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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Shadowhawk Re:Slippery Slope.. or is it? (284 comments)

Also, the text of the 1st amendment starts "Congress shall make no law". Nothing in there applies to private entity. The first amendment has *nothing* to do with this case.

about 4 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Shadowhawk Wording (226 comments)

The title suggests that Google is fighting against distracted driving laws, but when you read TFA, it sounds like they are really fighting laws that ban Glass-like devices which, depending on your point of view, might not be the same thing.

When I'm using my phone to navigate in the car, I have to glance at the phone occasionally. If I had Glass active and it was showing some of the same things, I wouldn't need to look away from the road and (in theory) could be less distracted. IMHO, I would think a blanket ban on the device is premature at this point. If Glass is released to the public and the data shows that it causes problems, the it will be time to start the discussion.

about 5 months ago
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The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability

Shadowhawk Re:Sockets (286 comments)

Separating the libraries to run in their own process is one way to get the same effect as different libraries with some benefits (clearer boundaries of each module, the ability to switch components seamlessly, and the possibility of splitting components over difference servers come to mind).

Any socket communication using a loopback address would not be an order of magnitude slower since it never goes out over the wire. There would be some overhead (copying the data from one memory space to another), but not that huge.

about 8 months ago
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Internet Infrastructure for Everyone

Shadowhawk ChromeOS on a server (63 comments)

Not sure how an OS tuned to run on under-powered laptops would be a good choice to use as a server OS. What's the thinking there? Server OS should be stable, whereas if a laptop crashes, "turn it off and back on". It's just a totally different focus, IMHO.

about a year ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

Shadowhawk IL - Voted absentee (821 comments)

Voted a week ago. Simple fill in the oval paper ballot.

about a year and a half ago
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"Exploding" Termite Species Discovered

Shadowhawk Re:maximum age crystals (158 comments)

Not since SyFy killed it, anyway,

about 2 years ago
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Valve Will Let Gamers Pick Games To Appear On Steam

Shadowhawk Re:Okay then (129 comments)

This ^

about 2 years ago
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Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

Shadowhawk I don't buy it (738 comments)

Maybe I'm outside the norm, but I had two different offers the last time I looked for a new job (6 months ago), despite moving from another state and being just shy of 40. Of course, I keep up with new tech and had an app in the Android market, so maybe I seem young.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Releases HTML5 MMO BrowserQuest

Shadowhawk Re:Built on bleeding edge technology (138 comments)

I know I'm feeding the troll here, but what application developers has access to threads (or sound or graphics even) in the 70s? First reference to threads I can find is SunOS 4.x, which came out in 82. The 80s is also when some sounds and graphics became available on many computers (Commodore Vic-20, Atari 2600, IBM PC, Apple II, etc). There might have been specialty computers that had those features, but nothing available for the average application developer in the 70s.

more than 2 years ago
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Senator Wyden Demands ACTA Goes Before Congress

Shadowhawk Re:Why ACTA isn't going before Congress... (78 comments)

What you say may be true, but I don't think he expects to be able to change existing copyright law. IMHO he has two aims; to make ratification of treaties require Senate approval (as specified in the Constitution) rather than Presidential fiat; and requires that negotiations in these treaties be conducted in the open (anything we share with other countries must be made public). Yes, I RTFA, but I'm not new here.

more than 2 years ago
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AC and DC Battle For Data Center Efficiency Crown

Shadowhawk Slashad (168 comments)

Articles main source says modern AC and theoretical DC are about the same. By the way, he has a product to sell...

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

Shadowhawk Quite the opposite (406 comments)

Sounds like AT&T has only itself to blame.

more than 2 years ago
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Sprint Orders All OEMs To Strip Carrier IQ From Their Phones

Shadowhawk Now if they would only strip the other bloatware (156 comments)

Like Sprint Nascar, Sprint Football, Sprint Zone, Amazon MP3, Blockbuster (they still exist?), NOVA, Telenav GPS (which appears to be cheap knockoff of Google Maps nav mode) and Qik Video.

While I'm glad the Carrier IQ stuff is going away, I'm still planning on rooting my phone when I have the time (like over the holidays; whee!).

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Say Carrier IQ Isn't Logging Data, Texts

Shadowhawk Re:Pet Peeve: SEO and URLs. (130 comments)

This, especially more so in social media where descriptions of the subject of the link can be iffy.

more than 2 years ago
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Setting the various household clocks ...

Shadowhawk None (344 comments)

My microwave and VCR always show 12 o'clock, so they're correct twice a day regardless of DST.

more than 2 years ago
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How often do you put pen to paper?

Shadowhawk Re:PIN Codes (241 comments)

For me, it's cheaper to sign than use my PIN, so I sign, but most of the time, the signature is on a electronic pad, so no paper is involved.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recovering Data From 20-Year-Old Diskettes?

Shadowhawk Last Resort (375 comments)

Brute force of course! Just try all possible bit combinations until the checksum matches.

more than 2 years ago
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Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

Shadowhawk All of them (359 comments)

I exist in all time zones simultaneously.

more than 2 years ago
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When the Shuttle Atlantis launched Friday ...

Shadowhawk In Training (167 comments)

I just started a new job Tuesday and was in training. Just no option to see it.

about 3 years ago

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C++ Grandmaster Course Registration Extended

Shadowhawk Shadowhawk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Shadowhawk (30195) writes "The C++ Grandmaster Certification course, the free massively open online course (MOOC) where you build your own C++ compiler, has extended the registration deadline to March 15th. In addition, they have released the first assignment of the course as a public preview for free anonymous download and review: preprocessor tokenization."
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Virgle Project Seeking Colonists for Mars

Shadowhawk Shadowhawk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shadowhawk (30195) writes "Google and Virgin Group today announced the launch of Virgle Inc., a jointly owned and operated venture dedicated to the establishment of a human settlement on Mars. "Some people are calling Virgle an 'interplanetary Noah's Ark,'" said Virgin Group President and Founder Sir Richard Branson, who conceived the new venture. "I'm one of them. It's a potentially remarkable business, but more than that, it's a glorious adventure. For me, Virgle evokes the spirit of explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, who set sail looking for the New World. I do hope we'll be a bit more efficient about actually finding it, though.""

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