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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

TechyImmigrant Re:My introduction to procedural languages (266 comments)

Ditto. I was happy as a pig in shit programming Pascal in 1987. Compared to Apple Basic it had types.

>Assembler (who codes in that any more, though?).

Er me. But I work for a company that builds CPUs. So it's usually to bang on corner cases.

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

TechyImmigrant VHDL, Verilog, System Verilog, System C (266 comments)

Spare a thought for the hardware engineers who have to suffer with languages that are derived from real languages with whatever the hardware engineers thought would be a good thing to add to make it a HDL. ADA -> VHDL, C-> Verilog, Verilog -> System Verilog, C -> System C.

I might design hardware but I have a CS degree and the horror of these carbuncles is not lost on me.

The macros in Verilog and System Verilog might just be the worst thing in any language anywhere.
The absence of a fundamental logic bit type in VHDL means you need libraries before you can do anything.
OVM is beyond the wit of man to comprehend from any modern language theory.
 

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

TechyImmigrant Re:Not mouses or mice (397 comments)

Reeces meeces pieces?

11 hours ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

TechyImmigrant Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (90 comments)

Yes, when I get back in the office and get the details. In hand wavey terms, 0 entropy in specfic VMs on specific headless servers, because it trusts the kernel to get it right.

11 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

TechyImmigrant Re:Performance Mouse MX (397 comments)

but you still have to use ctrl c and ctrl x. how does it help to have a dedicated ctrl v button? seems like a strange hill to die on to insist on a 3 button mouse. don't you think?

The last time I checked, ctrl-c interrupts the running process.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

TechyImmigrant Re:Simple solution (397 comments)

on a lot of the mouses ...

"Mice", please! "Mouses" [shudder] is just painful to read.

You are wrong. The creator of computer mouses himself, Douglas Engelbart, stated that the plural of a computer mouse is mouses.
The plural of the small mammal of the same name is mice.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

TechyImmigrant Re:Simple solution (397 comments)

A real computer is a computer on which the left button drag-select also copies the selected text, so you can immediately paste it by middle clicking somewhere.

Such a machine is usually running X windows.

yesterday
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

TechyImmigrant Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (90 comments)

We tried contacting the PolarSSL developers about contributing code to fix their random number problem. No response. No random numbers -> no security.

No matter what the security problem, it's always the random numbers, or lack thereof that is the problem.

yesterday
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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

TechyImmigrant Re:Bullshit (204 comments)

>Croft says that the battery pulls 1 nanoAmp each time it oscillates between the bell’s sides, which is an exceedingly low amount of energy

That isn't a unit of energy. It tells you nothing about the energy consumed.

yesterday
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Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users At Risk of Cyberattacks

TechyImmigrant Re:Er.. (30 comments)

Or maybe people who really know what they're doing aren't going to be that confident that they're safe.

Indeed. That's where I am concerning phones and PCs. I'm good with the hardware because I design it. But in my job I'm exposed to all the darkest security concerns, so there's lots to be concerned about.

2 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

TechyImmigrant Shortage vs. Access (506 comments)

The corps have been stupid to present this as a skills shortage issue. They are in competition for skilled staff and so the shortage they feel is just a property of the system, not a property of how many skilled people there are.

What it is is about gaining access to skilled staff from abroad. By making it easy for people with the right skills to come to the US, they provide those companies with easier access to the world's population of skilled staff, rather than just the US population.

This should be presented as competing internationally by hanging onto all the best people.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

TechyImmigrant Re:So, the problem is.. (298 comments)

In my experience, non techy users (we run a yarn store) do know HTML. They don't know a markdown language.

3 days ago
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Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users At Risk of Cyberattacks

TechyImmigrant Er.. (30 comments)

>those who are confident of their computer knowledge were at greater risk for data leaks.

Doesn't that depend on why they are confident? If you're confident because you don't know what you don't know then maybe it's valid but if you're confident because you happen to have been designing computers for 30 years and are deeply involved in security architecture of computers, then maybe your confidence is well placed.

3 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

TechyImmigrant Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

This.

I had to refile for 2 years ago after the IRS 'found' a 1099 I was unaware of, because it was from a broker I quit using, so it was not available to me on the broker we site.

The IRS had it. The broker had it. I didn't have it.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

TechyImmigrant Re:So, the problem is.. (298 comments)

I can program and I maintain the web site of our family business with as much static html as possible. The actual places where dynamism is required (E.G. class bookings) is handled with CGI in python. Credit card processing is farmed out to stripe.

Thus the total amount of code that needs to be comprehended is small. A few hundred lines.

The long term savings in terms of enabling staff to go in and edit stuff live has saved a fortune.

What works for one business may not work for another. I tried Django and the sheer volume of stuff I needed to do to get the same functionality up was huge and then the staff couldn't edit it because for all that's claimed for Django, there's a big model you have to get in you head before you can start meddling with it, and that means web professionals who cost a lot of money.

4 days ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

TechyImmigrant Re:Wow! Cool! (92 comments)

The incumbent film studios don't release many films for home streaming because they think people will have to go to the theater or buy the DVD.

The filmmakers would generally prefer theatrical, since it has the best reach, tends to present the work in the highest quality, and contractual royalties and residuals are most favorable to theatrical release.

The studios (the "producers" and production companies) are indifferent, they like making money off the movie wherever. They prefer theatrical because theatrical usually produces the most revenue but this isn't always true for all films.

The distribution companies would love to launch everything day-in-date, and they love streaming since they usually get a fatter cut of the revenue.

The theaters (the "theatrical exhibitors") are hell bent against day-in-date streaming because they believe they'll lose attendance to it. When a studio attempts to release a movie day-in-date on streaming or DVD, like Universal tried to do with Tower Heist, the theaters band together and refuse to release the movie. Theater chains generally won't agree to screen a film without a contractual blackout period.

The Customers presumably don't count.

about a week ago

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IACR Finally Gets Around to Repudiating Mass Surveillance

TechyImmigrant TechyImmigrant writes  |  about 8 months ago

TechyImmigrant (175943) writes "Following the focus on government mass surveillance resulting from the information revealed by Edward Snowden, many organizations involved in security and communications put out statements essentially repudiating that surveillance. As of yesterday (May 15th 2014) the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) who one might expect to have a position on this, has finally one year after the anniversary of the leaks, got around to making a position statement.

"The membership of the IACR repudiates mass surveillance and the undermining of cryptographic solutions and standards. Population-wide surveillance threatens democracy and human dignity. We call for expediting research and deployment of effective techniques to protect personal privacy against governmental and corporate overreach."

So the crypto guys don't like it either. Now we know."

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Unemployment. It's just too good..

TechyImmigrant TechyImmigrant writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I am now into my second week of unemployment. I have a job offer and start next Monday.

This would be great except I'm really enjoying unemployment. All the work related stress has been lifted from my shoulders. I have no travel planned, no economy seat hell. I got to write some code for fun. I've got a whole lot better at playing the guitar.

Perhaps somebody could give me a few million dollars. Then I could retire and live a stress free life.

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