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Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

twistedcubic Re:Time to stop using bitcoin (77 comments)

Shit. I wish I had mod points today. I'd mod you "overrated" just for fun :)

yesterday
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

twistedcubic Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

Lollipop is way more aggressive at saving battery life than all Android predecessors. For my tastes, this is a Big Deal. As a result, I'm thinking of keeping my Nexus 4 at least another year before I consider upgrading.

about two weeks ago
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Fluxbox 1.3.6 Released

twistedcubic Re:FVWM95 FTW (63 comments)

The proles, apparently.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

twistedcubic Re: Dupe (840 comments)

I *used* to think car lights were easy to replace, since my first cars were early 1990s Saturns where you only needed to unscrew the cover and replace the headlight bulbs. It was almost as easy as changing a lightbulb in your house. And then I tried the same on my wife's Honda Civic, which was, well, not as trivial, and obviously by design.

about three weeks ago
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Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

twistedcubic Re:Keep the kids longer and don't send homework (161 comments)

No, he/she IS on the spot. Remember, the slide rule was mainly a source of inspiration, which help the GP understand relationships between numbers and motivated GP to learn more. Choice quote:

I did a 180 on math subjects - even without using the slide rule.

It is not a "learning styles" issue. Learning styles is a fiction.

about a month ago
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Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

twistedcubic Re:The Obfuscation of Easy Computer Science (149 comments)

I think Knuth's "made-up" assembly code looks generic to anyone who knows any assembler at all. I first saw assembly language in a Commodore 128 book decade ago, and reading the first few pages allowed me the grasp the big picture for Knuth's MIX language.

And I think you're incorrect about TeX vs LaTeX. Try to write your resume in LaTeX. TeX takes the pain out of LaTeX when you want to exercise good taste.

about a month ago
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Linux 3.19 Kernel To Start 2015 With Many New Features

twistedcubic Re:systemd? (66 comments)

This is not at all true. The opposite is true. The latest kernel works perfectly fine on any 15 year old x86 machine.

about 1 month ago
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Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

twistedcubic Re:Using Non-ECC Ram is Unacceptable (138 comments)

This is true. However, getting a laptop with ECC RAM straight from the manufacturer is never an option, and impossible when RAM is soldered onto the motherboard. I think if Apple started using ECC RAM, and advertised it, others might follow suit (like with the "retina" displays).

about a month ago
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Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

twistedcubic Re:A Brand New World In Which Men Ruled (224 comments)

It was the class of 1994, which entered college in 1990. So the article is correct. I was in the class of 1994 at a different college, and saw my first web browser in early 1994. Before that I used Wais and Gopher. Most of my classmates learned about IRC sometime in 1991-1992, not before. AOL was not a household name before 1990.

about a month ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

twistedcubic Re:C# (641 comments)

I totally agree with you. Please report the same on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. It's a shame the Linux kernel is written in C and does not benefit from this.

about a month and a half ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

twistedcubic Re:C# (641 comments)


Here's one of countless reasons why you should learn C++.
std::thread([&](){ do_something(local_arg1, local_arg2); }).detach();
Write me the equivalent in C.


Wow! You should mention this on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. The Linux kernel is LOADED with threads, all written in C. You will certainly save the kernel developers lots of time when they switch. Please write back and tell me how it goes.

about a month and a half ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

twistedcubic Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)


I don't have enough field knowledge to combat every ridiculous claim, coming from either side.

I'd be interested in hearing an example of a "ridiculous" claim from the side which thinks global warming is real.

about a month and a half ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

twistedcubic Re:C had no real successor (641 comments)

C'mon, now. C++ needed the relatively recent "move constructor" to solve a serious inefficiency when doing, say for example, complicated matrix arithmetic using classes (created in the most obvious way). Before this, there were hacks, like template metaprogramming. The reputation of C++ is well-deserved, even if all of that stuff is fixed now.

about a month and a half ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

twistedcubic Re:You don't know C++ properly until you know C (641 comments)

Incorrect. The variable "a" is a pointer. The problem above is that "a" and "b" have different types-- "a" is a const pointer, while "b" is not.

about a month and a half ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

twistedcubic Amateur Mistake (246 comments)

I read your long essay. You can only make inferences about the population you survey here ("Mechanical Turk"), not the general population. (Are people on "Mechanical Turk" representative of the general population?) So the best you can do here is draw conclusions about people using "Mechanical Turk", but alas, your sample wasn't random. It takes hard work to do a statistical study well, especially if taking random samples is too hard or too expensive. Unfortunately, nobody believes this.

about 2 months ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

twistedcubic Re:City life (459 comments)

I am so tired of this simple-minded shit getting modded +5 Insightful. Please stop psychoanalyzing an entire race if your primary experience with members of that race are just one real-life person (who will never get invited to your home), and a bunch of fools on television. You don't know what the hell you're talking about. You're not that amazing. Get over it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

twistedcubic Editor Troll (286 comments)

This is an obvious troll, but not from the OP. This is a troll by the editor, Timothy, to encourage discussion of the PulseAudio author, Lennart Poettering, and systemd.

about 3 months ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

twistedcubic How? (124 comments)

How can a databse of 1.5 million people be created by such a small organization in such a short time based on credible evidence? I've figured it out!

grep -e Abad -e Abdallah -e Abdul ... -e Mohammed ... NSA_list_of_Muslim_names.txt

about 3 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

twistedcubic Re:Oh good (907 comments)

That price probably included late fees/fines, "paying over the phone" fees, and probably other crap you'd never think of if you aren't poor. Also, women with children, in my personal experience, are much less likely to buy older, used cars.

about 4 months ago

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Russia uses piracy raids to suppress dissent

twistedcubic twistedcubic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

twistedcubic (577194) writes "The New York Times reports that Russian police use software piracy raids as an excuse to suppress dissenting groups, such as Baikal Environmental Wave, who oppose the reopening of a paper mill which dumps waste chemicals in Lake Baikal. The environmental group says it purchased Microsoft software to avoid a raid, to no avail. Many such groups have the charges dismissed in court, but this apparently does not stop the government."
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Red Hat and Novell sued for patent infringement

twistedcubic twistedcubic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

twistedcubic (577194) writes "Red Hat and Novell have been sued for patent infringement in Texas by IP Innovation, LLC. and Technology Licensing Corporation. On October 9, IP Innovation filed suit claiming Red Hat and Novell violated U.S. patents 5072412, 5533183, and 5394521. The patents were originally assigned to Xerox Corporation. A cursory look suggests the patents involve virtual workspaces and sticky windows with different properties in each virtual workspace. Groklaw has the scoop."

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