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Comment Why stop at divide by zero? (Score 1) 1067 1067

Compilers and interpreters have been far too lazy for too long.. It is high time they start doing what we mean, not what we say.

  For instance non-addressable memory access could be quietly replaced with the previous memory access. Memory contents flagged as string could be used in any arithmetic using any base because the result is coerced into int 1, so as to always succeed. Recursive loops should just break out at some point so we can keep moving along into... umm, some other code? (-- seems reasonable).

Although, I am starting to think that anyone who means for things like that to happen is surely a dick.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 327 327


If your giving a presentation, your not going to convey more information by presenting more details. PowerPoint is bad, but not the problem. The fix in all cases is to teach people how to present. It should be taught in school. Once they get comfortable presenting with some skill, they will convey the knowledge and maybe even put some in the documents.

Comment Re:re I don't care (Score 1) 419 419

The motives of MS are fairly clear, they want it to be ordered with no options before they give up. But in the same vein of "it does not matter who said it, as long as it rings true", I see this as a good and true test of the long arm of federal data interrogation.
Does it really matter why? Their are not that many companies that can do this in a meaningful way. The fact that its Microsoft should not change the result that its being done. I have no particular love for them, but I do applaud them for making this public and tang the stand - even though it probably took thousands of man hours running hundreds of scenarios to come to this conclusion. An entity should be judged by their actions. They seem to be doing this.
At the same time, I would take this as evidence that MS is starting to see themselves as an underdog in the tech industry. They might not be wrong.

Comment Sounds profitable (Score 1) 611 611

This is an odd way to look at who is paying for an ad-full internet. We are already paying for the ads, saying that in some way it would cost us that much to get rid of them is gibberish. The study would have been great if it weren't for the twisted logic applied to it.

Comment Re: Yes you do. (Score 1) 541 541

The fact that a theory is racist does not make it untrue. The part where the author had to resort to purposefully misrepresenting the research to prop up his racist conjecture makes it untrue. I would think that's the majority of the researchers issues. Or do you suspect the researchers would have been OK with misrepresenting their research if it was used to support something like alternative fuels? Basically an ends justifies the means bit...

Comment Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (Score 1) 110 110

In my experience, one should always read the tea leaves or die. The more someone has to lose the better the intelligence gathering should be. As big as Microsofts interests are in China, Microsoft should have had fair warning that this was to happen. Hardly anything is really a secret. To me, the lose proposition is that they did not seem fit to do anything about it before it happened.

And yes, I am aware of all the complications of doing the job. Thats what makes it special. And inexcusable for Microsoft. Keep doing more of that, keep losing.

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