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Comment: Re:No - there are plenty of safer alternatives (Score 1) 486

by wassabison (#27977115) Attached to: Microsoft To Banish Memcpy()
In your code what, dictated foo and bar were TYPES? You can use sizeof for arrays as well as types. This is problematic when some one changes the array to a dynamic array.
char foo[4];
char * bar;
bar = malloc(sizeof(char)*16);
printf("%d %d", sizeof(foo), sizeof(bar));
assert(sizeof(foo) == sizeof(bar));
memcpy(foo, bar, sizeof(bar)); //What just happened???

I think you need to go and learn some C. Or at least common mistakes that people will make that Microsoft is trying to avoid, like using sizeof on a dynamically allocated piece of memory.

Comment: Re:I guess it's official. (Score 2, Funny) 396

by wassabison (#27298877) Attached to: Researchers Demo BIOS Attack That Survives Disk Wipes
This is a brilliant idea. To make it better, we will eventually want to allow this program on the motherboard to take updates. Of course at this point we will need another program to monitor the updates to our program that monitors the updates to the bios. To make that better, it will also have to take updates...

Comment: Re:Aside from that... that isn't scientific litera (Score 2, Insightful) 1038

by wassabison (#27183381) Attached to: US Adults Fail Basic Science Literacy
Critical thinking skills? you are asking the morons that travel at 85mpg 6 feet from the guy in front of him to think critically when they cant comprehend that their actions daily on the highway are incredibly stupid? If someone can travel at 85 mpg, more power to him. I don't think a Prius gets much better than 45. Why are you so against good gas mileage?

Comment: Re:FOSS Will Gain Market Share (Score 1) 355

by wassabison (#26308529) Attached to: Linux In 2009 — Recession vs. GNU

In my opinion we are in the transition to a change in the business model, similar to the musicians that make money with concerts (services) but not with CDs, in the software arena I expect something somewhat similar: software will be free and open source, and the bucks will be in parallel services (adaptation, support, etc.).

I do not understand this business model. Free software and selling support. The primary developer would have to subsidize their development costs with the services, while another company could support the product without the cost of development, undercutting the primary in price and quality. Also, how does the sale go? Our software is great and free, you should use it. Meanwhile you are trying to selling them support; implying, that they may have trouble with the software? Obviously some businesses will want expert support for critical products, but that is very niche.

Comment: Re:unsurprising. (Score 1) 183

by wassabison (#26214057) Attached to: Not All Cores Are Created Equal
This is completely incorrect. The probabilities are exactly the same. There is no way to judge whether the number exhibits a random distribution with such a small sample. What you can do is take a very large set of randomly generated numbers can calculate if the distribution is unlikely. So, you should ask him to give you 100,000 more numbers to test his randomness.

Comment: Re:Don't believe what Psystar says (Score 1) 648

by wassabison (#26211401) Attached to: Psystar Claims Apple Forgot To Copyright Mac OS
As far as I know this is the legal view at this time, but it makes it no less ridiculous. I cannot wait for the day when remembering what you have read is a violation of a books copyright! The law should be fixed where: Selling bootleg DVD's on the street = illegal; Sharing a MP3 with one friend = legal; Sharing a MP3 with 100 people on an p2p system = illegal;

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 467

by wassabison (#25617565) Attached to: 1/3 of Amphibians Dying Out

The epidemic of cancer is certainly proof that something that we are doing to the planet it making it and us very ill, let alone the undeniable evidence, built up over the last fifty years, that wherever industrial developments are, vibrant ecosystems are not.

Is there evidence that there is an epidemic of cancer? We all have to die of something, and with longer lives, I would expect more cancer. Also, when did cancer diagnosis become the norm, as opposed calling it a normal death?

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. -- James Michener, "Space"

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