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Comment Abandon beta as a failed experiment (Score 4, Insightful) 2219

Beta must be abandoned as a failed experiment. It is awful - not due to bugs, but due to the intention behind the redesign. Your existing 'audience' is what makes slashdot. If you want a larger audience I suggest you create a celebrity gossip website. Awful.

Comment Re:Kill XP? (Score 2) 405

I'm down to 2 Windows machines now; My wife's laptop - she needs IE for remote access to her work PC, and my media center - the games I want to play run fine on Wine, but I'm still haven't been able to get a user friendly bluray setup (which means disk goes into drive and plays without further user intervention) on linux. Irritating.

Comment Re:The internet is full. Go away. (Score 1) 241

IPv6 is not a solution to this problem. If we allocate IPv6 addresses the way we have allocated IPv4 addresses, we'll run out of them in just a few more years. Then what? IPv8, with 1024-bit addresses, so we can start allocating entire /256 blocks and run out again?

You don't realise how big a 128-bit address space is. As for a 1024-bit address space, why would every atom in the observable universe need over 10^200 IP addresses?

Comment Re:Unfortunately, UK has become Uncle Sam's lapdog (Score 0, Troll) 1065

No. The NHS does not work. The reason US politicians who are opposed to universal healthcare always use the NHS as an example is because it is the among the very worst state healthcare providers in the developed world. The NHSis an example of how not to do state provided medical care - many countries make public healthcare work far more effectively (and US healthcare is an example of how not to do private medical care - many countries make private healthcare work far more effectively).

Comment Re:Common knowledge (Score 1) 670

A compacting GC is often a win over naive manual memory management - they improve cache coherency and speed up dynamic allocation. Of course, using smarter allocation techniques (small object pools etc) instead of general purpose allocators (new/malloc) can provide even grater benefits to GC - but that's what Google were talking about when they said "extensive tuning efforts". In other words, a C# or Java application using GC can outperform a naive C++ application because of, not in spite of, GC. The worst case is when somebody decides that every dynamic allocation belongs inside a shared_ptr *shudder*.

Comment Re:Socially engineered attacks ARE a huge problem (Score 1) 205

Or perhaps we should let the work stand for itself, evaluate the methodology, strip away the marketing spin, and come away with some nugget of truth, regardless of who funded it.

We can't evaluate the methodology because the methodology hasn't been published. From what we do know, neither the testing nor the data released was objective - the tests compared bleeding edge releases of IE9 to an obsolete versions of Chrome, and the data they chose to publicise focussed on the single areqa in which IE9 triumphed, despite it performing poorly in other areas.

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