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Comment: Re:How about a REAL C++ feature.... (Score 1) 501

by blindd0t (#28800783) Attached to: Stroustrup Says New C++ Standard Delayed Until 2010 Or Later

There's generally more than 1 cook in the kitchen, especially when you consider the direct and indirect use of third-party code. Besides, "good programmers" is not the same as "perfect programmers." They are people, and they naturally prone to honest mistakes and oversights like ourselves and everyone else. I also can't imagine anything applications you have in mind (given your descriptions of browsers, word processors, pdf readers, etc...) is limited to anything even close to a single developer.

Additionally, there is error with everything that is made. Even something coming off a factory line isn't the same every time, and has room for error/failure. The failure rate is a large part what determines whether something is designed & manufactured well, not the fact that any failure is inevitable. Even so, the quality of product support in the event that failure does occur is equally as important as initial prevention measures.

Now when it comes to source code specifically, "safe" is relative to a number of things. Whether or not code is safe from being exploited to compromise a system is one thing, but there is also security of the information in which the application deals with, security of the intellectual property (hence why obfuscators are commonly used with managed languages), etc... Nothing is ever completely safe from every risk and hazard out there.

Comment: Re:Hahahaha. (Score 2, Insightful) 520

by blindd0t (#26473217) Attached to: Breathalyzer Source Code Ruling Upheld

It means a bunch of drunk drivers will be on the streets free to run whoever they want over... Meanwhile, prosecution of drunk driving will go down, and more drunk drivers will be on the streets.

I respectfully disagree. First, Florida has a waiver form a driver suspected of being impaired beyond their normal faculties may sign denying the breathalyzer, blood, or urine tests. One might initially argue this would have the same effect. However, the consequence of not taking this test is having your license suspended for 1 year. So even if this somehow helps you manage to avoid the normal 2 weeks of county jail time, you have a difficult year ahead of you.

You also need to consider that if you go to court and have a trial for a DUI charge, you're at the mercy of the jury. Reasonable doubt is a high standard, but that isn't synonymous with any doubt (especially hypothetical). I'm optimistic that if you really were impaired beyond your normal faculties and you took a field sobriety and had it recorded on a in-dash camera, there's a good chance a jury would find you guilty. Frankly, as long as police follow protocol and have someone present capturing the sobriety test on camera, proving a breathalyzer's accuracy is not necessarily required to meet the burden of proof.

On the other hand, imagine if you were on the receiving end and were falsely accused of driving under the influence of a substance and impaired beyond your normal faculties. Wouldn't you want the state to be required to do everything possible to meet its burden of proof? False readings are possible (though I suspect not probable), and as for alternative explanations to apparent impairment (i.e. swerving erratically), this could include medical conditions such as untreated/undiagnosed (and unknowning) diabetics. Combine that coincidence with a false reading and you've got yourself a great reason to change your opinion. ^_^ Granted, I wouldn't expect this hypothetical to have any significant probability of happening, but still, it's a good "what if" to ask.

Power

+ - Power Consumption difference between XP and SuSE->

Submitted by
linuxmeister
linuxmeister writes "Just finished the capstone project for a Masters of Science in Technical Management at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (worldwide campus)... title: A COMPARISON OF POWER CONSUMPTION BETWEEN MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP AND SUSE LINUX ON LAPTOP COMPUTERS http://wagoneers.com/CS/LINUX/Meister_TMCP_2007.pd f Conducted more than 88 tests on 4 different CPU types, overall savings 26.88%...
ranged from 18.51% on up to over 39.98%. (ran a test of Vista on the R50p... SuSE saved 57% over it... (and the R50p only saw an 18.8% savings running SuSE over XP!)
Ok, yeah, yeah, we all KNOW Linux is more efficient, but bean counters really don't know how much more... this report provides solid statistically valid data to support "common sense". And yes, this research was just about as exciting as watching paint dry... It was a nasty job, but one of us had to do it.
Linux Power Savings by Laptop
  1. Dell 610 #1 18.51%
  2. R50p 18.82%
  3. Dell 510 20.13%
  4. Dell 610 #2 21.98%
  5. HP N5350 6600 22.64%
  6. Toshiba S20-A207 26.87%
  7. HP N5350 3600 28.27%
  8. Sony PCG-9W31 30.06%
  9. IBM A31p 36.36%
  10. Fujitsu C-2240 38.66%
  11. HP N-600C 39.98%
ABSTRACT: This study examines power consumption between Microsoft Windows XP and SuSE Linux on laptop computers through the proxy variable battery life. The experimental study evaluated battery life tests between the two operating systems on dual-booted laptop computers configured to use the same hardware and batteries. The tests determined that SuSE Linux is more efficient than Microsoft Windows XP on the tested laptop computers, realizing an overall average of 26.88% power savings. The researcher offers conclusions that may be useful to determine energy savings for organizations and provide mobile workers with longer battery life while maintaining interoperability."

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Linux Business

+ - Source Control Appliance

Submitted by
BadERA
BadERA writes "I'm a one-man development shop with a variety of small-business customers, and with the occasional additional consultant or contractor involved. I'd like to deploy a Linux-driven source control appliance that lives on my network, can be exposed through my firewall, but could also theoretically be unplugged and quickly installed, no fuss, at a client location, a meeting or conference, a work area, etc. etc. I'm thinking something centered around Mini-ITX, in a case just big enough to hold 2 3.5" (100gb?) SATA drives in a RAID configuration for redundancy; some form of external backup is probably required too. Mini-ATX boards and cases seem to be too large a profile to be ideal, but I'd love to be proven wrong on that point.

I'm hoping the Slashdot community would have input to offer on hardware configurations, distros, source control packages (something with robust Visual Studio plug-ins would be key; or, something I can write a robust plug-in for. I'd been thinking Subversion, but I don't seem to see a lot of VS2005 friendliness there.)"
The Media

+ - Wikipedia notes death before bodies found->

Submitted by
vigmeister
vigmeister writes "WWE wrestler Chris Benoit and his family were found dead in his house in Atlanta last weekend. Chris Benoit's wikipedia entry apparently declared his wife's death 13 hours before their bodies were found and the news was publicly released. This entry has an IP address from Connecticut where the WWE is headquartered. Conspiracy theory?"
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The Almighty Buck

+ - Cars on air

Submitted by mAsterdam
mAsterdam (103457) writes "Ideas to run vehicles and more specifically cars on air aren't new. Guy Negre's "zero pollution" (hm... how do they compress air?) car runs on compressed air.

In February, India's largest car company Tata Motors announced to have such cars produced by 2008; serious competition for NASA's car of the future . The car needs 300 liters of 300 bar compressed air on board to drive 200 km at 110 kmh (68 mph). The cars are to be produced locally. According to De Standaard (article in dutch) Jan Peetermans of Wommelgem plans to produce small MDI-based citycars out of glued together polyester and aluminium parts in Belgium by the end of next year. The cheapest model is expected to be priced at 4.000 Euro."
United States

+ - President Bush paving the way for a Dictatorship.->

Submitted by
Xyde
Xyde writes "from the site/video:

"The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive," with the dual designation of NSPD-51, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive gives Bush total dictatorial powers — he just has to declare a national emergency. When declared it gives him the power to control all Federal, State, Local, Territorial and tribal governments as well as private sector organizations. It would also stop elections from being held." The press release is at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20 070509-12.html. How much more of this are we going to take?"

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