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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

loufoque Re:Sly (391 comments)

StartSSL.com is always over capacity, it's not possible to get anything.

2 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

loufoque Re:Sly (391 comments)

Give me one free certification provider that doesn't require installing anything on the user's side.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

loufoque Paying for studies (279 comments)

This concept still feels so alien to me.
Studies are meant to be free.

If you're paying, doesn't that mean they're basically handing you your degree in exchange for money?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

loufoque Re:And... (720 comments)

This guy gets it.
The living room is for watching movies and sharing drinks with guests.

Keep your gaming to your office room. That's where your computer should be anyway.
Only students have computers in their living room.

You can still have a media center in your living room that can access your NAS in the office room, but you're better off buying a dedicated noiseless box for this. Nowadays even the stuff they give you with a DSL subscription do this.

about three weeks ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

loufoque Re:Efficiency (181 comments)

Most processors require less than 100W.
It's the peripherals that take a lot of power.

about a month and a half ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

loufoque Re:"Approacheable FPS" (183 comments)

How can your days of twitch play be long behind you when twitch is a brand new thing?

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

loufoque Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

It's Jon without an h.

about a month and a half ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

loufoque What is this "opinion piece"? (594 comments)

Since when does slashdot publishes some random guy's opinion?
Who gives a fuck if some nutbag likes to proclaim he knows whether the death of someone else was worth it?

I'd rather have news instead.

about a month and a half ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

loufoque Natural light (286 comments)

So I guess that means window-less airplanes won't have any natural light.
This is more of a problem than lack of a view.

Staying 20 hours seated in a plane, waiting, is painful enough as it is, lack of natural light only makes it worse.
Remember that some people (me included) just cannot sleep during a flight.

about 2 months ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

loufoque Re: Spiritual Needs (268 comments)

Social constructs that go beyond a single person's individuality are real; be them beliefs, philosophies or values.
Humans are social animals, and it is usually accepted that narcissistic individualism, which goes against this, makes it harder to reach happiness.

about 2 months ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

loufoque Re: Spiritual Needs (268 comments)

If you believe that wanting to be part of something greater is juvenile, then I'm afraid you're being delusional and lack self-reflection.
My guess is that you're insecure about your own maturity, which in its itself is more juvenile that the natural human trait you're trying to deride.

about 2 months ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

loufoque Re:UK article, US units (165 comments)

Is it fluid enough that money is counted in dollars too?

about 2 months ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

loufoque Re:This won't end well (165 comments)

What's the problem? Are you afraid of nudity?

about 2 months ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

loufoque UK article, US units (165 comments)

Why is that allowed?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

loufoque Re:Your patents are already invalid (224 comments)

Yet another proof that the US patent system is a joke.
It doesn't work like that in the EU.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

loufoque Your patents are already invalid (224 comments)

If you mentioned your patents on your resume before the long and tedious process of patenting is finished, your patents are already invalid anyway.

about 2 months ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

loufoque Re:Not news (239 comments)

It's commonly used by everyone using "long double" instead of "double" in their x86 code.

long double isn't even supported by all compilers that run on x86-64 (most notably MSVC++), and of course it's specific to those processors. With other processors, long double can mean something else entirely.
Anyone serious about floating point only uses the IEEE754 formats, and for scientific computing the only one used is double precision, though single precision is also popular as a way to get an estimate on which you can apply iterative refinement.

For example, if you want to write a function that calculates sqrt (x^2 + y^2) for double precision x and y, that's very very hard to get right using double precision only, but using long double in the calculation and rounding to double makes it trivial.

Just use a library that does it correctly. The function is called 'hypot'.
Using long double just makes it slow and non-portable.

about 2 months ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

loufoque Not news (239 comments)

First, it's an x87 instruction. This unit has been deprecated for a decade.
Second, It was never meant to produce correct rounding for extended precision, and never claimed to. The documentation has always clearly stated 1 ULP of precision.

Apparently, some newbie doesn't understand what this means, and somehow it's a thing.

about 2 months ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

loufoque Re:Exact mathematical value isn't the ideal (239 comments)

IEEE754, however, does require the standard C 'sin' function to be correctly rounded (i.e. as exact as it can be given the limited amount of bits).

about 2 months ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

loufoque Just pirate it (197 comments)

As usual, the only option to be able to run software decently is to pirate it.
They won't even sell the damn thing, there is no other choice.

about 3 months ago

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