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Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 811

by dkf (#47846933) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

The solution is simple: load them up with tranquilizers/sedatives and stack 'em in like cordwood. ;)

A seemingly good idea that will fall apart as soon as someone overdoses on sedatives and their next-of-kin sue. Good luck with persuading a judge that some getout clause in a 3pt font prevents any liability attaching...

Comment: Re:So 1024 Bits Not Enough Now? (Score 1) 67

by dkf (#47840035) Attached to: Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

You're confusing the cost of legitimate operations with the cost of searching the key space. You don't want legit users to bear too much cost since everyone ends up paying that over and over, but you do want the cost of searching to be high since that's not something that people should be doing.

Comment: Re:The last sentence of the summary is spot on (Score 1) 66

by dkf (#47840011) Attached to: Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

The trek itself was trivial compared to summiting Everest but the visuals were just a lot more impressive.

You don't need such fancy protective gear when doing Everest, which is just cold and lacking in oxygen, not outright chemically hostile and hot as hell. (Some volcanoes are even worse. The ones that spew fluorine gas (or hydrofluoric acid) are just awful...)

Comment: Re:Kodak had the right idea decades ago (Score 1) 161

by dkf (#47823577) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

It's called JPEG2000, uses wavelet transformations instead of discrete cosine transformations that JPEG uses and has been around since over a decade ago. No one uses it.

You're wrong there. It's used quite a lot in high-capacity digital image storage. Libraries, that sort of thing. You might have the space and time to waste on using standard JPEG and you might not care too much about the compression artefacts, but libraries really do care. (A billion high-resolution images is only a medium-sized library...)

Comment: Re:As a former employee... (Score 1) 74

by dkf (#47763371) Attached to: UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

All built and supported by one of the most predatory firms in the UK, affectionately known as Twatos.

Don't worry. They're just as bad in many other european countries too.

Terry Gilliam must be laughing in his grave.

Fortunately for him, Terry Gilliam appears to be still alive. Terribly selfish that, not dying on you just so that you could lazily use a cliché like that.

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 1) 531

by dkf (#47763265) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Net neutrality isn't about what tier of service you have. It is about ensuring that you aren't getting purposefully manipulated speed for the tier you have.

Technically, it's about ensuring that you get what you think you have paid for and ensuring that you can use what you have paid for for whatever you want to. These things are absolutely fundamental to a free market even being possible.

Comment: Re:Time to build a cruise missile and send it over (Score 2) 134

by dkf (#47735355) Attached to: Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

I did and they have another hostage ready to chop his head off.

The way to deal with these people is to ignore whether they have the second hostage (assume he's already dead, even if that's technically premature) and to bomb the area, preferably with something like white phosphorous incendiaries. It also needs to be done soon, because people regard such actions less favourably when it is longer from the event which the punishment is being meted out for. Make it very clear that once someone starts killing hostages, reprisals will come. If you don't, the next damn terrorist group will think they can get away with this sort of thing too; you're not protecting those already captured, you're protecting everyone else.

It's a shame, but being this nasty is the only way of hammering home to idiots that fucking with is a seriously bad idea (unless you can act with more precision and kill just the terrorists). And it does work: it's been proved to work over and over throughout history. It probably needs to be accompanied with a full apology to any innocents caught up in the crossfire to mitigate incidental downstream trouble.

Comment: Re: Self Serving Story? (Score 1) 267

by dkf (#47693989) Attached to: Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

Really ? you are kidding right ? It's clearly not backed by gold anymore. So what's it backed by ?

It's backed by the fact that the government can shoot people until everyone agrees that it is valid. We could beat around the bush a lot more, but the threat of force (together with the ability to pay taxes that follows from that) is a key thing in making a currency valid.

Comment: Re:Yes, no, maybe, potato salad (Score 1) 294

by dkf (#47676945) Attached to: The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

There is no table, that I know of, that lists all the features versus all the paradigms versus all the languages.

That would be a very large table indeed, as there are a lot of critical nuances and a lot of languages (even if we exclude the ones without the ability to do a useful subset of all system calls).

Comment: Re:Some of us do still assemble, even now (Score 1) 294

by dkf (#47654935) Attached to: The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Many (most?) AAA games use C++ to build a specialized runtime and the actual game logic is implemented with scripts running on it.

If you're lucky, the scripts are in Lua (or possibly even one of the other embeddable scripting languages). If you're unlucky, they're in something custom...

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