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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

SpaghettiPattern Rude AND illogical (430 comments)

I believe most of us agree that homophobia is rude (to say the least.) But as Steve Jobs wasn't gay, removing the memorial dedicated to him is highly illogical.

about three weeks ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

SpaghettiPattern "Negative thinking" is interpreted wrongly (158 comments)

In any setting I need to see shortcomings in order to improve on them. So called "positive thinkers" have a tough time dealing with that. (Usually their claim to fame on my work is that they too cooperated. Usually by not inhibiting me.) But as age grinds on, I learned to naturally word my concerns in a positive sounding fashion. I sometimes utter a kind of new-speak -which I detest- but it enables me to proceed with development, so I indulge.

about a month ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

SpaghettiPattern The dirty mind plays up (165 comments)

Would I be able to surprise mi SO with a special toy made in my full body shape. I wouldn't need sharp edges, a soft material would better suit the purpose and no toxins should be freed on body contact -especially with the mucus membranes.

about a month ago
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Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015

SpaghettiPattern Re:Pay me once, shame on me. (106 comments)

So basically they're paying the winners less than one year's salary for a picker,...

We shouldn't be sentimental about crappy jobs vanishing. It's the way we go and there's no stopping the train. The main question here is how we will transition into a society where entertainment is there to keep the masses sedated and to convince them to consume stuff (like entertainment.)

I'd shed another light. They're paying way less that what it would cost themselves to develop. Picking an item is actually pretty hard. Will they find "one of us" willing to put in the hours and willing to forfeit his IP? There are plenty of bright young people around that just don't realize the scam and perhaps just buy into it.

about a month and a half ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

SpaghettiPattern Good idea (103 comments)

What bugs me most about Thai food imitations is bad taste and cheap surrogates. The wost offenders IMHO are Chinese cooks pretending to. Corn starch with water an coconut flavour DOES NOT replace coconut milk. Never, ever!

about 2 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

SpaghettiPattern Within days on /. (610 comments)

Literally within days, this hot breaking news item shows on /. Impressive. How we ever managed to keep abreast before the age of internet is well beyond my metal capabilities.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

SpaghettiPattern Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

Too bad that Computer Scientists are a bunch of elitist Haters who only know COBOL from legend.

It's cheap to knock a language with a huge installed base as COBOL, mostly because the syntax and the conventions are slightly awkward for "modern" eyes. (I say modern but the elitist dislike for COBOL I believe started in the 70ies.) COBOL is damn good at solving the kinds of problems it was designed for. I have even seen a shop that had/has a COBOL backend to the web applications it offered/offers.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

SpaghettiPattern Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

The problem is that you usually don't know where the the allocated memory is finished.

I understand the rationale behind the pointers like they are, but I'd still prefer if pointers could keep both address and size of the buffer. But it's too late now for such kind of redesign or upgrade.

I understand what you mean. For most projects I do I share your desire to be slightly more casual with memory management. Although I am in the fortunate position to be able to choose a different language (I'm happy to use Java's StringBuilder to append ad infinitum), I cherish the basics I learned when I programmed C. Being able to think in the most basic elements is yet another perspective.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

SpaghettiPattern Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

You can't have a string longer than the amount of memory that is reachable by a pointer.

Did you reread what you wrote? A pointer is nothing more or less than a memory address. A string pointer points to the first character in the string and the string can have any length (theoretically.)

Do you mean, perhaps, that you can't have a C string that doesn't fit into memory all at once? Let's assume you do. That would be an academic limitation. I have never ever encountered a string so big. If you have the need to handle such enormous strings then you probably should study streaming (of characters or bytes.)

You don't say. Sounds like this is relatively new to you.

That's a silly tone you'd better ditch buddy.

The former must be very concise

That's complete nonsense. Source code size has nothing to do with object size, let alone suitability of a language for different problem domains. C's conciseness was useful in the 1970s and 80s, where memory used for source code whilst editing and compiling was a significant factor. Nowadays 10s or hundreds of K of source code is irrelevant in GB sized PC memories. The conciseness is worthless.

I give to you that concise was the wrong word to use. However, well abstracted problems result in concise code and object, while at the same time the code remains readable. Beating the optimizer is foolish, but shouldn't be mistaken with well analyzed problems. Simply punching away in order to scratch the itch is a guarantee for revisiting the code unnecessarily.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

SpaghettiPattern Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

I believe none of you actually programmed in C. A string terminated by \0 can be represented by a single pointer and an have any length. You can also easily let the string keep growing (until the allocated memory is finished.) That is the epitome of KISS. If you use an 8 byte character at the beginning then you are limited to a string length of 255. A structure with a length and a string pointer (or a character array) is much more complex and that would reflect in more complex library functions.

C was invented by exceptionally bright people. For a language that was primarily designed to program kernels its remarkably versatile. If you are seeking a language to write administrative applications then you should look further. COBOL back in the days or Java nowadays would suit you better. And yes, there is a difference in programming prowess between kernel / library programmers and application programmers. The latter "just" have to get the business logic going and are allowed to use every trick in the book. The former must be very concise and consider that their code will be used by a huge amount of other programs.

about 3 months ago
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Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

SpaghettiPattern Re:Will download (67 comments)

You're forgetting that even if you have cached the maps in detail (e.g. by beforehand zooming in to all the parts you really need on your trip) the navigation still doesn't work without being on-line.

After having toyed around with cached Google maps for years, this year I finally got a (2nd hand) car with navigator built in. No more mucking about when crossing country boundaries. Bliss at last.

For my usage (EU, frequent border hopper), Google maps is excellent for planning a trip. Not so much for actual moving between destinations.

about 3 months ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

SpaghettiPattern Is he a scientist? (179 comments)

Is he an actual scientist? Did he do any scientific research? Did he merit a the title of university professor? Sure, he did make money, but that doesn't automatically mean he should earn a title that few people get after working very hard, usually without extreme luxury or profit.

about 3 months ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

SpaghettiPattern Re: Passwords don't need to be killed (383 comments)

The device almost by definition must be autonomous. You wouldn't want your phone to setup a session which attackers could misuse. I'd be fine with using a key like my bank uses whereby the application sends me a challenge which the device encodes and which the application recognises as such.

about 3 months ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

SpaghettiPattern Re:Passwords don't need to be killed (383 comments)

First decent reaction I see here on /.

Open hardware key where a private key is held and which cannot be extracted (yes, that is possible.) Access to hardware through small keyboard, requiring a PIN/password. Open protocol to challenge private key. Everything is already available. Openness is the key and I think DARPA could apply strong influence in making this possible.

about 3 months ago
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Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

SpaghettiPattern What happened at the road exit? (163 comments)

If you watch the navigation screen you see the guy approaching a an exit and the video stopping right there. What happened there?

A few observations more.

  1. Considerable effort went into the work around. A redundant device was prepared as cold standby.
  2. Why was the driver listening to Bavarian (Bavaria is the B in BMW) radio?

about 4 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

SpaghettiPattern Re:Stop mentioning vi and emacs (402 comments)

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This is for people moving to a text editor from Word.

Then, I sincerely wonder, WTF is this article doing on /.?

about 4 months ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

SpaghettiPattern Not a threat to security (143 comments)

Not a threat to security. More of a threat to global mental health.

about 4 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

SpaghettiPattern Imagine managing a corporation without vision (468 comments)

It's Monday and you arrive at work. Somehow you feel you're being managed bin a bunch of cretins but you attribute this to your negative outlook on life. But today is different. In a Tommy-esque way, starting from middle management going up, everyone wares ear, eye and mouth plugs. You think, at first, that your outfit is going to the hounds because vision now truly can no longer be. However, well before the 2nd coffee break, you realize you were wrong. Stuff suddenly works. You feel at ease to communicate with your peers. Stuff that would have take weeks of meetings is agreed upon immediately. Stuff requiring well thought considerations actually gets these. You even start greeting the cleaner at the end of the day. The strangest day of your life passed and you became absolutely convinced that the magic potion for the shop was found. A new and effective way of managing a bunch of developers leaves them enthused. It is patented of course. Magic, sheer magic was cast upon everyone in the company. That night you sleep calm and sound knowing the pointy headed bosses suddenly got a clue and that in "vision without seeing" will be the next hot thing. The deaf, dumb and blind bosses sure play a mean pinball.

about 5 months ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

SpaghettiPattern Re:What a shame, but... apk (206 comments)

Don't be naive. The only reason Russia and other oppressive nations pass laws like these is so they can better monitor what their 'citizens' are doing and saying. It's a lot easier to lock up whoever wrote "Putin Sucks" online if the data is in a Russian server.

And having data reside in the USA at the whims of the NSA is how much better?

about 5 months ago

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