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Comment: Re:Not underwhelms, a little off predicted target. (Score 1) 397

by c0d3g33k (#48919339) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

S.E. Connecticut here. 5 hours clearing the driveway (twice since more snow fell after my first round), shoveling the back deck clear of the 3.5 ft. drifts, clearing the front walk and porch, and most importantly, carving some paths into the back yard so the dog can take care of business without bounding around like a deer. Based on the average height in the open areas where drifting was less, and the part of the driveway away from the house, I'd say we got a about 20 inches. And everyone should experience the joy of hacking through the nearly 5 ft mound at the top of the driveway left by the snow ploughs.

I agree with rjejr - we got the blizzard.

Space

Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin' 67

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-quite-sol-o dept.
astroengine writes: Astronomers have found a star system that bears a striking resemblance to our inner solar system. It's a sun-like star that plays host to a system of five small exoplanets — from the size of Mercury to the size of Venus. But there's something very alien about this compact 'solar system'; it formed when the universe was only 20 percent the age it is now, making it the most ancient star system playing host to terrestrial sized worlds discovered to date.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 392

It's a hell of a lot harder to bug every man, woman, and child in the west than it is to intercept and crawl their communications.

Oh really? Nest, Kinect, Smart TV and the Internet of Things suggest otherwise. Not to mention remotely monitoring the ambient surroundings of a smart phone, tablet or laptop with microphone/webcam. It may be difficult to bug everyone, but we're bringing the bugs into our homes willingly (though mostly unknowingly, I think), so it's more concievable than you think.

Comment: Re:It's just moving your trust to someone else (Score 1) 83

by c0d3g33k (#48885839) Attached to: Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

And it gets even better, because if you end up choosing the best shitty compromise that actually kind of works, you flag yourself for extra scrutiny because you are using an effective solution. FML.

This part I have no solution for. : (

I gave you one: Step away from the computer, walk past the smartphone, leash up the dog and head for the woods (or nearest park/nature preserve/whatever). When that becomes illegal it's game over.

Comment: Re:It's just moving your trust to someone else (Score 5, Interesting) 83

by c0d3g33k (#48885205) Attached to: Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

So now you are placing your trust in those who wrote the code that runs your server or encrypts your data (or did you write it yourself?). Better than believing "trust us - we don't track you/log you/etc" (looking at you, Startpage and DuckDuckGo), but you have to trust someone unless you do it all yourself from scratch. That's not possible for most people, including myself. So most of us are left with choosing amongst Faustian bargains. That fucking sucks, but seems to be the reality in modern times. And it gets even better, because if you end up choosing the best shitty compromise that actually kind of works, you flag yourself for extra scrutiny because you are using an effective solution. FML. I'm going for a hike in the woods with my dog. Ahhhh. That's better.

Comment: Could be useful in certain rare cases (Score 3, Insightful) 163

by c0d3g33k (#48880247) Attached to: Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Can you think of an instance where you would actually want the capabilities this machine claims to offer?

In situations where moving the original object physically to its destination is difficult or cost prohibitive, and there is no further need of the original at the source (maybe it only has utility at the destination). The most obvious case would be from Earth to space, either to a location in orbit, or eventually another planet.

Chrome

With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension 117

Posted by timothy
from the thinking-along-different-axes dept.
jones_supa writes The lack of a vertical tab strip (or "Tree Style Tab" as the Firefox extension is called) has been under a lot of discussion under Chrome/Chromium bug tracker. Some years ago, vertical tabs existed as an experimental feature enabled with a "secret" command line parameter, but that feature was eventually removed from the browser. Since then, Google has been rather quiet about whether such feature is still on the roadmap. Now, a Google engineer casts some light on the issue. He says that a tree-style interface for tabs would be overly complex as a native implementation, but Google would back the idea of improving the extensions interface to support a sidebar-like surface to render the tab UI on, if someone from the open source community would step forward to do the work to drive the feature to completion.

Comment: Re:Where's this desire for "nice" coming from? (Score 2) 361

by c0d3g33k (#48839857) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

There is more to life than STEM.

Often I wish the E stood for English, usually that thought occurs when I am reading status reports and documentation from Engineers.

How about "STEEM" (with an extra E for English)?

Or to be more culture neutral - "STELM" (with L for Language)?

Comment: Re:Rust is pointless because has a garbage collect (Score 1) 161

by c0d3g33k (#48789451) Attached to: Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

You're being pedantic. (And I'm about to follow suit.) Paradigm *isn't* a fancy buzzword - it is a word with a clear definition that has been in use since the 15th century. It's fame as a buzzword comes from imprecise overuse during the last decade or so. The word itself is fine.

Here's another definition, this time from Merriam-Webster: "a theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made, or thought about". That seems to fit the discussion pretty well when referring to different ways to approach the decidely non-trivial task of defining at a fundamental and conceptual level how a programming language works.

You mention "style". I don't think it's really equivalent to paradigm, though it could apply to variations of a paradigm. Style involves the details in how you implement a paradigm - it's not a paradigm itself. Merriam-Webster supports this assertion: "a particular form or design of something" and "a particular way in which something is done, created, or performed" (emphasis mine).

But I grow tired of this nitpicky exercise. You may have the last word if you wish (preferably with concrete examples of why you believe you are correct rather than vague generalizations and unfounded assertions regarding awkwardness and clarity). I've said my piece and I'm done with this. Good day.

Comment: Re:Rust is pointless because has a garbage collect (Score 1) 161

by c0d3g33k (#48788571) Attached to: Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

(Aside: Not quite sure why, but the use of the term "paradigm" multiple times makes me feel slightly icky for some reason. Probably due to it's misuse in business jargon.)

Probably because there's no reason to use such an awkward word in the first place. In this case, notice how you fall into using "style" instead? Also, the vast majority of time, when people use "paradigm", they could replace it with the much more common and simpler word "model" or another simpler term.

Actually I looked it up and based on the definition of the word ("a distinct concept or thought pattern"), its use in the given context seemed appropriate, so I kept it in. "Style" seems to imply something more arbitrary, while "model" is a way of describing reality using simplified concepts (or a plastic thing I used to build as a boy, or something I found appealing as a teenager). Paradigm seems right.

Comment: Re:Most will want to wait for 1.0, or at least bet (Score 1) 161

by c0d3g33k (#48788385) Attached to: Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

Thanks. I was going to mention that there was a dedicated person (Steve Klabnik is his name, BTW - http://www.steveklabnik.com/) who was doing a great job and has just been momentarily overwhelmed. I decided it sounded too much like an excuse that "drinkypoo" wouldn't find convincing, given that "drinkypoo" (*snicker*) clearly has high standards of professionalism. So I decided to mention the API docs instead, which have been most helpful when sorting out code breakage due a change in the nightly version of the compiler. Actually, much of the time, the extremely clear error messages emitted by the compiler have been enough to make the correct changes to fix errors, which is almost better than good documentation. The latter is more useful in understanding why the code was incorrect, even if the compiler message is often enough to correct the problem.

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