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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

ahabswhale Re:ACM doesn't get it on (C) (213 comments)

Copyright isn't bad. What's bad is how it's implemented.

about a month ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

ahabswhale Re:It Costs Money (213 comments)

Programmers aren't academics. So, there's still really no reason to join the ACM for most programmers.

about a month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

ahabswhale Re:I skipped Windows 7... (681 comments)

lol...the Mac Pro doesn't use gamer cards, moron. Come back when you know wtf you're talking about.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

ahabswhale Re:I skipped Windows 7... (681 comments)

I challenge you to build a PC with the same hardware for a cheaper price.

about 2 months ago
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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

ahabswhale Re:Fine ... (245 comments)

They CAN provide the information requested but they have to shutdown the system to do it. Otherwise, they don't have space and the system will auto delete everything over a certain age. There's just no room to keep the system running without delete functionality active. You could argue that they should shut it down until it's audited but that would require you actually read instead of rant.

about 3 months ago
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Vodafone Reveals Warrantless Wiretapping

ahabswhale Re:call Snowden (73 comments)

Yep. It's not really about the NSA or its activities. It's about hating on America. Nobody gives a shit if a dozen other countries do the exact same thing.

about 3 months ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

ahabswhale Re:If people would fight their tickets... (286 comments)

Actually my number is low but it depends on where you live. In large cities, about 97% of all cases are plea bargained. That said, I don't understand how this makes people unaccountable for their actions. Accepting a plea IS accepting guilt. They go hand in hand.

about 3 months ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

ahabswhale Re:If people would fight their tickets... (286 comments)

Actually for all crimes, regardless of severity, plea bargains are the order of the day. The legal system couldn't come close to handling even 10% of the cases if they were to go to court.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

ahabswhale Re:Who designed this, and what drugs were they on? (636 comments)

One doesn't always get to choose their language. I spend most of my time in Java but it doesn't mean I don't apply functional paradigms where I can.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

ahabswhale Re:Who designed this, and what drugs were they on? (636 comments)

Sorry, I should have been more clear. I meant mutability in the sense that while the values in an array can change, the structure cannot.

As for how bad it is, I'm not that concerned. If you're using functional paradigms regarding values, this just isn't an issue at all. Functions shouldn't be modifying passed in structures in the first place. That's just a horrible, albeit common, coding practice.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

ahabswhale Re:Who designed this, and what drugs were they on? (636 comments)

So they're only allowed to do things that other languages have done? Also, given that there's literally thousands of languages, you can be certain that at least one other language has done this.

As for CoW semantics, there's no such thing as a mutable array. Even languages that offer such a construct (like Ruby) are just hiding the mechanics they use to reallocate memory. Swift is essentially exposing this to the developer. I agree it's a bit odd but not the end of the world. There are a millions worse things in languages that are very popular.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

ahabswhale Re:Who designed this, and what drugs were they on? (636 comments)

I don't see what the big deal is. If you modify the size of an array, regardless context, you get a different array. Not exactly a brain buster.

about 3 months ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

ahabswhale Re:Not a watch (97 comments)

I use to own iPhones, and I never had a problem with using them as a phone. So, I don't really get your comment about them not working well as a phone. They even allowed you to access the browser and other apps while using it as a phone. Plus they had visual voice mail. In short, I completely disagree with your assessment.

about 5 months ago
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GCHQ and NSA Targeted World Leaders, Private German Companies

ahabswhale Re:@people from the US (145 comments)

Well until there's a German version of Snowden, we don't know what the BND is doing. That said, it's an extremely safe bet they spy on the US because there is no treaty between the two countries that makes it illegal.

about 5 months ago
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GCHQ and NSA Targeted World Leaders, Private German Companies

ahabswhale Re:Good for the NSA (145 comments)

lol...I guess PT Barnum was right. There is a sucker born every minute.

about 5 months ago
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GCHQ and NSA Targeted World Leaders, Private German Companies

ahabswhale Re:Wait - you think they don't? (145 comments)

There is no evidence that the NSA has participated in any such thing. Snowden accused them of industrial espionage but I have yet to see a single leak that confirms it. If it were happening, Der Spiegel would have released it already.

about 5 months ago

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