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Things That Turbo Pascal Is Smaller Than

Tinctorius Re:This just in (487 comments)

In theory, it doesn't. In practice, a lot of data ends up being needlessly copied in a lot of software, for various reasons (devs don't care; their superiors don't care; it's the easiest way to abstract it; overlooked bugs; it's for some legacy feature; it's useful for very unlikely cases). It's a waste of processing power, and thus a waste of energy.

more than 2 years ago
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Things That Turbo Pascal Is Smaller Than

Tinctorius Re:This just in (487 comments)

Why bother with optimization?

Energy consumption.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Levitation

Tinctorius Re:dumbing down of slashdot (133 comments)

This is flux pinning, and apparently, is a different phenomenon than the Meissner effect.

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

Tinctorius Re:What Does This Mean? (414 comments)

In computing pi, the method is much more important than the value. Without further details, I don't know if the programmer's method is novel, but perhaps the implementation is.

The value itself is of little use, except that there is still no answer to the question whether pi follows a pattern, beyond being irrational and transcedental. Keep in mind that the Champernowne constant is irrational and transcedental too, but follows a relatively simple pattern.

more than 2 years ago
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Cheap GPUs Rendering Strong Passwords Useless

Tinctorius Re:Who cares? (615 comments)

Mod parent up. This tool has no further practical applications and it is not news that brute forcing works better with GPUs than CPUs. It's exactly what they're meant to do.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 3.0 Will Have Full Xen Support

Tinctorius Re:err.. (171 comments)

Not now.

more than 3 years ago
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Explosion At Foxconn Factory Kills 2, Injures 16

Tinctorius Some assembly required (199 comments)

Let's go back to the Sinclair model: we assemble our own gizmos. Really, it's more fun than unboxing, and it gives an opportunity for the geeks to interact with people who can't assemble the things by themselves.

more than 3 years ago
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Developing Android Apps Visually, In 3 parts

Tinctorius Re:Right right right, I get it. (78 comments)

Anyone can program, and anyone can learn programming.

No and no.

I have seen many people struggling to learn PHP (as part of their education). Not because they had any issues with the language itself, but because they couldn't systematically approach their problem. And if you would have read the TFA, or even simply peeked at the pictures, you would have seen that this IDE is almost a glorified code coloring editor, where words of code fit together like jigsaw pieces.

The art of programming is actually the art of reverse-engineering: you put your program together like you take your solution apart. If you don't know how to carefully dissect your ideas, then you are not a programmer.

more than 3 years ago
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Punish Bad Users With Drupal Misery

Tinctorius About that delay (418 comments)

By serving 40% of your malicious users with a delay, you actually spend more resources (mostly memory) on trolls. Sure, in 60% of the cases, you spend nearly nothing, but it sure opens possibilities for DDoS attacks: open accounts, troll a lot, get miserable and simply troll harder.

more than 3 years ago
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Rep. Bill Posey Introduces 'Back To the Moon' Bill

Tinctorius Re:And why would we... (562 comments)

Good point. Still, I assume that being more careful about our resources is not too much to ask.

more than 3 years ago
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Rep. Bill Posey Introduces 'Back To the Moon' Bill

Tinctorius And why would we... (562 comments)

... want to live on the moon if we can't even properly live on Earth?

more than 3 years ago
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My computer desktop, vs. my real-life desktop:

Tinctorius Re:Desktop? (210 comments)

What is this "root window" you speak of? My basement only has roots.

more than 3 years ago
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Maximum Items You've Powered From a Single Outlet

Tinctorius Re:230V 16A (497 comments)

He looked really shocked when we gave him one.

Insulation is important.

more than 3 years ago
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Arx Fatalis Updated, Released Under GPL

Tinctorius No wonder they didn't want to update it (153 comments)

Sources/DANAE/ARX_Script.cpp is 13719 lines in size, most of which handles script parsing and evaluation simultaneously, in a uselessly convoluted way. It deserves a proper rewrite from scratch.

I do like how they used names from Greek mythology to refer to certain components of the source code: Athena handles audio, Eerie handles some graphics, Mercury handles user input, Hermes is probably there for communication or saving/loading, Minos is only there for pathfinding and Danae gets everything else.

more than 3 years ago
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Unreal Tournament 3 For Linux Is Officially Dead

Tinctorius Re:No money (190 comments)

Averages don't say much here, we need more statistics. There could be more Linux users among the outliers, while the medians among users may be the same for all OSes.

more than 3 years ago
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Fighting Ad Blockers With Captcha Ads

Tinctorius Stupid move (450 comments)

If the owners of a website are willing to get paid for using a CAPTCHA system, then I guess they're also willing to lose most of their users because of it.

There are other methods to keep your website clean.

more than 3 years ago
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The Gaping Holes In the UAE's Net Firewall

Tinctorius Re:Fuck Dubai (107 comments)

Yes! Penetrate all their firewall holes!

more than 3 years ago

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