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Comment: Re:Math doesn't approve (Score 1) 1067 1067

Well, division by zero should never happen, but you want it to be handled gracefully in case it does.

You are aware that segfaults are there specifically as a graceful handling of error conditions, right? We could just have every invalid memory access return 17 if we preferred. You seem to be underestimating just how nongraceful not aborting would be. The alternative to a segfault is a program that could go do absolutely anything, unpredictably.

Nobody wants the autopilot in charge of a barge train to segfault.

I would much prefer that over the autopilot deciding that its current speed is [broken computation... division by zero... "zero"] and the desired speed is 50km/h, so hit the accelerator until the division by zero situation resolves itself.

Comment: Re:C++ (Score 1) 173 173

While C++ happens to be useful for cross platform mobile development, that's not because of C++ itself is better at cross platform development.

Yes it is. Well-written C++ code will run on any platform, whereas even the best java code only runs on the java platform. This makes C++ much more suitable for cross platform development than java.

Is this sophistry? I don't think so. Java is not a cross-platform system, java *is* a platform. And I think that no matter what the initial intentions may have been, time has shown that languages that compile to any platform, while less convenient than languages that bring their own platform, are actually the more flexible and practical for cross platform development of the two designs.

Comment: Re:Hope! (Score 3, Insightful) 522 522

In my mind, this comes down to whether we want a better functioning OS or an OS that adheres to the mindset that I think attracted many of us to Linux in the first place.

In my mind, it comes down to streamlining the common use cases for a given system, while throwing under the bus everyone who wants to do something with their system that Lennart didn't think of or doesn't care to support.

Comment: Re:I disagree (Score 1) 549 549

What we really need is some kind of standardized identity management system-- like you know how you can sign onto various sites using either your Facebook or Google+ sign-on? Like that, but standardized. We need a true single-sign-on solution that is easy to manage, hard to screw up and lose your identity permanently, and usable everywhere.

Is there any particular reason why we shouldn't just use public key authentication as the standard authentication method to use absolutely everywhere, optionally delegated to some remote single-signon service of your choice which is not in any way visible to the service you're authenticating against? This seems like the obviously correct solution to me, but for some reason I never see it mentioned in threads about replacing passwords as an authentication scheme.

Comment: Re:Not a rule - Not just the FAA (Score 2) 199 199

If an activity is safe for a hobbyist to perform, why is it suddenly dangerous and in need of regulation when a professional does it?

Because "commercial" is really code for "on a large scale", and "hobbyist" is code for "on a small scale". What's safe on a small scale need not be safe on a large scale.

Of course, "commercial" is only a poor approximation of "on a large scale", but it's measurable and hard to game and does a pretty good job as an approximation in practice, so that's what the law will say.

+ - Can I buy the Classic interface? 3 3

Max Hyre writes: LWN almost went under a number of years ago because its volunteer editors couldn't afford to keep it up. The readers rose up and insisted that they be allowed to pay for it.

Can we do the same for Classic?

I'm a nerd. I read. I'm the one in the museum ignoring the display and reading the description. I want text, easily accessible, clearly laid out, and plenty of it. I'll pay to keep the UI I know and love.

The Beta has none of those characteristics. The Beta site is repellent, unusable, and unneeded. I won't use it, and if ``Classic'' goes away, I won't visit /., and it'll be a pity.

How much do you actually receive in revenue for each user? I suspect I'll match it to keep the status quo. Ask us what it's worth to us. I'd certainly pay $1/month, and would think about $5/month. I bet that I'm not alone.

+ - Owner: Vote, your choice: Get rid of Slashdot:Beta OR everyone goes elsewhere-> 1 1

Ying Hu writes: Slashdot Beta is not Slashdot:
What was loved about Slashdot does not appear in the new design — those creating the latter, please fire yourself and go work for a commercial consumer site (which we never read, and never will). OUR site should work without JavaScript, and JavaScript that IS used should to do something actually desired by a reader or commenter, not waste our bandwidth and CPU, and electricity, sending CRAP onto our computers. Improvements/ plugins,, won't be enough.

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Opinion of slashdot beta? 9 9

An anonymous reader writes: What are your thoughts about slashdot beta? Post your complaints here so that I don't have to see them elsewhere. Additionally, if the beta is so bad that you don't want to stay, what other news website do you recommend?

+ - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike-> 4 4

who_stole_my_kidneys writes: Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?
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+ - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2 2

somenickname writes: As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?

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