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Overeager Compilers Can Open Security Holes In Your Code

en.ABCD Re:old news from decades ago (199 comments)

I assumed that "TINSTAAFL" was "There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch", which also is in standard idiom and requires less changes from the original (deliberately non-standard) version from RAH.

about 5 months ago

Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

en.ABCD Re: I got this beat (325 comments)

Near Washington, DC, we have something similar -- except that ours are light blue with a red header that says "DIPLOMAT", like this: . You still have to stay far away, though.

about 7 months ago

Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

en.ABCD Re:Out of step with reality (149 comments)

Just to avoid confusion, the New York Supreme Court is the trial-level court of general jurisdiction in the State of New York, unlike the "Supreme Court" in most other states, which is usually the highest court.

about 8 months ago

Lead Contractor On Health-Care Web Site Led By Execs From Troubled IT Company

en.ABCD Re:Fairfax Co. VA? (227 comments)

Fairfax County, VA has been referred to as the "Silicon Valley of the East", so someone thinks there's a bit here (for instance, AOL started in next-door Loudoun County, VA) -- not to mention that a number of defence contractors that now also do IT are in the area.

1 year,6 days

A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

en.ABCD Re:Heart attacks (545 comments)

I think that the point was that the day the clocks go back is 4% longer than any other day, because of the time change, and therefore, on average, 4% more heart attacks occur on that day compared to any other day.

1 year,22 days

Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time"

en.ABCD Re:Ted Dziuba (619 comments)

qdbus org.kde.amarok /Player Play looks like it will do the former (note: I'm running trunk here, so YMMV), but I don't know if they have a dbus interface for the latter yet. Also, you might need to set up the right environment variables for that to work.

more than 5 years ago

The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

en.ABCD Re:The context menu key. (939 comments)

For some reason unknown to mere mortals, my keyboard only has a LeftWin key, and no RightWin key, so I have LeftWin mapped to Super_L, and the Menu key as Multi_Key (Compose).

more than 5 years ago

Automated Migration From Cobol To Java On Linux

en.ABCD Re:java's performance depends heavilly on applicat (195 comments)

Even better: that "import" statement just tells the compiler how to resolve names: All names in the output .class file are fully qualified, and only the classes actually referenced by the code need be loaded. If you have an import statement that isn't used, or that pulls too much; it becomes irrelevant at runtime. Also, you don't actually have to import any classes; you may refer to them by their fully qualified names, and the exact same .class file is output either way.

more than 5 years ago

Shouldn't Every Developer Understand English?

en.ABCD Re:Yes (1077 comments)

The good news is that most of those strings also have numeric equivalents, so you can still (try) to get things to work - just as long as the variable names you chose do not conflict with reserved words in that language. For instance, in English, you would normally say:


but you could instead use


to do the same thing in every language. Unfortunately, that doesn't work for every option.

more than 5 years ago

Linux Kernel 2.6.29 Released

en.ABCD Re:Drivers??? (265 comments)

What I find really weird is that on Windows, the default paper size is always "letter", when most people use A4.

In the United States, just about everyone uses "US Letter" (8.5 in. × 11 in., or 216 × 279 mm), and not "A4" (210 × 297 mm), which means that oftentimes on Linux, you have to remember to switch from A4 to Letter. In other words, there isn't really a sensible default for everyone.

more than 5 years ago

Sci Fi Channel Becoming Less Geek-Centric "SyFy"

en.ABCD Re:Ahem... it's SF (798 comments)

More like the District of Colombia, which is why the other name everyone calls it is "the District".

more than 5 years ago

Sci Fi Channel Becoming Less Geek-Centric "SyFy"

en.ABCD Re:Ahem... it's SF (798 comments)

Washington, DC - everyone around here just calls it "DC". I've lived in DC's suburbs all my life, and never heard anyone call it "the city".

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu Kung Fu

en.ABCD Re:Ubuntu annoyances? (253 comments)

It's actually udev that sets the permissions on that device, and you can edit udev's configuration to change the permissions and/or ownership of the device file: add the line

KERNEL=="raw1394", MODE="0666"

to /etc/udev/rules.d/99-local.conf (create the file if it doesn't exist). Please note that there are 2 "=" after KERNEL, and 1 "=" after MODE (the first compares, the second sets). Also note that you almost definitely want 0666 instead of 0777 - you don't need to "execute" the device, only read from and write to it.

more than 5 years ago

The Real Monsters Behind Godzilla

en.ABCD Re:allow me to rephrase (243 comments)

Regardless, there are important differences between trademark, copyrights, and patents; there are separate laws for each.

There, fixed that for you. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

more than 5 years ago


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