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Comment: Re:Hasn't worked since at least 2008. (Score 1) 39

by Myria (#49351677) Attached to: MIT Debuts Integer Overflow Debugger

-ftrapv hasn't worked since at least 2008.

...but you're right, the logical thing to do would be to just check for this shit at runtime. Do you want fast code or do you want secure code? I can buy a faster computer, but I can't buy a more secure one.

clang -fsanitize=undefined, since signed integer overflow is formally undefined.

Comment: Re: what if NASA gets the wrong 4 meter-or-so boul (Score 1) 97

I think there's already a 2030 mission in the works to send the boulder back with flowers, chocolates, and an apology letter inscribed on a golden disc that reveals a YouTube compilation of Carl Sagan quotes if placed in a laserdisc player. (The instructions on the sleeve for constructing such a device simply say "This product has been discontinued" in a mixture of pulsar coordinates and atomic oscillations.)

Comment: Operation Downfall (Score 1) 339

by Myria (#49332573) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

The number killed was very approximately 100,000. It is plain that not even the majority could possibly have been military personnel.

Clearly. However, the most important thing is to compare the Bombs to the estimated casualties of Operation Downfall--a hell of a lot more Japanese people would have been killed by the Allied invasion.

Comment: Re:Not just Monsanto (Score 4, Insightful) 179

by snowgirl (#49314175) Attached to: WHO Report Links Weed Killer Ingredient To Cancer Risk

The report does note that the public at large is unlikely to receive any particularly dangerous exposure... this is more just for the workers, which to be fair, should be limiting their exposure to it in the first place. It's well known that it can cause health effects if mixed without any respirator coveralls etc..

Just because it requires a respirator and "clean suit" to spray it and mix it, doesn't mean that it's dangerous to the consumer... it just means that those people are the most likely to experience chronic meaningful exposure.

Comment: Re:Why not have devices get their time from GPS? (Score 1) 166

by snowgirl (#49303873) Attached to: Internet of Things Endangered By Inaccurate Network Time, Says NIST

Silly! How would that channel extra funds to NIST?

http://tf.nist.gov/time/common...

Because NIST developed the "Common view time transfer using the GPS system"...

Because NIST has a finger in everything having to do with measurement?

Clearly, you'll never be a politician, son!

Comment: Re:Some pedants are more pedantic than others... (Score 1) 667

by snowgirl (#49284799) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

Except that people don't actually interpret the sentences that way.

You're bringing logic to a syntax fight... ;)

If it is intended to actually double negate, then emphasis is used, "I said, I don't have NO books." This lifts the word up for consideration of special usage. And it is used this way in users of both positive and negative Negative Agreement... "I don't have any books. I don't have NO books." "I don't have no books. I don't have NO books."

Otherwise, all negative words in a clause are just glomped all together. Which is why "I don't think, that he didn't do it." tends to still double negate, even without emphasis... Even people who use negative Negative Agreement, would likely say "I don't think he did it."

Comment: Re:"Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt... (Score 1) 274

by snowgirl (#49284673) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

Oh, one can totally learn about English grammar just by studying English grammar. But in many ways as our native language we're "too close" to it. People find it difficult to learn the distinction of a noun and a verb, because we just use English grammar, we don't think ABOUT English grammar.

It's a lot like breathing. We can think about breathing, and study the way breathing works, but in the end, from our perspective we just breathe automagically.

Comment: Re:Not sure about that (Score 1) 274

by snowgirl (#49284625) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

Discouraged by whom?

The formal register. Which unlike colloquial English has a number of stupid rules like "no double negatives" that don't actually make sense linguistically, but if you're in formal writing, you better use it, because if someone comes across it, they will immediately recognize you as lacking proper education in the formal register.

Some others immediately jump from "lack of proper education in the formal register" to "stupid" or "half-witted" or "redneck", but I do not ascribe to that opinion.

Either way, you write to your audience, and the formal English register has determined these stupid rules to be distinguishing and defining features...

Comment: Re:Not sure about that (Score 1) 274

by snowgirl (#49284605) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

But that seems like a very formal way of writing.

Which was kind of my point. German formal writing prefers this construction, whereas in English, the formal writing rules tend to prefer extremely flat sentences... "There was a woman, who gave a striped ball. She ...."

Thanks for the gestreiften use though. I maybe would have thought of that if I weren't intentionally seeking to construct stilted formal written German...

Comment: Re:Not sure about that (Score 1) 274

by snowgirl (#49284513) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

When the US constitution talks of "pursuit of happiness" it isn't meant "happiness" as we know it today. They had the same sort of ambiguity at the time between luck/happiness/joy ... and what do you know? fortune also means luck.

If it were being rewritten in modern English the intent was "pursuit of fortune/wealth"

Comment: Re:I think computer scientists already knew this.. (Score 1) 274

by snowgirl (#49284273) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

$ObjectName and ObjectNumber.

When I was learning BASIC, AppleSoft BASIC only had two letters of significance in variable names... this was Apple ][e...

From there I moved on to C and Assembly from there. After I learned Assembly, everything just kind of made sense, because I could tear apart everything in assembly in my head, and know what it was doing. I stuck with C all the way until my professional career which started me in Perl, and then just recently Go.

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