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The IOCCC Competition Is Back

Rob Seace Re:It'd be nice if ... (201 comments)

But can't be used to represent characters, because Unicode requires at least 16 bits for the character type.

Never heard of UTF-8 then, I take it? That works fine in regular old char arrays... (Though, to be fair, it introduces other issues, such as you can no longer depend on the length of the string being the number of characters in it...)

more than 3 years ago
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UN Bigwig: The Web Should Have Been Patented and Licensed

Rob Seace Re:Hindsight (411 comments)

It's not pure fusion, though... So, his hypothetical patent still wouldn't be enough, since the fission part is far more important:

However, all such weapons derive a significant portion, and sometimes a majority, of their energy from fission. This is because a fission weapon is required as a "trigger" for the fusion reactions, and the fusion reactions can themselves trigger additional fission reactions.

more than 3 years ago
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UN Bigwig: The Web Should Have Been Patented and Licensed

Rob Seace Re:Hindsight (411 comments)

Claim - a method in which atomic nuclei are fused together releasing energy capable of destroying cities.

Go ahead and try to build a hydrogen bomb now...

I'm pretty sure that would be even harder than you think, since you seem to be patenting fusion rather than fission...

more than 3 years ago
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Yahoo IPv6 Upgrade Could Shut Out 1M Users

Rob Seace Re:Great logic there Lou (290 comments)

How does IPv6 actually REQUIRE that your ISP provide you with more than one address?

Because of how the routing works, you simply can't be issued anything smaller than a /64, so everyone will have at least 2^64 IPs to play with on your local subnet... But, IANA, ARIN, and others are recommending ISPs give out /48s to everyone, meaning you'll be able to have 2^16 subnets of 2^64 hosts each... The only way they could really give you a single /128 IP would be grouping everyone together on a single subnet under their control, which I suppose is possible, but uttlerly stupid and counterproductive, and really of no benefit to them given how huge the address space is... With IPv4, they have to be frugal with giving out IPs, and they're a valuable and limited resource... Not so with IPv6... Plus, if any ISP tried it, you can bet IANA and others would be all over them about it, and they may find themselves not granted any more blocks of IPs in the future...

more than 3 years ago
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Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

Rob Seace Re:The first thing to come to my mind... (541 comments)

Linux users tend to rarely want to pay for anything.

Wow, you couldn't be more wrong... "We were expecting the average price paid to be highest for Linux users and lowest for Windows users, but the gap was larger than we thought it would be..."

more than 4 years ago
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Unusual Physics Engine Game Ported To Linux

Rob Seace Not recent ports (117 comments)

Actually, they've had the Linux version of these games available for quite some time... The only thing new is the $5 special pricing for the complete collection of all three... But, if you haven't already got them before now, then definitely go get them for $5!

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Hackers Offered Early Access to Next-Gen DVR

Rob Seace Re:Neuros stranded THIS user... (145 comments)

I have a Neuros Audio player (one of the version 2 units, I believe; a 30G model, with the hard drive backpack detachable/replacable)... I picked it up about a year and a half ago... I must say, my very first experiences were not pleasant, as I was first shipped a malfunctioning unit that just didn't work properly at all... But, they were great about replacing it quickly with a new one, and that one worked great, and is still working great today... I use it under Linux, using Sorune to load MP3s onto it, and it works great... No real complaints at all...

But, be aware that it's NOT sleek and sexy like an iPod; it's a big, black brick... Everyone that sees it has commented on how huge and ugly it is... But, I don't really care a bit about that... I've always been happy to be unfashionable... ;-) It works well, and that's all that I really care about...

more than 8 years ago

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