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Comment: Re:Even worse - extensions == "chmod +x" ?!? (Score 1) 553

by BasilBrush (#49187413) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Alternatively, you can say that file exension is metadata distinct from the name

No you can't. They are set and read together in both the primary APIs, and virtually every UI.

And yes, it is a crappy way to do it, but it's the one that became the de facto standard. Changing it now is very costly, and cannot be done unilaterally.

Oh it'll certainly change. It's just a matter of when. The precursors are already there. UIs hiding the file extensions from users. Internet protocols using mime types rather than file extensions.

It'd certainly be perfectly possible to have an OS and file system right now that did it and interoperated perfectly well with the rest of the world. It's just a matter of defaulting to file extensions when communicating with something dumb.

Comment: Re:C++ important on Apple too (Score 1) 391

For example virtual functions require an extra level of indirection over C function calls.

You are wrong, doubly wrong actually.
(1) If the class is not using inheritance you don't get the indirection.

If you're not using inheritance then you won't use a virtual function. (Did you read what I wrote?)

If you need the abstraction/indirection then you are simply doing your own indirection manually in C code.

Not necessarily. Just because you might do things with objects in C++ doesn't mean the code would be written as pseudo objects in C.

You missed the point. Its not that google is using C++ libraries, its that they are writing their libraries in C++.

Portable libraries. It makes no fucking difference whether the library was written within the same conglomerate.

Plus you are doubly wrong again since people also use C++ in Apple targets for portability.

Are you hard of thinking? That was the one exception I made. Using portable libraries. However if the library intended to be portable starts on OSX, then it's virtually always written in C.

Comment: Re:Good operating systems Dont. (Score 1) 553

by BasilBrush (#49187329) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Mac OS did too. Not as a mimetype, but at least separate from the name.

And BeOS died for reasons other than this.

The compatibility issue used to be a problem when we all shared physical media. These days as most remote files come from the internet, and generally has metadata when it does so, this is perfectly workable. e.g. Anything that comes over HTTP has a MIME-TYPE provided the server is not broken.

Comment: Re:Atlantis (Score 1) 85

you want people to learn from history. studying war artifacts does not promote war. in fact, studying war artifacts might prevent war. like studying the wreck of a slaving ship won't make people become slavers, but might educate future generations about the vile slave trade to affirm our revulsion to slavery

Comment: Re:Hmmmm! (Score 0, Troll) 269

by circletimessquare (#49185419) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

The G.O.P. is the party of stupid

The G.O.P. even introduced the term

But among Jindal's most provocative suggestions was the demand that the GOP needed to "stop insulting the intelligence of voters" — and display more intelligence itself. Jindal's comments seemed targeted squarely at conservative candidates in Senate races whose comments on rape and abortion appeared to torpedo their electoral chances.

"We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments," Jindal said.

The Louisiana governor also warned that Republicans were too associated with "big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes."

"We must not be the party that simply protects the well-off so they can keep their toys," Jindal said. "We have to be the party that shows all Americans how they can thrive."

it's a good strategy: identify something rich people need and want, then wrangle the idiots with fearmongering into supporting that agenda, even if it hurts the poor idiots. they're idiots, they can't even understand they're hurting themselves. so you have people without adequate healthcare for example, screaming low iq fears about obamacare

this doesn't mean there are no intelligent conservative people, they do exist. stupid liberals also exist

but it's just that if you meet a stupid person, they are more likely to be a conservative, because their simplistic dimwitted way of thinking about the world matches conservative ideology more closely

There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.

The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found.

Comment: Re:Atlantis (Score 1) 85

1. putzing around in a top notch Yacht in paradise is its own reward. the search for the Musashi was just a side part time effort

2. allen is from the west coast, of a certain age. so the battle in the Pacific looms large in his upbringing, and he is likewise motivated. your agenda is not his agenda, nor is your agenda magically better than his. in fact, Atlantis is just a myth with a number of sort-of maybe leads. not something you can actually go look for in a specific small area like the Sibuyan Sea

3. now that he has found Musashi, i hopes he keeps playing around in Southeast Asia, screw the Mediterranean, i wouldn't go, boring. Sulawesi sounds fun, i hope he has security though from pirates. not that his proclivities are my proclivities but the simple point is they aren't yours either. he can do whatever the fuck he wants, and nobody needs some random asshole saying their agenda is superior and must be followed. who the fuck are you?

but along your line of interests, maybe he will head here, it's not far from the Philippines, i would:

Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 1, Insightful) 269

by Rockoon (#49185009) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

the devil is in the details:

Yes, such as the 50,000 studies they "use" annually.

Thats 137 studies 'used" per day.

I guess common sense doesnt figure into your view of things sine you quoted the part where this is detailed, but failed to notice how ridiculous this is.

Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 3, Insightful) 269

by Rockoon (#49184911) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills
From the article:

"The bills, introduced by a mostly Republican cast of sponsors in both the House and the Senate, would require that EPA use only publicly available, reproducible data in writing regulations and seek to remake the membership and procedures of the agency’s science advisory panels."

The president plans to veto common sense.

Comment: We got it alright (Score 1) 355

"The year of Net Neutrality"..... wait, we got that one!

Don't count your chickens before they are slaughtered.

You currently have no idea of what you "got", because only FCC commissioners have read the actual regulations they will be passing...

There are 300 pages of changes ready to change the internet you know today. Good luck with that.

Comment: That didn't work (Score 2) 355

What will make Windows Phone succeed is the same thing that will make OS X succeed and it mainly boils down to apps.

Microsoft already tried that though - they paid a lot of money to developers in order to bring many of the most popular titles to Windows phone from iOS/Android.

Even with that it will still not enough to track consumers...

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 524

now you're changing argument. that's an intellectually dishonest effort. you were trying to say the democrats are as bad as republicans. they clearly are not. if al gore was president, we would not have invaded iraq. if romney or mccain had won versus obama, we would have no ACA. that's just two examples out of thousands of major policy differences

so if changing the subject is the best you can do, that's just your low character way of conceding i am correct. you're welcome for the education

btw, the democrats DO suck. but not nearly as bad as the republicans. that's my point. the lesser of two evils (and there is no such thing as ideological perfection in politics, so grow the fuck up if you think you can actually sit around and wait for that). they are NOT the same. if you believe them to be the same, you are merely announcing your ignorance of the topic. almost every day for the last 2 years, republicans tried to repeal obamacare, and the democrats constantly shaking their heads. they are not the same, in many ways, on many crucial policy points

Comment: Re: and you never will find the money (Score 1) 164

well said

and it's exactly like the antivaccine morons

have them sit down and talk to an old person from when polio was a constant worry, or heck, just look at tombstones in old cemeteries from the 1800s: read the ages of the dead, how many children would routinely die before age 10... sometimes what killed them is listed: pertussis, whooping cough, measles, etc., regularly killed scores of kids every year

there's people with ignorant beliefs created in the bubble that vital modern protections afford them. vital protections that they are so unaware of the need for (out of being stupid and uneducated), they actually believe the protections are the problem

hordes of these stupid loser douchebags, commenting loudly, everywhere

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