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Comment: Re:Build-in function library (Score 1) 831

by jipn4 (#30062204) Attached to: Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language

Um, no. The whole point of a GC is that you don't have to explicitely deallocate something.

GC has several functions. One of the most important ones is to make a language safe. A secondary one is to save some work in non-performance critical code. However, in performance critical code, you have to worry about memory management as much with a GC as without.

There is a reason many people want an opt-in GC in C++0x.

The primary problem with C++ is not its lack of GC, it's its lack of safety. That's not fixed by adding a GC.

Comment: Re:Maybe (Score 1) 173

by grapeape (#30062194) Attached to: Project Natal Release Details Emerge

Your right, nothing is confirmed but the number of 3rd party prominent players hyping things up on their own kind of assures me that there is at least some substance there. Wii Fit and Motion Plus are great examples and I think your on to something...MS probably does need to bundle in some sort of game likely a mini-game collection similar to wii sports, even the kickball demo and that Milo thing would do...just something that gives you a "natal" experience out of the box. Im expecting game bundles from MS first party studios, perhaps Lionhead or Rare offering up a Perfect Dark or Fable bundle? Of course if Halo Reach ends up with Natal support and ships as a bundle they are guaranteed millions of installs off the bat.

Comment: Re:56 Mentions of God (Score 1) 48

by BobMcD (#30061888) Attached to: Origin of Species To Be Given For Free, With FUD

I'm saying that eugenics ... seems to be a logical progression from evolutionary thought.

I disagree. The idea that inferior genes will naturally die out does not logicically lead to we must kill everyone with inferior genes.

When you're running a government, it is absolutely a logical choice. What would be more preferable between suffering the damage caused by allowing the natural course of things or taking measurable action towards a given result? If you need a local example, look at the meddling our own governments do in the economy. This too would work itself out in time, and yet we meddle, because that is what people want out of a government.

This is why I wouldn't personally object to this point being made in the preface to this particular book. The salient point is simply that employing scientific logic in decisions without any attaching any form of belief system can lead to immoral situations. This point should be obvious, but really it isn't. Far too many are holding science itself up as the belief system, using studies and the like as oracles.

In my own world view, science is a source of information. An excellent one, indeed, but not any sort of moral compass at all.

Comment: Re:That's fine (Score 0) 610

by trapnest (#30061742) Attached to: OS X Update Officially Kills Intel Atom Support

I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a joke or not.
No one here has posted any source code or any legit backing for their argument.
We have either:
1. The Atom processor doesn't support some instruction set used by 10.6.2, and support has been unintentionally broken due to compiler settings or any number of changes. (Irrelevant, since Apple has no obligation to make their products to your specification.)

2. Apple has added checking for a specific CPU ID, and calls panic() or whatever because it's not an Apple approved device. (Irrelevant, since Apple has no obligation to make their products to your specification.)

Anyone care to post some evidence?

(On a side note, people who refer to companies by their stock symbol are pretentious bastards.)

Comment: Re:paper in your wallet (Score 1) 1007

by neowolf (#30061194) Attached to: Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?
I think some of you are forgetting the pwgen is going to dump a new set of passwords every time, and very few people who found something like this in a stolen/found billfold are going to know what to do with it. This is actually a really great idea.

I mean if you need better security than this- you need to look at some high-end biometrics.

I know awhile back there was a study that showed something like 90% of users store their passwords in plain-text on a sticky-note either on their monitor or under their keyboard. Anything to prevent that is good. I don't really trust the various "password vault" programs any more than I would trust storing them in an Excel spreadsheet though. At least this method is relatively easy- even for a not-so-smart user (unless, of course, they choose to use a highlighter to mark their password).

Comment: Re:You could say that about any software (Score 1) 186

by Belial6 (#30061058) Attached to: MS Pulls Windows 7 Tool After GPL Violation Claim
Exactly. If anything, FOSS makes it so that you can hide your copyright violations better. Unlike when MS just slapped in Stacker Inc.'s compression tools into DOS 6. At least with this, there is some question as to whether MS is currently 'Pirating' software. With DOS 6, anyone could do a dump of the executable and actually find Stacker's copyright notice.

Comment: Re:Start complaining, "free" software people (Score 1) 610

by commodore64_love (#30060988) Attached to: OS X Update Officially Kills Intel Atom Support

Uh huh. But you spoke as if you thought Linux should be user-friendly for everyone. Here's some other things my Linux laptop won't do properly:

- Emulate Atari, Commodore 64, or NES games
- Connect to my Netscape dialup ISP
- Run Internet Explorer
- Run Microsoft Office so I can update my resume
- Let me select a hundred songs from a window, and play them in order. Instead it tries to play all 100 at the same time?!?!?

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