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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

xded Windows 98 (533 comments)

Windows 98 idle loop didn't use HALT, small "cooling" apps were written on purpose to implement it. Does this bring back the "os idle loop" as a candidate for the most run piece of code?

about 3 months ago
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Inside the Guardian and the Snowden Leaks

xded Re:Modern journalism (239 comments)

True.

But the point here is not what an average person thinking about himself would do. The point is what a non-ordinary person caring about society can do.

Whether you want our times to be told by the former or the latter, it remains your choice.

What the definition of 'journalist' should be, this is the matter of discussion.

about 6 months ago
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Debian Says Remove Unofficial Debian-Multimedia.org Repository From Your Sources

xded ). There. (159 comments)

You're welcome.

about 10 months ago
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BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

xded Be pragmatic... (487 comments)

1. Geolocate the IP, show the local time and mark it with a timezone identifier/city
2. If geolocation data is not available for IP, show UTC time celarly marking it as such
3. Put a button on the side of the clock to acquire the user's coordinates if a GPS is available, mark the timezone as GPS-determined
4. If GPS is not available and user pushes button, use the JS new Date().getTimezoneOffset(), mark the timezone as OS-determined

There are corner cases where this will not work, but this is good enough for 99% of the users.

The user is behind VPN/Proxy? If he cares about the correct local time, he'll push the button.
The user has no GPS and wrong OS timezone? Too bad.

about 10 months ago
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Hackers Spawn Web Supercomputer On Way To Chess World Record

xded Chess, anyone? (130 comments)

Came here for the "chess world record" mentioned in TFT and didn't find a single word about it, neither in TFS nor in TFCs... Did anyone realize how this article is actually about a bunch of guys parallelizing the eight queens puzzle, running it first on anything from browsers to Blackberrys, then porting it to Hadoop, and on the way to break the world record computing the number of solutions for a chess board of 27x27 tiles?

TFA mentions the word "bitcoin" in the last 2 paragraphs out of 23, and everybody goes crazy about it. Welcome to Slashdot 2013.

about 10 months ago
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Direct-to-Vinyl Recording Makes a Comeback (Video)

xded And why nobody's quoting this... (166 comments)

Tim: Usually in 2013, you see people going from vinyl to digital formats, here you are doing the opposite, you’ve got a CD player here that’s feeding music over to a vinyl cutting lathe.

Believe what you want about vinyl records, but recording on vinyl something coming out of CD player goes against any logic he could try to follow.

1 year,25 days
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Why Earth Hour Is a Waste of Time and Energy

xded But we're talking about light, aren't we? (466 comments)

It's not like you will need to light yourself up with twice the power to compensate for skin greening...

Not saying that I agree wih Earth Hour, just tryin' to stay on topic...

about a year ago
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Google Gives 15,000 Raspberry Pis To UK Schools

xded Similarly in Italy... (159 comments)

Last time I checked, it was similar for the Italian law. As long as you own a usage license (be it temporary or not), you can do whatever you want with a program. And you are explicitly allowed to reverse-engineer/modify it as long as it's done to "improve its functionalities", not only for interoperability reasons.

about a year ago
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GNOME 3 To Support a "Classic" Mode, of Sorts

xded Can I ask... (197 comments)

Too many power users ran off to what? What's the best alternative, KDE excluded, for power users that once liked GNOME?

about a year ago
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EFF Wants Ubuntu To Disable Online Search By Default

xded Re:enhancement request (124 comments)

Interesting? I feel as if several mods are suddenly hearing a wooshing sound in terror...

Dear "root owning" overlords,
When using grep recursively I only get local results:
[...]
I declare this a bug for two reasons:
1. The output is boring.
2. The terminal has more than 2 lines!!! It's an unefficient use of my screenspace.
I believe the reason for this is that the grep command only searches locally for things I am actually looking for, I kind of expect the results I get from my codebase and as such it removes any sense of mystery or something new and exciting to spice up my dull geek existence. That's boring, grep -R should also search amazon, so I get more exciting results such as:
Shark Season 1 Starring Steven Eckholdt, Nora Dunn, Patrick Fabian, et al. Amazon Instant Video to buy episodes: $1.99 to buy season: $34.99 ($1.59 per episode)
[...]
Please can you change the grep warez to have this feature, and just install it on my machine while I'm down the pub, after all you do "erm, have root", so it should be easy for you to do :-)
[...]
Sent from my Unity device, (which is why it took several glacial ages and a couple of eras to get it done)

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

xded Nietzsche said it better... (823 comments)

The more you love math and science the further you'll be from people who live for the next episode of Jersey Shore.

"The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly."

about a year and a half ago
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New Evidence That the Moon Was Created In a Massive Collision

xded Re:Partially on the subject... (155 comments)

Yeah, you got it. The novel was Earthlight by Arthur C. Clarke.

BTW, thanks guys for the insightful responses.

about a year and a half ago
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New Evidence That the Moon Was Created In a Massive Collision

xded Partially on the subject... (155 comments)

A sci-fi author (can't recall who) once wrote in a novel that Earth's crust contains a relatively high percentage of heavier elements because of the Moon. Without Moon's (relatively big, as far as satellites are concerned) gravitational pull, heavier elements would've fallen toward Earth's center leaving only lighter ones to cool down and turn solid on the crust.

Can somebody more knowledgeable on the field comment on the theory? Is there any truth in this? Is this an important factor on making a planet habitable for us? Is this an important factor for forming life (as we know it) on a planet?

about a year and a half ago
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Post Mortem of GunnAllen IT Meltdown

xded Should I remind that... (192 comments)

You should never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

about a year and a half ago
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Stolen Maple Syrup Found and Returned To Strategic Reserve

xded Sorry but... (255 comments)

I'm from Europe and I don't really get why a strategic reserve of maple syrup is needed... Do you plan on living on maple syrup in case of a nuclear holocaust?

about a year and a half ago
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US Agricultural Economists Say Bacon Shortage Is Hogwash

xded Which usually means that... (137 comments)

If price didn't increase, you wouldn't be able to get bacon... Either this, or rise in price means there will be (more) taxes on bacon.

about a year and a half ago

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