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Comment: Living in the past! (Score 3, Funny) 84

by nightfire-unique (#47588435) Attached to: Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

Let's face it, driverless buses don't really exist. But so long as we don't regress back into the awful world of proprietary or non-standard extensions, why should buses need drivers outside of those shipped with the kernel?

Methinks the mayor of London has a soft spot for microchannel!

Comment: Safe Buffer? (Score 3) 65

Given the number of security issues related to buffer over-runs, I wonder whether C/C++ should provide a safe buffer that would help alleviate these issues? Sure it might compromise performance slightly, though it might be acceptable when faced with the alternative of unexpected issues due to an unforeseen buffer overrun.

Comment: Multi-platform matters (Score 1) 636

by Midnight Thunder (#47151659) Attached to: Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

I haven't yet decided whether this is yet another programming language we needed, but I will be interested to see whether Apple release the Swift support in LLVM as open source. One thing that I dislike more than new programming language for the sake of doing so, are single-platform languages.

Comment: Re:Anti-competitive (Score 1) 238

by Midnight Thunder (#47026185) Attached to: Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

It does, but you should never under-estimate the ability of people to bother reading or paying attention to such details.

Apple does have a way to deactivate iMessage, but when you leave the Apple eco-system people don't realise that something that they were taking for granted suddenly gets in the way.

BTW the knowledge page for deactivating iMessage (never tried it):

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 93

by nightfire-unique (#46960983) Attached to: UK ISPs To Send Non-Threatening Letters To Pirates

Wait; maybe I misunderstood. Sorry, I'm using the industry-approved(tm) term "stealing" for copyright violation. Tongue-in-cheek.

I want those making the decisions to understand that I accept the term "stealing" and may consider copyright violation morally ambiguous or even negative. However, I judge the encryption of works restricted by copyright to be so much greater a moral failing that using the even theft is the lesser crime.

Comment: Actually (Score 3, Interesting) 93

by nightfire-unique (#46960593) Attached to: UK ISPs To Send Non-Threatening Letters To Pirates

Can they please send me one?

I am desperate to find someone to give money to, in exchange for unencumbered 1080p video (movies/tv).

I've stopped watching movies, but I know many in my position steal movies not for the price (we're engineers; cost is not an issue), but for the quality and user experience. Honestly, I couldn't care whether movies are $10, $20, or even $30. I care that I can wire someone money, click a button, and start a 10-20gb download of unencumbered, professionally encoded, high definition video.

In the meantime, I spend all of my media dollars on music, since there are multiple sources from which I can actually buy it.

Won't someone in the video world please take my money?

Comment: Re:Funny how (Score 2) 123

by Midnight Thunder (#46609221) Attached to: Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

Civil expenditure vs military expenditure. It's sad that it takes a military budget to do stuff, when a civilian space agency could do just as well.

The reality is that when asked the question 'why are you doing this?', the answer in one case will be a fuzzy 'important defence stuff' and people will stop asking questions, while in the other "researching technology for future manned space flight" and then people will start questioning it even more and each want to be a stake holder in the budget.

Comment: Re:Crying wolf? (Score 1) 230

by Midnight Thunder (#46609179) Attached to: Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

Not quite the same thing. Nature works at its own pace, but when you have geological evidence you should take heed of it. Geology can only help so much, because the exact time element is where things are fuzzy. On the flip side there are geologists who are more cautious about announcements and then get put in jail (case in Italy) - it's hard to win when everyone wants a scape goat.

For me it's like buildings or bridges that were built badly. You know they will fail, but not when. You know when the failure happens it won't be a pretty sight.

Testing can show the presense of bugs, but not their absence. -- Dijkstra