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Comment: Re:The problem (Score 1) 194

by jeremyp (#49111263) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings

Furthermore the Americans solved the 4-rotor problem (even harder), something the British were not able to do.

That's bullshit. The British knew exactly how to crack the four rotor problem: they needed bigger and faster bombes, but they didn't have the resources with which to build them. In fact, by using some tricks, they were able to have some success with the existing equipment, but a permanent solution was only arrived at when the USA joined the war. An agreement was reached to share cryptanalysis efforts and the Americans with their enormous resources and significant design input from the British were able to build the required bombes.

Comment: Re:Not really happy (Score 1) 171

by ergo98 (#49081035) Attached to: HTTP/2 Finalized

The whole "HTTP/2 stink" thing seems to be a bit of a meme, but it's remarkable how the people who state it vaguely wave their hands around and make unsupported claims.

1. HTTP/2 is *fantastic* for higher latency connections. If you're a small site and you can't afford to have geolocated servers around the globe, HTTP/2 offers a much better experience for those high latency connections. I've been using SPDY for a couple of years to service clients in Singapore from a server in the US (which for a variety of legislative and technical reasons I can't replicate there). It is absolutely better.

2. HTTP Pipelining is when you know that someone is just doing the "I oppose" thing and searching around for objections. HTTP pipelining is not supported by default in a *single* major browser because it has critical, deadly faults that render it useless. When people bring it up to oppose HTTP/2, their position is rendered irrelevant.

3. HTTP/2 removes the need to do script and resource coalescing. It removes the need to deal with difficult to manage image sprites. All of those are bullshit that are particularly onerous and expensive to little sites.

4. HTTP/2 makes SSL much cheaper to the experience. This is very good.

HTTP/2 is a *huge* benefit especially to the little guy. Google can do every manner of optimization, they can deploy across legions and armies of servers around the globe. This can be expensive and logistically difficult for little sites, especially if you want SSL. HTTP/2 levels the playing field to some degree.

Comment: Re:"risks serious damage to the system" (Score 1) 138

by ergo98 (#49070721) Attached to: NVidia Puts the Kibosh On Overclocking of GTX 900M Series

It isn't about "a chip". It's about a system that is designed for a specific thermal and electrical load. nvidia probably got flak from notebook makers who were facing dissatisfied customers.

You only have to look at a lot of the nonsense comments throughout, such as yours -- people just contriving how "easy" everything is, and how simple it is. Yeah, and I'll bet all of you design notebooks. No? Then shut up.

Comment: Re:Forced benevolence is not freedom (Score 1) 551

by jeremyp (#49018739) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el

Actually, in your scenario, the source code does not lose its "freedom", but the derivative work never gets it. This means that the changes never get back to the community, but the original code is there as fee as ever.

It's important to note that I can take a piece of GPL software and modify it and still not give the changes back to the community. In fact, even if I distribute my modified software, I only have to give the changes to whomever I distribute it to. Of course, I can't then stop them from giving it away to anybody who asks.

Comment: This is also not subject to oversight (Score 1) 265

by stonecypher (#48965651) Attached to: Don't Sass Your Uber Driver - He's Rating You Too

I lost my five star while Uber's rider ratings were still leaking, because a driver went to the wrong location, and felt that I should walk seven blocks to meet them, and when I said no, they felt that that was worth a one-star.

According to Uber's customer service staff, they even confirmed that as the reason, but Uber still feels that the rating should stand, because as a rider, I should not have the expectation of being picked up within a mile of my location.

My impression of Uber's customer service is rather poor, as a result.

Comment: Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (Score 0, Troll) 693

by rabtech (#48861711) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Why is it that you have to fall back on name-calling? Why not address the actual point?

It is wrong to dox people.

It is wrong to swat people.

Period.

It's ridiculous how much vitriol and harassment is being dished out against random people (mostly women) just because you don't like what they say.

To a letter, every single person I've talked to who is supporting gamergate is spouting lies and half-truths. Maybe there was a legitimate point buried in there, but it's long been lost in the random mob attacks.

Now people are being attacked simply for saying "hey guys, random aggression/doxxing/swatting isn't cool".

It's pure insanity. You should be ashamed of yourself and your comment.

(For the record, I hate the SJW crowd and the Tumblr really-a-dragon-spirit bullshit, but that doesn't make it OK to lash out)

Comment: Re:Capable, sure (Score 4, Insightful) 329

That is because the terrorism was not religiously motivated. Religion had a polarizing effect on the population of Northern Ireland, but the motivation for the terrorism was political, not religions: it was the Irish Republican Army, not the Irish Catholic Army.

Comment: Re:How Writers Expressed Emotions (Score 1) 104

by jeremyp (#48796565) Attached to: Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

Well most writers were always unable to convey the tone of their writing. Generally speaking, most of us only read the best writing from ages ago. Back in the 20th century, pretty much everything I read was written by people I knew personally or people who were good enough writers to get published in books and newspapers and magazines.

Now, Twitter is spammed relentlessly by the illiterate arseholes who were always there but couldn't get published in the past.

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