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Comment: Re:there are Programmers then here are PROGRAMMERS (Score 1) 597

by lordtoran (#30539052) Attached to: Why Coder Pay Isn't Proportional To Productivity

Interpreter code is quite simple; what you mostly do is analyze and tokenize a text stream. 64k is a really generous amount of RAM for that task if you are at least a half decent coder with some Assembler experience. Ages ago I did elaborate string processing on an 8086 using Assembler, within a 64k shared code/data segment. It's really not hard if you know how the underlying processor architecture behaves, which in turn is a requirement for actually programming in Assembler.

Comment: Re:The client is not the expensive bit (Score 1) 349

by lordtoran (#30507386) Attached to: Where Are the Cheap Thin Clients?

With your advertisement for expensive proprietary software you do one thing exceptionally well: totally miss the point.

The article author wants to boot an operating system via PXE, with no OS actually being present on the client. Even if he were to do it the traditional "remote login" way, the OS on the clients doesn't matter, nor is it visible at all, only the server OS.

Government

Mandatory Use of Open Standards In Hungary 163

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the you'll-be-open-and-like-it dept.
qpeter writes "Hungarian Parliament has made the use of open standards mandatory by law in the intercommunication between public administration offices, public utility companies, citizens and voluntarily joining private companies, conducted via the central governmental system. The Open Standards Alliance initiating the amendment aims to promote the spread of monopoly-free markets that foster the development of interchangeable and interoperable products generated by open standards, and, consequently, broad competition markets, regardless of whether the IT systems of interconnecting organizations and individuals use open or closed source software. In the near future, in spite of EU tendencies the Alliance seeks to make its approach – interoperability based on publicly defined open standards – the EU norm under the Hungarian presidency of the European Union in 2011. To that end, it will promote public collaboration – possibly between every interested party, civil and political organization in the European Union. What do you think: what would be the best way to cooperate?"
Microsoft

Microsoft Steals Code From Microblogging Startup 315

Posted by kdawson
from the did-they-think-nobody-would-notice dept.
Readers davidlougheed and TSHTF both let us know that microblogging service Plurk reported today that Microsoft China not only copied look and feel from its interface, but also copied raw code from Plurk's service, when it released its own microblogging service called MSN Juku (or Mclub). In instances of the code released on the Plurk blog, the layout, code structure, and variable names were very similar or in some cases 100% identical. The story has been covered in multiple media sources. The software theft is hypocritical, given Microsoft's past threats against Chinese software piracy."
Security

Building a Global Cyber Police Force 155

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-recommend-team-america dept.
dasButcher writes "One of the biggest obstacles to fighting hackers and cyber-criminals is that many operate in the safe harbors of their home countries, insulated from prosecution by authorities in foreign countries where their targets reside. As Larry Walsh writes in his blog, several security vendors and a growing number of countries are now beginning to consider the creation of a global police force that would have trans-border jurisdiction to investigate and arrest suspected hackers."

Comment: Re:Pizza Analogy (Score 1) 277

by lordtoran (#30252136) Attached to: EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

Funny that I didn't manage to get a pizza with chorizo in southern Spain; the few pizzerias I found were only serving American style-something. BTW as a German I associated peperoni with bell pepper too, and we have a lot more common words for different members of the Capsicum genus of plants. The big, mild variety is "Paprika", for example.

Comment: Re:About Time! (Score 1) 277

by lordtoran (#30251282) Attached to: EU About To Grant US Unlimited Access To Banking Data

It's certainly most feasible for the American version of rural. In Europe, there is not a single square meter untouched by man (except of some areas north of the polar circle) and walking into into a random direction at a random place will make you stand on someone's lawn within half an hour maximum. Obviously, connected water management is the way to go. I saw a few cesspools in a remote village at the southern outskirts of Spain ("remote" meaning a village of 300 being 20 km away from a town of 22000), but tap water was ok.

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