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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

VGPowerlord Re:Powershell (729 comments)

- sizeof(string) (I may have got the name of the function wrong) returns the length of a single byte rather than the length of the entire string. Who the hell thought that would be a good idea?

Hey, just because you don't know the language doesn't mean it's necessarily wrong. Documentation for sizeof would have told you that it's for telling you the size in bytes of datatypes on a particular system. It's often paired with malloc to allocate memory for something.

The C specification is remarkably lax on the size of its numeric datatypes, too. To the point where eventually a bunch of bit-specific sizes were introduced because the basic versions weren't. example: uint32 is a 32-bit unsigned integer, where as uint is an unsigned integer that's 16-bits or larger depending on the platform.

For that matter, even pointer size changes depending on systems. For instance, it's 4 bytes for 32-bit Intel systems and 8 bytes for 64-bit Intel systems.

about two weeks ago

Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

VGPowerlord Obvisouly! (75 comments)

IV is obvisouly trying to improve its reputation

Well, yeah... it's really obvisou they're trying to get people to stop dwelling on their patnte lawstuis.


about two weeks ago

How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

VGPowerlord Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (359 comments)

Right, but didn't the 86 have more features than the 84?

If it did, I couldn't say... I never compared them and the last time I actually used an 85/86 was in the mid-90s.

about two weeks ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

VGPowerlord Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (1134 comments)

Only if you count games like Candy Crush and Farmville. Let's face it, gaming consoles and expensive video cards are being sold to teenage boys, you know, the ones that actually buy big game titles. If women are such a big market, they'd be pandered to. Or maybe women can make their own games. They should. Obviously these misogynist devs hate money. It's right there for the taking.

I accidentally read that as "buy big game titties" and then realized... that's true, too.

Wait, did I just argue one of Anita Sarkeesian's points for her?

Anyway, one of the things about games: You don't necessarily know who makes the games. For all I know, Alison McWarlover is heading up Call of Duty: Yet Another One... much like Kim Swift was the Project Lead on Portal.

That second one was name dropped to prove a point. Most people probably didn't know know Portal was lead by a woman because it wasn't relevant to the game's success.

about two weeks ago

How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

VGPowerlord The base model (359 comments)

Ten years later, the base model still has 480 kilobytes of ROM and 24 kilobytes of RAM, its black-and-white screen remains 96x64 pixels, and the MSRP is still $150

I really hate it when people pass off misinformation.

As tempting as it is to call the black and white version the base model, it doesn't appear to be manufactured any longer.

Which means that the current base model is the version that has with 3.5 megabytes ROM and 21 kilobytes RAM, with a color screen that is 320x240 screen. The calculator also has a rechargeable battery (type unknown) and an MSRP of $140.

You can find this information (except the MSRP) on this chart.

Incidentally, Amazon US currently sells the color LCD model (black) for $104. Other colors seems to cost more.

about two weeks ago

How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

VGPowerlord Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (359 comments)

As strange as it sounds, the TI-84 is a newer model than the TI-86.

Basically, the lines went like this:

TI-82 -> TI-83 -> TI-84 Plus -> TI-84 Plus Color

TI-85 -> TI-86

Since it's not obvious on that list, the 82 and 85 came out around the same time, as did the 83 and 86.

Incidentally, it's important to note that the stats listed in the summary are for the black and white version and not the newer color version and yet it's the color version's MSRP they're listing.

about two weeks ago

Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

VGPowerlord Re:To remove this... (230 comments)

Last time I tried that it gave me some error. Something about needing --no-preserve-root

about three weeks ago

Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

VGPowerlord To remove this... (230 comments)

So, to remove this do I just have to do this?
sudo rm -r /sbin/iptables

about three weeks ago

Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

VGPowerlord Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (97 comments)

Well, given that both iD and Valve games use client-server models with low numbers of players, is there really any point to trying to DDoS a server?

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

VGPowerlord Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

I think it's funny that you'd say this.

DOS had drivers in the form of Terminate and Stay Resident (TSR) programs.

For instance, you had Microsoft's mouse.sys or for standard serial port (and later PS/2) mice.

CD drives required config.sys to load a vendor-specific CD-ROM driver followed by autoexec.bat executing mscdex.exe.

From memory, sound cards notably didn't have drivers built-in, or rather the only startup programs they had just set the ports and interrupts the cards used. (i.e. sb16set)

about 1 month ago

The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

VGPowerlord Re:Not ready for v6 yet (248 comments)

If it weren't for the stupidity of OS and IP stack authors, we'd be able to use the - addresses.

However, most of them refuse to route to those addresses because they're "Reserved for Future use."

Apparently no one stopped to think that blocking routing to those addresses would stop them from being used in the future because people insist on using older technology.

about a month ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

VGPowerlord Re:Steve Jobs set the standard... (262 comments)

Was this before he was kicked out of Apple for running it into the ground, or after he spent years in the wilderness learning how to actually manage a company?


This is likely from which has all sorts of early Apple history.

about a month ago

Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

VGPowerlord Re:Microsoft has a new CEO? (151 comments)

Because at the end of the day it is "business as usual" -- no one really gives a fuck about Microsoft's new CEO.

Microsoft still doesn't a fucking clue about UI, it still shits on PC gamers with its crappy GWFL (Games For Windows Live), the Xbone has the stupidest marketing name ever, XP is still holding on because business can't be bought off with the latest untested shiny, DX12 will be only available on Windows 9 as MS tries to force gamers to upgrade, etc.

Weren't all those things done during the "lengthy and ultimately unpopular reign" of Steve Ballmer?

about a month and a half ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

VGPowerlord Re:Arrest the Credit Card Issuers? (419 comments)

It sounds like the real scammers are the credit card issues that have a system in place to override that has ZERO security in place.

The security is supposed to be that the retailer is supposed to call the bank themselves to verify it. Which they didn't do.

about 2 months ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

VGPowerlord Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

There are literally hundreds of credit card companies in the United States.

MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover....those are the only major ones, so I'm not sure where you got "hundreds" from.

about 2 months ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

VGPowerlord Re: But scarcity! (390 comments)

I'm just assuming you're saying that and not judging from personal experience, because last I checked, the State of Michigan monitors road quality state-wide and funds repairs accordingly.

about 2 months ago

Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

VGPowerlord Re:From what I've read: (236 comments)

The early 2000s (and 1999) also saw fierce competition between AMD and Intel. This happened after AMD stole the performance crown from Intel with the release of the original Athlon, which likely pushed Intel to actually make some improvements.

This eventually lead to the Pentium M (and later Core) microarchitecture which Intel has been building upon for the last decade or so.

about 2 months ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

VGPowerlord Re:Normal humans exlcuded from practicing law/medi (608 comments)

The real injustice is that I'll never be able to fill that spot on my bucket list under "Perform open heart surgery in front of a judge while vigorously arguing a case on behalf of the guy who is having his heart operated on."

No, but you could probably work that into an app!

about 2 months ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

VGPowerlord Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

How did it get to the point of being a "series of kludges upon hacks upon misbegotten designs"? So much of it was because of shit-headed ad-hoc, fix-it-now solutions done by amateurs. People like Brendan Eich were nothing but enablers: much of Javascript's stupidity comes his trying to make it accessible to non-programmers.

Much of JavaScript's stupidity was because it was a shit-headed ad-hoc, fix-it-now solution written for NetScape 2.0... back then it was called LiveScript.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -- George Santayana

about 2 months ago



C64 Emulator Removed From App Store

VGPowerlord VGPowerlord writes  |  about 5 years ago

R. Bemrose writes "Only one day after the C64 Emulator surfaced on the iPhone App Store, it has been pulled.

The Register notes that the BASIC interpreter was not removed, only hidden, and could still be accessed. Apple removed the application after finding this out.

The application has been resubmitted by its author, again claiming that the BASIC Interpreter has been removed. However, Apple's approvers will undoubtedly give the new version more scrutiny than before."

Hans Reiser found guilt of First Degree Murder

VGPowerlord VGPowerlord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

VGPowerlord (621254) writes "Wired is reporting that a jury found Hans Reiser guilty of murdering his wife Nina.

At this point, the sentence has not been determined, but Wired believes it will be anywhere from 25 years to life in prison.

What does this mean for ReiserFS and Namesys?"

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