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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

w_dragon Re:PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification (76 comments)

It's a bug, but some people rely on the current behavior, so the next release will have RealSpecificationFormal that does more what people might expect.

2 hours ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

w_dragon Re:Adopt (154 comments)

If you've in an area of the world where they grow tobacco people smoke, third world or not. Same way third world countries with poppies often have some level of opium problems. Drugs are cheap if you can produce them yourself.

2 days ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

w_dragon Re:What about on the ground? (468 comments)

On the ground this could be easily solved in a number of ways. When a plane goes off-course where it shouldn't be, however, the last-ditch attempt to communicate by the fighters that intercept is a standard set of hand signals. That could be a problem if they can't see the pilots.

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

w_dragon Re:Windows as point of weakness (468 comments)

Windows screw up the aerodynamics and force the cockpit to be at the front of the plane, making the most critical controls run the full length of the plane. If the front of the plane were smoother a flight could burn less fuel, the main cost in flying these days. If the cockpit were towards the back a lot of weight could be reduced in control lines to the wings and tail, all that's needed from the nose is wiring for a couple (critical) warning systems.

about three weeks ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

w_dragon Re:Creativity (209 comments)

The post-2000 revival of apple, sure, that was Jobs. But the founding and initial success of Apple would not have happened without Wozniak.

about a month and a half ago
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The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

w_dragon Re:How is it broken, exactly? (162 comments)

SCTP already exists, and is reasonably well supported. No one uses it because it turns out TCP and UDP actually do most of what we need pretty well.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

w_dragon Re:How close? (151 comments)

You need to be out of the controlled airspace for the airport. Or you need to have ATC approval for where you are. Same as every other plane in controlled airspace.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

w_dragon Re:Implicit ownership of the air? (151 comments)

Actually, if you want to fly an ultralight aircraft and keep it below 1000ft you may not even need the license or certification, depending on where you are.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

w_dragon Re:Implicit ownership of the air? (151 comments)

They don't. If you're away from populated centers there is still plenty of uncontrolled airspace around. But if you're near an airport then the massive jet carrying hundreds of passengers performing the most dangerous part of the flight with proper clearance damn well has right of way over anything else.

about 3 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

w_dragon Re:Cars (345 comments)

If the defect may kill you car makers may fix something 12 years old. Maybe. If the defect will allow someone to easily unlock your doors and steal everything in the car they won't care.

about 3 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

w_dragon Re:Who are these people (345 comments)

Microsoft would have fixed it anyway, since there are still a few large organizations paying for extended XP support. All they decided to do was make the patch generally available.

about 3 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

w_dragon Author is dumb (226 comments)

Full-stack developer generally refers to a developer who can code the full software stack - UI, middleware, and backend. Also lots of QA people can code - automated testing is mostly coding - and lots of developers can't test at all. Author needs a bit more real-world experience.

about 3 months ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

w_dragon Re:He didn't make a mistake? (281 comments)

You could flip that around and say that degrees may not have value beyond what employers believe they have. Right now a degree gets you extra money, on average, compared to someone without a degree. That alone gives a degree value.

about 4 months ago
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The Tech Industry Is Getting Ridiculous

w_dragon Re:"Programming error'? (102 comments)

No, but the fact that the compiler doesn't warn on the unreachable code that follows is a programming error.

about 5 months ago
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The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

w_dragon Re:I don't agree that coding is more like math (161 comments)

There aren't many fields that use more than 2-3 branches of math. Programming tends to use formal logic, lambda calculus, and graph theory. I never understood why people here think math ends at calculus and statistics.

about 5 months ago
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Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

w_dragon Re:I'm somewhat disturbed... (264 comments)

Every purchase you make on a credit card the merchant pays a portion to the credit card company, generally 1-3%. The interest on balances is actually a small portion of the major cards' profits.

about 6 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

w_dragon Re:I don't think so (153 comments)

HP being a good example. Their hardware is generally solid, but every piece of software they're associated with is crap. This includes drivers, most firmware, and pure software (QTP is overpriced and broken, their diameter api crashes as often as it works). I suspect that the process for building good hardware is so different from the process for good software that companies have trouble doing both.

about 6 months ago
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Quentin Tarantino Vs. Gawker: When Is Linking Illegal For Journalists?

w_dragon Re:Can someone please kill the fucker (166 comments)

DMCA takedowns apply to sites that host user-created content. It does not apply to content that a site creates itself.

about 6 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

w_dragon Re:It's about tactics: GPL helps free software (1098 comments)

In every software company I've worked at the codebase is roughly 5% critical, complex code that makes the company money, 95% boilerplate utility, ui, boring code that everyone tries to find ways to reduce. For that 5% it's important it be GPL-free since there's no way in hell the company will release it, and GPL violations can be expensive. Anything it links against in the other 95% must also be GPL-free. The rest of it can contain whatever free code reduces work for developers. Fixing a bug in boost may help my competitors, sure, but maintaining a fork just so I can jealously guard a little change in a third party library is a shocking amount of work long-term. The money rests in giving back and getting someone else to maintain as much code as you can, other than your core competence.

about 6 months ago

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