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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

anarcobra Start rant here (131 comments)

Ok, maybe I've been doing it wrong all these years, but emacs default indenting scheme is completely braindead imho. (or should I say GNU indenting scheme)
Of all the indenting schemes they could have chosen, they chose the one that is the most inconsistent.
Generally here are some common indentation schemes:
Tabs only
Spaces only
Tabs for indent level, spaces for alignment
Which one do you think emacs uses by default? None of the above.
No, emacs uses spaces for indenting 4 spaces, and tabs for indenting 8 spaces.
This means that if you write a function whose name is at indentation level 0, the braces will be indented by 2 spaces.
The code will be indented by 4 spaces. If you then start an if statement, the code in the if statement will be indented not by 8 spaces, but by 1 tab.
This is completely braindead and breaks completely if you ever over one of those files in an editor with tabs configured differently.
At least with the other approaches you can still open the file in an other editor and have the indentation levels make some kind of sense.

12 hours ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

anarcobra Re:A bit silly (210 comments)

It doesn't really matter though.
You can use git to commit onto an svn or perforce or whatever repository.
You get to use git locally, and the company gets to have its big central repository.

12 hours ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

anarcobra Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

I just have to be a pedant here, but a DAC is a digital to analog converter. Anyway, I've never had customs check my suitcases when leaving the US (or noticed it at least). Maybe it's different for Argentina, or for high end stuff like Teslas. It seems pretty strange that they'd make such a big deal of it, since they ship lots of units to other countries, which presumably don't limit the amount that are sent to other countries (unless they do, I wouldn't know).

about a month and a half ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

anarcobra Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

The US is notorious for inventing reasons not to import stuff, but that story about the Teslas is a bit strange.
How would they stop you from simply flying there, buying 10 of them and taking them home in your suitcase?
It's not like they check your passport when you buy them is it?

about a month and a half ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

anarcobra Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Damn it. I wrote a long comment, changed a setting in options and my comment disappeared. Anyway, the long and short of it was that local content producers need to find a different selling point from just "we made it in this country". In any established industry you need to find a way to differentiate your product from the others. With locally produced cars it's usually the price. For a show it might be the topic.

There are things on youtube produced with a very small budget that are still very entertaining, so it's possible to do. The problem is that if you just try to emulate US tv shows without the same budget, you will simply fail. As a local content producer you should have a big advantage over a foreign one: namely that you know what people are interested in culturally. Make a film based on a real life events in that country or use comedy styles specific to that country.

If the government wants to support local content they can offer subsidies. If Netflix agrees to charge the tax, that's fine, but I don't think it will help much with the popularity of local shows. If they are entertaining, people will watch them. If not they will continue to watch foreign stuff.

I'm not a Netflix subscriber, and I no longer live in Suriname, so I couldn't have checked either way. Finally, just look at Chinese action movies or Korean horror movies. Those have small budgets compared to Hollywood movies, yet they are still popular around the world.

about a month and a half ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

anarcobra Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

I'm pretty sure that if the Argentinian content producers sell or give a license to Netflix, that Netflix will offer their content in their catalog. As for the issue of taxes, that should be the consumers problem. If I buy a car in the US and have it shipped over to South America I pay import taxes on it, not Toyota, or whatever car dealer I bought it from. The government could just require its citizens to pay taxes on online international purchases. Unless Netflix has an office in Argentina there is really no reason why they would pay anything. Also, I can't speak for Argentina, but in Suriname the reason we have channels with US shows is because people want to see them. There is a clear difference in the production value of local shows and American shows. I wouldn't want to have to watch some quota of local crap just to be able to watch the content I actually want. The government trying to support local content producers is fine by me, but unlike for the local store, being locally produced isn't a selling point for a tv show if you ask me. It has to compete on some other factors as well.

about a month and a half ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

anarcobra Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

The word you're looking for is right there in the sentence you wrote. It's copying, not something else. Unless you deprive them of the diary or information, it's not stealing. If I sneak into your garage and copy your car, have I stolen it?

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

anarcobra Re:How would we know? (819 comments)

If you ask the stewardess they might let you sit on their seats during most of the flight. They don't recline at all, but they have plenty of legroom.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

anarcobra Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

KLM has this. I almost always pay for the extra leg room. It gets more and more expensive every time I fly though but on a 9 hour flight it makes a big difference for me.

about a month and a half ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

anarcobra Re:Do the math (338 comments)

Probably true. I guess I'll find out when the time comes to replace this one.

about 2 months ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

anarcobra Re:Do the math (338 comments)

It's mostly about convenience. I get home late during the week, so I don't want to sit around till 12 waiting for the dryer to finish so I can fold it. And I don't like to spend all weekend sitting at home waiting for some machine to finish. All the answers are what my point was about. It takes so long to finish one wash I have to actively schedule my weekends around washing clothes while it's possible to do it much faster. Also, with things like whites, colors and synthetics I already have three loads of washing to do.

about 2 months ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

anarcobra Re:Do the math (338 comments)

I love them. And I will try to keep getting them. If the problem is that people equate cleaning power with Watts, they should mandate some measurement of cleaning factor instead of maximum power. Then people can determine if they want the 2100 W vacuum cleaner, or the 1600 one with the same cleaning factor. I see what happens at other peoples houses. They have their eco vacuum and the cat hair just stays on the floor if you don't pas over it 10 times. It's the same thing with all their washing machines. In the US washing my clothes takes about 1 hour for washing and 40 minutes for drying. In the EU with all their eco washing machines it takes 2 and half hours for washing clothes (one and a half for quick) and 80 minutes to dry it. Is it more eco-friendly? I'm sure it is. But in return I have to actually plan out when I'm going to wash my clothes because it takes twice as long. Maybe I just have a bad washing machine, but all the ones I've used here are like this.

about 2 months ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

anarcobra Re:run its course... (364 comments)

I think they often gave those three really stupid myths to test. Too bad they gave them a really stupid myth to test in their final episode.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

anarcobra Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

I'm not talking about 1 person. I'm talking about everyone driving 60 when the sign says 40, and then there's 1 person driving 38. That 1 person is dangerous. In real life that is also the person who gets a ticket for driving too slowly, not the other 90% of drivers.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

anarcobra Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

You can say it's the fault of the people who speed all you want. It is, but that's not the point. But at the end of the day laws have to be followed by people and when making laws (or setting speed limits) you have to take into account how people will react. As others have already posted, many if not most people will drive at whatever speed feels safe for the road conditions. In fact this is what is taught in driving school in Europe. If you feel that the situation requires a different speed, drive at a different speed. Usually this means drive slower. The problem is that when the speed limit is lower than the speed people normally feel is safe, they will ignore the limit. This is why you don't just put a highway near a school and stick on a 15mph sign. You make a small street with bumps and lights and all that.

about 2 months ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

anarcobra Re: Amost sounds like a good deal ... (376 comments)

Police shouldn't be allowed to make deals with people to testify against other people. Often enough when you hear one of these things it's because the cops convinced someone to lie that they saw that person.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

anarcobra Re:$200MM (107 comments)

And I screwed up my own post and used b for byte.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

anarcobra Re:$200MM (107 comments)

And I completely agree with you on all of those points. Like I already said: I was just pointing out that kilo = k not K. There is no ambiguity there. If you just have a k without context, then it is pretty much impossible to know what exactly it means. Also note that according to SI a kb is 1000 b. It's just that no one seems to actually use the proposed kib notation, because kibi byte sounds stupid. On a related note, it's also very confusing that in many places people use b for byte instead of B. Or sometimes it's unclear which they mean.

about 2 months ago
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Processors and the Limits of Physics

anarcobra Re:So what (168 comments)

The reason processors are small is mostly due to yield. Silicon wafers have more or less a constant amount of defects per unit of area. What this means is that the larger your chip is, the lower the number of working processors you end up with. The smaller the chip the more working processors you end up with per wafer.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

anarcobra Re:$200MM (107 comments)

That's all very true. But that's just people using the metric prefixes incorrectly. I just wanted to point out that 1000 = k, since the OP I replied to said that the metric system replaced M with K.

about 2 months ago

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