top How Relevant is C in 2014?
Depends mostly on compiler and toolchain availability on those platforms. You still have
Python-capable processors for embedded systems if you can't afford to learn C.
FWIW, I've been struggling with LPC4300 series processors. The open source toolchain is just so bad that your CPU hard faults on first attempted function call (most likely due to incorrect memory maps).
top Researchers Propose a Revocable Identity-Based Encryption Scheme
having a private key generator do some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff to generate a secure private key out if it.
This is Slashdot. Pretty please stop underestimating our skills.
top DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe
a timing mechanism that underpins a way the Internet works
how many LOCs is that? Joking aside, I would have thought that nobody had to dumb down things that much before posting to Slashdot.
top Chinese DRAM Plant Fire Continues To Drive Up Memory Prices
According to reports, the plant was making GDDR5 chips, used in high memory bandwidth devices like display adapters. This clearly is a perfectly valid reason to raise the prices of DDR3.
top Happy World Backup Day
Had a head crash on my work laptop on Thursday. There was no need for restoring backups in the traditional sense since all company data was on SparkleShare (company internal git repo) and the few personal documents were in Dropbox. I pulled out a new laptop, installed SparkleShare and Dropbox and was good to go.
about a year and a half ago
top Moscow Plane Crash Caught On Passerby's Dash Cam
there are a lot of Russian tourists this time of year. Most of them do drive responsibly. And I urge you to do so here abroad (we have a pretty decent police who can write accurate reports if there is an accident and are not for sale) as well as home.
They drive responsibly abroad because breaking the law will get their visa revoked.
top How Experienced And Novice Programmers See Code
Now that you mentioned it, I just noticed that Chrome gave an error message I hadn't noticed before:
Other users are also experiencing difficulties connecting to this site, so you may have to wait a few minutes.
The real news, however, might be that someone on Slashdot uses a browser that actively spies its users' browsing habits.
top Samsung Sets New Guidelines For Alcoholic Beverages
Somehow this doesn't come as a surprise, as Samsung announced just a week ago that they'll open a new R&D site at the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi. Samsung would've been bankrupt by the end of the year had they offered the MSc (Tech) undergrads all the spirits they can handle.
top BBC Turns Off CEEFAX Service After 38 Years
The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE has adapted the well-aged teletext service for modern purposes by providing real-time Twitter commentary of ongoing muncipal election debates.
Earlier this year they allowed people to post their own pixel art.
top Amazon Debuts Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD In 2 Sizes
Kindle has a nice idea of how the device can be used in a family, where the parents can control time spent by kids.
Yeah, books teach kids revolutionist ideas so it's better to reduce their exposure to any potentially dangerous material.
top EU Calls for Unified Approach to Allocating "White Space" Spectrum
4 space indents, no tabstops
4 is wasteful, only two is needed an gives a nice alignment with the above code.
That's why you both ought to be using tabstops after all. It lets everyone use the indentation level they are most comfortable with.
If you worry about crossing the magical 80 character column width limit, don't. Those folks who care about it are the same who use 2 space indentation anyway.
top Only English
Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K
Altho i'm loathe to use the word/admit it
No you don't. Damn hipsters!
top Universal Android Laptop Dock: Microsoft Nightmare, Or Toy?
Mr. Shuttleworth has already been offering
Ubuntu desktop on Android phones for phone vendors. I don't see any reason why this wouldn't work for laptops.
top Software Bug Caused Qantas Airbus A330 To Nose-Dive
Back in my Finnish Air Force days I talked to a captain who had flown the F-18C in his last three active flight years. He told that when you're straight and level in the Hornet and peek over your shoulder you probably see the ailerons swaying back and forth as the computer tries to keep the plane stable.
top What's Keeping You On Windows?
A certain EDA and simulation software (at home, not at work). It uses OpenGL and is just too heavyweight to be run in a virtualized environment.
top MeeGo, Zero To VT320 In Seventeen Seconds
top Most Useful UNIX Tool?
dd if=goatsefloppy.img of=/dev/sda
top Why Game Developers Should Shut Up About Used Games
I guess I'm repeating the same mantra over and over again when saying that a game worth playing and keeping won't make its way to Gamestop's shelves. However, I have two concrete examples: Operation Flashpoint and its successor Armed Assault.
OFP with its expansions had a total of three campaigns. Towards the end I found the missions repetitive. Luckily Bohemia had one ace up their sleeve: their creation was almost endlessly moddable despite some shortcomings. Nobody in the community would have sold his disks because skilled modders had created thousands of single addons and dozens of total conversions and were pushing out new stuff years after the initial release.
ArmA was basically an updated version of OFP with a poor campaign. Still people didn't sell their disks because they already knew the possibilities the game would offer.
top Spurned Chinese Publisher May Create
Oh, come on. We all know the fact that that most MMORPGs are practically clones of each other anyway...
top Rapidshare shares uploader information
Did someone really expect not to get sued by using a third-party file sharing website without any proxies?
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