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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

technosaurus Then build static right (324 comments)

If you use libraries designed with static linking in mind like musl-libc and tinyxlib, then it's not really that much. You get similar benefits to shared libraries if the program is or has recently been running... Users run programs, not libraries and shouldn't have to wait for every unused function of every dependent library to load just to run a program. What's worse is when vendors distribute alternate shared libraries with a single program so that none of the library caching occurs from other programs and the overall size increases significantly. If you are distributing multiple programs that use the same libraries, you can always create a multicall binary like busybox, toybox, dropbear and mupdf do and still do a static build that will be smaller than the overall shared build.

about two weeks ago

Fluxbox 1.3.6 Released

technosaurus This is not freshmeat/freecode (63 comments)

If Dice wanted to track releases, they should have kept freshmeat viable. ... I guess they are missing that traffic now that we have freshcode.club.
Pretty soon this site will just be randomly AI-selected tech news feeds and commenting will be disabled to reduce maintenance cost.

about three weeks ago

Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

technosaurus Re:Any actual examples? (598 comments)

The simple act of text input in IOS

Problem 1
1. type something not in the dictionary and hit space
2. ... IOS miscorrects ... fine I'll just backspace and select my actual input. 3. I select my actual input
4. IOS doesn't replace it with the original that was just selected, but the same crap it just did
(not a problem in Android)

Problem 2

1. I don't notice this till later, because I expect sane behavior
2. Fine only the 1st letter is wrong, I'll just put my cursor after it, backspace and correct.
3. Cursor goes before or after the word or the whole word is selected
4. Have to delete the whole word and retype it
5. Be careful not to let it autocorrect or rinse and repeat
(Android puts the cursor where you tell it ... maybe off a letter or so with fat fingers)

Problem 3
You have to basically learn morse code to be effective.
Seriously the single physical button is a hindrance to adding usability features like convenient back, settings, home....
I don't want to navigate through 6+ different screens to change the settings in the app I am currently using
When an app opens another app and I want to get back to the original, IOS is useless and you have to manually navigate back.
This all techically _works_, and users only have to learn 1 (shitty) way of doing things

If you want a phone that _just_ works get an Apple.
If you want stuff to work effectively and efficiently, get an Android

about a month ago

Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

technosaurus Why not make 5 1/4" hard drives again? (219 comments)

I bought a Quantum Bigfoot back in the day just because I happened to have more 5.25" bays open. It did help that it was cheaper than the similar capacity 3.5" drives available at the time, but I still see new computers with multiple 5.25" bays.
If they put the same technology into a larger form factor, it wouldn't be long before the petabyte is reached.

(doesn't peta stand for the People for the Eating of Tasty Animals or something?)

about a month and a half ago

Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

technosaurus Violates Interstate Commerce Clause (137 comments)

The Constitution reserves to Congress the power “to regulate Commerce [...] among the several States.” Art. 1 Sec. 8 Para 3. SCOTUS interpretation: * includes the power to preempt state law (express or implied) by the enactment of federal law * denies states power to unjustifiably discriminate against or burden the interstate flow of articles of commerce even if Congress has not enacted a preemptive federal law.

about 2 months ago

A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

technosaurus Hah! Now tax it. (66 comments)

$1Billion per year for every percent of the total area not fully covered.

about 2 months ago

Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

technosaurus Interactive tiles (330 comments)

I wonder how well they stand up to mortar and grout?
Put some gorilla glass on them and sensors and Wal-Mart could pester us with ads on every step instead of just the few annoying end caps.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

technosaurus Can even be free service (107 comments)

Freedompop + ipkall + zoiper + Google voice

about 3 months ago

Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

technosaurus Re:Like Nikola Tesla... (442 comments)

Actually he figured out the frequency at which the ionosphere would reflect most of it back. Basically the wave length needs to be such that it bounces back and forth off the earth and ionosphere. Some have postulated that his experiments with it in 1908 caused the Tunguska explosion.

about 5 months ago

Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

technosaurus Like Nikola Tesla... (442 comments)

Who said the same thing 100 yrs ago (about a wireless "grid") only to be faced with the reality that energy companies are in business to make money, not supply electricity (kind of hard to do when any good hacker can tap into it freely). A fully wireless "grid" could only work in a communist/socialist society where "the people" are the suppliers.

about 5 months ago

Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

technosaurus Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

I think he was referring to the war on school lunches, and the war on letting some children get ahead.

about 5 months ago

The Billion-Dollar Website

technosaurus Former construction/contract manager. (194 comments)

I used to work for NAVFAC, the U. S. Navy version of contract management for construction projects.  Though there was a lot of bureaucracy involved, the planning and design phase always had plenty of experts to ensure the specifications were above most commercial standards (LEED certifications, military requirements, utmost safety requirements, etc...)  Though many aspects of the process used archaic technology (lots of paper forms, area expert controlled word documents as best practices,...), the end result was that most projects ended up being completed on time and on budget (though the start sometimes got shifted so the review could be thorough ... unless October 1 was coming, but that is a different subject - or maybe not, this project had similar time deadlines).  A lot of this success was due to savvy construction managers doing appropriate "horse-trading" with contractors to avoid the lengthy change processes (which could delay anywhere from a day to 12 months).  When you have (non-technical) contract managers who don't know the reasoning behind the requirements, they have little recourse but to go through the official processes to resolve complex issues... _This_ is where you get your delays.  For the most part, a good hour spent in design/planning will yield ~10 in production, but it is important for the project manager to be intimately involved so this wisdom can actually be _useful_.  I can attest to my own anecdotal experience and my observation of others, that coming into a project at production phase is more than just a steep learning curve; some things just have weird historical issues.  Here are a few that I ran into after another CM was transferred elsewhere:
- endangered species in the area
- abandoned toxic waste in the soil
- asbestos
- this site used to be a WW2 bombing range and guess what?...We found a bunch of unexploded ordinance.
- hurricane damage
- tornado damage

about 6 months ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

technosaurus Re:diversity? (427 comments)

What, is the '++'  a replacement for 'ox'?

about 6 months ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

technosaurus Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

1 example:
Rather than incorporating the typeof() extension that almost every compiler supported, Bjarn decides, nope, we'll call it decltype()

Its stupid shit like this that fucks up the whole damn language _extension_.
Use syntax that programmer's already know/use and compilers support rather than making up insane new ones.
At least we have C and Objective C.

about 6 months ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

technosaurus Easy fix: homemade faraday cage. (224 comments)

1. get an old cardboard box big enough to fit your xfinity cable modem and put it in there.

2. wrap it with a metal screen and put holes in it just big enough to fit your coax, power cord and an ethernet cable through

3. hook it up and connect the ethernet cable to your own router

4. use all your bandwidth

about 6 months ago

Sprint/T-Mobile Plan To Buy Spectrum Together May Be Blocked By FCC

technosaurus Should not be blanket banned (28 comments)

It should ban any entities with another spectrum in that location in round 1.  If no bidders then round 2 allow smaller entities with other spectrums in other areas.  ... if still no takers round 3 it should be open to all entities.

This would increase competition in rural areas where there may be no existing infrastructure, but not eliminate the possibility of allowing existing entities to provide service to those areas if no _local_ company wants it.

about 6 months ago


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