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Comment: Re:They want to monetize it (Score 2, Interesting) 40

by Runaway1956 (#49623663) Attached to: Twitter Stops Users From Playing DOS Games Inside Tweets

Yes - and THAT would be a blatant copyright violation.

Back in the mists of time, it was understood that no one was guaranteed any profit from any publicized work. The idea was, that IF there WAS a profit, then the author(s) should get some of it.

Casual users playing around with the code is cool, in my opinion. Corporate users making a profit, however indirectly, is not so cool.

Comment: Dosbox in a browser? (Score -1) 40

by Runaway1956 (#49623645) Attached to: Twitter Stops Users From Playing DOS Games Inside Tweets

Do I REALLY want to run a dosbox in my browser? How long until someone comes up with an exploit? Yeah, maybe I have some advantages over Windows users, and maybe I don't. I certainly lose any advantages I might have, if I carelessly, and pointlessly allow unknown code to run. I already block javascript on all but "trusted" sites. I'm going to allow dos code to run? Nahhhh - I'll pass.

Yeah, I actually do like some of those old dos games. Why don't I just download them myself, and run them in a sandbox, or a VM? No need to get my browser involved, or to mindlessly click through some permissions dialogue.

Comment: Remember that Windows XP virus? (Score 3, Interesting) 100

by squiggleslash (#49623323) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

...the one that seemed to be impossible to get rid of, that at least once PC in every office had, that would suddenly, several times a day, put up a pop-up announcing the PC was going to reboot in 30 seconds? (Was it Blaster, or was Blaster the easy-to-remove version?)

Yeah. Welcome to the new update regime for Windows 10 Home Edition...

Comment: Re:intentional (Score 1) 344

by TheRaven64 (#49621911) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive
Iain M. Banks had the notion of a 'mind state abstract', where you'd send a copy of (part of) your mind and then either discard it or reintegrate. It would either be downloaded into a drone or biological construct, or just used in VR. It made a lot more sense to me than the transporter, as long as you solve the reintegration problem. Especially on a dangerous mission, I'd prefer to send a copy down and then merge their memories into mine if they survived...

Comment: Re:2-Butoxyethanol (Score 1) 267

What I want to know is why they use this shit in fracking at all. I assume it's because it makes the process more efficient - but how much more? If it's not by a huge amount - say 50% or more - then maybe it's worth using safer materials in the fracking process and having the resulting natural gas cost somewhat more. Currently, I think, drillers don't even have to disclose what they pump into the ground. Why should fracking get a pass on safety? Our cars, etc. have mandated safety features that make them cost more. You may argue over whether some specific feature is worth the cost - but that's what democracy's for. And you may say we don't have much of a functioning democracy any more, but that kind of defeatist attitude does not constitute an answer.

Comment: Re:From Micro-Soft (Score 2) 283

- Bill Gates was driving a porche when he started uni - back then Porches were rare as hen's teeth

Nope, not rare. Not expensive either. About 2x what an American car would run. I've got the receipt for the '65 356C coupe my dad bought new in July '65, and his out the door price with an aftermarket AC unit was $3700. A '65 Mustang would've cost him about $2000.

In the later '60s and early 70s there were the "budget" Porsches - the 912 and 914....

Now if he was driving a Carrera2 or one of the 30 901 badged cars (Porsche got sued, changed the model to 911), then yeah, rare.

Comment: Re: Proxy? (Score 1) 283

Our previous "IT Guy" couldn't do a disk image. I tried to explain it to him, he acted like it was over his head, so I dropped it. We could have saved SO MUCH money, just by having disk images for welders and other computer operated equipment. Disk dies, grab another similar disk with similar architecture, image the thing, plug it in, and the welder is ready to work. Two hours down time, if I play grab-ass along the way. Instead, a disk dies, we call the vendor who sold the machine, the vendor promises to have a guy out to us within the week, the repair guy shows up with the wrong damned disk image, so it's another day before he comes back with the right one. Meantime, every hour in a 24/7 plant, that welder is costing a few hundred dollars because it's not running.

The new IT guys actually get stuff done. Not my way, but they get things done.

Comment: Re:Technically C++ (Score 1) 200

by TheRaven64 (#49620005) Attached to: Singapore's Prime Minister Shares His C++ Sudoku Solver Code

General hint: If your functions are so long that having to (suppose this was indeed the case) declare/define all your variables at the top becomes a serious annoyance, then chances are that your functions are too long/do too much. Fix that instead.

More general hint: The principle of minimum scope exists for a reason. Declare your variables at the point where they can be initialised, not at some arbitrary point and you make life easier for people trying to understand the lifetime of the variable.

Comment: Re:New competition (Score 1) 200

by swillden (#49619591) Attached to: Singapore's Prime Minister Shares His C++ Sudoku Solver Code

*Altho many Canadians argue the Queen isn't their Head of State, her representative in Canada is (the Governor-General). The fact no Court's ruled on this definitively shows how important the title "Head of State" is in a Parliamentary system. Most legal scholars seem to think that the Queen is Head of State, but there is a minority that disagrees and their Constitution is not helpful on this question. But mostly nobody cares.

Given that she owns the entire country it's kind of a moot point. If they piss her off she'll just kick them out.

Heh. I suspect that if she tried the outcome would not be that they would leave.

Comment: Re:From his Facebook post on his Sudoku solver (Score 1) 200

by swillden (#49619579) Attached to: Singapore's Prime Minister Shares His C++ Sudoku Solver Code

That's common knowledge.

Bit Twiddling Hacks

Not, too common, apparently, since this particular hack isn't in that list. It wasn't too hard to work out what it does (find the largest power of 2 that divides x or, equivalently, find the value of the lowest bit that is set) but it didn't make the Hacks list, and I don't think that's because it's too obvious.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 471

by catmistake (#49618913) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

I think it's likely that the test is faulty, but they need to figure out why or how the test is faulty.

There is actually a better chance that curiosity, need, whatever, will continue to drive development of practical technology without science having uncovered the secrets of how it achieves its practice until long after its wide adoption. You may have heard of boat building, which our species invented here on Earth a long time ago and long, long before anyone realized what water really was and why things sink or float. NASA is one of the few organizations that justifiably has been long prided by I think everyone to be a group of ideally dedicated smart likeably cooperative over-achievers that successfully apply science rationally to develop technology to achieve the goals set before them. If you had the capital and need to do so, who would you hire to get you safely there and back if "there" was Earth's orbit or beyond? NASA's on everyone's short list. I'm interested because this is pretty good nerd news, and not any weekly world tripe, that some scientists with merit have (with transparency and established process) produced eye-popping results in an experiment and with an apparatus that does not share the secret of its result in any obvious way, IOW, wtf, that's impossible... what gives? I can't just hand-wave off that obviously one of these bozos messed up... it's NASA, they really can't afford bozos... just the regular type of professional scientists and engineers that excelled in such a way professionally to interest NASA into hiring them, and they're neither a dime a dozen nor are there very many dozens of them to begin with... considering... Merica... today... a little soft in the middle, but some of our agencies and facilities are still intact. NASA is one of them, and very much alive... everyone, everyone, should just fucking send NASA $10, you know they won't steal it, they'll actually use it to complete their mission. The first thing I'd doubt before doubting NASA was the fidelity of the information between reports and what NASA really did and said. So you can bet that somehow NASA did a faulty test, while I can bet that somehow between you me, the editer, reporter and the laws of physics something might have slid a little and a small error, in comprehension or reporting, whatever it was... a small error has turned into something now widely reported. Or maybe there is no error... something really great is happening and our best guys don't know why but they're sure the best guys we have to mess around with this and develop if it indeed is doing what they're reporting... even if it reads like a practical joke, I don't really care, its so much better news than... you know all the other crappy news... crime... war... etc...

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