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Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

xx_chris C++ is the triumph of syntax over clarity (181 comments)

In my career, C++ has been my least favorite language. There's really nothing I like about it, save its introduction of // commenting. I hate looking at a page of C++ and not having any idea and knowing I can have any idea ever given that one page. I wouldn't recommend it for anything, for anyone, ever.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

xx_chris No way in hell would I work with progressives (464 comments)

I have progressives for driving and everything else. I also have prescription sunglasses for driving. But for computer work, I have a readers with the focal distance set at about 3-4 feet, tool distance. To be clear that is *not* reading distance. It's the distnace of your laptop or desktop. I also use these when I'm working with tools. But there are many choices out there, depending on your wallet. Single vision butt ugly prescription readers are CHEAP. Be certain that they are good and ugly so that you only use them for said purpose. If you have slightly more cash, you can get Seiko PCWide Trivex. Basically progressive exists because the lense makers can pretty much infinitely vary their lenses. Progressives are two or three lenses in one. But you can also optimize for other criteria. These are called free-form lenses and for a few dollars more you can get lenses optimized to you as well such as Seiko Individual. You will have to educate yourself on this. Your optician may not know or have the time to explain. But to be blunt about your question, no way in hell would I work with progressives.

about three weeks ago

UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

xx_chris Us Yanks are just trying to understand this. (922 comments)

Again, we'll grant that the guy is a dick. There are a lot of dicks in the world. Catch me on a bad day and I'm a dick.

Slander and libel are handled in the civil courts. If I say, Beckhem can't play the game of soccer, Mr. Beckham can sue me. Fire in a crowded theater is immediately dangerous, accent on immediate. Advertising is commerce.

I'm not saying you're wrong. At all. But our First Amendment says Congress shall make no law ... abridging the Freedom of Speech. It's only these incidents that illuminate differences for us.

As for the penalty, from this side of the pond jailing and getting kicked out of school for being a drunk dick on Twitter, I see that as excessive.

about 2 years ago

Iran War Clock Set At Ten Minutes To Midnight

xx_chris Schwarzkopf didn't say that. (315 comments)

It was a Bush underling, Jed Babbin. Schwarzkopf was honored as a Honorary First-Class Private in the French Foreign Legion in 1991. France sent 18,000 troops to that war.

more than 2 years ago

Math Textbooks a Textbook Example of Bad Textbooks

xx_chris Re:It's not just the textbooks (446 comments)

You're disagreeing with something the parent didn't say. He said that it's ok to keep reusing a standard text rather than coming out with the 2012 Social Media Enhanced Edition of First Grade Arithmetic. He didn't say that profs can/should write their own texts. In particular, he narrowed his argument to "Pre-university mathematics". I rather like my university math texts, Stewart Calculus in particular. Even in university there is a churn that requires students to buy the latest edition. But for elementary school and high school, I think Anonymous' argument is brilliant.

more than 2 years ago

Why Did It Take So Long To Invent the Wheel?

xx_chris I know, I know, pick me! (389 comments)

Because the installed base of Luddites were still using Firefox 3.6.x?

more than 2 years ago

US Prosecutors Have a Sealed Indictment On Assange, Say Leaked Files

xx_chris Re:I still don't get it (328 comments)

In addition to the hypothetical, there is also the actual case of the Malaysian extradition of columnist Hamza Kashgari to face blasphemy charges in Saudi Arabia.

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Awarded Posthumous Grammy

xx_chris He's dead, Jim (176 comments)

This is not Slashdot level news.

more than 2 years ago

Weaponizable Police UAV Now Operational In Texas

xx_chris Re:What could possibly go wrong (416 comments)

Precisely what happens when this thing hits somebody that isn't the intended target?

They become the intended target. Next question.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon In Talks With HP To Buy Palm

xx_chris For money? (72 comments)

Take the money. Hopefully a lot but anything. Just take it. After a decade of bad mergers at least HP can shed itself of Palm. Maybe it will pay for the Meg Whitman exit package.

more than 3 years ago

AT&T Lowers Data Access To Just $500/GB

xx_chris Non Sequitur Alert (339 comments)

Nope. It isn't a question of credit; it's a question of payment and price. If the unwashed poor have bad credit and they pay up front with their Go Phone account then they should pay the same rate as anyone else since ATT is incurring no risk by taking their money ahead of time. Or perhaps given the fact that they are prepaying and in fact extending credit to ATT maybe they should pay a little less. Or you could just rip off the poor. You could do that.

more than 3 years ago

Google Hiring Android Devs To Close the 'Apps Gap'

xx_chris Increase demand or demand an increase? (323 comments)

This sort of reminds me of that Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon (I think) where they speed up the car by moving the speedometer. Alternatively, Google could just concentrate on building a platform that doesn't suck.

more than 3 years ago

OpenLeaks — 'A New WikiLeaks'

xx_chris Re:Assange gets arrested. (538 comments)

You can't name a single example so you suppose that this example exists but that it's a secret. Ya got nuthin.

more than 4 years ago

Shadow Scholar Details Student Cheating

xx_chris Yeah, but (542 comments)

have you scored a -1 on Slashdot for someone else?

more than 4 years ago

Obama Sets End of Iraq Combat For August 31st

xx_chris Re:This is great news (659 comments)

Let's hope the Republicans and other ne'er-do-wells get the message that we're tired of paying for this.

more than 4 years ago

Mark Zuckerberg, In It To Change the World?

xx_chris I'm the CEO bitch (268 comments)

Sorry, but this just stinks of a payola article.

more than 4 years ago

Google Turns On User-Tweakable Search Wiki

xx_chris Google bombing (161 comments)

If they didn't limit this to the single user, then Google bombing would be even more effective. I suppose they can still use negative votes for spam research.

more than 6 years ago



An easy way to curb smart-phone thieves

xx_chris xx_chris writes  |  more than 3 years ago

xx_chris (524347) writes "Cell carriers can and do brick jail broken cell phones but they won't brick stolen cell phones. Except in Australia. The Australians apparently have been doing this for 10 years and it reduces violent crime since the thieves know they won't be able to sell the stolen phone. The FA points out that cell carriers have a financial disincentive to do this since a stolen phone means another sale."
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Lieberman campaign crashed its own servers

xx_chris xx_chris writes  |  more than 6 years ago

xx_chris writes "Apparently it wasn't Al Qaeda or the Democrats who crashed the Lieberman campaign website in 2006. According to the Stamford Advocate, the FBI has concluded that 'The server that hosted the joe2006.com Web site failed because it was overutilized and misconfigured. There was no evidence of (an) attack.'"


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