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Comment Re: As soon as you're invited to visit, I agree (n (Score 1) 191

So how about reciprocity? Would you hand over your phone, your phone password, your email password, your facebook password, when you want to visit Canada, Mexico, England, Russia, China, North Korea?

And even if were happy with it, it would still be a federal crime under US law. So we are basically making travel illegal, and you just hope that you do not get caught...

Comment Re:Still much more secure (Score 2) 136

Nice try, anonymous troll. By most measures, Europe is a much safer place than the US. You are unlikely for example to be shot for honking at someone cutting in front of you. You are also safe from civil forfeiture. And you have the right to criticise the president - any president.

But as the OP said, civil liberties are not appreciated anymore.

Comment Re:Define "long term." (Score 2) 101

Yelling is usually a sign a bad social skills, as is recommending to yell. It is just not how normal people behave.

And I agree he is just trying to detract from the fact that he promised something and did not deliver. 2 years is nothing - not enough even for the fast moving Ubuntu distribution, and certainly not enough for embedded development. Once the device is released, you usually do not want to change kernel versions, so 5 years would be more useful.

Comment Re: Doing it wrong? (Score 1) 600

Exactly. Recursion is heavy on stack use, and you cannot be sure that your target system has enough stack space available.

But it depends on how you use it. Binary recursion is usually considered ok, because you end up with a reasonably small number of levels (in the tens). Divide and conquer is a classic example, but even there you will usually find a loop implementation, because it is faster, and only marginally more difficult to code. Linear recursion on the other hand is complete madness, both in terms of stack use and in terms of performance.

A decent functional language will unroll recursion into a more efficient loop implementation. C will not do that. So as always, you should understand your language and your compiler.

Comment Re:Constutution (Score 4, Insightful) 91

And this is one of the reasons we are moving to Microsoft for our email and file storage. I have no idea why the 4th amendment only applies to Microsoft, not to Google, but so be it.

Of course according to Trump, aliens are not people. I wonder whether he can find a corrupt judge to support that argument.

Comment Re:Using a computer has become a minefield. (Score 4, Insightful) 498

That is absolutely true. "Using a computer" has become for "knowing how to work around bugs in the software". Updates are just one of the issues.

Although to be honest, my Windows 10 PC upgrades over night as it should. Yes, your tabs are gone, but they reload at the press of a button, and the state of the tabs would mostly be stale, anyway. So my inconvenience has been quite limited.

Comment LG G5? (Score 1) 86

I have to say that it looks quite nice. Especially the wide angle camera is unique in many ways, although it would be nice to also have a telephoto option.

And that is exactly where the "camera" module disappoints: it does not have a camera! That would have been a perfect opportunity to add a zoom in camera.

Comment Re:An anecdote (Score 1) 87

Especially in print you should be used to excellent precision. Even a standard laser printer used 1200dpi now, so a dot pitch of 20um. And these 20um need to be precise over the whole page (30cm), you cannot have one dot much larger than another without the result looking wrong.

Samsung did not have this problem. The battery should have been 4mm thick, but it was 4.3mm or so. That may be less than 1mm, but it is a large difference..

Comment Re:How do they ban it on privately owned phones? (Score 1) 70

Well, guess what. If you stop BYOD, and people have their private phones, they can use those to call each other, too. Completely unregulated! (Not completely unrecorded, of course.)

At the end of the day, you need people to do the right thing, and technology can help, but it does not solve the problem.

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