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Comment Re:Just follow the money. (Score 5, Insightful) 174

Having to pay money to remove corruption in an established organization is not the definition of ethical business in the first place.

That's called the old extortion/thug plan "pay up for protection".

BAPco deserves $0 from anyone, especially if they have a problem discriminating against people who don't give them omney.


Legal Loophole Offers Volkswagen Criminal Immunity 323

An anonymous reader writes: According to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) a loophole in the 1970 Clean Air Act could make it impossible for U.S. prosecutors to subject Volkswagen to criminal charges over its use of standards-dodging 'defeat devices' in its emissions-testing software. Prosecutors are now reported to be considering alternative methods, including (considerably lesser) charges that Volkswagen lied to regulation authorities.

Comment One desktop for each sub-chip design (Score 1) 125

I've been using virtual desktops on Unix/Linux servers for at least 20 years. It's hard to imagine life without them. I currently have 16 desktops -- every "sub chip" of the chip design I'm working on gets its own desktop, and there are also a few desktops for various experiments I'm running. I organize each desktop in roughly the same way, so I can jump into a design and know instantly which window has the synthesis tool running, which has the timing constraints directory, which has the flow code, etc.

I've heard you can do desktops on a Windows box, but it would be torture to have to set them all up again every time I reboot my Windows laptop, which is about every day or two. The Linux server, on the other hand, typically chugs along for a year or so between reboots.

Comment Re:That was easy (Score 1) 867

Given the way things are going with wine and for openGL, we could be there already if it wasn't for generally abysmal support for linux drivers. I think Valve pointing out "hey, halflife runs equally well on linux when you freakin support it!" is about the only chance we have of having reasonably up to date linux gaming support in the future.


Researcher: The US Owes the World $4 Trillion For Trashing the Climate 528

merbs writes: Climate change wasn't created equal. Rich, industrialized nations have contributed most of the pollution and gone way over their carbon budgets—while smaller, poorer, and more agrarian countries are little to blame. The subsequent warming will, naturally, impact everyone, often hitting the poorer countries harder. So should rich countries pay up? Researcher Damon Matthews has quantified how much historically polluting nations owe their global neighbors—and it's a lot.

Two Arrests In Denmark For Spreading Information About Popcorn Time 244

An anonymous reader writes: You may recall Popcorn Time, the software that integrated torrents with a streaming media player. It fell afoul of the law quite quickly, but survived and stabilized. Now, out of Denmark comes news that two men operating websites related to Popcorn Time have been arrested, and their sites have been shut down. It's notable because the sites were informational resources, explaining how to use the software. They did not link to any copyright-infringing material, they were not involved with development of Popcorn Time or any of its forks, and they didn't host the software. "Both men stand accused of distributing knowledge and guides on how to obtain illegal content online and are reported to have confessed."

Counterterrorism Expert: It's Time To Give Companies Offensive Cybercapabilities 220

itwbennett writes: Juan Zarate, the former deputy national security advisor for counterterrorism during President George W. Bush's administration says the U.S. government should should consider allowing businesses to develop 'tailored hack-back capabilities,' deputizing them to strike back against cyberattackers. The government could issue cyberwarrants, giving a private company license 'to protect its system, to go and destroy data that's been stolen or maybe even something more aggressive,' Zarate said Monday at a forum on economic and cyberespionage hosted by think tank the Hudson Institute.

Comment Re:Optimization (Score 1) 149

Yes, thanks, I read another comment saying the same thing after I posted. I guess I was forgetting the whole replace only aspect of .net now. I don't use it a lot and back in the day you could sanely maintain multiple versions on the same system. So in my mind when reading the summary and skimming the article I was thinking this only referred to people specifically targeting the freshly released 4.6.

Here's hoping for a quick patch release. And, as also pointed out in other comments, if you are able the .Net git repository has the patch available for those who don't want to wait for the official release.

Comment Optimization (Score 1) 149

this means developers must make the difficult choice between using the latest tools or risking crippling bugs such as this one.

I don't know much about this but isn't it possible to just reduce the optimization level to avoid this behaviour? Sounds to me just skimming things that this the result of overly aggressive optimization. I know that's not a long term fix but is it a short term option until MS rolls out the patch?

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