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Comment: Re:Soulskilll and Timothy (Score 1) 197

by snemarch (#46176605) Attached to: QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks
The beta has a nice fresh & simple look to it, but it suffers in usability/readability. Way too much scrolling to read through comments. Knowing what vocal, picky bastards the slashdot crowd is, why didn't you get the community involved instead of suffering the current farce? :-)

Comment: Re:IDEs... (Score 3, Insightful) 93

by snemarch (#45651957) Attached to: KDE Releases KDevelop 4.6

Can't really think of a time where I had to "delete the next N lines" - but "expanding selection to next enclosing scope" or "word boundary", and either deleting or copying or cutting that? Or moving the current line, or currently selected lines up and down? That happens a lot... and my IDEs have shortcuts for that.

And then there's the neat stuff that's hard to do in a non-IDE, like efficient navigation (including jumping to one of multiple possible concrete implementations of an interface).

Sure, vim is neat for editing dumb config files over a SSH connection, but I don't get why people don't want to use the best tools for the job when it comes to programming... simple manipulation of text is probably what I spend the least amount of time on while doing development stuff.

Comment: Re:Message Sent (Score 2) 56

by snemarch (#45484701) Attached to: Sweden Will Deliver Pirate Bay Co-Founder To Denmark

Hack mainframes and exfiltrate police data, as well as hack back mainframes and attempt to grab get hold of other people's money, and you will very likely be charges.

Of course Warg aka anakata claims he had nothing to do with it, that it's traced back to him because he had an "open lab computer", but that's the oldest excuse in the book... and with the kind of boasting anakata used to do online, well, I think there's a pretty good chance he did play an active part. If it was because the USAnians wanted to get hold of him, Sweden is really already their little bitch and would gladly roll over.

Comment: Re:You and me both (Score 1) 965

by snemarch (#43176169) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Windows 8 might be a LSD trip - but how on earth would you see that as a bad thing? ;)

On a more serious note, I ended up with Win8 on my work laptop, since nobody at the workplace could point me a a working win7 image - I don't really see any of the FORmetRo crap on a day-to-day basis, so it mostly just feels like a win7 that's slightly faster and smoother. YMMV.

Comment: Re:this is true.. (Score 1) 270

by snemarch (#42848563) Attached to: Microsoft May Be Seeking Protection From Linux With Dell Loan

Why should Microsoft be allowed to dictate anything to hardware makers and thus non-Windows users?

I don't believe they should - and I hope I'm not giving off that impression. But I'm trying to deal with the actual facts of this whole miserable situation - which is bad enough without resorting to FUD. Better to stick with the facts, so we can cry (even more) foul if Microsoft violates their own guidelines...

Also, I don't find the idea of a "secure boot" in itself to be such a terribly bad idea... but the way it's being dropped upon us, with ARM being locked out from the beginning, and the level of uncertainty for the x86 future? Not good.

Comment: Re:this is true.. (Score 1) 270

by snemarch (#42808875) Attached to: Microsoft May Be Seeking Protection From Linux With Dell Loan

A lot of people I know see low-end dell laptops as a good choice to buy, and with all the talk of 'It's up to the OEMs to decide if to allow the bootloader to be unlocked' you can see where this might be going.

For Windows 8 certification, on x86 hardware, the user must have the option of disabling Secure Boot. See the official requiements (Windows 8 System Requirements PDF), page 121. A couple of select quotes:

17. Mandatory. On non-ARM systems, the platform MUST implement the ability for a physically present user to select between two Secure Boot modes in firmware setup: "Custom" and "Standard". Custom Mode allows for more flexibility as specified in the following:

18. Mandatory. Enable/Disable Secure Boot. On non-ARM systems, it is required to implement the ability to disable Secure Boot via firmware setup. A physically present user must be allowed to disable Secure Boot via firmware setup without possession of PKpriv.

Obviously, this is the requirements for Windows 8, and there's no guarantee Microsoft won't remove that for the next iteration - and it's only for x86, whereas ARM must be locked down. We should definitely be wary & weary, but let's still stick to the facts, right?

Comment: Re:He wasn't asking for a legal advice (Score 1) 305

by snemarch (#42798835) Attached to: Piriform Asks BleachBit To Remove Winapp2.ini Importer

A polite "no" might be a good place to start, and then see what their response is. Ask them to explain why they want it removed and what basis they have for asking.

Start by asking the why/what-basis questions, politely, without explicitly declining their request. While waiting for reply, check out which lawyers are available in your area. Depending on Piriform's reply to your inquiry, go and talk to one of those lawyers - even if you're in .eu where IANALs believe you're allowed to do the importing based on laws around interoperability.

Comment: Re:Turn it on now: about:config in the address bar (Score 1) 181

by snemarch (#42730277) Attached to: Mozilla To Enable Click-To-Play For All Firefox Plugins By Default
I had that turned on - but since click2play in firefox reqires (required?) the element to be visible, a few sites broke without any warning. For instance, the Garmin Communicator plugin I use to upload training sessions from my GPS running watch doesn't have any visible UI widgets.

Comment: Re:Summary: (Score 1) 437

by snemarch (#42620569) Attached to: Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

The Java version is wrong. When you fix it, it is order of magnitudes better. I have no idea if the C# version was wrong too but it wouldn't surprise anyone. The test is rubbish.

He admits to be java novice and he made a novice mistake: The Java IO framework is blocking and was constructed so you would have one thread per connection. He failed to do that. He made it single threaded - and that is just wrong. Apart from making the thing slow as a turtle, it would never work in a real application. One hung connection would make his whole server stuck.

Well, sure, nobody in their right mind would make a blocking server that only supported a single client at a time (and I'd argue that nobody in their right mind would use non-async for high-performance work, thread-per-client is ouch). And apparently the class he derived from is known for bad performance.

Still, comparing the time taken to process a single request is as valid a benchmark as measuring what performance is like under heavy concurrent load. I do agree that on a whole the test is rubbish, and doesn't in any way show what the author believes it does.

Comment: Re:Summary: (Score 1) 437

by snemarch (#42617761) Attached to: Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

Test 1: a low level function, usually done by the http server, is written by the user in java and c#. C# beats java handsdown.

...and even when the Java version has a level of abstraction removed and returns a hardcoded header string, the C# version (keeping it's higher abstraction level) still beats it.

Test 2: A function to generate a "full web site", (actually a simple web page with all the elements and trivial content). Java beats C# hands down.

Yup, what he times here is overhead of two very different frameworks, without actually using any of the framework functionality. No reason for that test to be skewed in any way, right? :-)

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