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Comment MIT researchers live in ivory towers (Score 4, Insightful) 168

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. -- Donald Knuth

If the hard drive firmware is not proven, this FS won't be any better than ZFS and others.
Writing safe file systems is the easy part (even trivial using synchronous writes, when you consider their design is "slow").
The impossible part is dealing with firmwares that are known to lie (including pretending than a write is synchronous): how could you not lose data if the drive didn't ever write the data to the platters in the first place ?

Comment Re:What was that? (Score 2) 345

That "summary" is just a rambling pile of words.

Yep, it reeks American jingoism, yet it is excerpted FTFA, published on
I wonder if Stephen Bayley (article's author, himself a Welsh, "design critic, cultural critic, journalist and author", according to Wikipedia) is trolling his readership.

Comment Re:How many LifeLock employees? (Score 2) 57

Our last three presidents collectively admitted to smoking pot, using cocaine, driving drunk, sleeping around, eating dog and more. Career-wise, I'll be fine.

I expected a mention about causing the death of thousands of people abroad, but apparently there's nothing worse than intoxicating oneself, having sex between consenting adults, and not being a vegetarian.

Comment The *real* reason (Score 5, Insightful) 213

We recently published on this site an opinion piece whose author was dismissing the usefulness of certifications.
We wanted to reassure our advertisers that the author's opinion was strictly his own, and not reflecting Dice's opinion in any way.
We at Dice are convinced that the certifications offered by our advertisers are indeed useful and even necessary.

Comment Re:YES. Attention is a resource. (Score 3, Informative) 351

A French private media network CEO called that "available human brain time".
Someone translated the surrounding paragraph, if you want some context.
And if you can read French, there's a wikipedia article about it, with even more context.

Comment Re:360 degrees is not what you think it is (Score 1) 133

Your biases are showing :)

When you say "you don't have to comply", what you're really saying is you don't have to buy an iPhone.

I didn't say, I was quoting the article, that is probably also guessing on that point, because they don't give any source for that allegation.
My point was that the summary asserted that if Apple were to implement this patent, it would be a U-turn for them, when the article doesn't state as much.
Your allegation is also a biased speculation, especially as buying an Android or a Windows phone is unlikely to protect you, which gets us to the second point.

"Wild speculation" that a company that has filed a patent for a technology has some intention on monetizing that technology.

Large companies are patenting everything they can, because it is cheap to them. They can benefit from these patents in different ways :

  • Direct monetization by the way of an exclusive feature. In that case, not going to maximize their benefit. What's the point of exclusivity when competitor phone makers have a disjoint set of users ? It's not going to give them more users.
  • Monetization through patent licensing. Also get them some money from competitors like Google and Microsoft. Amazon would probably be interested, too.
  • Patent cross-licensing agreement. That's what big companies do. When time comes to renegotiate the agreement, they better have something interesting to show up. They don't get money, but more patents to use.
  • Defensive patent. If a litigious company is doing something like that, it better properly license that patent before suing. Probably not applicable in that case, as the patent is quite specific.

I notice that quite a few Slashdotters are going with "prevent other companies to implement methods described by that patent", but that is wishful thinking :) .

Comment Re:360 degrees is not what you think it is (Score 1) 133

360 degrees is not what you think it is

Maybe it is !
And with the reporting spin, it amounts to 540 degrees !
Plus, the submitter didn't mention degrees (or it has been eaten by slashcode, see: "°" : ""). Maybe it's 360 half-degrees ? There's no way to know as TFA doesn't mention it.

Don’t worry, this service is opt-in so if the idea of a giant snooping around your bank makes you uneasy, you don’t have to comply.

See ? Not that bad.

It’s worth noting that this is just a patent, it’s unclear when or if Apple will bring this service into the market or if the actual service will reflect the suggested wording within said patent.

And it's actually a wild speculation.

BTW, can someone tell me how this is promoting "the Progress of Science and useful Arts" ?

Comment Re: No, it is the character pronounced as "no" (Score 1) 196

HTML entity pound sign (£): £
Literal pound sign, as on my keyboard: £
It's OK for me in preview mode.
Maybe it's your browser's encoding that's broken ? I have it set as UTF-8. Your rendering (£ (*)) seems to indicate you sent the byte sequence for UTF-8. But I suspect that your browser set the character encoding as ISO-8859-1 in its headers.

While I'm at it: "" <- This was supposed to be the "no" hiragana. Disallowed characters are stripped, rather than being "converted" to mojibake.

(*) Fun fact: rendered as £ in your comment and in editing mode, but as £ in preview mode.

Comment Re:Use purple-facebook (Score 1) 63

I will have to check that, but I'm using Adium (for Mac OS X). It's also relying on libpurple, so I hope it will work.
By the way, the submitter is uninformed, Facebook Chat API (using OAuth) stopped working weeks ago. But it seems login/password XMPP was still working. I meant to do just that, but I guess it's too late now :)

Comment Re:Improving the performance by more than 100% (Score 1) 167

Their obvious math fail.

Mr. Smith's salary has increased by $77 000 (notice how that's exactly how it's worded: by 350%) , not "to" $77 000.

If their answer was to be believed, the original statement should have been that his current salary is 350% of what was his salary 20 years ago.
One could also say that his salary has increased by $3.5 (% = 1/100 = 0.01, right ?) .

I suspect that % is the more irregular symbol of mathematics. Most people don't know how to correctly use it in most contexts.

Then you could have a laugh asking them how much that makes in average annual increase (answer is not (350/20)%).

Comment Re:reddit (Score 4, Insightful) 452

Stopped reading when I saw Linus Tovalds on that list.

You should have continued, because it gets better:

Mark Zuckerberg
[...] Last spring, Facebook reportedly turned down a $750 million buyout offer, holding out instead for as much as $2 billion. Bad move. After selling itself to Rupert Murdoch's Fox for $580 million last year, MySpace is now the Web's second most popular website. Facebook is growing too - but given that MySpace has quickly grown into the industry's 80-million-user gorilla, it's hard to imagine who would pay billions for an also-ran.

There's also that gem:

Reed Hastings
CEO, Netflix
[...] It's simply not clear that anything Hastings has built will give him much of a leg up as the industry shifts toward video-on-demand and other forms of digital distribution. Hastings has created an amazing system for shuffling around 120mm plastic discs, but online rivals such as iTunes and MovieLink seem to have the momentum as we head into the future.

What is MovieLink? "On December 16, 2008 the Movielink website was shut down." Oops!
Also mentions the PS3 failure...

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.