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Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

rmstar Re:Contribution? (200 comments)

Since they give out two awards each year, I wonder what the other 18 guys did. Off the top of my head only Alan Kay comes to mind as being more deserving.

Well, Kiczales, des Rivieres, and Bobrow come to mind. It's not that well known, but the meta-object protocol and multiple dispatch are so much more powerfull than C++ OO that it is actually not funny.

about a week ago
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US Central Command's Twitter Account Hacked, Filled With Pro-ISIS Messages

rmstar Re:Other title sugestion (128 comments)

Another title suggestion: Having a Twitter account does nothing but make an organization look unprofessional.

Have you been hiding under a rock? Nowadays, to look really professional you need a string of icons for different social media. Twitter, Facebook, and a bunch of others.

That it is utterly ridiculous - granted. That it looks unprofessional - unfortunately not to most people.

about three weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

rmstar Re:Infamous Tor Network? (155 comments)

but I have seen it used in the real world to protect those dissenting against their government.

That's good news, and I'm happy to be wrong on this count. I worry, though, that TOR usage tells the SA secret service who is a dissenter.

about three weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

rmstar Re:Infamous Tor Network? (155 comments)

here are plenty of innocent and justified uses for systems like tor, but for the average person associates tor with drugs by mail, child porn and murder for hire thanks to the media.

Truth be told, it's not the media. We live in a world that is far freer than many would like to acknowledge, and for most purposes tor is a hassle or pointless. The end result is that tor is mostly only used when there is a very good reason for it, and since we live in fairly free society, that reason tends to be stuff that gives tor a bad reputation.

There is also this paradoxon that, if we lived in a society where tor would make a difference, tor would most likely not exist or be useless. This is the situation in Saudi Arabia and other similar places. This is so because the real weakness of tor is that, since it is not possible to hide the exit or entry nodes themselves, the network is easy to shut down or to filter out.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

rmstar Re:Modem connection tones (790 comments)

Thanks, man, that sounds awesome!

It's a bit processed (with echos and stuff) but that's quite fine by me.

about three weeks ago
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Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

rmstar Re:Device drivers ? (161 comments)

[...] Cortex-M3 ? Device drivers for basics, register access? Because, it would be awesome to have all these theoretical safety guarantees and stuff, while programming hardware.

Ada has that (google for "arm-none-eabi ada") and much, much more. Plus, it is a mature language with a fat piece of industry behind it.

This Rust language is yet another flashy thing that will not get anywhere.

about three weeks ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

rmstar Re:No matter how much power we gave them ... (319 comments)

Haven't you just disproved your own point?

No, of course not.

that if the vast majority of victims of Islam are innocent victims then the problem isn't actually with Islam but simply violent thugs?

Your sentence is gliberish, and doesn't say what you meant. But whatever.

Just like smoking causes cancer, which isn't anything the smokers actually want, Islam causes violence and grief without its adepts really wanting it. Of course everyone involved would be better off without it. Of course the humans that fall for Islam are victims. The problem is how to free them of that.

And just like admitting that you have a problem is the first step out of alcoholism or drug addiction, so it is the first step out of barbarism.

Islam is a problem. Look at the world today. Where is a free, prosperous Islamic state? Where? They are all host of no end of calamities and disgusting cruelty. Why?

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits.

about three weeks ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

rmstar Re:No matter how much power we gave them ... (319 comments)

As long as the top level politicians are disciples of the cult of Politically Correctness the real problem, the problem with the Islamic barbarism will still remain.

That is true. Admitting that there is a problem with islam would be a very big step towards improvement. But since this is categorically denied, it is not possible to find a solution.

BTW, the vast majority of the victims of radical islam are themselves muslims. Maybe it is time for muslims to stand up and say, no, peeps, contrary to what political correctness suggest, we actually do have a problem in our religion, and here in the west it is actually possible to do something about it.

The point, rather obviously, is not to exterminate muslims, but to make the fringes of islam less barbaric.

about three weeks ago
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Over 30 Uber Cars Impounded In Cape Town

rmstar Re:Serves them right (160 comments)

This could be true if you purchased a car just to be an Uber "taxi". If you already owned a car though, and want to make a few extra bucks a few nights a week, then you may be able to come ahead.

You might, getting a ridiculously low wage out of it - but only if you are lucky. Which means that you are still a sucker, gambling stupidly like that.

about three weeks ago
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Over 30 Uber Cars Impounded In Cape Town

rmstar Re:Serves them right (160 comments)

If you don't follow the law you will get in trouble.

The fun thing here is that it is not Uber that got in trouble, but their drivers. Which aren't their employees, btw. Uber just looses a bit of revenues. The drivers, though, which own the cars, now have real problems.

That's the real innovative thing in Uber. They have found a way of shielding themselves from any problems. It really is genius, albeit evil genius.

Surge pricing has an interesting dark side that I see nobody talk about: cars are often too cheap for the service to be sustainable, in the sense that the money does not even cover the running costs of the cars when considering wear and loss of value on purchase price. Since noticing this implies a complex calculation as well as the mental makeup to take such calculations seriously, most drivers just don't notice. They are literally loosing money. Uber, however, always makes money.

It really is genius.

about three weeks ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

rmstar Re:Censorship (183 comments)

The problem I see here is a symptom of Europe run by people who are from another era, at least in terms of thinking. The reaction by the papers is a natural one, but it is more of a knee jerk reaction that trying to understand the technology and how it works.

The people who "run Europe" may be from a different era, but it is a bit too much to simply assume that they are stupid.

The problem they are trying to address with laws like this is the destruction of the press by the internet. I know, technology and business models and yadda yadda, but if we lose the press we lose institutionalized independent journalism with the budget to do actual investigative reporting, which is crucial in a free society. Bloggers won't do as a substitute, nor the pay-nothing-for-content model of the huffington post.

So google shut down its Spanish news page. Frankly, I think this is a good thing and an opportunity for the Spanish press to reinvent some of its business models. I hope they succeed.

about 2 months ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

rmstar Re:Diversity is good, especially in SciFi (368 comments)

I like to read, and unfortunately the signal-to-noise ratio in science fiction and fantasy is poor, so it's hard to find good reads.

There is a yearly "the year's best science fiction" collection of stories and short novels (edited by Gardner Dozois), and there are a couple of decent journals (like Asimov's). If you buy these, you will read sample stories of good writers that also publish books. That way you will find enough good SF to read for the rest of your life.

about 2 months ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

rmstar Re:Call a spade a spade (148 comments)

Where are my modpoints when I need them.

Thanks AC for that very insightful comment. It's all good but I like especially the end:

I'm sure that Senator Wyden, who's been one of the leaders in the charge to stop this bullshit, appreciates your thoughtful and nuanced views of this complex matter.

*outch!*

about 2 months ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

rmstar Re:EUgle? (237 comments)

Well, the fact of the matter is that Google isn't forcing anyone to do anything.

As an experiment: try to get by without using google. The argument is that by being so successful and ubiquitous, people are forced to use it, giving google powers that society might not want to give them for very specific reasons. If it's "their fault" or not is completely besides the point.

If Google was a German company we wouldn't be talking about this.

Because if Google was a German company, it would have never been allowed to become the privacy busting, surveillance octopus from hell it is now.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

rmstar Re:Slaves are always cheaper than the free (454 comments)

When will we finally get to a ruling class no longer pining for the pre-civil war days?

From opinion polls and actual voting results It seems to follow that you will have to exchange a large portion of the populace, too.

about 2 months ago
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Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

rmstar Re:The Source Document (137 comments)

Of course I didn't use the word "F******" in my submission, but I suppose Slashdot must be couth.

I hope you don't come to regret your bravado.

Not because there will be any retaliation (they don't give half a rat's ass, as you very clearly demonstrated) but because what you did was the proverbial wrestling with pigs - with the inevitable result of ending up covered in shit. Now you stand there, and it is not unlikely that people will remember you first and foremost for publishing a paper filled with foul language in a crap journal.

And what have you won? Certainly nothing for academia nor for you academic career.

about 2 months ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

rmstar Re:I am sure there will be a challenge (137 comments)

The whole point of incorporating is to separate one's person from the running of the company. If the company does wrongdoing, then the individuals involved are protected.

Uh, no, that's not true. Incorporation allows to move around companies independently of the people owning and/or running it. Also, they protect the individual to some degree from bad luck affecting the company. Obviously, if the company does something illegal the people behind it will be prosecuted, too. At least, that's the way laws are constructed, so for example, if you incorporate a company in the US that trades cocaine with Colombia, don't expect to be immune from prosecution when the company gets caught.

about 2 months ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

rmstar Re:Have seen this several times as reviwer... (170 comments)

There are two types of reviewers: The valuable ones that actually read a paper and try to understand it, and the worthless ones that look at title, abstract and who wrote it (usually easy to find out even in anonymous review).

And then there's The Third Reviewer.

about 3 months ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief

rmstar Re:Amateur hour (64 comments)

Fools fooling fools in bitcoinland. Shocking!

about 3 months ago

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England: back to Dickensian times?

rmstar rmstar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rmstar (114746) writes "In the aftermath of the civil unrest in the UK, two guys were sentenced to four years in jail for Facebook postings that incited to riots that never happened. The judge openly acknowledges that the harsh sentences are not for the alleged crime, but are supposed to act as a deterrent against similar actions. Is this the end of freedom of expression in the UK?"
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Greenpeace: Evacuation Area Too Small

rmstar rmstar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rmstar (114746) writes "Independent measurements by environmentalist group Greenpeace suggest that radiation levels outside the current evacuation area around the Fukushima-1 nuclear plant are too high. They are calling for extension of the radius after measuring up to ten micro Sieverts per hour as far as 40km from the damaged plant. That amounts to the maximum allowed yearly dose of radiation for a member of the public every five days."

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