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Comment Re:Emergency Brake? (Score 1) 457

Use of the parking brake seems to vary with the terrain and climate conditions of where you grew up and where your current residence is. I grew up on the U.S. west coast, where there are plenty of hills, and the whether is usually above freezing. On the other hand, I once visited my buddy in Illinois at the tail end of winter, and he practically yelled at me for setting the parking brake afterwards stating "You've never had your brake pads freeze to your rotors, overnight, have you?" (Illinois is also very, very flat)

Comment Re:Pascal (Score 1, Interesting) 414

Pascal used to be in high use, heck the classic versions of MacOS (a.k.a. "System", pre-OS X) were built in it, with the C libraries really just being interfaces to the Pascal libraries. The language syntax is different, but not immensely so, from C, but it does take a few more keypresses to do the same thing (my theory as to why C/C++ overtook Pascal). The program flow is also nearly identical, the main difference being that Pascal has pass-by-reference (missing from C, included in C++) in addition to pass-by-value and pass-by-pointer, but doesn't have all the additional baggage/capability of templates and STL.

There are two things that tend to trip people up when going from Pascal to C (or C to Pascal): 1. Pascal's array indices start at 1, while C's start at 0, 2. Pascal's strings are fixed length by default with the length as a separate data member, with C's being variable length but null-terminated. Pascal's string approach is inherently safer, but is also a pain in the ass if you need a string that keeps changing size or you need one longer than 255 characters. C's approach, while more flexible, has led to the all-too-common buffer overflow vulnerabilities.

Comment Re:Luke force chokes a guard (Score 1) 188

I'd have to re-read it (it's been awhile), but, IIRC, in the book version of Return of the Jedi, Luke feels "dirty" when he force-chokes the Gamorrean guards. He also strays a bit in the extended universe and has confidence issues with staying true to the light side thereafter. (Yes, I know JJ Abrams shot down the previous Extended Universe canon, but that's how things were explained previously.)

Comment Re:I thought this was America (Score 1) 63

If Neil Sloane is so smart, why ain't he rich?

Let's see, they say that "Knowledge is Power", so knowledge = power, and we know from physics that power = work / time. And finally, they say that "Time is money", so time = money.

So, making the substitutions: knowledge = work / money, and solving for money, money = work / knowledge.

So, now we can see that the dumber you are, the more money you can make!

Comment Re:My Pet Peeves (recent Windows laptop keyboards) (Score 1) 698

I'm looking at you, Macbook Pro!

Cmd + up/down arrows. Not the best solution, but it works, and after a while, you get used to it!

It doesn't always work, some applications have Cmd-(up/down arrow) mapped already. However Fn-(up/down arrow) is always Page Up/Down, and (IIRC) Shift-Fn-(up/down arrow) is Home/End.

Comment Re:Fear of guns (Score 1) 535

How far away was the guy in the costume from the principal's office? I'm not familiar with that school district but most public schools I attended were set back quite a ways from the road and sidewalk. If the blaster was black plastic, would you be able to distinguish it from a real gun from 100 feet away?

Using Google Maps and Streetview, you can see that school is tiny, it's about 200ft of frontage along a commercial-zone 2-lane road (+parking shoulders and sidewalks) sandwiched between two very narrow residential streets. The play area between the school and sidewalk is maybe 15 feet wide. So, even if this guy was on the opposite side of the commercial street, I doubt the principle would have been any farther than 100ft away at close observation, and probably much closer than that.

The news story photo definitely looks like it was taken in that generally vicinity, but I can't pin the location down, exactly.

Submission + - SourceForge hijacks Win-Gimp, wraps installer in adware ( 1

slashdice writes: Ars Technica (and, well, everybody other than slashdot) is reporting on the reprehensible behavior by SourceForge, Slashdot sister sister site. "SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements."

Submission + - SourceForge MITM Projects ( 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?

Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware (

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

Submission + - First Ultraviolet Quantum Dots Shine In An LED (

ckwu writes: Researchers in South Korea have made the first quantum dots that emit ultraviolet light and used them to make a flexible, light-emitting diode. Until now, no one had succeeded in making quantum dots that emit wavelengths shorter than about 400 nm, which marks the high end of the UV spectrum. To get quantum dots that emit UV, the researchers figured out how make them with light-emitting cores smaller than 3 nm in diameter. They did it by coating a light-emitting cadmium zinc selenide nanoparticle with a zinc sulfide shell, which caused the core to shrink to 2.5 nm. The quantum dots give off true UV light, at 377 nm. An LED made with the quantum dots could illuminate the anticounterfeiting marks on a paper bill. If their lifetimes can be improved, these potentially low-cost UV LEDs could find uses in counterfeit currency detection, water sterilization, and industrial applications.

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