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Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 4, Insightful) 185

by _merlin (#49135313) Attached to: Uber Offers Free Rides To Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers

Cities don't license plumbers, painter, interior decorators, electricians, doctors, lawyers, nannies, or nurses. Even though these people need much more training.

In Australia, plumbers, electricians, doctors, nannies and nurses all need to be licensed. You're talking out your arse or you live in the wild west.

Comment: Re:Here's what happened (Score 1) 150

by _merlin (#49115093) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?

And you know why there was no good third-party content? Because the console was hard to squeeze maximum performance out of, but Sega didn't give anyone development libraries for it - just gave you a book of specs and left you to work it out. They went in the complete opposite direction with the Dreamcast - they gave you great libraries and almost no specs, so it was more like, here's the API, ignore what's behind it. You can't really say they were incapable of learning.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 677

by _merlin (#49044867) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

The clean C++ way to deal with that is to use RAII and have little helper objects that are there just for their destructors. It lets you return from any point in a function (or exit via an exception) and still have all your cleanup done. Of course it obfuscates flow even more than goto.

Comment: Re: Google's biggest problem is IH (Score 1) 88

by _merlin (#49022981) Attached to: Google Chrome Will Adopt HTTP/2 In the Coming Weeks, Drop SPDY Support

But who's prepared to pay more (even just in terms of ad impressions) just so they can see their cat pictures? No-one's arguing that security isn't essential for your bank or whatever, but all this "free" shit actually costs money to deliver, and encryption would make it cost more.

Comment: Re:Google's biggest problem is IH (Score 1) 88

by _merlin (#49022525) Attached to: Google Chrome Will Adopt HTTP/2 In the Coming Weeks, Drop SPDY Support

It is if you have constraints on server resources. Encryption costs CPU time, and it requires even more if you use forward security as people tend to since the Snowden revelations. If you're serving lots of public assets (think 4chan image CDN), requiring encryption would greatly increase the CPU resources you need.

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