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Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Gets Two-Tiered Compilation

psmears Re:That's great (46 comments)

Vista, which is the lowest currently supported version of Windows.

That's actually not true, strictly speaking... XP is still supported, for those (usually governments and large companies) who are willing to pay Microsoft for it...

3 days ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

psmears Re:No the constitution is fine.. (279 comments)

That's a sanitized WHO number. That ends with a zero? Unlikely.

Not really that unlikely, especially as fatality rates are often given to the nearest 5%...

5 days ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

psmears Re:Hear Hear (279 comments)

Dude, learn about the <p> tag!

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

psmears Re:Because they don't want to. (261 comments)

... and may chance you didn't read my post: (There was a LOT more to my presentation that just this; this single part presented here to convey the concept).

The trouble is - the single part that you presented is clearly broken (eg it doesn't work well with the way many mailing lists work), so if it conveys the concept of your whole presentation, people are naturally going to assume that the whole presentation was broken...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

psmears Re:Tesla a TRUE innovator! (140 comments)

Wouldn't it be quicker to just type the second d?

I guess the apostrophe stands for "erat"?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

psmears no (174 comments)

That's true, but it seems that the real problem the OP is trying to solve is huge variance in the latency (i.e. jitter) - that is, the idea is to trade a very small amount of extra latency for the latency being much more consistent (without the massive spikes currently being seen). I'm not sure how well it would work in practice (e.g. if some of the spikes are due to local RF interference, it's possible they will affect both connections at the same time), but there's potential at least for a much smoother gaming experience.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

psmears What makes you think (174 comments)

Well, for one thing the servers have to cope with that, because internet service in general doesn't guarantee that packets don't get duplicated. But in what OP is suggesting, the servers won't see duplicate packets - the idea is that every packet gets sent out of both internet connections to one, private, hosted VPN server - and that server runs a service that forwards whichever copy of the packet arrives first to the "real" destination (and discards the losing packet) - so the game server will only get one copy of each packet in the stream.

about a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

psmears Re:More feminist bullshit (715 comments)

Did you read TFA? I know it's not really the done thing around here, but...

Ignore the trolls.

TFA addresses this: if you ignore the trolls, they escalate.

Prevent the angry dissent by not making yourself a target for angry dissent by posting bullshit people will call you out on.

Which "bullshit" are you talking about here, specifically? You basically seem to be saying that you should never post anything online that anyone may disagree with. Do you really think it's right that a small, but angry, minority should be able to silence others through threats of violence and intimidation?

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

psmears Re:More feminist bullshit (715 comments)

I remember growing up I was taught that "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me."

Have you ever considered that, just possibly, something you were taught at school wasn't 100% accurate? That perhaps bullying, intimidation, threats may in fact have a serious adverse psychological effect? Do you really believe that sort of behaviour is OK? (hint: it's not OK!)

people making fun of someone for being a complete fucking cunt.

Can you give more details on exactly what you mean by "being a complete fucking cunt", and why it deserves such an unpleasant response? Or is it just a case of "I don't like them, so anything goes"?

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

psmears Re:"Microsoft's long love of BASIC...." (546 comments)

When the Apple II, PET 2001 and TRS-80 were all released in 1977, all three had BASIC as their primary programming language and operating environment. Upon boot, a BASIC interpreter in immediate mode was presented, not the command line interface used later.

This is where BASIC took off.

And who wrote the (level-II) Basic for the TRS-80?

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

psmears Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (546 comments)

A diff should be just fine.

Unfortunately not. The thing is, tabs don't mean "<x> number of spaces" (with <x> configurable by the user) - they mean "Move rightwards to the next column that is a multiple of <x>". So, a tab in column 0 moves to column 8, but so does a tab in column one, two or seven.

This doesn't play well with diffs, because diffs tend to add some number of characters to the start of each line (typically one for "unified" diffs, or two for "context" diffs). So if a changed line in the file being context-diffed is indented with a single tab, and the user has set their terminal/editor/whatever they're viewing the diff in so that tabs are (say) three characters, then since the tab is s now preceded by two extra characters, the next multiple-of-three column is column 3, so the tab will result in the line being indented by only a single character (relative to the rest of the code in the diff).

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

psmears Re:Perl and VBA will live for a long while yet (546 comments)

The Office functions might be known to C#, but Office admins (those creating/maintaining the scripts) definitely do not know C#

This - and the fact that C# is not built into Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Outlook, whereas VBA is.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

psmears Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (546 comments)

It works for EVERYBODY,

... unless you want to look at diffs, in which case it breaks :-(

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

psmears Re:Systemd (993 comments)

Look at the 3,000+ page document that gives the specifications for modern POSIX compliance and then ask that again.

Do you think you could possibly narrow it down a little?

about two weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

psmears Re:Idiot (942 comments)

1 cup of flour is trivially measured by volume: Just grab the "1 cup" cup from your set of measuring cups, scoop up flour from your storage container, level. You're done.

This is indeed easy—but very inaccurate: it can lead to the measurement being out by as much as 30%.

The problem is that flour is compressible—so measuring it by weight is inherently more accurate.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

psmears Re:Powershell (729 comments)

The compiler replaces it with a fixed constant which indicates how many bytes are needed to store the argument (which is either a symbol or another constant)

No, it can be any expression or any type. Doesn't have to be a symbol, and doesn't have to be constant.

about a month and a half ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

psmears Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

yes, it's called FreeBSD, or any of the BSDs. Top notch documentation, and sane userland.

... and is a suitable replacement for every piece of software ever? Wow!

about a month and a half ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

psmears Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

If something isn't documented properly, and doesn't work the way I expect... I'm not going to dig into the source code and try to decipher it... I'm going to RUN SOMETHING ELSE.

I wish I lived in your world where there was always an alternative that's well-documented and sane... in fact, I'd settle for well-documented OR sane ;-)

about a month and a half ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

psmears Re:It's a question that WAS relevant (161 comments)

I can see how Java being in a VM to begin with presents a similar model to running assembly on the actual machine but comparing the two in terms of efficiency and overhead is laughable. I was signalling my cognitive dissonance of conflating Java and assembly so directly.

You are aware that there are CPUs capable of executing Java bytecode directly? I.e. that use Java bytecode as (one of) their native assembly instruction set(s)?

about 1 month ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

psmears Re:from the PoV of someone who has actually studie (455 comments)

In England, we now have Police Commissioners, who are themselves serving police officers.

I assume you're talking about Police and Crime commissioners, in which case no, they're not serving police officers, and indeed police officers are barred from holding that office.

about 2 months ago

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UK DNA database ruled a 'breach of rights'

psmears psmears writes  |  more than 5 years ago

psmears writes "Describing a judgment that is likely rein in the scope of the UK DNA database, where at present the DNA of those arrested by the police is kept permanently (even if the people concerned are never convicted, or even charged), the BBC reports that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that keeping such people's DNA in the database 'could not be regarded as necessary in a democratic society'."
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