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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

kenshin33 Re:Powershell (729 comments)

size of IS NOT a function. it is a unary OPERATOR that get's replaced at compile time not at runtime by the size in bytes of what ever you passed to it (generate assembly of simple code using size of and you'll see that it sizeof(int) gets replaced by the constant 4 but as of C99 if the operand is a variable length array things get complicated as it will compute the size at runtime, so the assembly code is way more complicated )

about two weeks ago
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AMD Develops New Linux Open-Source Driver Model

kenshin33 Re:Because the open source drivers suck so badly (142 comments)

? "tainted" is just a flag, nothing more. It's there in case womeone sends them a bug report (a crach for instance), if the kernel is "tainted" their answer will probabaly be : try again without the "tainting" module and see what happens : if the problem goes a way they'll send you crying to the one responsible for THAT module, periode.
There's absolutely NO denying anything to any module.

about 6 months ago
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Controversial Torrent Streaming App 'Popcorn Time' Shuts Down, Then Gets Reborn

kenshin33 Re:Entitled Asshole Mentality (199 comments)

isn't the minimal price to break even is the marginal cost for +1 unit produced? (in the first chapter of any economic book)

about 6 months ago
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Controversial Torrent Streaming App 'Popcorn Time' Shuts Down, Then Gets Reborn

kenshin33 Re:Entitled Asshole Mentality (199 comments)

isn't copyright a restriction? so by definition any market involving it is not free?

about 6 months ago
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Controversial Torrent Streaming App 'Popcorn Time' Shuts Down, Then Gets Reborn

kenshin33 Re:Entitled Asshole Mentality (199 comments)

Considering that your version of "scientific evidence" involves creating an alternative universe with no copyright and seeing how things work out, your claim is utterly irrelevant because all you've done is limit "scientific evidence" to something that can't practically be done.

I didn't know the fashion industry existed in an alternate universe ???? (except from trademarks they have nothing)

about 6 months ago
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Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

kenshin33 Re:"... as a means to reduce theft." (158 comments)

I almost forgot this: what you want it the ability to track the phone, for that you need a functioning phone not a bricked one.
having control over the trust chain in the boot process with prevent the thief from installing anything on the phone hence preserving any tracking software present!

about 7 months ago
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Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

kenshin33 Re:"... as a means to reduce theft." (158 comments)

it does existe, it's called google device manager or cerberus or .... etc for Android. Or iCloud or something like that for iphones/ipads
On android, for instance to brick the phone destoy the EFS partition and "voila" ( dd if=/dev/random of =PATH_TO_EFS) the phone is useless for the thief! (if you recover it and have a back up you can restore it).

about 7 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

kenshin33 Re:You can control cellular access on iOS (333 comments)

yes, it does, and yes I could just use iptables also, no need for AFWall or anything else.
But, saying it would be PITA would be a euphemism.
What the available "firewall" applications out there do is simplify that task a bit. I would be even better if we had something like this : http://iphonemonsta.com/firewa... or this http://www.neowin.net/forum/to... . baked in the system, so that no rooting is needed.
I'm not asking, I'm just saying. (and in the mean time, I'm thinking about implementing my own solution, using libnetfilter_queue or something similar).

about 7 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

kenshin33 Re:What can be done? (333 comments)

too cheap! At least 4 rolls of loonies .. way better!

about 7 months ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

kenshin33 Re:You can control cellular access on iOS (333 comments)

Even AFwall is not enough.
What's needed is : app/cell/wifi/ip/port. There was (Still?) a nice firewall app in cydia that did exactely that.
For android there was something from whisper systems that was never released (it was part of the whole system -2.3-).

about 7 months ago
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All In All, Kids Just Another Brick In the Data Wall

kenshin33 Re:The old 99% claim... (110 comments)

More over, statistics tell beatiful stories about a sample/a groupe, but nothing really about an indvidual of said group.
Except a probability that this or that will happen, which far from a certainty (somthing that, it seems to me, most often than not is forgoten)

about 7 months ago
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Riecoin: A Cryptocurrency With a Scientific Proof of Work

kenshin33 Re:If we make it we can break it (156 comments)

What's intrinsic about the value of any given service/comodity/product?
it depends on the value of somthing else which depends on the value on something else ... etc, it will end up depending on someone's time somewhere costing. what is the intrinsic value of time? yours? mine? the time of the guy sitting in the corner? the miner's? the cop's?

about 7 months ago
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The App That Tracks Who's Tracking You

kenshin33 Re:Allow blocking (52 comments)

They said clearly that they were developing the permissions manager,

no (afar as app opss is concerned). Read Dianne Hackborn's comments in here :
https://plus.google.com/+Danny...

about 8 months ago
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Is the West Building Its Own Iron Curtain?

kenshin33 Re:No (337 comments)

demoracies???
iran? Congo? Chile? Argentina?

about 8 months ago
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Google Charging OEMs Licensing Fees For Play Store

kenshin33 Re:Google already has a noose on manufacturers (225 comments)

I believe the Nexus phones get updates far before third-party branded phones, no?

Not always. the galaxy nexus was left out this time around, and it wasn't b/c of performance or anything, it's working quiet perfectly with an AOSP build of 4.4.2. The official reason was : it's more than 18 months so fuck you very much.
The point is, if you don't like the phone of X or Y company? simple, don't buy it. And if somehow you're forced to, there's always a way to get rid of the original software and install something else (AOSP builds come to mind as they are what you seem to be looking for), and that is due to the "openness" of android (notice the "").

about 8 months ago
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Google Charging OEMs Licensing Fees For Play Store

kenshin33 Re:Google already has a noose on manufacturers (225 comments)

.... My phone (a VZW Galaxy Nexus), on the other hand, is crap because Google ceded some of its control to Verizon. So I can't tether or get timely Android updates or clear off the Verizon crap unless I install a third-party ROM, and even then I have to jump through hoops to get the latest Google Apps, and I will always be months behind on Android version updates. If Android were closed to begin with like iPhone was, Verizon could not have done that -- but they also probably would not not have taken Android in to begin with.

That's why, my GSM galaxy nexus is running the latest official google version of android -4.4- (which, it is perfectly capable of running). Oh wait, there's no such thing.
What there is, is AOSP, openness (in a way), that openness gave me (and many many others) the possibility to to get updates, tinker, add features (caller name display comes to mind, there was none for a long time, and it wasn't free).
You want the "Google experience"? Fine buy a google phones from the google play store using your google wallet, not available for your carrier?? well, that's just too bad (not all phones are available for all carriers, this isn't new thing, been like this as far as I can remember).

about 8 months ago
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AT&T Introduces "Sponsored Data" Allowing Services to Bypass 4G Data Caps

kenshin33 Re:low cunning, not clever (229 comments)

Don't know about comcast, but i'll raise you one bell canada.
sometime ago they went crying rivers to the CRTC saying that they need to impose limites on every single DSL subscriber (a customer of BELL or not, irrespective of the total aggregated amount transfered for a given ISP. Independant ISPs were paying for that bandwidth), b/c simply there's too much congestion (which they absolutely didn't prove). At about the same time they introduced a new TV service, that uses IP multicast on the same (supposedly congested) lines. Guess what that? didn't count at all

about 8 months ago
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Cheerios To Go GMO-Free

kenshin33 Re:GMOs feed over a billion people (419 comments)

No, they are (I suppose, as I have no allergies, nor does my direct family for whom I buy things).
When there is the possibility to ask (allergic people will ask) no need for "mandatory" label. But in my experience if a question gets asked most of the time, it is more efficient to answer onces and for all on a big enough display device (be it a screen, paper or anything that might serve that purpose).

GMO labelling though is a different issue. Much more political than a health issue.

indeed, what I said in my previous post seems like a solution to the labelling problem (without forcing anyone to do anything).

about 9 months ago

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ToS a new genre of DRM?

kenshin33 kenshin33 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kenshin33 (1694322) writes "And they wonder why people pirate. The story, In a nutshell : some people are being banned from EA forms for violating ToS => ban from Origin (EA store) which leads to not being able to play games that those people have paid for. This guy in particular has lost his access to even EA games bought on STEAM for something he didn't even do (banned because someone caused at him in a post and included his username in that post ) :
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.328868-EA-now-issuing-permanent-Origin-bans-through-content-filter?page=1 ."

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Euro Comm to cough €12m for copyright infring

kenshin33 kenshin33 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kenshin33 (1694322) writes "

The European Commission must pay software firm Systran €12 million in damages for infringing its copyright when it asked other companies to work on Systran's software, the EU's General Court has ruled. Systran created a specially adapted version of its Systran-Unix machine translation software for the Commission, calling it EC-Systran Unix, between 1997 and 2002.

That begs the question : if Gouv agency (or any other entity) contracts some software firm to do some work, does this ruling implies that any maintenance should be done the same firm and no one else ??? talk about a nice side effect ..."
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Either with us or with wikileaks

kenshin33 kenshin33 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kenshin33 (1694322) writes "Some people are still living in the 50ies. Where TV screen ar in black and white, no colors. Believe it or not that's the actual washington post article title. :
Some say attacking WikiLeaks would be fruitless. Really? In the past year, the Iranian nuclear system has been crippled by a computer worm called "Stuxnet," which has attacked Iran's industrial systems and the personal computers of Iranian nuclear scientists. To this day, no one has traced the origin of the worm. Imagine the impact on WikiLeaks's ability to distribute additional classified information if its systems were suddenly and mysteriously infected by a worm that would fry the computer of anyone who downloaded the documents. WikiLeaks would probably have very few future visitors to its Web site."

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Unused Windows Licences

kenshin33 kenshin33 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kenshin33 (1694322) writes "When ever, one wants to buy a new laptop, it comes with an attached windows license. What would happen if one doesn't want that? what one can do about it.
I'm sure that will be different from country to country.
I'd really like input from every where in the world, success/failure stories (especially in canada/US)."

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