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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

jrumney Re:Incredible! (199 comments)

Alpine Linux uses 130 MB

The first version of Slackware I tried ran on two floppies - one for the kernel, and one for the userspace. This didn't include a graphical interface though - you needed to download the CD image for that.

2 days ago
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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

jrumney Re:What?/ Just 2 Km? That's it?! (247 comments)

2km? I'm pretty sure I heard somewhere about an ancient construction technique that can support structures up to 8,848 m.

2 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

jrumney Re:The solution is obvious (578 comments)

If your wireless provider refuses to release updates, how are you expecting a backport of the fix to 4.3 to help?

3 days ago
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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

jrumney Re:Dear Microsoft (99 comments)

When I've come across corporate internet pages that need "compatibility modes" to work properly in modern versions of IE, they mostly work fine in Firefox, as the developers already catered to standards compliant browsers, and put in exceptions for IE being broken. Dropping IE's compatibility modes would force the cleanup of all these legacy exceptions for IE, which can only be a good thing. Any remaining corporate webapps that were developed solely for old versions of IE without catering to standard browsers of the day, and have not been important enough to update over the past 8 years or so that more standard versions of IE have been available (I'm counting IE7 here, which may be a bit generous, but mostly it's applications made for IE5 and IE6 that are the problem) need to die already.

5 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

jrumney Re:No (192 comments)

The main reason it is not remotely the same thing is that the web was not set up by Microsoft exclusively for their browser and reverse engineered by others to provide alternative browsers.

5 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

jrumney Re:Censorship? (420 comments)

Really? Because I've never seen "liberal media" try to control interviews by shouting over them when its not going the way they planned the way Fox News presenters regularly do it.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

jrumney Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

You haven't noticed the beta program going on for Microsoft Cryptlocker?

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

jrumney Re:Eat less (348 comments)

Thats pretty skinny.

Maybe compared to the people around you, but it's actually smack bang in the middle of a "normal healthy BMI" according to NIH.

about two weeks ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

jrumney Re:Needs More Study (348 comments)

I submit that anybody who watches more than five hours of television a day is suffering from depression or some other condition that would lead to doing such a thing.

Are you sure you got cause and effect around the right way? Daytime television is particularly mind numbing.

about two weeks ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

jrumney Re:Limited power to change working situation... (348 comments)

It doesn't counter the effects of sitting for a prolonged time "after adjusting for the effects of regular exercise". Regular exercise is still a big part of a healthy lifestyle.

about two weeks ago
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The Free Educational Software GCompris Comes To Android

jrumney Re:That is *not* "free" software (75 comments)

It depends how it is done. If, like the original Qt license, the license says that the software cannot be used on those platforms without paying the fee, then you are correct, it is non-Free software. But if anyone is free to compile the source themselves, but the authors make a convenient binary package available for a fee, then it is still Free software.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

jrumney Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

By measuring the actual emissions using regularly calibrated test equipment (not blindly trusting what the car's uncalibrated sensors are telling you). The visual inspection is to ensure that the emissions are not also coming out from other places they shouldn't be.

about two weeks ago
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US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

jrumney Re:Bitcoins - Good Enough for Government Work! (129 comments)

The US government holds that Bitcoin is property not legal tender.

Legal tender has a very specific and limited meaning relating to payment of debts - if you owe a debt, then an offer of legal tender to settle it cannot be refused. Not being legal tender is not a barrier to something being used in commerce, even by the government. If both parties agree, they can use whatever payment system they want (as long as the IRS is kept happy by declaring a US$ equivalent where required).

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

jrumney Re:Very disturbed by tag "writeorexecute" (84 comments)

"Go to bed NOW or you don't get to go to your friend's house tomorrow" is very obviously exclusive to an adult -- but to a kid, they figure they' ve got options.

I'd say the opposite. The kid is thinking if I go to my bed now, I am definitely going to my friends house, and I can get straight out of bed again, because once I've fulfilled the request the outcome is decided and the threat of not going to my friend's house cannot be pulled out again for another situation. It's the adult that figures the options they are giving are not exclusive, and may very well decide the child is not going to their friend's house even though they went to bed NOW as requested.

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

jrumney Re:Very disturbed by tag "writeorexecute" (84 comments)

Sometimes it depends on context, like a lot of written English, but a big clue is that there is no word 'xor' in the English language, and another clue is that it is common to see 'and/or' written when the author explicitly wants to include the possibility that both options may be true at the same time.

about two weeks ago
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Authors Alarmed As Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Nature Words

jrumney Re: Small subset (174 comments)

My eight year old son has one. I think the real purpose of it is to introduce 7-10 year olds to how to use a dictionary by providing something heavily simplified that they can understand easily, rather than providing a comprehensive word list.

about two weeks ago
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Authors Alarmed As Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Nature Words

jrumney Re: Who remembers Archimedes and RISC OS? (174 comments)

Confirmed that they have replaced acorn with arm in the 2007 edition. The definition reads "Arms are weapons".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

jrumney Re:Cake PHP Framework - easy and fast (264 comments)

Any framework like this will generate a functional but crappy difficult to use UI on top of your data in minutes. Making a decently usable UI though is hard work compared to the UI centric tools with data binding he is used to coming from a MS background. Also, Cake is a web app framework, and the original poster is specifically interested in a traditional client-server architecture.

about two weeks ago
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NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

jrumney Re:Fonts missing in action (165 comments)

I'm pretty sure most font systems already DO do this.

Usually not the font systems themselves, as the font system API needs to be designed to let you use fonts in the way that suits your application, and not have random substitutions happen behind your back (though the font system provides the API functions to figure out what a good substitution font will be). But higher level UI libraries, like GTK, Qt, MFC, Windows Forms,Core Text, Skia etc will do it.

about three weeks ago
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NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

jrumney Re:utf-32/ucs-4 (165 comments)

one can almost always treat utf8 as a byte stream. except in the rare case where one needs to know where character boundaries are.

UTF-8 is designed to be treated as a byte stream - even when detecting character boundaries. If a byte is >0x7F and <0xC0, then it is not a character boundary. If you want to be really strict, filter out the invalid bytes (0xC0, 0xC1, >0xF4), then everything else is a character boundary.

about three weeks ago

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