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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Yunzil Re:Infrastructure? (342 comments)

Um, if you're on the Metro screen you type "notepad" and press enter. Gosh Windows is complex.

1 hour ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Yunzil None (39 comments)

I don't have home wi-fi. (You insensitive clod.)

5 hours ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

Yunzil Re:The Compiler Knows... (88 comments)

You're entirely missing the point while getting hung up on 'repeating'.

Why should I have to write something like this:

std::map<std::string, std::map<std::string, foo_t>>::const_iterator ci = some_complex_map.begin()

...when the compiler already knows what the type of 'ci' has to be and in fact will bitch at me if I get it wrong (perhaps it's supposed to be bar_t instead of foo_t)? At that point you're just jumping through hoops to tick some box in the parser's innards.

A lot of the time, as in your example, you don't even care what the type is. You're just looking for a thing in a thing container.

6 hours ago
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Yunzil Re:I would too (140 comments)

I don't blame the guy, why stay on a sinking ship?

Especially when you're the one who blasted the holes in the hull.

10 hours ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Yunzil Re:Teaching Windows/Linux (560 comments)

but they seem to get it pretty well, at least as well as Windows.

No, they don't, it's just that the Linux enthusiasts think they do. Which is kind of the point. One personal example: I was trying to figure out how to turn on focus-follows-mouse in Ubuntu, and I couldn't find anything obvious, so I googled it. Turned out there's like 3 different way to do it, at least one of which requires installing additional packages. Who thinks that's user-friendly?

yesterday
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Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Yunzil Re:Obvious (151 comments)

now that we have a fast, cheap and ubiquitous network.

We do?

about a week ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

Yunzil Re:If you're the leader of Russia... (254 comments)

So you're saying Russia is doing this out of concern for the privacy of their beloved citizens? Would you be interested in a beautiful antique bridge in Brooklyn I have for sale?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Yunzil Re:Only 17 months to go... (138 comments)

it is difficult to get working with various Enterprise Java applications without disabling Protected Mode and completely unsecuring it

Wait, are you complaining IE is too secure?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Yunzil Not so much memory management (637 comments)

I think it's not just about memory management but more about understanding what's really going on in the CPU while your program is running, and memory management is just a part of that.

Some of this stuff is still very relevant today. If you want to understand how a buffer overflow exploit works you need to understand what's happening in your program at the level of bits and bytes in the processor.

It wouldn't hurt to take an assembly language course, preferably one that uses some small 8-bit processor. Nothing gives you an appreciation for the mountain of layers of software piled on top of the CPU these days like having to write your own function to divide two numbers.

about two weeks ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Yunzil Re:Gotcha covered... (259 comments)

These dimensions of yours; how big are they? Last time I bought one when I got it home and opened the box I couldn't even see it.

about two weeks ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Yunzil Re:20 megawatts (195 comments)

Difference is, at least light bulbs serve a useful function.

about three weeks ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Yunzil Re:Episode VII (181 comments)

Well, that's an improvement. Episodes 1, 2 and 3 were documentaries on how not to make a movie.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Yunzil Re:Sigh, that's another waste of time then. (149 comments)

No, it's not.

Yes, it is. The fact that you as a niche user can't do something doesn't mean the OS is bad.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Yunzil Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (322 comments)

They're not talking about the interface. They're talking about the underlying nuts-and-bolts stuff.

about a month ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Yunzil Re:Kuhscheisse. (158 comments)

They say that almost 20% of the world's population is Chinese. However there are no Chinese people working in any of the offices on the same floor of the building as me. Therefore I conclude that all these so-called experts are wrong and there are in fact no Chinese people.

about a month ago

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