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Comment: Re:First, define what you mean by "C++" (Score 1) 215

by Miamicanes (#49787021) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

That's probably because you've never done anything that's unsupported and unblessed by the chipset vendor.

Use case: rooted American Android phone. Gimped Broadcom radio driver that has FM reception disabled at carrier request, even though the hardware capability is present. Alternate .ko ripped from the European or International model's ROM dump and hacked to support American frequencies. Copy the .ko file to the phone, remount system as read/write, insmod.

Use case #2: rooted Sony Android phone. Camera crippled because Sony put the drivers for the advanced low-light and image-enhancement features in ARM TrustZone & throws away the encryption key if you unlock the bootloader via the Sony-blessed method. Acquire leaked files documenting what the code that was hidden away does, and build your own kernel module for the camera that implements everything in normal kernelspace (instead of TrustZone). Post to XDA, then go to bed happy, knowing that you're doing your part to fight The Man and bring Power to the People. ;-)

Comment: Re:How to read f*ucked up code (Score 1) 215

by pla (#49785471) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?
Other than "type var[size];" there is no primitive array type

I agree with most of what you said, but this one stumps me. You've just defined a primitive array - An array named var of type type and size size. Other than its... well, primitiveness (no fancy default conversions, no memory management, no overloads to deal with it as a whole), what about that syntax do you object to?

Comment: First, define what you mean by "C++" (Score 2) 215

by Miamicanes (#49784583) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

Define what you mean by "C++".

C++ firmware for an Atmel AVR microcontroller?

C++ native Android loadable kernel module?

C++ MFC Windows app?

C++ hardware driver for Windows?

C++ Linux app built for GTK+?

The borderline-useless artificial construct college textbooks pretend is C++ for the sake of having something consistent and coherent to teach students for a few years at a time?

My point is that knowing "C++" (as an abstract, academic construct) barely equips you to do anything commercially useful with it. Probably 60% of what you need to know to do anything useful in C++ is platform-dependent, and another 20-30% is IDE-dependent (at least, in the Windows & Android realms, where trying to do anything independently of Visual Studio or Android Studio is an exercise in masochistic frustration (because both platforms are so tightly-coupled to their respective IDEs).

Comment: Re:Sure, let's make everything tiered (Score 1) 346

The reporting on this is very muddled, but at least one article says that the car was not in "self-parking" mode, so the pedestrian detection would not have been active even if this car had it.

So does this mean Volvo sells a configuration that 1) has a computer control the car in small, enclosed spaces and 2) doesn't hae said computer look for obstacles, and specifically not humans?

Comment: Re:"What happened to the dinosaurs?" (Score 2) 392

by Sique (#49780849) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results
We are related to lizards in a way that the last common ancestor of today's lizards and us lived about 290 mio years ago.

Btw. lizard is no cladistic category. Lizard is a habitus that often appears in certain groups of amniotes. But the lizards within the amniotes are not closely related to each other, or at least not more closely than to other amniotes. The lizardlike crocodiles are more closely related to birds (both are archosauria) than for instance to the Komodo dragon, though they look very similar. The Komodo dragon instead is more closely related to snakes and to the ancient marine mosasaurs than for instance the wall lizards.

Comment: Bing did OK for me (Score 2) 392

by mbone (#49779915) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

On Bing, my response to

What happened to the dinosaurs?

(no quotes) is pretty benign - pbs, wikipedia, and national geographic in that order, and then Answers in Genesis.org, followed by slate. Only 2 of the 8 links on the first response page are fundamentalist, the AIG site and a kiddie site. Finally, while I don't agree with Answers in Genesis, they are certainly not a stealth site, and I don't think it is objectionable just by itself that they in the mix.

Of course, "Your results are personalized" so other people may get different responses.

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