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Comment: Re:Now almost as useful as python was 5 years ago! (Score 1) 85

by squiggleslash (#47778857) Attached to: PHP 5.6.0 Released

It doesn't have a monopoly as such, but it's very hard to avoid. Many - maybe even most - of the major web apps you're likely to be contracted to change/extend are written in PHP for some reason. There appears to be no mainstream alternative to, say, Wordpress/Drupal/et al that's written in something more solid like Java or C#.

Comment: Re:Get-togethers? With DnD geeks? And enough PCs? (Score 1) 302

by mlts (#47777213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

NWN 1 to me (and this is IMHO, so take it for what it is worth; little to none) is a must have. However, I would also take in all the hundreds of very good player written modules as well. The OC for the game was more of a primer on how to write modules right than a decent game in itself. SoU and HotU had decent scripts, but I would say that the top tier player written content (with the CEP and CTP) was some of the best I've played. A number of persistent worlds were outstanding as well.

NWN2 to a lesser extent. The graphics are better, but one couldn't do as much with the toolset.

Of course, the precursors to that, BG1, BG2, are a must.

Going backwards from there, the old Wizardrys and most of the old Ultimas are classics. Ultima 1-6 are timeless, but 7 afterward are sort of like Metallica post-"Black" album... same genre, but really different works with little to do with the previous except name.

Wizardry 1-3 are also classics. I'd probably go for an Apple 2 emulator and the images for them as opposed to the DOSBox version, but that is just me.

Another one is a game that wasn't that popular, but it was interesting for the time. Deathlord from EA. It was like the Ultima series... but was a lot harder, and had quite a large world to do stuff in.

Comment: Re:It's a question that WAS relevant (Score 2) 124

by mlts (#47774785) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

Even though Itanium is all but dead, I did like the fact that you had 128 GP registers to play with. One could do all the loads in one pass, do the calculations, then toss the results back into RAM. The amd64 architecture is a step in the right direction, and I'd say that even though it was considered a stopgap measure at the time, it seems to have been well thought out.

Comment: Re:It's a question that WAS relevant (Score 1) 124

by mlts (#47774667) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

With Moore's law flattening out, the pendulum might end up swinging back that way.

Right now, for a lot of tasks, we have CPU to burn, so the ISA doesn't really matter as much as it did during the 680x0 era.

But who knows... Rock's law may put the kibosh on Moore's law eventually, so we might end up seeing speed improvements ending up being either better cooling (so clock speeds can be cranked up), or adding more and more special purpose cores [1]. At this point, it might be that having code optimized by a compiler for a certain ISA may be the way of developing again.

[1]: High-power CPUs, low-energy CPUs, GPUs, FPUs, FPGAs, and even going from there, CPUs intended for I/O (MIPS.) It might be that we might have a custom core just to run the OS's kernel, another to run security sensitive code, and still others for applications.

GNU is Not Unix

Journal: systemd

Journal by squiggleslash

Having read up on it, I don't think systemd is a bad idea. I rather like:

1. Doing away with shell scripts with huge amounts of redundant, and frequently badly written, garbage to manage starting and stopping system services.
2. Using cgroups to properly isolate, contain, and track system services.
3. Centralizing the services concept so it's network aware, rather than a separate inetd server

Comment: Re:I humbly believe the experiment is flawed (Score 1) 235

by squiggleslash (#47773473) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Please be aware that despite virtually every poster thinking otherwise here, the Holographic Universe Theory is not about simulations, the Matrix, or anything like that. Think back to what a Hologram actually is, rather than how the term is often used in science fiction - that is, a 2D object that, when hit by light at different angles, projects entirely different patterns. That's the definition of the word they were using when they came up with the phrase.

Now, if you're going to ask me to describe what HUT is, I'm the wrong person. Nobody understands a word I'm saying half the time, and in any case, I don't understand the concepts enough to be able to understand it, let alone explain it.

Comment: Re:The death of leniency (Score 1) 581

by squiggleslash (#47773421) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

I think you've missed the GP's issue with MI's solution which is that inevitably the result of jailing people for photographing rabbits is that people who photograph rabbits end up getting jailed.

That is, this "solution" has a hell of a lot of collateral damage. Entirely blameless people will get their lives turned upside down. Lots of people. Not one person who pissed off a policeman once in a blue-moon, but hundreds, may be thousands. These people will lose their jobs, have difficultly getting employment, may lose their home and worldly possessions, all because of they spend time in prison after violating a stupid law.

Worse still, MI assumes that the law will get repealed, and you assume the law will get repealed quickly. Both are statements without supporting arguments. It is reasonable to assume that if the act of arresting people over something so blatantly stupid causes a public outcry, that is, if it garners widespread media coverage, then the law might get amended. But it's NOT clear that the enforcement will get that outcry, and in some ways, it's more likely to get the outcry if the law is abused than if it isn't.

Outcry or not, the law will not be amended "quickly", because local and State governments do have a process for amending laws, do have an agenda they're trying to implement at the same time, and so are at best likely to take months to repeal an unpopular law. At worst, years, or never. If there's just one stupid law, then yeah, shortly before an election it's likely to be addressed. Dozens? Well, sure, shortly before an election one or two of those dozens, the one or two that the media is focusing on, will get repealed. Everything else? They may get repealed, if there's time, during the outcry itself. If the outcry dies down, then the law will get forgotten and continue to get enforced. It may even be that sympathy evaporates for the victims, as the lack of rationality of the law gets forgotten as the blame shifts to new victims for continuing to violate the law despite the fact everyone knows about it now because of the previous outcry.

It's a very bad idea. Everyone, police, prosecutors, judges, and so on, needs to use their discretion and decide when it's a good idea to enforce something and when it isn't. We've already denied judges that discretion with mandatory sentencing laws, and that's not done us any good at all. How is denying prosecutors and police discretion going to help?

Comment: Re:Linux. (Score 1) 69

by Dr.Dubious DDQ (#47771141) Attached to: MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released
It's getting hard to tell whether posts like this are serious but just in case:
Yes. Linux is the main platform. Hypothetically, any platform with python, gstreamer, and whatever other add-ons are needed ought to be workable too, but I know it works on Linux.

Otherwise: Yes, but you need a beowulf cluster of linuxes.

Comment: Re:Official Vehicles (Score 1) 248

by mlts (#47768777) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Or just have the V2V set to check if the speed limit was exceeded in "x" amount of time and automatically send the ticket. Or have it log if someone stopped with the tip 1-2 cm past a stop line, and send another citation, etc.

Unless it is implemented right, it will be ripe for abuse, just like the red light cameras which have no yellow, or will briefly flash red, enough to pop a picture, then go back to green.

Of course, when the bad guys start messing around with V2V, it will be even worse, especially when someone starts transmitting "rear-end collision is imminent, slam brakes on NOW" on the highway to vehicles" at random times.

Comment: Re:Dump SELinux and systemd, make it easier (Score 1) 230

by mlts (#47768721) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

I've found SELinux useful. Yes, it can be a pain, but if the device is Internet facing or in the DMZ, it can do a lot to contain a security breach. As always, it can be shut off with a single command, but it is a layer of security that is generally worth having if at all possible. That way, even if the Web server has an exploit, an attacker manages to get into its context, then get root... they still are limited to the directories the Web server is allowed into. It isn't perfect, but it does help.

Unfortunately, the days of a static UNIX that stays the same are long gone. Security issues, feature demands [1], need to configure large numbers of hosts at once, and other items push vendors like RedHat to do updates.

[1]: One of those is having machines boot faster, thus moving to systemd, upstart, or another mechanism to allow asynchronous starting/stopping.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 1) 581

by FuegoFuerte (#47768605) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

It's a great idea... until technology progresses just a bit further, and these cameras are equipped with facial recognition, GPS and data capabilities, and all tied into a giant back-end database tracking exactly who was where at what time...

You think the surveillance state is creepy now, wait until every cop is a roving track-your-location bot. The reasons for it now are reasonable, and I have no problem with cops having video of their encounters with people. But give it a decade or two (maybe less) and it could be come a very creepy bad thing.

The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it. - Brian Kernighan