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Comment: Re:GNU/Emacs on any platform (Score 2) 441

by Ulric (#49733587) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE

As vi/vim usually comes with the base OS by default (especially Unix - i.e. non-Linux - systems), knowing both editors (as I do) is preferable. For most programming work or complicated file edits, I generally use emacs though - since the late 1980s - my current .emacs config file is from 1990 - and, yes, I'm old.

That's exactly why I switched to vi (not vim at that time) in 1995 after using Emacs exclusively since the 80s: I knew it would be available everywhere. I still use Emacs occasionally. I'm 50, that's not old.

Comment: Re:Cannot Have Mine (Score 3, Funny) 123

by Ulric (#49733435) Attached to: Jason Scott of Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs

I save old CDs and DVDs. About this time of year, I take several and drill a small hole near the edge of each disc. Using kite twine, I then hang them from my fruit trees and grape vines to scare birds away.

And the birds go "Aah! The AOL disks are coming! The AOL disks are coming!"

Comment: Re:Fuck you. (Score 1) 618

by Ulric (#49720747) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

You are costing the website money, as they have to pay to send every byte to you.

Sure, and it costs money to broadcast commercials to TV viewers. That doesn't in any way change the fact that it is the viewers that are the product. A simple solution for web sites who want to display content only to visitors who also view ads is to use an ad wall that the visitors are forced to endure before they are allowed inside.

Comment: Re:Fuck you. (Score 1) 618

by Ulric (#49716697) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

You know what ACTUAL theft is? Consuming someone's product (ie. visiting an ad-supported web site) and then refusing to pay (ie. allow the ads to be shown). If you want a moral and ethical ad-blocker, implement a plug-in that refuses to let you visit any site whose ads you don't want displayed, or which allows you to pay micro-payments per visit.

When you visit an ad-supported web site, the web site is not the product, you are. Refusing to be the product is not theft.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 368

by Ulric (#49707223) Attached to: MenuetOS, an Operating System Written Entirely In Assembly, Hits 1.0

Try to compile an OS with a C compiler and see if it fits on a floppy...

Here's my old "Ulric's Router Construction Kit", a single-floppy Linux distribution. Of course, Linux is an OS compiled with a C compiler. At the time there were a bunch of such mini-distributions, I'm not so sure it would be possible today.

+ - Mystery person puts shuttered music site Grooveshark back online->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Unexpected revival comes 5 days after Grooveshark execs apologize, shut down. Less than a week after music-streaming service Grooveshark shut down, the site has been wholly reconstituted, brought back to life by an individual "connected to the original Grooveshark," according to a BGR report.
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+ - Intel Launches Xeon E7-8800 and E7-4800 v3 Processor Families->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid writes: Intel is taking the wraps off of its latest processors for enterprise server and pro workstation applications today, dubbed the Xeon E7-8800 / 4800 v3. Like its high-end desktop processors, the Xeon E7-8800 / 4800 v3 product families are based on the Haswell-EX CPU core. These new Xeons, however, offer a plethora of other enhancements and are packing significantly more cores than any current desktop processor. The highest-end Xeon E7-8800 series processors, for example, are 18 core chips. Previous generation Xeon E7 v2 processors were based on the Ivy Bridge-EX core, while the new E7 v3 parts are based on Haswell-EX, though both are manufactured on Intel's 22nm process node. Next generation Broadwell-EX based Xeons will make the move to 14nm. Xeon E7-8800 / 4800 v3 series processors have 32-lanes of PCIe 3.0 connectivity per socket, TSX is enabled in all SKUs, they offer support for both DDR3 and DDR4 memory (though, not simultaneously), and can address up to 6TB of memory in a 4-socket configuration or 12TB in an 8-socket setup. Intel has also goosed the chip's QPI interface speeds to 9.6GT/s.
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+ - Humans Dominating Poker Super Computer->

Submitted by IoTdude
IoTdude writes: The Claudico super computer uses an algorithm to account for gargantuan amounts of complexity by representing the number of possible Heads-Up No-limit Texas Hold’em decisions. Claudico also updates its strategy as it goes along, but its basic approach to the game involves getting into every hand by calling bets. And it's not working out so far. Halfway through the competition, the four human pros had a cumulative lead of 626,892 chips. Though much could change in the week remaining, a lead of around 600,000 chips is considered statistically significant.
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+ - Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Code Preview For Linux, OS X & 64-Bit Windo

Submitted by ClockEndGooner
ClockEndGooner writes: Microsoft is still extending its efforts into cross platform development with the release of a preview edition of Visual Studio Code, "a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows." . Derived from its Monaco editor for Visual Studio Online, the initial release includes rich code assistance and naavigation for JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, ASP.NET 5, C# and many others.

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