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Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 516

by narcc (#47424063) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I do know that not all JavaScript interpreters in use support the semantics of "use strict".

That's not what I was referring.

how should I go about determining whether the extent to which I have learned the language is enough to allow me not to make a fool of myself here on Slashdot?

When you stop getting abused on c.l.j? The easiest way to not say silly things is to check to make sure that what you're saying is accurate.

Comment: Re:Global Foundries doesn't want the chipfabs (Score 1) 36

by gelfling (#47423913) Attached to: IBM To Invest $3 Billion For Semiconductor Research

No no not the CHIPS - the foundries which make them. A Korean chipfab or Intel for that matter, will invest more than a BILLION dollars a year in the manufacturing process just to keep current. IBM does not. This results in much higher costs per unit and a much higher reject rate.

Comment: This is like the Belgian army (Score 1) 273

by gelfling (#47423513) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

The tiny Belgian armed forces is horribly bloated and inefficient because it's based on awarding political contracts across a broad spectrum of Flemish and Walloon constituencies. This results in badly mismatched and concocted schemes to build systems no one wants and no one can use. For example one model of APC uses a one-off 90mm gun where the ammo is made by a single small company. But the other FOUR incompatible models of APC all made by different companies are all secure in their permanent contracts as well. This is the F-35 in a nutshell.

BTW the Australians and the Brits discovered the F-35 "B" version VTOL runs so hot it melts the decks on their ships taking off.

Comment: Technologic Systems (Score 1) 140

by Jon Abbott (#47423407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

The embedded ARM boards from Technologic Systems are worth looking at also. I used a TS-7260 with a large enough SD card to install Debian with gcc and it worked great. It booted nearly instantly and consumed something like 100mA of current at 3.3V IIRC. It was quite a robust little box. There are newer and faster models than the TS-7260 at the link I provided above.

Comment: Re:What about the bankers? (Score 4, Interesting) 87

by Lumpy (#47423043) Attached to: Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Actually most of America would applaud the SWAT team entering banks with shotguns and tasers.

Listening to an investment banker on the floor screaming "dont taze me bro" would pretty much make every single person on the planet smile at the same time. It would cause world peace and make cold fusion work.

Comment: Re:The relevant part (Score 1) 556

by AK Marc (#47422563) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Yes, they were demanding that he prove a negative, which is of course impossible to do.

So receipts are imaginary? He "spent" the money, and couldn't prove the positive that he spent the money.

If the government couldn't prove that he still had the money, the government had no business holding him.

You are asking the government to prove the negative. That he didn't spend the money.

Comment: Re:Seems appropriate (Score 1) 279

by AK Marc (#47421877) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys
The 5th Amendment exists because people were "asked" to testify, then, when the first charge didn't convict, try them for perjury on their testimony.

That, and beat a confession out of them.

Those were the main reasons for the 5th Amendment. Not to protect your computer files. You are required to hand those over (arguably in the format the prosecutor wants), so long as they get a valid warrant first. But that's a different Amendment.

Them as has, gets.