean I like my online account reports to be out of sync with them.

Nor does it mean that when I want to transfer money from one account to another that that money is effectively useless until the float period has passed.

Sometimes I'm in a hurry.

5 days ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

RabidReindeer Re:Float? (156 comments)

The banks love float. That's why they had to be bludgeoned into shorter float times.

Personal users, not so much. When I transfer money, I'm usually counting on the money to go where it needs to be ASAP rather than gumming up my accounts. If I wanted "float", I'd simply delay when I did the transfer.

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

RabidReindeer Re:Seriously? (874 comments)

The Cronulla race riot station? I suggest trying the ABC, channel 7, channel 9, channel 10, sky, any newspaper website, any other radio station etc etc first. It may be less entertaining from another source but you'll get more accuracy.

Fox News?

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

RabidReindeer Re: Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

Ah yes. The old "I know what part of the store the TVs are in without looking". I don't miss it. Although I always figured that the ringing was resonance from the picture tube, not the actual transformer.

I'll confess to listening to MP3s on a regular basis. FM radio's cutoff is about 15 KHz, in part because the pilot signal used for stereo demodulation is 18KHz. Or was it 22? Long time since I needed to know.

I guess the real reason why I prefer CD to vinyl is that most pops and clicks on scratched vinyl are heavily laden with high frequencies. And, being sensitive to higher frequences, that makes them more annoying to me.

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

RabidReindeer Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

Technically correct, but my hearing exceeds 15KHz - unusally good for humans - whereas the step period for digital CD is 40KHz, IIRC. And, as others have mentioned, even if all other things remained equal, the various inductive and capactive elements in the system - including the inertia of the speaker coil and membranes themselves - are likely to render the difference moot.

The true test isn't in displaying what comes off the CD, it's displaying what's actually arrriving at people's ears. Of course, to graph that properly, I'd want a microphone that could linearly transcribe input over the full dynamic range at frequencies at at least 100 KHz.

When vinyl was the rage, a good Hi-Fi system was rated from 20Hz to 20KHz. Anything outside of that wasn't guaranteed.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

RabidReindeer Re:Speaking of rocket surgery (567 comments)

The software I use most often actually works best on a system thats 1600x1200 or some similar aspect. The prevalence of 1080p has been a real pain. But rotating to portrait mode would be worse.

That particular product, incidentally, already allows putting controls in any of the 4 borders and I do have some of them running down the side.

Websites often are either slideshows, in which case orientation isn't really an issue or they are long, narrow things that run down like a papyrus scroll. For that sort of thing, portrait is not a bad idea. I read most websites on my tablet in portrait.

Unfortunately, I prefer the handly 7-inch one-hand tablet and not all "mobile" websites are really "mobile" enough for that screen size.

about two weeks ago
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Fedora 21 Released

RabidReindeer Re: yes, it does have systemd (106 comments)

SystemD was cool and innovative back then. It is now cool to hate and bash it 3 months ago from an article posted here.

Now you're a troll if you talk about benefits and insightful for stiring misgivings. It is political as no one gave a crap until recently

Well, I never gave a crap until it started biting me on the ass.

What inflamed me was people trying to convince me that I was an ungratefui idiot because I like my logfiles out in the open where they can be read without intermediate agencies. Having already endured their approach on other systems.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

RabidReindeer Re: Really? (769 comments)

The parts of the world where an Eye for an Eye is the accepted method are the same parts of the world known for perpetual violent hostility.

Northern Ireland finally wised up.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

RabidReindeer Re:That there are worse things is no excuse (769 comments)

They didn't have fun, to be sure, but brutal it wasn't.

Lots of things don't leave a mark on you but still result in PTSD. When you deliberately stress a person to that level, it's brutal.

about two weeks ago

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