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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

spitzak Re:Programming: You're doing it completely wrong (119 comments)

Actually more often I have seen the opposite: claims the new stuff is going to be faster, the compiler is not smart enough to figure out that they are the same, and thus you should use the new stuff.

There was a coworker who insisted that using C++ std::foreach for loops was faster because "the compiler knows you can't break out of it and thus can optimize the whole thing". I had two objections to this: first of all it would be a really stupid optimizing compiler that could not figure out there are no "break" statements inside the for loop. And second the C++ was still allowed to throw exceptions in both cases.

The other objection I had was that the functors were unreadable.

Yet another objection is my suspicion that the optimization would be far worse on the functors due to the enormous header files of templates they actually used and I expected the optimizer for the simple for loop to have fewer bugs in it. But I did not test this.

3 days ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

spitzak Re:Compelled to freely license? (191 comments)

Copyright violation conviction results in having to pay monetary damages to the copyright holder, and to cease redistribution of the copyrighted work.

Fulfilling the requirements of the LGPL on new copies in no way is required by, and conversely also does not get you out of, the punishment. Therefore for every possible reason in the book this "viral" idea is false.

about two weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

spitzak Re:more gpl non-sense (191 comments)

You are stating a LIE that was written by MicroSoft. Absolutely not what Richard Stallman said.

The GPL does not compel anybody to freely license their product. What it does is make you violate copyright if you include GPL code in that product. The punishment for violating copyright is defined by law as monetary damages and a requirement to STOP distributing (and stopping is the exact opposite of being forced to distribute, you know).

Thanks for proving your ignorance.

about three weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

spitzak Re:Do What Though Wilt (191 comments)

I assume you just completely missed the fact that the original company was making money by selling a commercial license for their code? They certainly did not want to use the BSD license.

about three weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

spitzak Re:The viral argument is misleading. (191 comments)

None of those get you off the hook for the previous copyright violation.

Also starting to distribute your own source code does not fix it either.

The viral argument is worse than misleading, it is totally wrong. The concept does not exist, it is a LIE being perpetuated by various parties for who defeat of open source is in their interests.

about three weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

spitzak Re:Compelled to freely license? (191 comments)

No, it has NOTHING to do with "infection". That is a FALSE concept, a LIE perpetuated by MicroSoft to discredit the GPL. There IS NO SUCH THING AS "infection".

What the LGPL does is give you some more methods of distributing the code without violating copyright. It has nothing to do with the punishment if you violate copyright, which does not change in one bit! And that punishment does NOT include 'you are forced to distribute stuff you have copyright on for free'. It just does not contain that in any law in any jurisdiction. So stop it with the lies.

about three weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

spitzak Re:Compelled to freely license? (191 comments)

No you are wrong.

The license gives rules that you must follow if you don't want to violate the copyright. There are other ways of not violating the copyright, an easy one is to not distribute a copy at all!

The license is enforceable. If you don't follow it you have VIOLATED COPYRIGHT, which is against the law.

But you are making the bogus and false statement that the punishment for violating copyright is to force you to continue distributing it but obey the license. That is FALSE. The punishment for violating copyright is that you must cease violating it (ie stop distributing!!!!!) and pay monetary damages to the copyright holder.

Conversely starting to obey the GPL on new distributions does not get you out of anything. You have still violated copyright with your earlier copies and therefore not only are you not forced to distribute code, it does not even help you!

You are repeating one of the biggest lies being perpetuated by MicroSoft. Don't be such a tool.

about three weeks ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

spitzak git and code review (372 comments)

I seem to be spending a lot more time rebasing git commits and reading/writing code reviews and doing the necessary email to merge request further-rebased git commits into the main branch than actually fixing the code.

about a month ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

spitzak wtf (76 comments)

The chances that this "fast lane" will be used to service the deaf or blind is zero. This is the most ludicrous idea I have ever heard.
 

about a month ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

spitzak Re:Well, you COULD flood most of the country (110 comments)

Hoover dam does not use the entire contents of Lake Mead in one day, stupid.

about a month ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

spitzak Re:But (110 comments)

I don't think it produces 10x as much steam for a given amount of solar energy. What it does is produce steam at a solar intensity 1/10 of the level at which other things produce steam (the other thing is producing zero steam at the temperature this one is producing steam at).

I think the real result is you need the same amount of reflector as for other schemes, however it can concentrate the solar energy on an area 10 times as large, which may be much less expensive (due to it not requiring as much accuracy, and because the receiver is nowhere near as hot).

about a month ago
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Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

spitzak Re:Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limit (92 comments)

Thank you for some insight!

But no, we can't post anything that might hurt the feelings of both the left and right. Much better to make one happy and one miserable. Who cares if the truth is in the middle?

about a month and a half ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

spitzak Re:Actual savings? (116 comments)

You are certainly correct that the savings are due to increasing energy efficiency.

However it is not from putting in LED lights. They were already using fluorescent lights so this is not helping anywhere near as much. Also LEDs are not that cheap yet. It is from free things: getting all the monitors to go into power-save mode at night, turning down the heat or AC, etc.

about 2 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

spitzak Re:so the 88% is 99% free (304 comments)

You are confused because two percentages measuring different things are not equal?

88% of the ocean contains plastic debris. The density of this 88% is low enough that this other paper thinks it is only 1% of the plastic that should be in the ocean.

There now, that was not that hard, was it?

about 2 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

spitzak Re:I always think it's sweet (304 comments)

I don't think that was "The Mote in God's Eye". It was a theme in several of the Known Earth stories from Niven (I think Pournelle did not contribute much to those). There was a bacteria that ate the superconductor used on Ring World and destroyed it for instance.

about 2 months ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

spitzak Re:But ugly as hell (119 comments)

You may not have been paying attention, but ALL public benches in all cities, worldwide, are getting middle armrests or other dividers to prevent homeless from sleeping on them.

about 2 months ago
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California Legalizes Bitcoin

spitzak Re:Bitcoin's day has come. (162 comments)

Somebody should mod this up. The GP's description makes no sense, but this makes it clear.

about 2 months ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

spitzak Re:His choices... (194 comments)

The meme "information wants to be free" is supposed to be read like "water wants to flow downhill". That statement does not mean water has a mind and actively thinks about flowing downhill. It also does not mean dams to stop the downhill movement are immoral or wrong. What it is saying is "a dam is expensive and will not magically appear without active input by a concerned party".

about 2 months ago

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