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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

crunchy_one Re:Corrupt. (77 comments)

Exactly. Can I throw up now?

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

crunchy_one Re:C is just a Macro Assembler with curly brackets (488 comments)

How often I've wished this were true. Here is an example of why C isn't an assembler. How do you access the condition codes maintained by the underlying machine? Try writing C that adds together two 8 (or 16 or 32 or 64 or whatever) bit binary integers while preserving carry out of the high order bit without having to perform additional integer operations to either synthesize the carry or recover it from an addition wider than the operands. C implements a simplified virtual ALU that has no notion of carry or overflow. It is certainly not the only language that does this, but it does make it impossible (or at least extremely inefficient) to do some things that an assembler allows as a matter of course.

3 days ago

Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

crunchy_one My Internet of Things Nightmare (228 comments)

The internet of things is getting to be scary crazy. Here's what worries me. Once you put things like your door locks into the internet of things, you're allowing some outside agency to decide whether or not you can enter your home, or worse, leave it. Fail to pay a parking ticket? Get confined to your home. Your ex accuses you of something nasty? Get confined to your home. Fail to make your Visa payment on time? Get confined to your home.

about a week ago

Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

crunchy_one Re:32bit vs 64bit (156 comments)

Yes, OS X prefers the 64-bit binary, but will happily run the 32-bit binary if that's all there is.

about a week ago

China Lays More Fiber, Improving Physical Connection To the Worldwide Internet

crunchy_one Slashdot Formatting Broken? (44 comments)

I know this is OT. What the heck happened? Using two different browsers, Slashdot's page formatting is suddenly a mess. What happened?

about two weeks ago

Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

crunchy_one Re:How to prevent it from ruining my backups (181 comments)

Would it be possible/effective to mount the drive as write-only, making it impossible to change existing files?

Given the type of backup you are perform (a "push"), there is nothing you can do to prevent an active infection from destroying your backups while the HD is mounted. In theory, a backup to a blind drop may provide some protection, but there is no backup solution that I am aware of that will work without read access to at least its own metadata. Perhaps a developer opportunity?

about three weeks ago

Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

crunchy_one Re:Can you say... (266 comments)

REQUIRING a company to manufacture a specific product???

I might be inclined to agree with you, except for the fact that Actavis engaged in cynical manipulation of patent law to obtain protection that they were not entitled to. I say throw the book at them!

about a month and a half ago

Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

crunchy_one Re:No progress in 40 years? (110 comments)

That's pretty much the same statement as saying nothing interesting or innovative has happened in IT in the last 40 years.

Thanks for the clarification, that's exactly what I'm saying. Oh yes, there was nothing crude about the 3850.

about 2 months ago

Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

crunchy_one Remembering the IBM 3850 Mass Storage (110 comments)

The IBM 3850 mass storage system, announced in 1974, held up to 472G on strips of magnetic tape. The 3850 was a rectangular box large enough walk into, with the strips stored along its interior walls in a honeycomb arrangement of slots. A pair of robotic pickers took turns running along a set of rails where they would fetch a tape strip, carry it to a device that wrapped it around a drum for read/write access, and later return it to its slot. You could watch it operating through a window in the box (IBM loved to show off their stuff).

My point is that none of this is new. It is neither interesting nor innovative.

about 2 months ago

"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

crunchy_one Re:Seems Fair (215 comments)

You know the score, pal! You're not a cop, you're little people.

about 3 months ago

Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

crunchy_one Re:Forth (547 comments)

Of course, FORTH lives on and on as Postscript.

about 4 months ago

JP Morgan Chase Breach: Shades of a Cyber Cold War?

crunchy_one Re:FUD. They don't even know. (96 comments)

Spot on comment. TFA also fails to name the 10 financial firms that were allegedly attacked. The New York Times seems to be rapidly morphing into a US version of Russia Today. If there's any new cold war, it's clearly a propaganda war. And guess what? I don't give a flying fuck.

about 4 months ago

Grace Hopper, UNIVAC, and the First Programming Language

crunchy_one Grace Hopper and the Tech Ethos (137 comments)

Grace put it so beautifully: "It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission".

about 8 months ago

The Phone Dragnet That Caught the World's Top Drug Lord

crunchy_one Re:OR... Mod Parent Up (62 comments)

This is the only explanation that makes sense.

about a year ago

IE Vulnerability Exposing Banking Logins, Spreading Rapidly

crunchy_one Re:Is IE Really to Blame? (93 comments)

Any compromised website can take over the browser. So a malware ad hosted on Youtube or ./ can infect the browser, and the attacker can then snoop on future activity – e.g. on banking sites.

And this is exactly why I always run an ad blocker.

Given the current mess that is web advertising, it would be foolish to do otherwise.

about a year ago

Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking

crunchy_one I'm Wondering (157 comments)

Did this program improve the parking situation in Rome? Doubt it. I'll go out on a limb and guess that it has yielding a tiny bit of revenue that disappears into the noise of what they already collect. But this is Rome, so why not a bit of tech circus for the masses?

about a year ago

How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

crunchy_one Re:Jail Time? (462 comments)

Does this mean Eric Schmidt and Shona Brown could be going to jail?

Please, ask for the pony, too!

1 year,5 days

Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

crunchy_one Re:Autoupdate (194 comments)

And some automatic updates are badly borked, and screw up everything six ways from Thursday.

Wouldn't that be Tuesday?

1 year,10 days

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

crunchy_one Very, Very Sad (1191 comments)

If this redesign goes live, I'm outta here. It's as simple as that.

about a year ago


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