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Comment Re:truth is... (Score 1) 92

> Yea, because open-source software is famous for having well-designed, easy-to-use comprehensive instructions. ;>)

You forgot to mention that great UI and UX.

The difficulty with FPGA is that the primitives are really primitive. It seems simple, but the lack of any kind of abstraction means that you have more freedom in programming, and much more freedom in your tool chain.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 1) 663

Yes, it is a different, but it is a relevant question.

Sugary drinks have been proven many times to cause strong weight gain.

Diet drinks have also been proven to cause weight gain, although the effect is weaker and not always confirmed.

And remember: humans are not ovens, so thermal calories are a slightly flawed measure in the first place.

Comment Re:NoSQL is the solution. (Score 1) 190

Am I missing the irony here?

Big data is great - based on the assumption that you have so much data that the individual record hardly matters. Ergo consistency is a probability rather than guarantee.

However, if you want to hand out driving licenses, individual records do matter. And it is not big data: it easily fits onto a PC.

Yes, Oracle is small data. But it works, while treating it as big data doesn't.

(And I just got a Big Analog Data T-shirt...)

Comment Editor fail (Score 1) 120

We always suspected that submitters and editors do not understand maths, but now we know it.

The key word is "percent", not annualized. There is nothing sneaky about annualizing - they just compare one quarter to the same quarter next year. But putting it into relative growth figures makes it look impressive.

Personally I think we will see tremendous growth in 1Gb connections for a while. It is a standard technology transition process, and it is clearly entering the rapid growth phase.

Comment Re:Experts know more than non-experts (Score 3, Interesting) 112

This is the key problem. Only experts are able to assess the risk of a password manager and use it appropriately. How can a normal user know whether a password manager is trust worthy? Do any of the big web sites recommend a trust worthy password manager?

The only viable solution for a normal user is SSO. Login in Facebook, Google, Microsoft Live, that is the way forward. 3 accounts are easy to remember, and it would also be faster to detect suspicious activity. But does any bank offer SSO?

No, of course not. In fact my bank requires me to remember 4 PINs, 3 passwords and one user ID. How idiotic is that?

Comment Re:Critical IE vuln (Score 2) 58

Defence in the depth is the only option we have - relying on a single piece of software to be "secure" is obviously more than optimistic.

But even defence in depth fails if the government throws enough money at a hacking company. They will just buy the exploits and string them together to take over the flash player, escape the sandbox, escalate privileges, and then jump across the network. Defence in depth makes this a tedious, expensive and uncertain exercise, but by no means impossible.

Comment Re:What happened to Common Sense? (Score 4, Insightful) 363

> Pedestrians have the right of way, which is true.

> Far too often I see pedestrians step into the crosswalk in such a way as to make it all but impossible for the left turning car to safely stop.

I think you fail to understand the concept of right of way. If you are going too fast to safely stop, you are going too fast.

Comment Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 3, Informative) 206

To be honest, the idea that anybody who can see your credit card can take your money is not really security at all. Usually transactions require additional evidence - either the physical card, the PIN, the address, or the security code.

Comment Re:Universal App APIs are too limited (Score 1) 186

Maybe that is the problem, or maybe the Skype group has been sabotaging the modern style ("metro") Skype app. I thought it was simple, but perfectly usable, except for one problem: you could not log into a different account. Not at all. You can only ever log into one account: the one you are logged into the desktop with.

That is just silly - most people will have at least a private and a professional account. And asking your admin at work to get your private account setup on the PC is just plain silly.

Comment Re:Because no one else does (Score 2) 260

> were you seriously being held back by having to name the function before passing it on as a parameter?

The point of Lambda-functions is not to avoid a name, but to include the function definition inline in another function call. it makes much shorter code that is much easier to read.

Comment Re:so what you're saying is (Score 5, Insightful) 639

Sure. And we could go on emitting CO2 like it is nobodies business, and maybe wreck this earth. That would be evidence, but not proof, that climate change is man made. For proof you would want to wreck at least 3 earth, and have another 3 control earth that are just fine without humans.

And it should be the law: If you use the word `paradigm' without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions. -- David Jones