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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Sam H Re:First! (531 comments)

Statistics are wonderful, but yours are most likely wrong. A better estimate of how many people born before computers and software existed have died would be 93%. I am using http://www.prb.org/Publication... as my main reference.

about 7 months ago
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New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom

Sam H Re:SLASHBETA ADMINS (222 comments)

Well at least I shall use all my mod points to flag fuckbeta posts as “Insightful”, because they are. Off-topic, but insightful.

about 8 months ago
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Reporters Threatened, Labeled Hackers For Finding Security Hole

Sam H Re:Try to do something right (120 comments)

It might take a security expert to write code that works as specified the first time, but it takes a fantastic idiot to put any kind of code in production before it's been debugged and error-corrected.

about a year ago
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DNS Hijack Leads To Bitcoin Heist

Sam H Re:Non story (126 comments)

Oh, so you don’t believe the Bitcoin crime of the century was pirateat40’s BS&T going away with 500,000 BTC, that are now valued at about 20 million dollars?

about a year and a half ago
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Can You Do the Regular Expression Crossword?

Sam H Re:Great idea, but... (115 comments)

I think you haven't actually given it a try. The clues are written as regexes, which require to know the syntax, but it's actually a pretty easy logic puzzle.

about a year and a half ago
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Can You Do the Regular Expression Crossword?

Sam H It's actually easy (really) (115 comments)

It took me less than 10 minutes to complete that crossword. It's actually easy, because the clues always give enough information to immediately place a letter somewhere with minor thinking; no tracking back is ever needed (unlike in some Sudoku grids where it's often easier to "try" a number, then cancel if an inconsistency appears).

Actually most of the clues can be easily translated to natural language and make the puzzle understandable to the average people: [^M]*M[^M]* means "there is one and only one M in this line", (RX|[^R])* means "every R in this line must be followed by an X", etc.

about a year and a half ago
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

Sam H Re:Piracy = Theft Analogy (432 comments)

Oh wow, the first attempt to justify a piracy site not by directly defending it but by making a pointless semantic argument.

Oh wow, looks like the second Slashdot troll of the year!

about 2 years ago
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

Sam H Piracy = Theft Analogy (432 comments)

Think of it as being able to walk into a fancy department store, steal anything you want, and never get caught.

Oh wow, the piracy / physical theft analogy. Looks like the first Slashdot troll of the year!

about 2 years ago
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How Does a Single Line of BASIC Make an Intricate Maze?

Sam H Re:A simple Linux port (438 comments)

Sorry, what was I thinking? This is obviously more elegant:

tr -dc '/\' </dev/urandom

about 2 years ago
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How Does a Single Line of BASIC Make an Intricate Maze?

Sam H A simple Linux port (438 comments)

strings /dev/urandom|tr -dc '/\'

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Dropping 64-Bit Windows Nightly Builds For Now

Sam H Re:Not much point in 64 bits here (224 comments)

and going 64 bit has a significant memory cost -- for typical C++ code, around 33% extra.

There is no such thing as "typical C++ code" for the memory usage metric. Pointers may be larger, but a decoded 1680×1050 32-bit image takes 7 megabytes of memory on a 32-bit platform and 7 megabytes on a 64-bit platform. Remember that the web is full of images.

I work on multi-million-line C++ projects and my personal experience indicates about 5% overhead. I'm not saying you're wrong, but you really need to back up that claim with some real life figures if you're going to use the word "typical".

about 2 years ago
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Is It Time For an OpenGL Gaming Revolution?

Sam H Re:Why is Direct3D still the de facto API? (496 comments)

No they don’t. The PS3 provides a stripped-down OpenGL ES for testing purposes but almost no one uses it except hobbyists or indie devs. And you can certainly guess how many hobbyists and indie devs there are who can afford targeting the PS3.

Most PS3 games use libgcm, Sony’s own graphics library for the RSX, which actually has a very Direct3D-like API. Source: if I told you, they’d have to kill me.

more than 2 years ago
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Is It Time For an OpenGL Gaming Revolution?

Sam H Re:Why is Direct3D still the de facto API? (496 comments)

Are you referring to the PS3, and if not, what console is that? Do you really know how many of your games actually use OpenGL?

more than 2 years ago
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Is It Time For an OpenGL Gaming Revolution?

Sam H Re:20% difference is too large (496 comments)

A 0.5-millisecond difference in a 3.6-millisecond frame time is “hardly worth mentioning”? You know, people get paid a lot to find out how to gain those 0.5 milliseconds in a 33-millisecond frame time.

more than 2 years ago
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Is It Time For an OpenGL Gaming Revolution?

Sam H Re:OpenGL Support (496 comments)

Sir, this is complete, utter bullshit.

DirectX gets almost nothing “much earlier”, because it has no extension mechanism. With DirectX you are stuck with the latest version. It has obvious advantages, but early features are certainly not amongst them. Think what you want about the ARB, it does release and releases often.

As for the documentation being terrible and vague, that's pretty uninformed, too. Every extension is fully documented and the vendors know precisely what needs to be implemented. There is no Direct3D equivalent of the 600-page OpenGL specification. The DirectX documentation is a programmer’s guide, not a specification. Every single version of the GLSL standard comes with a full grammar of the language which lets you reimplement a parser or compiler. There is no such thing as a grammar for HLSL (the D3D equivalent). What Microsoft calls a “grammar” for HLSL can be found here and anyone not even in the field of graphics programming will immediately understand how much of a joke it is compared to this (pages 166 to 174).

(Source: I work on Windows, Linux, PS3, Xbox and mobile game engines)

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Won't Say If Skype Is Secure Or Not. Time To Change?

Sam H Is it time? What? (237 comments)

Is it time to consider more secure alternatives

Why now? How does Microsoft change anything? It was time to consider more secure alternatives from day zero!

more than 2 years ago
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HTML5 Splits Into Two Standards

Sam H The WC3? (395 comments)

How can one misspell W3C twice in so few words?

about 2 years ago
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Police Find Apple Branded Stoves In China

Sam H Clearly inferior products (212 comments)

Those gas stoves obviously do not heat as much as a real MacBook Pro.

more than 2 years ago
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Kodak Failing, But Camera Phones Not To Blame

Sam H Re:Poor analysis - its film not the camera itself (309 comments)

Maybe some day direct brain stimulation will make us able to see these colors that can't exist in the real world.

This was first created in 1938 and is called LSD.

more than 2 years ago

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