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Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 3, Informative) 478

by innocent_white_lamb (#48900949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

the structure of the program is easier to read in C.
 
I agree, but with the proviso that the C indentation style is what you're used to reading and like to see.
 
I personally am one of those weirdos that likes whitesmiths style since the functions and whatnot are well separated and program structure is easy to deduce by looking at the indentation.
 
In fact, I use Artistic Style to convert any C code that I'm planning to study into whitesmiths style just to save my sanity.
 
I keep meaning to learn to use cscope for this stuff, but somehow never quite get around to it.

Comment: Looks like a dud. (Score 1) 98

Box Office Mojo reports that it took in $1.4 million on Friday, which puts it into eighth place, and it "could wind up with less than $4 million over the three-day weekend, which would be one of the worst debuts ever for a movie playing in at least 2,500 locations."

+ - New science scam: Peer review your own paper!->

Submitted by innocent_white_lamb
innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Want to be sure your paper will receive a positive peer review? Review it yourself! Just set up a fake email account under another scientist's name and suggest that your paper be sent to him for review.

Since peer review is usually done anonymously, the actual scientist whose name you have appropriated will never know a thing."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:This needs to stop ... (Score 1) 388

by innocent_white_lamb (#48621383) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

If the movie sucks as badly as I think it will I'll just play with my cell phone for two hours.
Please don't.

The light from your cell phone is terribly distracting to everyone else who's trying to actually watch the movie. Go out to the lobby before starting your phone if you must use it while the show is on.

Comment: Microsoft Windows only (Score 2, Insightful) 143

This apparently only runs on Windows.

I really don't understand why people run sensitive and critical stuff on Microsoft Windows. (I'm not trying to be a troll.) It's the world's biggest target for malware, it's a monoculture, and it has a security model that tends toward convenience over security, and was actually bolted on after-the-fact.

Unix (Linux) is about as far from a monoculture as you can get while still remaining reasonably compatible between distributions, and it was built with security in mind.

Comment: 9 months? (Score 4, Interesting) 62

by innocent_white_lamb (#48411629) Attached to: Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

I haven't read this magazine yet; diidn't realize it existed until today.

However, the computer industry moves so quickly -- is the information stale or outdated nine months after initial publication? If so, what's the point, other than a public relations exercise? This may be vulnerable to the same malady that killed the paper computer magazines of the 80's and 90's.

Comment: Re:Community college bubble... (Score 3, Informative) 226

by innocent_white_lamb (#48405211) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Since when do you need Microsoft Visual Studio to write or teach C and C++ programming?

I've been writing C for years and I have never actually seen Microsoft Visual Studio anywhere in the wild. (I take the maid's approach to computers: I don't do Windows.)

Comment: Re:CYA (Score 1) 127

I own a small "mom and pop" business.

I accept cash, cash or cash. No credit or debit cards of any kind.

I save a lot of money on fees that I would otherwise have to pay to banks for accepting their cards, and I don't have to hassle around with payment terminals and the like.

All of my customers know that they have to bring cash when they come here. Anyone who doesn't know that (new people in town) find out pretty quickly on their first visit, and there is a bank machine about a half-block away from here.

Comment: Re:Sending e-mail reliably (Score 2) 139

by innocent_white_lamb (#48296393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

Don't place your outgoing e-mail server in a domestic internet access. Most of they are permanently blacklisted.
Beware of your ISP/data center's network.
Be specially beware of shared hosts.

Don't use your own Internet service, don't use your ISP's network, don't use a datacenter's network, and don't use a shared host.

What's left? I see nothing more other a carrier pigeon or a paper envelope with a stamp on it.

Comment: Re:Unpaid labour? (Score 1) 72

I really don't have any use for ReactOS, but thanks for the pointer. Perhaps others who read this might find it interesting.

Over the course of time I have discovered and reported bugs in programs like Libreoffice and Scribus, anaconda and even ncurses on one rather memorable occasion. But all of that software is of use, value and interest to me. ReactOS isn't.

Comment: Re:What future? (Score 2) 131

by innocent_white_lamb (#48199431) Attached to: The Future of Stamps

I used to mail cheques to the utility companies and credit card companies and whatnot, but then I discovered that I can pay all of those bills at the bank down the street. They don't charge me anything for taking those payments, either, so it's definitely cheaper than paying for a stamp, an envelope, and a cheque. And it's right down the street so I can walk in, pay cash and get a stamped receipt on the spot.

I'm sure someone is paying them for the service of taking my money and sending it on like that but that someone isn't me, so I'm pretty happy about that. It saves a lot of stamps, and cheques.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.

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