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Comment: Re:Mir is fascinating... but not in a good way. (Score 1) 205

by xanclic (#44791831) Attached to: Intel Rejects Supporting Ubuntu's XMir

Er, wait what? C++ is a superset of C. It includes all the functionality of C

Actually, it doesn't. Examples are designated initializers, compound literals, anonymous structs/unions and variable-length arrays.
You are, however, correct about the fact that the low-level stuff is most of the time just the same and C++ is just as fit to low-level tasks as C.

Comment: Re:Ask yourself, what would RMS do? (Score 1) 224

I guess, it's more about the JS stuff than CSS for him. I listened to a talk of him once where he denounced unfree JS code whose execution the user basically can only prevent using whitelisting. And even so, some pages may become completely unusable if JS is disabled.
What he (or rather, someone from the FSF) actually did, was creating a Firefox plugin which would detect unfree JS, disable its execution and automatically send a complaint to the host site (as long as that's possible without JS). At least that's what he told.

CSS is (imho) not code just as HTML is not really code (although I know HTML5/CSS3 being Turing complete, but well). JS is in my eyes the much bigger problem (and the one I know RMS is actually concerned about).

Comment: Re:Faster than Light? (Score 1) 276

by xanclic (#44098053) Attached to: Quantum-Tunneling Electrons Could Make Semiconductors Obsolete

A shadow can move faster than light. If a wavefront is impacting a linear object, the impact point can move far faster than the propagation speed of the wave.

These are only apparent movements. If I point a laser pointer to a wall, I may say “the dot moves” and everyone will know what I mean, but actually there's nothing moving there, it's only the location where the light from the laser pointer is hitting the wall that's changing.
Obviously I could calculate a velocity anyway and make that velocity greater than the speed of light by choosing the distance between laser pointer and wall big enough, but if it's all about whether you're able to assign a velocity, you may as well calculate the velocity of thoughts: Divide the distance of two places by the time you need to switch between them in your mind. Just look at the sun (or some more distant star to avoid eye injuries) and then at your desk and you're well above light speed.

The ability to define a velocity does not imply that something's moving.

(So, technically, those examples are “faster than light”, though I'd dispute whether something actually “goes faster than light", as the OP phrased it)

Comment: Re:Bogus argument (Score 1) 311

by xanclic (#44063667) Attached to: Are You Sure This Is the Source Code?
I think, if you can't freely compile the source code, the software is not exactly free. Freedom 1 at http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.en.html says that you need to be able to change the program (at source code level) and to incorporate these changes into the running program. This basically requires the ability to easily compile a working binary from source code.

Comment: Re:Skipping it? (Score 1) 305

by xanclic (#43435529) Attached to: AMD Says There Will Be No DirectX 12 — Ever
I don't think they'll be skipping anything.

The “full” original statement actually is: “A new DirectX has always revived the industry, new graphics cards require more powerful CPUs and more RAM. But there will be no DirectX 12. That's it. As far as we know, there are no plans for DirectX 12.”

As fast as I understand it, he actually talks about any new major DirectX version, not just about DirectX 12. Which would in turn support your “minor version abominations” argument.

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