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Comment: Re:I SURE FUCKING HOPE SO! (Score 1) 36

by IAN (#47773161) Attached to: Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)

AIX is UNIX Done Right. It's the kind of UNIX that doesn't fuck around. It just goddamn works, and it works really well.

Unless much has changed with AIX, this quote still applies. I used to coddle some AIX servers in the 4.2-4.3 timeframe, and can vouch for the truthfulness of the quote. AIX is... strange. Though, in fairness, they did have LVM done right.

Comment: Re:FEAR! (Score 1) 105

by IAN (#46066393) Attached to: Mexico's Stolen Radiation Truck: It Could Happen In the US

Control the populous with fear! Let's figure out a way to make them even more afraid of nuclear power so we can continue selling snakeoil solutions like solar and wind energy products.

The "populous" (ObGrammarNazi: it's "populace" in this case), as represented by the thieves of those radiation sources, has already demonstrated how informed and afraid it is: not much. How you can equate medical/industrial isotope capsules with nuclear power generation is another question. (Hint: you really can't, but it's so difficult to pass an opportunity for trolling, right?)

Comment: Re:Great Firewall of China is bad enough ... (Score 2) 270

by IAN (#46043825) Attached to: Great Firewall of UK Blocks Game Patch Because of Substring Matches

Actually, she [Queen E.] is the only one with the power to "enact" legislation. Parliament cannot create laws without her consent. She can therefore refuse to sign any legislation she objects to, and she has on occasion done so (typically tax laws that affect her personal wealth. Yeah.)

Citation badly needed. The procedure you've described is called Royal Assent, and has been a formality for ages; the last time it was withheld was... wait for it... in 1708. Yes, in theory Her Maj could veto a law, but that would be the end of her political meddling, if not the monarchy itself.

Comment: Re:only? (Score 1) 947

by IAN (#45228345) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?

So the guy is a pro biker and does a lot of his biking in scenarios that actually ought to be safer for bikes than riding the city streets. And he still gets banged up frequently.

Pro bike road racing is "safer" inasmuch as the peloton doesn't mix with regular traffic. That's it. Ask anyone who's been following bike racing with any regularity: crashes are a fact of life. And a broken collarbone is a typical cycling injury. You might even say that a racer who didn't smash a collarbone in his career didn't have much of a career in the first place.

Comment: Re:"Want to know your weakness, listen to your ene (Score 1) 209

by IAN (#43227217) Attached to: Apple Hires Former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, Destroyer of iPhones

Once, some well known "C" developer, post an article about the current version of the Pascal programming version. Contrary to the Pascal community beliefs, the article had a lot of good critical points.

So, the main "Pascal" developer, added or changed features, and, the newer versions, allow to do everything, that was missing.

This sounds like a garbled reference to Kernighan's Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language. The title is drily amusing, and the points made in the article are technically true, but I can't help thinking that the dissing of Pascal is a bit disingenuous and/or missing the point. The language wasn't even designed for system programming, but as a teaching aid. Its popularity far outside the original remit just underscores the dearth of sane high-level languages at the time.

Anyway, Wirth didn't tweak Pascal; he designed a completely new language, Modula-2, which, by the way, happened before Kernighan's article.

Comment: Re:HE.net? (Score 1) 164

by IAN (#43043391) Attached to: Home Server On IPv6-only Internet Connection?

Take a look at Hurricane Electric, they offer free tunnel, dns hosting, etc. [...] You can be up and running on an IPv6 tunnel from anywhere in 30 seconds!

Hurricane Electric is great, but note this item in their FAQ:

I've tried to create a tunnel but did not succeed. Is there a basic guideline on how to set up a tunnel?

[...]

*Two important notes:

  1. Your IPv4 endpoint address must be reachable via ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol).
  2. If you are using a NAT (Network Address Translation) appliance, please make sure it allows and forwards protocol 41.

That's protocol 41, not port, and support for any non-garden-variety protocol in the cheaper routers/APs is notably spotty. Who knows what POS you're going to end behind at your next hotel?

Comment: Re:No, it won't gain a strong following. (Score 1) 170

by IAN (#42140603) Attached to: In Calculator Arms Race, Casio Fires Back: Color Touchscreen ClassPad

There's no math field work, where you need immediate mobility anymore. There's no need for a graphing calculator, which must not be used during exams.

There still are niches where a powerful calculator is desirable for field work. Surveying is one -- search for "hp-50g surveying" to see for yourself. Yes, there are specialized data collectors, usually running WinCE (shudder), but a suitably outfitted HP-50g is a very worthwhile alternative.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming

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