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How Relevant is C in 2014?

twistedcubic Re:C# (640 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 week ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

twistedcubic Re:C# (640 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 week 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 week ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

twistedcubic Re:C had no real successor (640 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 week ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

twistedcubic Re:You don't know C++ properly until you know C (640 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 week 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 a month 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

twistedcubic Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Mod parent up!

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

twistedcubic Re:Competition (907 comments)

Demand for computers was not historically inelastic. Demand for cell phone plans was inelastic, hence the absurdly high prices in the U.S. and the ridiculous term lengths (2 years). Not everything works the same, unless you have propaganda to sell.

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

twistedcubic Re:Competition (907 comments)


In the absence of a government-protected monopoly, if all sellers' costs decrease, competition will drive the price down over time.

How true! Gasoline here in southern California costs just $1/gallon now, when just last year I paid $4.50/gallon. Amazing how those cost savings are passed on to the consumer!

about 3 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

twistedcubic Re:Dangerous (399 comments)

This is good to know. Can you give an example of a shell which, in your opinion, feels less dangerous?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

twistedcubic Re:I'm a little sick of stupid questions like this (238 comments)

Given a choice between "do a Google search" and "ask an expert (Slashdot?)", any reasonable person would choose...both. Is that really so bad?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

twistedcubic Re:Why VPN? (238 comments)


Do you regularly remote in to your home network? Do you connect out to a server somewhere?

Have you ever met anyone considering a VPN who does neither? But anyway, there are many other good reasons for using a VPN.

about 3 months ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

twistedcubic Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

It sounds like you've been trolled by Slashdot editors.

Problem: how to increase traffic to the website.

Solution: Post self-contradictory submissions so people are more likely to reply.

about 3 months ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

twistedcubic Re:SAT SCORES (161 comments)

The SAT has three 800 point sections now, not two, old-timer.

about 3 months ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

twistedcubic It's hard to be rich (243 comments)

I think Khan is being a little too cautious. However, being a millionaire, he probably is more careful to instill certain values in his children, since they'll never do without for lack of money. I often read on the internet about how parents too often praise their kids for being smart, but I've never seen this in real life (except for my children, who are brilliant ;) I wouldn't take the research literally. I think people should take all the good lessons learned from their parents, along with some common sense, and pass them on to their children.

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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