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Comment Negligence by the regulators (Score 1) 412

Everyone was ready to lambast VW for the diesel emissions scandal.
But, even with plenty of evidence other manufacturers were engaging in similar practices, everything seems to have been forgotten and we're back (mostly) to normal. Even that scandal wasn't caught by standard testing, but by a third-party.

At the end of the day, the manufacturers still do whatever they want and good luck to the consumers. If this kind of thing happens to a relatively expensive vehicle like this, I can't begin to imagine what "innovations" to trim costs on cheaper models might be doing, even though they don't have this kind of press coverage.

Comment Re:"with the same characteristics" (Score 1) 141

Not that there is much use to this, since there's V8 out there which is multiplatform, but the fact is that they didn't open source all of Chakra. Things like browser hooks probably got removed. But they do claim it's the same code, as can be seed by the following quote from TFA link:

"Once the changes from any pull request have been vetted, our goal is to ensure that all changes find their way to be shipped as a part of the JavaScript engine powering Microsoft Edge and the Universal Windows Platform on Windows 10."

Comment How long till nobody else cares about Firefox? (Score 1) 199

They're almost done digging their own grave. It's slightly sad when you remember how they were pushing the limits of the internet in pre-1.0 and ~2.0 versions. But, nowadays, except maybe for Safari, which is still usable only because of Google contributions to Apple's codebase, Firefox has managed to be the slowest moving of the major browsers. Heck, even MS is being forced into getting community feedback for Edge and is actually implementing requested features, while mozilla continually spits at their users' face.

Comment Just check the file headers (Score 1) 74

When you're talking about PNG, if you're looking to avoid malicious files, you can just check the headers.
It's always the following decimal values:
137 80 78 71 13 10 26 10

Things get more tricky when you're talking about an exploitable file type, in which additional validation is required, but for most purposes, if the file being broken won't ruin the application, this is fine.

Comment And what about the infrastructure issues? (Score 5, Insightful) 294

While I'm not fully aware of the details of this story, it really seems to me that they are only looking to put the blame on the weakest side, which is obviously the workers. Even if the guy did screw up, it would be ridiculous to think a camera would be capable of preventing an accident. Where are the technical failsafes to limit the train's speed? Guess true security updates have been eaten by their desire for profit and instead been replaced with cheap cameras so they can say "oh no, we were watching the guy but he was a terrorist who shut down the camera" or any other crap to get their fat a$$es out of the way.

Comment Re:I don't know why people still say Java is slow. (Score 1) 382

Well, I used to think that too. In old times I'd agree 100% with you. I'm not gonna defend VB6, that was just a joke. But nowadays, javascript can run a lot faster than many compiled languages. You see things like Node.js which show that javascript engines have been insanely optimized, largely due to the languages (over)use on the internet. On my other post, I mentioned that Google made a demo using Dart (which is just a language which transcompiles to javascript, like CoffeeScript or TypeScript), rendering entire frames in 1.2ms. I am as much as baffled as you, but Google has found it easier to have low latency APIs for well-written JavaScript than with some Dalvik optimization.
My good advice is: it's hard for people with a compiled language background, including me, to accept that, but JS is very good for many things which we couldn't dream of 5 years ago, encroaching even C territory.


Comment Re:I don't know why people still say Java is slow. (Score 4, Insightful) 382

On a slightly more serious sidenote, it's easy to see Java's popularity dropping, since Google seems to be dumping java for high performance javascript/dart development, as they have already been announcing for Android.

Linus has actually stated it in a way that is frequently seen as toxic. But, while C++ is one of my favourite programming languages, certain language features tend indeed to "rotten" people's brains, just like pre-GIT CVS+derivatives did to source control habits. And I find that Java is actually the perfect representative of that nowadays, not C++ (and even Linus is now commiting patches in C++) I don't know what you guys people but when I have to traverse a tree of 10 folders, and files have 10 lines and exist only for a single abstraction's sake, I kinda feel OOP, though a powerful tool, has been overused. When everything has to be an object just for a paradigm's sake, things can get kinda distorted. One of the greatest programming innovations is, in my opinion, MVC (or even MVVC stuff like Angular) is one of the greatest things that have been getting popular lately. By separating logic from models and views people are encouraged not to create stupid abstractions and use procedural programming where it is adequate and avoid performance losses.

(proof that torvalds actually uses C++ if anyone hasn't seen that: https://github.com/torvalds/su...)

Comment I don't know why people still say Java is slow... (Score 5, Funny) 382

Maybe it's the applications. As you note, we have proved, time and time again, that in contrived scenarios Java code can meet or even beat the performance of so-called "performant" languages like C, C++, Lisp, VB6, or JavaScript. And when presented with such evidence, most sane, open-minded opponents will hang their heads in shame and promise never again to spread such slander.

...but then, they fire up Eclipse, or NetBeans, or Guiffy, or enable the Java support in their browser, or try to run an app on their favorite feature phone. And they wait for it to become responsive...

...and wait...

...and wait...

...and wait...

...and wait...


...what did I promise never to do again? Sorry, must have dozed off...

Comment Re:All your genes are belong to us! (Score 1) 333

Well, not correct. Endogenous opiates include endorphins, enkephalins, dynorphins and, surprisingly morphine itself (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10941194).

Morphine has particularly bad side effects when taken orally. But no endogenous opiate release can ever match the dopamine release of even small opioid intake. Anyone who's ever taken (pharmceutical) opioids for any reason surely understands why one gets addicted to those. Having happiness anxiety-be-gone pills in your pocket can be tempting.

And what's even worse: unlike true depressants, up to a certain threshold there is almost no effect whatsoever on cognitive performance and will not make you sleepy. So when used in a certain way people get happy and work (and even find work interesting). It is said that chinese immigrants making use of opioids to work better in factories resulted in prejudice which led to opioids being banned in the United States.

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