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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

StripedCow Re:I seem to remember... (272 comments)

You mean like gmail and youtube, which were initially built and operated almost entirely with money obtained from Google's search service?
I'm still wondering why nobody filed a complaint for that.

2 days ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

StripedCow Wake up call (272 comments)

Storage is a commodity.
Now we only need to wake up the telcos and make them realize their product is a commodity too.

2 days ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

StripedCow Re:haven't watched it... (391 comments)

In some random other case you might be right.
But there are limits to every principle, even this one.

5 days ago
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Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

StripedCow Re:My only question: does it work at Google-scale? (91 comments)

The problem with the current CAPTCHAs is that they are prone to a Mechanical Turk attack.
This new type of CAPTCHA could in principle solve this issue.

about a week ago
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Scientists Record Quantum Behavior of Electrons Via Laser Lights

StripedCow Re:"Laser Light"? (33 comments)

An "ATM machine" is a machine from which you can withdraw ATMs.

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

StripedCow Re:Machismo... (371 comments)

The suits

Used-car-salesmen wear similar suits.
We should treat "business" people with suspicion, not the other way around.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

StripedCow entropy (109 comments)

Wasn't there some conjecture some time ago that entropy decreased inside a black hole, and that our universe corresponded to a time-reversed version of a star collapsing into a black hole? Which of course would be interesting because the "arrow of time" would point two opposite ways in the "meta-universe".

about two weeks ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

StripedCow Re:Slashdot proves it! (249 comments)

I have a better idea. Why not let app developers create web-sites with information about their apps? Then, e.g., Google could index those web-sites, and this would allow the user to quickly find the app they need. Also, Google's safe search could prevent users from installing the apps they do not want.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

StripedCow multi-stage compilation (427 comments)

In a multi-stage compilation process, libraries could generate readable C++ code based on (type-)requirements of a user-program.
This could be an alternative to template (meta)-programming, which would (I suppose) result in much easier to read programs and possibly better understandable error messages.

Have you considered such a compilation model? And if so, why do you consider templates to be a better choice?

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

StripedCow template metaprogramming (427 comments)

Personally I find it often easier to write code that uses template meta-programming, than to read it.
Do you share this opinion, and don't you think this is exactly contrary to how it should be?

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

StripedCow Header files (427 comments)

Many programmers (including me) are flat out annoyed by the need to maintain header files (they are useful for documentation purposes only, but there are automated tools for extracting this type of information). Also, there seems to be no technical necessity to use header files (other than helping compiler/linker implementors).

Why are header files still (a non-optional) part of the standard?

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

StripedCow LOC (427 comments)

By approximation, how many lines of code have you written in C++?
And what were the types of software you worked on?

about two weeks ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

StripedCow tech-support (165 comments)

The fact of the matter is, you can't use KU, Scribd, or Oyster if you don't know how to use your device, and your local public library is the best place to learn.

So do I understand correctly that you want to retrain local librarians in tech-support workers?

about two weeks ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

StripedCow Hardly surprising (327 comments)

The patent office gets paid more for every patent they approve (even wrongly approved ones), than for every patent they reject.
Hence the culture.

Yes, we are paying these fishermen for the fish they *didn't* catch.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

StripedCow Re:Politically Correct Science (541 comments)

The great thing about science is it's still correct even if you don't want to believe it.

Well, I wouldn't be too surprised if there is some yet to be discovered law in quantum mechanics that disproves exactly this.

about two weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

StripedCow Re:Programming language? (306 comments)

[quote]
CSS: not a programming language.
HTML: not a programming language.
[/quote]

CSS and HTML are such devious piles of junk, they should be turing complete by now.

about two weeks ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

StripedCow Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

Hence I said "advanced forms of Dyson spheres".

about two weeks ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

StripedCow Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

Dark matter is probably just civilizations that have built (advanced forms of) Dyson spheres around their stars.
This also explains the Fermi paradox.

about two weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

StripedCow All wrong (81 comments)

If you need an xbox to watch TV, you're doing it wrong.

about three weeks ago

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