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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Renegade88 Re:This reminds me of a great Simpsons episode (625 comments)

.... And barring a negative income tax or adequate welfare program, how do we expect for these people to survive?

On their ample fat reserves?

about 3 months ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Renegade88 Re:Wonder how Ada 2012 would fare... (189 comments)

You've stumped me on AS/400 -- I'm having a hard time find viable Ada options for even modern IBM mainframes. (iSeries)

To be fair, the context was openssl. Is that going to be realistically run on 8-bit bare metal?

It's generally not too hard get GNAT running on any platform that gcc runs on, but 8-bit would be pretty challenging I think.

about 5 months ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Renegade88 Re:Wonder how Ada 2012 would fare... (189 comments)

Can you name two environments that openSSL runs on where Ada is not an option? Or even one? I am genuinely curious.

about 5 months ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Renegade88 Re:Wonder how Ada 2012 would fare... (189 comments)

GNAT stacks up very well against the C targets, especially with embedded, bare metal, and cross-compilers. What types of environment do you think Ada is used in? (hint, those)

about 5 months ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Renegade88 Re:Wonder how Ada 2012 would fare... (189 comments)

Actually, you do not have to pay for for an Ada android cross-compiler and one has been available for 3 years already. Here is the latest gcc 4.9-based free (in every sense) android/arm cross compiler with FreeBSD as host (DragonFly BSD is also an option)

http://www.freshports.org/lang...

And here are the testsuite results: http://www.dragonlace.net/gnat...

The only test it fails are the stack-check tests, and that is because gcc doesn't support it yet (a patch was produced but it's not be accepted yet).

about 5 months ago
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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

Renegade88 Re:There is always that *one* guy... (209 comments)

That's a well-known troll site, which should be obvious even to the uninitiated after reading 20 lines in. So either you're gullible or you are perpetuating that guy's troll intentionally. Neither option looks good for you, sorry.

about 8 months ago
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Satellites Providing Internet To the 'Under-Connected'

Renegade88 Re:Shot? (warning: pedantry) (50 comments)

"shot" is an acceptable synonym for launch, so that's a fail. The other two qualify as pedantry though.

about a year ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

Renegade88 Re:It really annoys the hell out of me... (955 comments)

I thought he was only working for Booz Allen Hamilton for 3 months. He would have been hired for the skills he already had, they don't train from the ground up. So no, I don't think he got much training from BAH in that short time.

about a year ago
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Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

Renegade88 Enough is enough! (303 comments)

I've had it with these motherfucking geeks on this motherfucking plane!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get?

Renegade88 Re:Get a degree (444 comments)

Full disclosure please. Do you have a degree? One in a real field from a 4-year university? Or are you saying you could have a degree if you just jumped through these hoops or check those boxes?

more than 3 years ago
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FSF On How To Choose a License

Renegade88 Re:LGPL with affero clause (210 comments)

After all the clauses in the bsd license still limit your 'freedom' in this sense.

"This sense" refers to "People could make changes to our library, use them in their commercial service and not make changes public.". BSD does not restrict freedom in this sense. The only restrictions are those 2,3 or 4 clauses listed on the license. The GPL tells you want you can do, the BSD tells you want you can't do (which isn't much).

You can try to redefine free all you want. If one party loses rights at the expense of the other, calling it "free" is disingenuous at best.

more than 3 years ago
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Xfce 4.8 Released

Renegade88 Re:What functionality are we BSD users ... (193 comments)

Great thesis except it doesn't apply to either Linus or Theo. Theo spent months trying to regain his commit status. He wasn't looking to fork. The NetBSD core guys basically locked him out and gave him no reason to believe anything would ever change. The sad thing was (besides the fact Theo co-founded the project) was that the code NetBSD locked out was really useful to them. A real interesting story, but it was not an "F*** you" situation.

Linus claimed he wasn't aware of the existing BSD projects, so he wasn't trying to "do his own thing" either.

more than 3 years ago
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Xfce 4.8 Released

Renegade88 Re:What functionality are we BSD users ... (193 comments)

I'll tell you what, Ace. You get all the Linux distros to merge first, and then you have to right to come knocking at BSD's door. Just ask yourself why operating systems developed as a complete unit would want to merge with a kernel.

BTW, there are 4 major flavors of BSD.

more than 3 years ago
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French Use Space Tech To Find Parking Spots

Renegade88 Re:Driving with smartphones? (112 comments)

I live in Toulouse. You wouldn't know there is a ban on using cell phones while driving solely by observing the drivers...

more than 3 years ago
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Yahoo! To Close Delicious

Renegade88 Re:They are also kiling Altavista (311 comments)

Sorry, TheEndOfDays, you're just being a jerk. The original intent was clear, the BeanThere's explanation was clear. If there's a comprehension problem, it's likely with you.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Adopts Objective-C and GNUstep Frameworks

Renegade88 Re:Huge disadvantage for system programming (345 comments)

It's Ada, not ADA. It's a first name like Sally or Jane.

So yes, you have to create procedures or functions to import C functions. These are often called bindings, and there's a thin and thick variety. There are numerous examples of Ada using C libraries. I've personally rewritten thick bindings for expat and zlib. The GNAT compiler has an in-built function to generate bindings given a C header or a C++ header, so the majority of the work is done for you.

As far as verbosity goes, I don't consider verbosity a detraction although I realize many people do. Yes, it's verbose, although the machine code it gets compiled to isn't much bigger than C.

Also I believe some embedded systems have already been written in Ada. Here's a link to the most secure OS in the world: Integrity RTOS. Green Hills is one the main commercial solutions for Ada, so it's likely most of RTOS is written in Ada or SPARK, although it doesn't say on the product page. There are other Ada OS projects out there, so the answer is yes, somebody wants to write an OS in Ada.

As you suggested, I won't comment on ObjC because I can't speak intelligently about it.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Adopts Objective-C and GNUstep Frameworks

Renegade88 Re:Huge disadvantage for system programming (345 comments)

Ada was designed to work directly with C and other languages. This wasn't tacked on later, it a fundamental part of the language.

Do you even know anything about Ada, or are you just spewing? At least put in a caveat if you aren't familiar with a topic rather than lumping things together with topics you may know.

more than 3 years ago
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Native ZFS Is Coming To Linux Next Month

Renegade88 Re:wtf? (273 comments)

Obviously other people don't share your high regard for the current state of BtrFS in relation to ZFS. I wonder why that is?

about 4 years ago

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PWC migrates to OpenBSD after crippling by Windows

Renegade88 Renegade88 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Renegade88 writes "After months of network failures and depleted IT budget, newly hired IT manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Japan was "forced" to migrate half of the company's Windows servers to OpenBSD to stabilize and secure their network. After eliminating the frequent downtime and data loss PWC had experienced for months, Mark Uemura was ordered to reinstate their Checkpoint firewall for political reasons. The Checkpoint server was later overwhelmed by a network virus so rather than taking it offline again, PWC placed an OpenBSD firewall in front of the Checkpoint Firewall! Mark's advice: "My experience is that if something has to be done, just do it — don't ask! [Management] will thank you later.""
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