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GCC 4.9 To See Significant Upgrades In 2014

anonymov Re:Wat? (191 comments)

If you doubt that RMS is [slashdot.org]objecting plugins [gnu.org] in GCC then you're apparently new to /. and GCC.

Wait, wut? You were talking about GCC, why are you equating "GCC" and "RMS" now? "RMS opposes hackability in GCC" and "GCC opposes hackability" are two different statements, don't you think? RMS is not quite at the post of BDFL for GCC project, unlike Linus for Linux or Guido for Python.

And did you know that both plugins and GIMPLE from your previous quote are already in GCC? Your posts look pretty silly with that knowledge: "GCC opposes hackability - see, they don't want convenient IR and plugins! (except they have plugins and had IR at the time of your quoted post about Stallman hating it)"

about a year ago
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Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

anonymov Re:Why a 64-bit phone is good: (348 comments)

Close, but no cookie.

64 bit wide general registers have fuck all to do with SIMD. ARM had SIMD extensions since ARMv6. ARMv8 adds to that more SIMD registers, 2 x double precision float SIMD format (before it had only single precision) and a few more extras.

IOW, it will easily give performance enhancements, but reasons you state are quite a bit off.

about a year ago
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Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

anonymov Re:Apple makes money either way... (348 comments)

It is still going to have to load that memory into RAM somewhere.

And your point is? Freeing up developer's time from building a subsystem to juggle chunks of file and leaving it up to OS instead is a good thing, whether you have that amount of RAM now or not.

And again I will repeat that there is not likely to be many people storing files that big on their iPhones that they need to seek faster than they already can.

And the life's standing still - there's no reason to believe there won't be such files, neither as media, nor as, say, game assets in future. None at all.

More registers has nothing to do with it being 64 bit. Nothing at all. How are Apple going to deal with most of their devices not having that many registers? Most likely nothing will use them at all until the older devices are phased out.

More registers have to do with ARM64. While you're getting fixed on "but it simply says 64 bit in marketing material!", developers read that as "It has ARMv8 with all the niceties it brings".

Dealing with that can be as easy as adding another compilation target to XCode and having AppStore distribute appropriate binaries depending on user's device. With Apple holding the keys, they can simply demand developers to submit both versions.

While pushing it to the front lines of marketing is indeed strange, it's not nearly as useless as you think.

about a year ago
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California School District Hires Firm To Monitor Students' Social Media

anonymov Re:This won't end well (250 comments)

Which part of "public on Facebook" did you miss and where did you read about phenomenal hackers and deep NSA connections of the monitoring firm?

People are arguing - and I tend to agree - that it's not school's business reading public FB walls, just like it's not school's business to send people to watch over playground and sit in cafes behind their students. It's public, physically and legally, point of dissent is ethical.

about a year ago
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California School District Hires Firm To Monitor Students' Social Media

anonymov Re:This won't end well (250 comments)

Teensy hint: RTFA

"I find it interesting that people keep asking if we're doing something illegal or snooping or eavesdropping, but what we're actually doing is looking at public posts," Frydrych said. "We don't see any private posts."

It's not just "publicly accusing a teacher", it's "publicly accusing a teacher, with _all_ your friends and relatives there to hear it and eternal record remaining".

about a year ago
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Irish Judge Orders 'The Internet' To Delete Video

anonymov Re:learning time.. (243 comments)

Given how Internet rumours work, he's just as likely to end up with "OMG this guy ditched taxi fare and and asshole bribed judge demands The Internet to censor this douchebag's name!!!11 Heres the video, share, like and comment if your not like him!"

about a year and a half ago
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New iOS App Sends Users' Web Traffic Through Its Proxy Servers

anonymov Re:Look at the Opera Mini Browser (83 comments)

Err, no, not "does that" at all.

Opera Mini is basically server-side browser, rendering pages at their side and sending them preprocessed to the phone - to save teeny-tiny CPUs some cycles and teeny-tiny dataplans some kilobytes. AFAIK, you can't even install any of Opera proxies for use in other applications.

Wajam, OTOH, does "When you search, Wajam shows you what your friends have shared." - and they need all your webtraffic from all your apps for them to plug their added items (and their ads) in web pages.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Asks Court To Sanction Samsung; Samsung Fires Back; More iPhone Prototypes

anonymov Re:The judge;'s job isn't to get livid. (404 comments)

And now you go from "tried to influence the jury with inadmissible evidence" to "tried to force inadmissible evidence".

What's the problem with that?

You don't see any difference in the meanings? One involves, well, direct attempts to influence jury, other one:

Did he present the said evidence to the jury against orders? Are reporters on the jury now?

Yes, by explicitly stating that the evidence was about Apple copying SONY in the courtroom.

Really? Just hearing description of evidence is enough to influence jury? You're quite dismissive of legal system here, assuming jury's not only gonna break obligation not to read media coverage of process, but also going to be influenced solely by description of evidence explicitly dismissed by the judge and not even meant for consideration by jurors. Seriously, read the fucking article, I see you still didn't do that. Even Apple's lawyers refer only to publication as attempts to influence jury, not about jury hearing his description.

Your definition of "Samsung explicitly tried to influence the jury in the courtroom using excluded evidence" is rather stretched.

I am yet to see how...

Explicit (adj.) Very specific, clear, or detailed.

So, "reconsider her earlier decision that Samsung not be allowed to present evidence showing that Apple's iPhone was inspired by "Sony style."" is very specific, clear and detailed influence?

Also, you're again doing your thing with renaming "inspired by "Sony style"" to "Apple copied SONY". Hyperboles much?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Asks Court To Sanction Samsung; Samsung Fires Back; More iPhone Prototypes

anonymov Re:The judge;'s job isn't to get livid. (404 comments)

And now you go from "tried to influence the jury with inadmissible evidence" to "tried to force inadmissible evidence".

Did he present the said evidence to the jury against orders? Are reporters on the jury now?

Your definition of "Samsung explicitly tried to influence the jury in the courtroom using excluded evidence" is rather stretched.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Asks Court To Sanction Samsung; Samsung Fires Back; More iPhone Prototypes

anonymov Re:The judge;'s job isn't to get livid. (404 comments)

Well, they should. You never know where you'll hear about "frivolously abusing patents on basic shapes" or "slavishly copying in attempt to confuse the consumer" which could give you preconceptions about trial.

How do they even choose a fair jury with all this trollfest in media going for a year already?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Asks Court To Sanction Samsung; Samsung Fires Back; More iPhone Prototypes

anonymov Re:The judge;'s job isn't to get livid. (404 comments)

Why do you always link to things that contradict you?

"Contrary to the representations Apple's counsel made to this Court, Samsung did not issue a general press release and more importantly, did not violate any Court Order or any legal or ethical standards," Quinn wrote. "These false representations by Apple's counsel publicly and unfairly called my personal reputation into question and have resulted in media reports likewise falsely impugning me personally."

"Moreover, before jury selection, virtually all of the information and images in the excluded slides had already appeared in dozens of media reports, including by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and CNET," Quinn's declaration said.

So yeah, pointing which of long published images were not admitted into trial in a press release not meant to be read by jurors is "trying to influence jury", as Apple made sure everyone knows. I'm sorry, I think you've messed up your post somehow, whose bullshit propaganda was that again?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Asks Court To Sanction Samsung; Samsung Fires Back; More iPhone Prototypes

anonymov Re:Let's look at the dates (404 comments)

You, and The Verge, miss the point so very hard.

All of this would be relevant if someone was trying to argue iPhone is a copy of F700 or vice versa.

But nobody says that. Well, besides Apple, who presented it as evidence Samsung copied their yet unpopular phone in measly one month (or four months, depending of if you take presentation dates or release dates). Them korean bastards!

Didn't you read that? F700 was presented by Apple on one of the slides, and Samsung tried to enter prototypes of 2006 to show that was not a copy of Apple's design.

Samsung presents F700 as supporting the idea that Samsung didn't have to copy Apple to come to this design.

Show F700 and Galaxy S to someone who doesn't know about iPhone (however unlikely that is to find such a person) and ask them if they are a part of same lineage or line breaks between them at some point for some reason.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Admonished For Releasing Rejected Evidence

anonymov Re:Samsung can't release it's OWN designs?!? (354 comments)

Oh, and about "guessing design from components". AFAIK, components provided for iPhone by Samsung were RAM, flash memory and CPU. Correctly guessing even what kind of gadget is coming up based on this - not speaking about the finished look of it - would be quite a feat.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Admonished For Releasing Rejected Evidence

anonymov Re:Samsung can't release it's OWN designs?!? (354 comments)

Good on Apple, that. But what you called "not-evidence" was not Apple's prototypes, but Samsung's own prototypes of 2006.

It would, indeed, be non-evidence if Samsung knew about Apple's prototype designs at the time. If Samsung didn't know about them and came up with same shape independently, it could make an argument towards obviousness of Apple's design patent, what with LG and Samsung coming so close to it in the same time frame with iPhone.

Too bad for Samsung they didn't submit it in time if they actually planned to use it as a part of defense strategy. My guess is if this round won't go well for Samsung, they'll try to end it quickly and take a shot at including it in the appeals.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Admonished For Releasing Rejected Evidence

anonymov Re:Samsung can't release it's OWN designs?!? (354 comments)

Errr, no, the link you provided demonstrates that it is a public knowledge Samsung knows about the iPhone designs of 2006 now, it doesn't say anything about what Samsung knew in 2006. That's kinda the difference GGGP points out.

Why the hell would Apple's then-employee tell a competitor about upcoming product line? It's the kind of thing that gets you fired so hard you won't find a job in the same sector for the rest of your life. It's also a lot more serious accusation then "design patent infringement" and a new lawsuit would be all over the headlines by now - if it was the way you understood it to be.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Admonished For Releasing Rejected Evidence

anonymov Re:Samsung can't release it's OWN designs?!? (354 comments)

Jonathan Ive disclosed that himself in 2006, this is public knowledge [forbes.com], and before you accuse Apple of fabricating evidence, what's quoted there is Samsung's version of the story!

Excuse me, but article you link to doesn't say anything like that, only mention of Ive there is "The files contains a snippet of a deposition by former Apple industrial designer Shin Nishibori who said that Apple’s design chief Jonathan Ive told him to create a phone inspired by Sony’s designs", no mention of Ive publicly disclosing it in 2006 or Nishibori telling this to Samsung in 2006.

Either you've posted a wrong link, or you've read it wrong. Care to fix that?

more than 2 years ago
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The PHP Singularity

anonymov Re:Really? (622 comments)

That's not a good example. You want a good example of PHP core team competence, check this saga about fixing an integer overflow bug, for example.

Or just contemplate about how 20 year old language didn't have the ability to chain method calls and field lookups on objects returned by functions until release 5.4 - it was a _syntax_ error before.

Or how strings are compared as numbers in unexpected places. I'm not talking about "42" == 42, I'm talking about "42" == "42.0", or "10" == "0xa". Well, using == in PHP is discouraged for reasons like this one anyways (which in itself is quite telling), but check this one out - if we have $x = array('42'), in_array('42.000000000000001', $x) will be true. Can't check this at the moment, but IIRC it's still there in PHP 5.4

It's bad design through and through. It was OK when it was an hobby project for templating a small homepage, but then it started growing and instead of designing features it got ad-hocs piled on ad-hocs.

more than 2 years ago
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Diablo III Released

anonymov Re:Is This Progress vs Tradition? (594 comments)

You must also like losing characters, items and hosted environments and getting locked out of the game thanks to bugs and connection troubles and game balance changing patches you can't reject.

That's what I was sorely missing from my single player games, yep.

P.S.: With a bit of symlinking, I just make most of my games save on Dropbox. It's free, it retains older versions if corruption happens and it leaves me offline copy, which gives ability to easily move to another cloud storage service. No need for Blizzard lock-in.

more than 2 years ago
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Data Engineer In Google Case Is Identified

anonymov Re:Citation (186 comments)

You're quoting wrong parts, as every Wi-Fi device uses same "frequencies in question" and "licensed user" is any certified Wi-Fi card.

But further down the page there's applicable excerpt from RIPA:

".. intentionally and without lawful authority to intercept, at any place in the United Kingdom, any communication in the course of its transmission by means of:
a public postal service;
a public telecommunication system."

Which seems to mean that because it was seen as accidental before, it was not included, and now that it seems to be intentional, there might be a new investigation - see my previous message.

more than 2 years ago

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