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Comment: Re:umm duh? (Score 1) 174

by TheRaven64 (#47548225) Attached to: Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy
Everything you ask for exists. The reason that Google, Microsoft, and Dropbox don't use them is that their entire business model depends on differentiation. If you could connect to their services with any third-party client that also worked with a server that you set up yourself and with their competitors' services, then their hold on the market becomes very tenuous. You're searching for technical solutions to business problems.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 3, Insightful) 305

by Mr. Slippery (#47547127) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Russia is definitely, without a doubt or a question, the villain here.

Your statement assumes there is only one villain.

Russia is a villain. The U.S. is a villain. The current fascist-riddled Ukraine government is a villain. The prior authoritarian Ukraine government is a villain. And in the end, the ethnic Russians of Eastern Ukraine are fucked.

Comment: Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (Score 1) 478

by HiThere (#47546873) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

The problem affecting the kernel appears to only be enabled with a specific set of optimizations, and only to matter for a specific class of programs.

Also, apparently the problem has actually been present for a number of iterations of the compiler, but a shift within the Linux kernel code has caused the compiler error to manifest. But the shift within the Linux kernel code was still valid C (C++?) code, so it was a compiler problem, even though it didn't affect most programs.

Comment: Re:Oe noes! "Naughty" language! (Score 1) 478

by HiThere (#47546847) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

I, personally, dislike swearing even when "sanitized".

OTOH, I do realize that this is my personal taste. I feel it makes the communication less clear.

OTTH, written communication lacks the richness of communication by speech. This means that there is no inherent channel corresponding to tone of voice. When someone uses swearing as a substitute for certain tones of speech, it's really hard to say there is a better option. The alternative work-arounds tend to be verbose. Also, swearing via the use of the term "shit" appears to be something we inherited from our common ancestor with chimpanzees, because if they are taught to sign they will automatically use the term "shit" to describe persons and situations that they dislike.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 478

by pla (#47545983) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
There is an obligation to not be abusive

Hi! Welcome to the real world. You'll find the dumpster for your "participation" trophies to the left; and here, you get paid for winning, not "trying" or "good sportspersonship".

Linus doesn't suffer fools gladly. And I applaud him for that.

Comment: Re:No need for a conspiracy (Score 1) 233

Just adding features should not slow an OS down, as features are mostly only loaded when needed and memory management should be able to handle background stuff.

It depends on the features. Some features do in fact require more memory or processing power. You seem to be a fan of Windows 8, and yes, it performs pretty well. Still, let's look at some system requirements.

Windows XP system requirements:
* Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
* At least 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128 MB is recommended)
* At least 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk.
* CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.

Windows 8 system requirements:
* Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)
* RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
* Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
* Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver.

Those specs are significantly higher. I don't fault MS for that, it's been 10 years. They moved to 64-bit code, which enables greater memory use and better performance for big data sets, but also requires a higher minimum RAM. Part of the reason for this is that they're maintaining backwards compatibility, which is a feature.

APL hackers do it in the quad.