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Comment: Re:instant disqualification (Score 1) 630

by Dr_Barnowl (#48868937) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Nope, the default is machine code, p-code is an option.

Older VBs compiled to bytecode (p-code) by default, but the compiler for VB6 produces proper executables. p-code is a selectable compile time option (along with some optimizations and the ability to disable some checks).

What it does do it LINK to a runtime. Most of the datatypes are in there, the arrays are bounds checked, etc. The performance of VB datatypes are responsible for most of it's reputation as slow - in particular it's string handling (it lacks an inbuilt StringBuilder type).

If you're aware of it's limitations, you can do some good stuff with it. It's ideal for small (or even large) GUI apps, with a few libraries to replace some it's more egregious emissions you'd even call it professional.

What it's not is modern, object-oriented, possible to get documentation on the web (easily - the best source of documentation is the last MSDN Library disk set that contained it's docs).

Comment: Re: There's nothing wrong now... (Score 1) 487

by Dr_Barnowl (#48854529) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

The main thing you have to do is...

* Turn on indexing service
* Configure it to index unknown file types
* Turn it off again (presuming you have it off)

Now the basic file search will look in files with extensions it doesn't grok when searching for text. Insane that this option isn't in the advanced search panel.

United Kingdom

First Crowdsourced, Open Data Address List Launches In the UK 33

Posted by timothy
from the ok-now-start-on-a-cell-phone-directory dept.
The internet is a great place to search for some kinds of information; Amazon (or L.L. Bean, or Digi-Key, or any retailer, really) do their best to connect you with all the products in their databases, and for lots of other search topics, the usual handful of general purpose search engines can ferret out answers based on your keywords. Addresses are sometimes harder to search, but in the UK at least that might soon be much easier: An anonymous reader writes The London based startup and open data advocacy organization Open Addresses UK wants to change all of that by inviting the public to collect and validate housing addresses to build the biggest UK open address dataset ever. To do so, they launched UK's first open and free address list on Wednesday, calling on individuals and companies to crowdsource information." What if you want the equivalent of an unlisted number, though?

Comment: Re:Any chance of a non Chrome linux version? (Score 1) 95

by Dr_Barnowl (#48818421) Attached to: Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash

That's version 11.2

Yes, they've fixed the bugs in it. But it's not the mainstream version, which is 16.

There are plenty of sites that already depend on newer versions of Flash. Try running Card Hunter on Linux : you'll need Chrom(e|ium) with it's bundled Flash for that to work, and that's just over three minor versions (it requires 11.5)

So for given use cases, Flash already stopped working in Firefox for Linux. Supporting PPAPI probably is the only way it will work again.

But personally, I'd vote for "Long Gone". Why bother with Flash when you can do stuff like this directly in a modern browser?

+ - UK Prime Minister seeks to resurrect the zombie of compulsory key escrow

Submitted by Dr_Barnowl
Dr_Barnowl (709838) writes "The BBC Reports that UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has vowed to introduce a "comprehensive piece of legislation" aimed at there being "no piece of communication" .. "which we cannot read", in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

The only logical means by which this could occur would be by the introduction of compulsory key escrow, and the banning of forms of encryption which do not use it. While the UK already essentially has a legal means to demand your encryption keys (and imprison you indefinitely if you don't comply), this would fall short if you have a credible reason for not having the key any more (such as using an OTR plugin for your chosen chat program).

The US tried a similar tack with Clipper in the 90s.

As we all know, terrorists with any technical chops are unlikely to be affected, given the vast amount of freely available military-grade crypto now available, and the use of boring old cold war tradecraft.

Ironically, France used to ban the use of strong cryptography but has largely liberalized it's regime since 2011."

Comment: Re:It is called good coding. (Score 1) 189

The requirements in those fields don't change.

"Drop the bomb on the target" is a problem defined by the laws of physics. I've seen artillery pieces with old brass analog computers that still work perfectly.

"Make a system that automates the processing of the asinine new rules for Job Seekers Allowance" is a moving target.

Comment: Re:Does it still work? (Score 2) 189

Depends what the requirements are.

Usually, this sort of thing happens because requirements are changing faster than the old system can be maintained to keep up.

I wouldn't be surprised if this is to help automate the swingeing series of "sanctions" that are carried out to remove the benefits from job seekers in this country.

Things like suspending their payments for...

* Being late for an appointment at the job centre (by approx 2 minutes).... because they were attending a job interview
* Not attending a job interview
* Applying for 6 jobs one week, and 3 jobs the next, and not realising that the directive to apply for 4 jobs a week is not met by an *average*
* Applying for jobs on Monday and Friday, then being sanctioned because the accounting is done Tuesday and the count of jobs on Monday wasn't high enough

Comment: Re:Charging time still issue (Score 1) 124

by Dr_Barnowl (#48752987) Attached to: Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Indeed ; combine it with a cargo trailer and you have a sale : I have a small 2-door car that's a little snug when loaded with three people and their Christmas luggage. That Christmas trip is one of the few occasions I drive it more than 130 miles in a day. I'd happily rent a range-extending trailer with some cargo space in it for those occasions.

Comment: Which oil industry shill bribed them? (Score 1) 124

by Dr_Barnowl (#48746387) Attached to: Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

As a post above points out, the hydrogen supply isn't up to it.

The main supply of hydrogen today is ... yes, you guessed it, fossil fuels. Electrolytic production of hydrogren doesn't even come close. And it's ridiculously inefficient compared to battery electric vehicles.

The only useful thing that hydrogen has going for it is a fast fill time. On every other metric, it sucks balls - range, complexity, safety, price of storage equipment, price of equipment to convert it into useful work, energy efficiency.

This is a play by the fossil fuel industry aimed at either preserving some market for them or delaying the adoption of electric vehicles, they don't care which.

Unix is the worst operating system; except for all others. -- Berry Kercheval