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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

lederhosen Re:Speaking for German language, yes (330 comments)

While I do agree with most you write... an octet is 8 bits, a byte is (most often) the least addressable unit on a computer and is CHAR_BIT of length (usually 8 bits though).

You can read about octets in various (english) RFCs and it is not a french invention, it is also exist in many other languages.

about a year and a half ago

Stolen Cellphone Databases Switched On In US

lederhosen Re:Great! Until.... (165 comments)

It is no new technology, so it does not give the carriers any more opportunities than they already have.

It is working in Europe, you are just late to the game.

about 2 years ago

Stolen Cellphone Databases Switched On In US

lederhosen Re:So it begins.. (165 comments)

In Sweden you need to report the phone stolen to the police before blacklisting it. Works like a charm. No problems what so ever.

about 2 years ago

Firefox OS Will Win Big With Developers - Mozilla

lederhosen Re:Firefo 14 will encrypt searches (229 comments)

certificates I guess, my employer does not read my gmail by redirecting https.

more than 2 years ago

Minecraft Creator's New Game Called 0x10c

lederhosen Re:It's like a PDP-11 (206 comments)

it is hexadecimal, not binary

more than 2 years ago

Was .NET All a Mistake?

lederhosen Re:Of course it was a mistake... (688 comments)

the bytecode is translated down to machine code, so it is only interpreted once, it is like java.

more than 3 years ago

The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake

lederhosen Re:Be careful what you wish for... (594 comments)

If they had gone with the embedded length option we'd be sitting around bitching about how short-sighted it was to use just two bytes for the length. Including how Dennis Ritchie supposedly said "64K strings should be enough for anybody".

One extra byte was clearly for that time, now days you would probably use 7 extra bytes (depending on memory model). This would of course not be hard coded.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Encourages Linux On Their Phones

lederhosen Re:I tried that once... (212 comments)

Sony Corporation (50%)
Ericsson AB (50%)

more than 3 years ago

Apple: "We must Have Comprehensive Location Data"

lederhosen Re:No excuse for lack of encryption. (556 comments)

Apps should not be able to read the data, other people should not be able to read the data, Apple should not be able to do it. If the data was encrypted, at least only apple would be able to read it, was that so hard to figure out???

more than 3 years ago

Apple: "We must Have Comprehensive Location Data"

lederhosen Re:To unclear (556 comments)

Apple should have said what this really is about: Your iDevice can't determine its position by using the MAC addresses of nearby WiFi points unless Apple knows the locations of those WiFi points. And Apple's servers can't tell your iDevice where it is right now, unless the iDevice gives them the information that Apple's servers need to determine the location of your iDevice.

To unclear? I do not understand anything you write, and wonder if you do???

I wonder if all those people who helped OpenStreetMap are aware that OpenStreetMap knows the exact location where they were when they collected the data.

I wonder who thinks that OpenStreetMap does not know where you have been when you collected the data, but for someone it must have been news as you where moderated insightful. Frightening.

On the other hand, there is a website know where you can enter the MAC address of a router, and it will give you the location of that router, based on data on Google's servers. I hope Apple doesn't allow the same thing. I would hope even more that Google would put a stop to this. According to what Apple says, this is a black box: Only when the location software in the iPhone OS asks for the information about routers that are physically nearby will it receive location information. And in that case, anyone with a working GPS could have the same information anyway, so this is no privacy breach.

Are you stupid? Seriously?

more than 3 years ago

Bill Gates Says Anti-Vaccine Effort Kills Children

lederhosen Re:Hell has, indeed, frozen over. (832 comments)

If he did not it would matter, would it not? Everyone should get a vaccination except me, then I would risk nothing!!!

more than 3 years ago

Fedora 15 Changes Network Device Naming Scheme

lederhosen Re:False (132 comments)

If you want predictable names from hardware, and you want to be able to add and remove devices the only solution would be to allocate enormous holes if you want to keep the current ethx naming scheme. i.e.

eth0 - eth999 on board
eth1000 + slot * 1000 + port for cards

more than 3 years ago

Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

lederhosen Re:I'll be first to say WTF (700 comments)

Do not be silly, the key could have been exchanged earlier, one time pad is an excellent encryption method that has been used in practice.

more than 3 years ago

An Interview With C++ Creator Bjarne Stroustrup

lederhosen Re:Is C++ ever the right tool for the job? (509 comments)

Most applications should not be written in C or C++., they should be written in a more high level language, where certain kinds of mistakes can not be made.
Some time critical stuff can be written (as you suggest) in small parts in C to make it perform well. For some stuff you can not mix the C language with languages like Python, Java or C# because latency is a factor, and you want real time behaviour (that is, no garbage collection). Then C++ is a great choice.

more than 3 years ago

An Interview With C++ Creator Bjarne Stroustrup

lederhosen Re:Make it stop..... (509 comments)

I do not agree. most of the changes are good, and really needed. They will make programs easier to read and add expressiveness. How can you be against things like auto variables and lambda expressions?

more than 3 years ago

Apple Pulls VLC Media Player From AppStore

lederhosen Re:Not Quite (754 comments)

No, it is only the one distributing the software that needs to agree to anything. As an end user you are free to *use* the GPL software without agreeing to anything.

more than 3 years ago

Linux 2.6.37 Released

lederhosen Re:Kernel locking (135 comments)

In debian it will be available soon in unstable, the RC is already available in experimental.

Package linux-image-2.6.37-rc7-686

        * experimental (kernel): Linux 2.6.37-rc7 for modern PCs
            2.6.37~rc7-1~experimental.1: i386

more than 3 years ago

China Blocks News Websites In Protest of Nobel

lederhosen Re:Barbara Streisand Effect (213 comments)

In my country (to my knowledge, in modern time) no one has been put in jail because they criticize the government, and we have plenty of people that do criticize the government in news papers, radio, television and on the net.
If they have been put to jail it has been because they have leaked classified information or been spying for foreign countries or similar. Not because they are crazy and believe that China and north Korea are the paradise on earth.

We even have such lunatics that regularly write such stuff in the papers!

more than 3 years ago

Apple vs. Google TVs

lederhosen Re:Prey.. meet bait. (403 comments)

Go to Apple and look what accessories cost (in general).

There is no way that Apple will be the low cost option.

more than 3 years ago

Should I Learn To Program iOS Or Android Devices?

lederhosen Re:Go Android (403 comments)

Java might not be the best language around, but I find it much better than Objective C. What part of Objective C do you prefer?

more than 3 years ago


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