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Comment: Re:I know why they do it: (Score 1) 344

by drolli (#48125925) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

Yeah. I interpreti it like that, and you obviously too. You would be amazed at the level of ignorance among the general population and the funny implications by badly made laws.

e.g. in Germany there is a law which says that you should not help in circumventing access restrictions. Even if the access restriction is not useful at all.

Comment: I know why they do it: (Score 1) 344

by drolli (#48124437) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

ext2/3/4 has owners of files. It's a pain in the ass. eitehr you support it correctly (whihc is impossible if you dont manage the uid database for a single organization) or you make ugly patches which try to magically detect on which drives (removable) the os is supposed to drop uid infromation.
The first approach is useless, and i see big legal issues with the second approach (if somebody indeed would rely on protecting infromation by uid)

so better just stop it completely

Comment: Re:risk something (Score 1) 275

by drolli (#47968709) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

Yes. Usually the deal is this:

-To the outside it looks like there is a great idea in your project, which will be attributed to
-To the inside everybody knows it would not work that smoothly without your understanding.
-You know that you kept back the little vital idea for which you *really* did that system (hey, it's practical even without that idea)

Wise bosses stick to the deal that they will recommend you highly. Stupid bosses dont. I always stop irrevocably working with stupid bosses at the next suitable painless occasion. And yes, you seen the drop in the projects/groups output of stupid bosses when people leave like that (i know a project, where the 3 most competent people - me included - all left within 6 months to "better jobs").

Comment: maybe 16Gb is enough (Score 1) 264

by drolli (#47954105) Attached to: Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

maybe 16Gb is enough for the real current use cases for the average iphone user?

Apple has been pretty good in identifying the users needs and limiting what they put in the phones.

Which was the case for the iphone 1, where everybody wondered about UMTS. As a matter of fact, iphones are not meant to be "general puprose computers", and they suck ehen used as such. They are perfectly balanced media players.

Comment: atheism is just another religion (Score 1) 937

by drolli (#47901169) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

we have no idea what is outside our universe. we can only test theories inside the universe.

making testable predictions is the realm of science.

making untestable predictions is the realm of religion.

the hypothesis that there is no god/higher force outside the universe is as untestable as the hypothesis that ther is any kind of god outside the universe.

as a physicist I therefore am agnostic, buy I expect religions not to make any conclusions which affect my life by conclusions from unproven fairytales

Comment: Matlab is full of strange features (Score 1) 729

-Possibility to access the "parent" scope
-Distinction between "workspace scope" and "global variables"
-Really weird stateful behaviour when using/declaring global variables
-Impossibility to redirect the output of commands under special circumstances
-Lazy copy in combination with slices (yeah, awfully practical, but run a profiler to see what happens)
-At least two different ways of associating data with "handle objects"
-"handle objects" (feels like the early 80s)
-weird scopes for function declarations
-absence of a decent "map" operator
-half-assed "function handles"

The rule on staying alive as a program manager is to give 'em a number or give 'em a date, but never give 'em both at once.