Beta

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Amazon's eBook Math

mvdwege Re:Pots and kettles (285 comments)

That Scalzi has an interest in the traditional industry (which he makes no secret of) does not do anything to the content of his argument, being that you should take Amazon's PR piece with a large grain of salt.

Nice ad hominem there, Terry.

yesterday
top

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mvdwege Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (728 comments)

And for the last time: Why don't you look beyond the professed support and the actual reality?

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

2 days ago
top

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mvdwege Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (728 comments)

And yet again you uncritically take promotional language as true. As someone who actually uses one of the languages supposedly supported by Dragonegg, I would say it would behoove you to look beyond the advertising copy.

Me calling you a dumb fanboi is not angry name calling. It's a statement of fact, which you thankfully keep proving with every post.

2 days ago
top

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mvdwege Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (728 comments)

Development state doesn't matter? An incomplete frontend means I can't use LLVM for that language, so that makes LLVM specific to the frontends that actually do produce production-quality code: C-derived stuff and Haskell.

I think you should see someone for those projection issues.

3 days ago
top

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mvdwege Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (728 comments)

Disregard my previous post, it's even worse than I thought. If I take your own source, it doesn't even back up its own introduction. According to that Wikipedia page the only frontend mentioned that is in better state than a vague 'state of development' is Haskell.

So yeah. You're a stupid fanboi who cannot but parrot marketing language.

4 days ago
top

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mvdwege Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (728 comments)

Yeah, and .NET was language-agnostic too, as long as you mangled your language to look like c# (for the pedants, I believe MS finally fixed that). Spoken like a true fanboi. The fact that a frontend is said to exist does not mean it is any good.

4 days ago
top

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mvdwege Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (728 comments)

That may be an upgrade if all you program in is a C-derivative.

4 days ago
top

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

mvdwege Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (728 comments)

Claiming the GCC crew will 'fix this bug in short order' is like claiming Obama is leading the charge in transparent government.

Since the bug has already been fixed, I suppose this means you'll be wholeheartedly endorsing Obama now?

4 days ago
top

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

mvdwege Re:So much for the "Information Age" (454 comments)

Concluding with observable facts that the well has already been poisoned is not a fallacy.

about two weeks ago
top

ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

mvdwege Re:to a larger extent, this is culture war. (158 comments)

OP gave multiple, well-documented cases, of which I was so nice to actually put a name to two, but anyone who followed the news the past 5 years recognised them.

Of course, like a typical troll with no argument you just shout "t'ain't so!" and run away, while projecting your own moral bankruptcy on the other. I had expected nothing better after asking you to back up your position.

about two weeks ago
top

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

mvdwege Re:Hardly surprising.. (291 comments)

And yet people keep voting for governments promising more austerity. The facts do not bear out your hypothesis.

about two weeks ago
top

ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

mvdwege Re:to a larger extent, this is culture war. (158 comments)

Again I ask, what does that single stat do to refute the multiple points brought up by its parent post?

about two weeks ago
top

ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

mvdwege Re:to a larger extent, this is culture war. (158 comments)

And where does that refute his point? Despite the fact that society pats women on the head by passing them a largely useless piece of paper (it's still mostly your social network that determines advancement, not your degree), we still get politicians like Akin, and the Hobby Lobby decision.

Quite frankly, GP is right, and the Troll mod is probably the work of yet another pimply MRA type.

about two weeks ago
top

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

mvdwege Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Or we could just ignore the butthurt complaints of little basement dwellers like you and tmosley below.

about two weeks ago
top

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

mvdwege Re:Weird (590 comments)

Since this particular form has been taken over and is now a shibboleth for weaseling, a smart person would avoid it at all costs.

about two weeks ago
top

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

mvdwege Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Marvel takes a gazillion liberties with the source material anyway, so why is this one specific liberty one step too far?

(Aside from the fact that this change is in fact closer to the original sources anyway. Then again, this kind of reflexive misogyny is not a sign of clear thinking anyway)

about two weeks ago
top

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

mvdwege Re:Weird (590 comments)

Anytime I hear someone say "A but B" I know they mean B but are just too cowardly to say so outright.

about two weeks ago
top

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

mvdwege Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Right. So an alien being posing as an Asgardian God? No problem.

The power of said alien being manifesting in ordinary mortals? No problem.

Said being a member of a team with among others a Forties soldier who survived decades of being frozen and a man turning into a monster? No problem.

Incarnating as a woman? HERESY!

about two weeks ago
top

Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

mvdwege Re:Um, here's a glaring fact (123 comments)

Option 6: Submitted papers really aren't that good.

Especially in subjects with a lot of politicisation in the popular press, it is a common tactic for third-rate or worse researchers to go crying about the establishment suppressing their papers; a closer look often turns out that these papers are in fact very shoddy work.

about three weeks ago
top

IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

mvdwege Re:How did Java beat C (197 comments)

fewer lines of code

I'm sorry? Have you ever seen the huge amounts of boilerplate Java requires?

about a month ago

Submissions

top

Recommendations for classic superhero comic collections?

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 2 months ago

mvdwege (243851) writes "Due to being in a relationship with a comics geek, I have gotten interested in the history of superhero comics. I would like to get a better grounding in the Golden Age (pre-Comics Code) comics, so here's my question to the Slashdot audience: what are your recommedations for essential reading? What collections/omnibus editions of Golden Age comics would you recommend?"
top

Most Underaprreciated SF Writer

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "In the thread on Most Depressing SF there were hundreds of posts and but four mentions of John Brunner, dystopian writer par excellence. Now, given the normally US Libertarian bent of the Slashdot audience, it is understandable that outright British Socialist writer Brunner would get short shrift, but it got me thinking: what SF writers do you know that are, in your opinion, vastly underappreciated?"
top

Fukushima finally reaches cold shutdown

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "The BBC reports that the reactors at Fukushima have reached cold shutdown, meaning that they no longer need active cooling to stay at safe temperatures. Plans can now be made to start the cleanup of the site. Unfortunately, TEPCO has also admitted that not all problems were out in the open until now; an estimated 45 cubic metres of contaminated water have leaked out of cracks in the foundation of a treatment plant."
top

How not to handle a security bug

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "Calibre is a cross platform application to manage collections of ebooks. It provides you with a set of helpers that, among other things, allow you to easily upload content from your PC to your ebook reader. Unfortunately, instead of relying on system tools, the author has written his own mount helper to manage removable devices, and as usual with people inventing the wheel themselves made a series of critical security mistakes, such as overlooking race conditions. In a setuid application no less. The ensuing discussion is a prime example on how not to handle a security bug report."
top

Prominent female dev harassed out of tech

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "Alex Bayley, until recently known as Kirrily Robert, and in tech circles better known as 'Skud', has decided to quit all her Open Source work and move into a different career because of persistent gender-based harassment.
Matthew Garret wonders if a persistent unwillingness to speak out against sexist trolling and outright harassment isn't a worse problem than the trolling itself."

Link to Original Source
top

Dennis Ritchie dies

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "Rob Pike, long time collaborator, confirms on his Google+ account that Dennis Ritchie, co-creator of the C programming language has died this morning. I learned my first C ages ago from the famous K&R book, and I'm sad to see another part of my computing youth pass away."
top

Journalist dumps date for playing 'Magic'

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "So, you're a hard-working up and coming young journalist, too busy to have a social life, so you make an OKCupid profile.

After getting hit by creeps and weirdos, a charming fellow turns up and asks you out. You go on a date and enjoy yourself, until you find out this guy plays Magic; in fact, he's world champion.

So what do you do? You publicly dump him in a Gizmodo article, making fun of his nerdy hobby."

Link to Original Source
top

Nokia to sell Symbian to Accenture

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Nokia announced today that it is to sell its Symbian software activities to Accenture (following the sale of the Symbian services division to Accenture earlier). This decision leaves one to wonder: who is Accenture going to sell Symbian to, now that the largest manufacturer of Symbian devices is leaving this market?"
Link to Original Source
top

TV Tropes Self-Censoring under Google Pressure

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "The popular wiki TV Tropes, a site dedicated to the discussion of various tropes, clichés and other common devices in fiction has suddenly decided to put various of its pages behind a 'possibly family-unsafe' content warning, apparently due to pressure by Google withdrawing its ads.

What puzzles me most is the content that is put behind this warning. TV Tropes features no explicit sexual content, and no explicit violence. It does of course discuss these things, as is its remit, but without actual explicit depictions. In fact, something as relatively innocuous as children being raised by two females, whatever the reason are put behind the content warning, even if the page itself doesn't take a stand on the issue, merely satisfying itself by describing the occurence of this in fiction."

Link to Original Source
top

CRU exonerated by second inquiry

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mvdwege writes "After being cleared of charges of misconduct by a parliamentary comittee, now the CRU has the results (warning: PDF) of the inquiry into their scientific methods by a panel of scientists. (CRU press release here.

Criticisms: The statistical methods used, though arriving at correct results, are not optimal, and it is recommeded futures studies involve professional statisticians if possible; and the CRU scientists are lacking somewhat in organisation.

A far cry from the widespread allegations of fraud. It seems 'Climategate' is ending with a whimper."
top

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mvdwege writes "Apparently, Eric Raymond has decided that proprietary software is now a good thing, according to The Register. I must say it is rather revealing how easily he is willing to compromise on this particular freedom. Is his earlier vocal proclamation of the importance of freedom (still visible on his homepage mere posturing? And if so, how about his vocal support of other freedoms?"

Journals

top

Short thought on the violentacrez kerfluffle

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 2 years ago

On the minor Internet kerfluffle that erupted when Gawker's Adrian Chen outed the identity of Reddit participant violentacrez, I have one minor thought:

Sure, the First Amendment means you can be a creep on the Internet as long as you skirt the edge of legality, but it also means that other people have the right to point out you're a creep.

Funny thing about rights: they work both ways.

top

The REAL lessons from Fukushima, part 1

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Reading technologically oriented web forums, like e.g. Slashdot, amongst those that are not outright against nuclear power, two views seem to dominate in this author's opinion:

- The earthquake and tsunami were unprecedented, no-one could prepare for that.

- If only TepCo had sited their backup generators better, there would
    not have been a problem

As a computer security professional, this line of thinking sounds familiar to me: it's a 'Default Allow' strategy. This is where you allow full operation, and only build in safeguards or blocks against exceptional circumstances.

Unfortunately, as any professional in the field can tell you, this is a losing strategy; defense against exceptions is futile, as there will always be an exploit that you did not foresee. This makes your security policy an endless race to catch up to the bad guys, a race where you will always trail the leader.

If the nuclear industry's view on safety really comes down to assuming safety and planning for contingencies, then any mistrust thrown their way is deserved. This strategy leaves us scrambling for a solution when, not if, a disaster occurs. Fukushima is merely a case in point.

The only way to implement fundamentally safe nuclear power is:

- Make sure that with no outside intervention the reaction slows down
    and stops gracefully. Any system that relies on outside influences
    on the reactor core to keep it stable is fundamentally unsound.

- Assume failure. Build emergency response procedures assuming total
    failure of even the passive systems mentioned above. The point is
    not to think of what can go wrong and try to prevent it, but act to
    contain the damage if things do go wrong.

As long as these two principles are not implemented, not widely supported, and not communicated to the public, the industry will have to live with a well-deserved reputation of being dishonest about the risks of nuclear power.

Part 2, with my thoughts on what the other problem in the nuclear industry is coming up next.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?
or Connect with...

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>