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Comment: Re:Messaging? (Score 1) 199

by Flymo2 (#46306883) Attached to: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

Well, people in Europe still suffer from text messages costing money if sent across borders. Anachronistic with a culture that thrives more and more on international communication, but that needs some sort of fix.

And WA was that fix. Dunno what I'll use now.

People in the US pay to *receive* SMS. WRT current discussion - who cares, either pay trivial amount to send SMS, or pay trivial amount to via contact numerous media channels. Boring Disclaimer - I actually communicate with people (including many relatives) across the world electronically

Comment: Re:There's no default title in a reply in slashdot (Score 1) 463

by Flymo2 (#46178965) Attached to: Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

The comment threshold system is fundamentally broken.

This is the part that kills me. As far as I can tell, there is no way to expand/view the parents or children of highly-moderated posts without viewing at -1, at which point the highly-moderated posts get lost in the noise. Lots of "Funny" replies where I can't even open the parent post to get the context of the joke.

Maybe none of this really matters.

+ - The UK "Porn" Filter Blocks Kids' Access To Tech, Civil Liberties Websites ->

Submitted by (447981) writes "It fell to the UK Tories to actually implement the Nanny State. Too bad Nanny Tory does not want kinds to read up on tech web sites such as, or civil liberties ones such as the EFF or Amnesty International. Read on for a small sample of what the filter blocks, from a blocked-by-default tech writer."
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+ - Asm.js Gets Faster ->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "Asm.js is a subset of standard JavaScript that is simple enough for JavaScript engines to optimize. Now Mozilla claims that with some new improvements it is at worse only 1.5 times slower than native code. How and why?
The problem with JavaScript as an assembly language is that it doesn't support the range of datatypes that are needed for optimization. This is good for human programmers because they can simply use a numeric variable and not worry about the difference between int, int32, float, float32 or float64. JavaScript always uses float64 and this provides maximum precision, but not always maximum efficiency.
The big single improvement that Mozilla has made to its SpiderMonkey engine is to add a float32 numeric type to asm.js. This allows the translation of float32 arithmetic in a C/C++ program directly into float32 arithmetic in asm.js. This is also backed up by an earlier float32 optimization introduced into Firefox that benefits JavaScript more generally. Benchmarks show that firefox f32 i.e. with the float32 type is still nearly always slower than native code, it is now approaching the typical speed range of native code.
Mozilla think that this isn't the last speed improvement they can squeeze from JavaScript. So who needs native code now?"

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