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Comment: Re:Contributory infringement (Score 1) 96

by tepples (#49626309) Attached to: UK High Court Orders Block On Popcorn Time

Napster was shutdown by a court in the country in which it operated.

Which also happens to be the country in which Slashdot operates.

Likewise just because one judge in the UK made one decision doesn't make the software illegal in any other parts of the world.


Both the USA and Great Britain agree about the illegality of a copying service with no substantial non-infringing use. What makes you think courts in other countries that have signed the same copyright treaty won't reach the same conclusion when the MPA (the MPAA's foreign division) goes into those countries?

Comment: Daikatana for GBC (Score 1) 82

by tepples (#49625999) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

The Game Boy Color version of Daikatana actually didn't suck. So perhaps what they needed to do was repackage the GBC game and wrap it up in one of those newfangled hi-res emulators that replaces each of the game's 8x8 pixel tiles with a redrawn high-res 32x32 pixel tile. (See "HiSMS".) This would blow the game up to a 640x576 window.

Comment: Remember that Windows XP virus? (Score 3, Interesting) 133

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:Fascinating (Score 2) 38

by jellomizer (#49623255) Attached to: Extreme Exoplanet Volcanism Possibly Detected On 55 Cancri E

I am going to nitpick... Because Science coverage has been abused by the word Theory.

These are not Theories, but Hypothesis, once you are able to test these idea, then you get the Theory out of it.

Global Warming is a Theory. There have been mountains of test to show its validity.
Health Problems with GMO is a Hypothesis, it is a guess that needs further investigation.

Comment: Accessing the data being deserialized (Score 1) 223

by tepples (#49622887) Attached to: Singapore's Prime Minister Shares His C++ Sudoku Solver Code

If you had a hard requirement such as "has to be ASCII-based" or "char must be 8 bits wide", then I'd wonder where it comes from.

The fact that Internet protocols use 8-bit bytes and either ASCII or its superset UTF-8.

For requiring char to be of some specific width, there's hardly a reason, unless you're improperly (de)serializing.

Last time I checked, the C standard offered no facility for networking, graphics, or even enumeration of the files in a directory. This means most nontrivial interactive programs will need to use POSIX or Windows functions, which are defined in the POSIX and Win32 specifications but are undefined behavior from the perspective of the C standard, in order to access the data that the program is (de)serializing in the first place. Or is there a portable way to do this that I'm somehow missing?

Comment: Asserting implementation-defined behavior (Score 1) 223

by tepples (#49621585) Attached to: Singapore's Prime Minister Shares His C++ Sudoku Solver Code

You're not making it better by actively promoting horrible, non-portable, implementation-dependent and error-prone coding practices.

What's wrong with making assumptions about implementation-defined behaviors and using static assertions to verify them? For example, would it be poor form to assume (and assert) things like 8-bit bytes or that the character set is ASCII, and if so, why?

extern char assert_8bitbytes[(
    CHAR_BIT == 8 && sizeof(uint32_t) == 4
) ? 1 : -1];
extern char assert_ascii[(
    'A' == 0x41 && 's' == 0x73
) ? 1 : -1];

This way, the compiler will fail and kick out a diagnostic if the environment doesn't match the assumptions.

Comment: Re:News? (Score 3) 394

by jellomizer (#49621245) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

I think it is in terms of observations.
The Rock Stars, the company will go out of its way to try to keep them
The under performers, will just stay at the same place as they have a hard time getting a job elsewhere.
So the organization has the long timers as the Rock Stars or the Under performers.
The middle people will often stay there for a few years and move on. So they are in flux, and that makes it hard for our observations to see the middle ground, as the majority.

Comment: Simple Demand. (Score 5, Insightful) 286

The communities are just following the stupidity of the political view points.
Can we frack in your community? Sure... However we want our water quality (including well water, checked once a month at your expense, for as long as the pumps are active and 10 years after. (This is relatively inexpensive demand). If there is a problem with water quality that has changed sense fracking. Then you need to supply us with clean water for 150 year or until the water quality returns.

If your method is as safe and clean as you state, then you shouldn't have to worry about it.