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

by CSMoran (#49228507) Attached to: Was Linus Torvalds Right About C++ Being So Wrong?

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

by CSMoran (#48194237) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime
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

by CSMoran (#47887545) Attached to: Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

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

by CSMoran (#46937397) Attached to: Dropbox and Box Leaked Shared Private Files Through Google

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, and someone clicks this link straight from within the document, 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

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

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators — only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors — only discuss Beta
[spam URL stripped] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention. -----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

Discussion of Beta: [spam URL stripped]
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+ - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

Submitted by unitron
unitron writes: Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy