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Comment: Re:How much is it C++ and how much the compilers? (Score 1) 757 757

I argue the exact opposite! C++ the programming language leaves way too many decisions to the compiler implementer. A better specified language, such as Java, Ada, Eiffel, etc, doesn't have that problem of different compiler interpretations of the standard.

Interpretations of the standard? C++ standard has few ambiguities, hard to come with many interpretations. Perhaps you mean the bits that are left as implementation-dependent? I think grandparent was talking about dumb programmers who argue about precise results of undefined behaviour.

Comment: Re:Git can handle large repositories. (Score 1) 245 245

I would like to offer a radically different experience. I use a git repository for synching *all* my work-related files (binary or not) across four machines, one of them located abroad. Two of those repository copies are on a VirtualBox filesystem, accessed from a virtualized PC, and for one of these the .vdi file resides on a SATA HDD drive mounted over USB2, so rather low-end performance. The repository is currently at 74 GB (yes, GB), and I am entirely satisfied with git's performance when it comes to adding, merging, checking out, and so on. Only the initial git add/commit/push cycle that sent the first 50 GB abroad was a bit cumbersome (took overnight). Admittedly, this is only a huge master branch and a temporary 'scratch' branch that I switch to when pushing files between the repos, but still, I expect to hit 100 GB in a year or two and no complaints.

Comment: Re:10^5 slower? (Score 1) 100 100

I hate when people say that something is "3 times slower," as if that means anything. I know what they are trying to say, but the correct way to express it is "one-third the speed," or "one-third as fast."

Just imagine "slowness", measured in s/m, is the reciprocal of "speed". Three times slower means its slowness is three times bigger compared to the reference, thus it's 1/3 of its speed. Worth making a fuss of?

Comment: Re:If it is linked, it is public... (Score 1) 92 92

It seems like the "vulnerability" that the article is talking about only happens when a recipient of the dropbox file link copies that link address into a google search query. If the user just clicks the link like a normal person, there is no problem.

No, that's only half the problem. The other half is that if your shared document contains a link to, say, cnn.com and someone clicks this link straight from within the document, cnn.com can look at the referrer field and get the "secret" link to your document.

Comment: Re:Well ... what do you expect (Score 3, Insightful) 479 479

Precedence is a bitch, the US set the precedent and now they are winging about what is happening in Crimea !!

Precedence only matters in law, in places that use common law. In other legal systems, precedence doesn't matter at all.

It matters diplomatically and in propaganda.

+ - SPAM: Slashcott Feb 10 to Feb 17 2 2

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