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Comment: Re:Interesting double edge sword there. (Score 2, Insightful) 337

by jimbolauski (#49301925) Attached to: German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden
If you simplify it you can understand the US's point, in the eyes of the US government Snowden is a spy. An allied country harboring a spy would be a serious betrayal and it's not that unreasonable to no longer trust that country. These US response is probably a standard response part of a boilerplate agreement on sharing intel.

Comment: Re:Nipples and terrorism? (Score 1) 134

You are getting caught up in rhetoric which has blinded you to the issue. Money is not free speech but saying money can't be used to disseminate speech is limiting/abridging speech.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech ...

Comment: Re:Nipples and terrorism? (Score 1) 134

If a company commits crimes to make money all it's ill gotten gains should be seized the same as what they do with drug dealers. You shouldn't be able to commit a crime make $10muillion and pay a $1million fine, the $10 million should be seized along with the $1million fine. CEO's who knowingly commit crimes are not protected nor have they been protected by limited liability.

Comment: Re:Nipples and terrorism? (Score 2) 134

It's right next to the one about corporations are people too. Courts just love to make stuff up.

What the courts stated was that corporations are just groups of people, and that they should not lose rights for simply being in a group. If a person can donate to a political campaign then a group of people should be able to pool their money and do the same. The corporations are people is just rhetoric designed to make you emotional and stop thinking critically so you will blindly support it's cause.

Comment: Re:Just Askin' (Score 1) 367

by jimbolauski (#49200515) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)
Conservatives dislike federal regulation on guns and federal regulation on the internet. More government control of any entity should be met with suspicion until the details are known, and the FCC has yet to release those details. The big question is why would you blindly support a rule that you have no idea how it is implemented.

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 2) 550

Lots of people do, building code requirements are written that way, the FCC transmission rules are available, every law and regulation written is publicly available. Further why would you want customers who are supposed to be protected by these rules kept in the dark about those protections. Either the FCC is hiding something or they are not finished creating the rules.

Comment: Re:C is dead (Score 1) 641

by jimbolauski (#48554995) Attached to: How Relevant is C in 2014?

It is crazy how much more C code is needed to get the same level of performance and security that equivalent C++ has

They both require the same amount of code that code is just hidden in C++, just because you don't see it doesn't mean it's not there.

And for all those who will say that C++ can't fit in the tight spaces that C can...well, you're wrong. Just disable the parts of C++ that you don't want (usually exceptions), and you can still get most of the benefits of clean code and RAII, with the same or better performance.

Creating drivers, firmware, kernels, and embedded applications using c++ will have external dependencies you will have to support those dependencies which will use up valuable space, C does not have this issue. Windows and Macs both have limited stdlib support of c++ at the kernel level, things like new and delete are not supported. There is a time and place for everything you just have to know what code is appropriate.

Just look at all the extensions that C compilers, and even the C11 Standard, borrow from C++ (generics, RAII) - but in a convoluted ugly way to preserve the precious ABI for 50 years.

There is no standard ABI in C, the ABI is platform dependent and always has been. It would make no sense to have a standard ABI as there are many different platforms and every platform but one would have to emulate the chosen platform. I suspect you have very little experience with C and this is why you think C++ is always the right answer

Different codes work better for different applications but first you have to intimate understanding of those codes. A good programmer knows the strengths and weaknesses of each and can choose accordingly

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 262

by jimbolauski (#48507011) Attached to: Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

Why is this a federal charge? While I firmly believe all cops should wear cameras, I also firmly believe individual departments should be paying for them.

It's not the federal government's money in the first place, it's the people's. The only push back on this issue is from police unions and privacy advocates, I would say this is a perfect use of federally confiscated money.

Comment: Re:Super-capitalism (Score 1) 516

by jimbolauski (#48466907) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?
Their outages are not just due to energy shortages, after a snow storm one city lost power for 3 weeks in 2008. As long as you have above ground power you will be susceptible to storms causing power outages, the only difference is that China keeps a tight lid on negative information.

Comment: Re:Super-capitalism (Score 2) 516

by jimbolauski (#48466195) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?
I don't know where you get your sources but China has power outage problems.

Blackouts appear to be the worst in smaller towns like Yiyang here in Hunan, one of Chinaâ(TM)s largest and most populous provinces. The power shortages are threatening to curb the explosive growth the province has experienced since the opening in late 2009 of a high-speed electric train link to prosperous Guangdong province to the south, which helped companies tap Hunanâ(TM)s cheaper land and labor force.â

Energy shortages have forced factories to cut production and ration their energy supplies. In some cases factories operate only a night when demand for energy is low. In other cases they have been forced to shut down completely for more than two weeks. The shortages were particularly hard on industries that need a lot of energy like aluminum, steel and cement and ones with furnaces that need a constant supply f energy or they break.

Factories in Guangdong were told that their power would be cut one day a week, then two days a week, then five days a week, during peak hours. Under these conditions the factories switched production to the night and on weekends of bought their own diesel generators, which increased manufacturing costs by around 5 percent.

In Shanghai there have been runs on power generators and power has been cut to factories while neon lights were allowed to keep blinking on the Bund; decorative lights on skyscrapers are kept on late into the night; and air conditioning is kept on the fancy shopping malls so that everything seems to hunky dory to visitors ib Shanghai.

Power outages have been a boon for makers of diesel generators of all sizes. General Electric, Siemens and Mitsubishi heavy Industries have won large contracts supplying turbines and other technology for Chinaâ(TM)s power-generating plants.

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