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Comment C and family = optimal (Score 1) 173

If you want fast applications, write them in C or one of the C family (C++, Objective C). If you want fast to write code, don't then,
There's yet to be a single language that can compete with that language group for speed, capability and power of the resulting code (providing it's relatively bug-free) It's a higher cost of production for a better quality result.

While occasionally a really well-tuned script language can match it for capability (perl succeeded there) - usually they cannot.

And anyone who calls these "Venerable" has to realize they're being arrogant in a way they can't back up, because they're linguistically implying obsolescence.

Comment Full screen "new?" (Score 2) 186

I don't miss DOS. in DOS, everything was full screen and there was no multitasking.

Forcing full screen on all apps is going back to DOS days, not forward to a multi-use multi-tasking computer capable of supporting a user in multiple ways instead of just a single-task ... game machine.
because that was pretty close to all DOS was good for.

Anyone who wants skype to be a full screen app needs their brain examined, and then needs to find a job where only skype is the tool they use, and never ever write a single document of any kind. ever.
PS: we use skype at my office quite heavily. Usually passing around document references .... while adding "giffy" support would make some people insanely happy and drive others insane - NO ONE uses the full screen crap.

Comment I went linux in 92 (Score 1) 469

I picked it because it had operational sound, and FreeBSD (the only alternative available to a programmer in the middle of nowhere) did not.

However, I think the picking of linux by NASA folks to develop beowulf clustering was the real prize - they turned the networking layers (and many other points of performance) into an absolute dream. The experimentation levels with optimization didn't hurt either - when Linus Torvalds was going for his PhD particularly.

COW pages were particularly a breakthrough, oddly enough, as was the whimsical clone() call and threading built on that.

Comment mathematics .... and more (Score 1) 698

I didn't see my dad after I was 8.
however he taught me how to use a soldering iron, some basics of wiring and ... ... from there I got algebra in grade 4, simple electronics physics (eg: what's taught in grade 12 usually) and some more (by asking for an engineer's help through my school) ... and everything with computer science has been relatively obvious.
(and what drove me was making music and radios with electronics...)

Really if you've had a good relationship so far, they're going to have everything else possible - but that's one of the advantages that can enable all kinds of later geekery, if pursued.

Anything that makes doors easier to open in the future helps, really. Good self esteem, good self image, awareness of possibilities and knowledge all do that.
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Journal Journal: gamergate

the more I hear from proponents of this, the more I see it as being no different than any other mob out to corrupt the masses.
Y'all are doing great press in gamergate to show yourselves as being bullies, harassers, and in general a great example of corruption in gaming. You're screaming and railing (and causing a lot of trouble) because it seems your privilege of being able to invade others' private spaces without their permission is being questioned.
Probably because you were beate

Comment Re:didn't go didn't download, don't care (Score 1) 148

<quote><p>I didn't go see it, I won't download it. I don't care about the movie.</p><p>I find the whole business with it, the hack &amp; blaming North Korea to be a stupid fucking incident and I'm not rewarding Sony for being a cunt.</p></quote>

What you said! Ditto. And associating being a flaming rude asshole with "being american" is just dumb.

Comment User-oriented, not service-oriented (Score 1) 164

This is a piece of software which is very user-oriented instead of service oriented. The short implication of that is, if a computer is dedicated to a single user, it's a rather useful toolkit (most of the time). (it causes havoc if one's trying to do something outside of "normal desktop behaviour")

This software is actively hostile in a service-oriented environment - aggressively so. It's possible if one controls all of the network resource allocation systems (dhcp et al), that one can minimize the harm caused by this software, but the best solution is still to purge it if it exists on a server.

Until it can be installed and run with a default state of "unengaged" when there's no GUI present, it'll remain unsafe. At least they're addressing - finally - the issue that it is essentially hostile if there's no GUI (eg X) present.

Comment C is not a memory-safe language (rubbish) (Score 1) 73

"C is not a memory-safe language" - for that comment alone, the entire review becomes untrusted.

One fallacy means that the entire work might just be a continuous set of fallacies.
(C is only memory-unsafe if not used safely - which, given that there's very few barriers to a programmer from shooting themselves in the foot - is always a risk)

Comment Leif Ericson (Score 1) 276

Leif Ericson out of Europe for "first discoveries" (although it was another man who actually told him about it). Since the Baffin Island camps at least lasted until the 17th century ... a MUCH more solid claim than any of the southerners.
for folks coming from the East, the date keeps getting pushed back, however long before the Sphinx existed at this point of knowledge although rather later than when Australia was settled.

Comment Fiction (Score 1) 611

It's a complete fiction.

For ad revenue to count towards cost of internet infrastructure, it would be having to go into funding within the infrastructure, not to "outside interests" who are - in their own ways - increasing costs by pulling "eyes".

TAANSTAFL maybe, but I think a lot of these "services" are overvaluing their "product".

Comment I don't know any... (Score 1) 962

I don't know any women for whom threats like this have not become real at some point. (whatever stats say, assume that probably only 1 case in 20 is actually reported and that's a fair rate)

That's one of the key differences. For most men, these threats are just "noise".

Google "missing women" if you want a clue about how real it can get.

This is why I'll continue to argue for women's rights. In a world where a woman can walk down a street at night without risk of assault, so can anyone.

PS: this applies for LBTQ-type folks too.

Comment Unnecessary micromanagement. (Score 1) 161

I think this person is still mad that linux doesn't feed out accurate memory usage ever since COW pages were introduced, let alone multiple efficiency steps since then.

Not going to say that task management over a greater picture's a bad idea, but have to make it more coarse (per server, approximations) rather than fine if one is to still be able to effectively use many of Linux' performance improvements above IBM mainframe approaches. Mind, I've built a couple of systems like that for proprietary infrastructure.

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