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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Viol8 Not for those of us who listen to the radio (182 comments)

Try getting a good reception on an iWhatever inside a car and then try changing channels on the move.

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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

Viol8 Smog is an easy problem to solve (152 comments)

FIlters on coal fired power stations and industrial chimneys, catalysts and DPFs on vehicles and a ban on coal heating in cities. Why China can't manage these simple tasks is anyones guess. Its not like they don't have the money.

yesterday
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Viol8 Re:Not far enough. (132 comments)

Chuck some water over the Glasshole.

yesterday
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Viol8 Re:Subtle attack against C/C++ (183 comments)

Can't see it being that much work. For method foo in class baa just define the actual function name to be __baa_foo or similar. For a virtual function __baa_v_foo and so on. For overloaded functions __baa_foo1, __baa_foo2 etc. You'd need to know how the names were mapped to which method but its still better than the current mess.

yesterday
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Viol8 Re:Subtle attack against C/C++ (183 comments)

"I have no idea why you think binary literals are all that much more useful than octal or hex"

Binary literals are extremely useful when you're dealing with bits in specific places in a byte/word/etc. Its a lot clearer to read and a lot easier to write than trying to encode and decode into hex or oct.

"Standardizing it would accomplish very little, and there's no need for the runtime to know the mangled name."

Oh really? Just how do you think dlopen() finds the functions in a .so shared object file (.dll in windows) loaded during runtime? As things stand you need to 'external "C"' every C++ .so function you might need to call and as for class statics - forget it.

I think your inexperience in the world of low level programming is showing.

yesterday
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Viol8 Re:Subtle attack against C/C++ (183 comments)

Newsflash - when you're writing a kernel you want to know exactly what is being created during compilation, when memory will be allocated and how is going to be laid out during runtime and when it gets free'd up. ie - it HAS to be explicit otherwise your OS is going to end up in a mess. What you don't want is a load of C++ implicit code and memory allocation happening when you need tight control of both.

Now get back to application programming and leave the OS coding to people who know what they're talking about.

yesterday
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Viol8 Re:Subtle attack against C/C++ (183 comments)

Sorry pal, Cfront was a preprocessor in the same vein as Oracles PRO*C. If calling it a compiler makes you feel better about using it then all well and good - but it wasn't. A lot of code went straight through it unchanged, it only processed the specifically C++ parts.

yesterday
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Viol8 Yes, but thanks to the internet... (715 comments)

.... you can get your news sources from all over the world. You're no longer limited to watching the same group of TV or radio stations or newspapers. There's NO reason for anyone with access to the internet to be uninformed.

yesterday
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Pluto May Have Deep Seas and Ancient Tectonic Faults

Viol8 Re:+4 Insightful wtf... (47 comments)

Pal, any radioactivity inside pluto has long since decayed. Its a TINY world with no internal or external heat source. The chances of anything still being liquid inside are pretty much zero.

yesterday
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Viol8 Re: instant access to computers around the world (273 comments)

Yeah , usenet is still around. There arn't many servers that still carry it even for a price, but there is one good free one - aioe.org though how much longer it'll be around is anyones guess. Google seem to be doing their best to stuff up google groups however.

2 days ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Viol8 Re: instant access to computers around the world (273 comments)

Quite. Its amazing how many people today still think the internet = the web. Mention stuff like ftp, gopher, archie or WAIS and you just get blank looks.

2 days ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Viol8 Re:Something lost (273 comments)

Agreed. Byte was shutdown for unknown reasons buy its publisher - its circulation at the time was still way higher than most tech magazines. It could easily have still made a ton of money and still be going.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Viol8 You ever get the feeling... (565 comments)

... that MS is hemorrhaging all its decent technical staff and now the idiots are taking over the asylum at the technical level just like they've already done at the design and management level? One thing MS was usually pretty good at was testing its service packs/updates/[insert name of the week here] but this just seems like they really didn't bother doing it properly , or , they didn't have the technical know-how to do it.

2 days ago
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Pluto May Have Deep Seas and Ancient Tectonic Faults

Viol8 Re:+4 Insightful wtf... (47 comments)

I don't know many antifreezes that work at -230C , do you?

2 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Viol8 Re:I don't like cat eyes of either type (182 comments)

Yes, very good. Except discarded beer cans and rocks arn't usually found every 2 metres on a motorway that you do 70mph on.

3 days ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Viol8 Hardly (312 comments)

They had no choice economically. None of the former states could have afforded to maintain them - then what?

Besides, while most of those former states are stable , Georgia and now Ukraine no longer are. Can you imagine nuclear weapons being added to the mix? The fewer countries that have them the better , and if thats unfair thats just tough luck. The future of humanity trumps individual nations pissing contests.

3 days ago
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Pluto May Have Deep Seas and Ancient Tectonic Faults

Viol8 If charon was formed at the the formation ... (47 comments)

... of the solar system 4 billion years ago and not more recently , then the chances of that water still being liquid without any further external heating - the energy from the sun at plutos orbit is so slight its irrelevant - I suspect are pretty damn close to zero.

3 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Viol8 I don't like cat eyes of either type (182 comments)

Mainly because they don't work as well as is claimed. Having a couple of dots of light every few metres isn't nearly as clear as having glowing road lines. I suppose however in their favour the eyes last much longer.

Another issue however with cats eyes is the effect they have on tyres. Its conveniently never mentioned by the govn but driving over hard lumps of metal in the road - even if they do squash down a bit - at high speed over the years when changing lanes will wear out your tyres faster and can I suspect even cause failures if the tyre is already on the verge of going.

3 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Viol8 Re:Just use headlights (182 comments)

Most people don't live in a country with exceptional winter weather like that. For the relatively mild winters that northern europe gets and hence the reasonable state of the roads - headlights are fine.

3 days ago

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