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Journal Journal: Compiling byte-code to OpenCL

Toying with speeding up an interpreter by compiling to OpenCL.

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Journal Journal: ConstCPP

ConstCPP is C++ with the const modifier on, all of the time. Except when you use mutable instead.

This is a hacked together compiler patching clang/LLVM 2.9 and is in no way actually tested, rigourously designed, or necessarily useful or usable. It is also incompatible with 99% of existing C++ code, including standard headers...

Inspired by a tweet from @tim_angus

Comment GPL Ethics, Legality, and Morality (Score 1) 782

You are distributing the source code, as required, and therefore you are legally in the clear.

With respect to charging for the binaries, that is permitted by the license. I would however argue that this is bad form, and against the community spirit. The GPL is intended to benefit users and developers, and restrictions (e.g. a monetary charge, however nominal) on the access to binaries restricts the user community to those able or willing to pay or to rebuild. Rebuilding is a hassle, and subject to Apples $99 yearly charge at a minimum for anyone wishing to load it onto a iPhone device.

While I understand you wish to recoup the costs of porting and new feature development, I believe it is morally wrong to charge for a program that is free (in beer, and in speech) on the original platform(s) after porting it.

While the GPL permits charging for binaries, I believe it is uncommon and undesirable for free source code not to be matched by free access to the generated binaries of the program.

The Courts

Submission + - Pirate Bay - Sentenced to One Year, Will Appeal (

Blue Shovel writes: So, the dice courts judgement is here. It was lol to read and hear, crazy verdict. But as in all good movies, the heroes lose in the beginning but have an epic victory in the end anyhow. That's the only thing hollywood ever taught us.
The Courts

Submission + - Pirate Bay trial ends in jail sentences. 1

myvirtualid writes: "The Globe and Mail reports that the Pirate Bay defendants were each sentenced Friday to one year in jail. According to the article, "Judge Tomas Norstrom told reporters that the court took into account that the site was 'commercially driven' when it made the ruling. The defendants have denied any commercial motives behind the site." The defendants said before the verdict that they would appeal if they were found guilty. "Stay calm — Nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file sharing whatsoever. This is just a theater for the media," Mr. Sunde said Friday in a posting on social networking site Twitter."
The Courts

Submission + - The Pirate Bay founders found guilty

arkhan_jg writes: The Pirate Bay founders have been found guilty of being accessories to copyright infringement. Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were sentenced to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay 30m kronor ($3.6m or £2.4m) in damages. The damages were awarded to a number of entertainment companies, including Warner Bros, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, and Columbia Pictures.

The news was broken early by Peter Sunde aka brokep via twitter, from a "trustworthy source". Sunde is also insisting "nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file sharing what so ever. This is just a theater for the media." The men have already stated that would appeal the verdict if they lost, and given the distributed nature of The Pirate Bay servers outside of Sweden, the site itself may well prove difficult to shut down. A round-up of the arguments in court has already been discussed on slashdot, and the BBC has some thoughts on what happens next.

The Pirate Bay staff intend to hold a streamed press conference at 13:00 CET (GMT+1) today, Friday 17th April.
The Courts

Submission + - PirateBay lose court case, founders go to jail (

Barence writes: "The Pirate Bay has lost its landmark court case against US entertainment companies including Sony, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros and EMI. The founders of the site, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, Fredrik Neij, Carl Lundstrom and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, have been sentenced to a year in prison each, and hit with a $3.6 million fine. Kolmisoppi dismissed the case as "theatre for the media" in a Twitter update earlier today, and claimed that "nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file sharing whatsoever." He also announced a leak of the verdict on Twitter before the court handed down its judgement: "Really, it's a bit LOL. It used to be only movies, now even verdicts are out before the official release.""

Submission + - Prison for Pirate Bay 1

a_n_d_e_r_s writes: The four persons behind the Pirate Bay accused of helping others to commit copyright infringement has today received their sentence of 1 year in prison and about 30 MSEK in damages and loss of the computer equpment that was used to host the Pirate bay. It will most likely be appealed to a higher court. This is reported all over the net BBC and Routers Skimming through the verdict(warning large PDF in SWEDISH) it looks like they where all found guilty as having a general knowledge that the Pirate Bay can be used for copyright infringement and thus where found guilty of the crime. Even though the accused was not even aware of the torrents that was part of the court hearing they where sentenced. This is the real interesting issue — by not even giving an aperance to fight against that their site being used for copyright infringements probably was the important factor that made the court found them guilty. The sentencing is not unexpected (max verdict is 2 years in prison) and the damages is about 1/3 of what the companies that has requested damages had requested. Notice that no punitive damages is applicable.

Submission + - A Closer look at Chromium and Browser Security (

GhostX9 writes: Tom's Hardware's continuing series on computing security has an exclusive interview with Adam Barth and Collin Jackson, members of Stanford University's Web Security Group and members of the team that developed Chromium, the open-source core behind Google Chrome. The interview goes into detail regarding the sandboxing approach unique to Chromium, compare the browser to their competitors, and discuss web security in general.

Journal Journal: ideal computer science education 5

From the Bjarne Stroustrup/C++ Q&A article from earlier in the week, an old-timer opined something that I've also thought for a while, re: teaching computer science: "I think they should learn computer languages in the order that they evolved: assembler first, then FORTRAN, ..."

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department