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Comment Re:Good for apple (Score 1) 1078

Your statement about the use of medial resources comes across as both glib and selfish.

If the tax paid by smokers went into a fund that could only be used to treat smokers, and the only source of publicly funded medical care for smokers was that fund, then you would have a point.

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Submission + - Mangler | A Ventrilo Compatible Client for Linux (mangler.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Mangler is an open source VOIP client capable of connecting to Ventrilo 3.x servers. It is capable of performing almost all standard user functionality found in a Windows Ventrilo client.

Comment Re:Irresponsibility to EPIC proportions. -- yes (Score 1) 304

HOW THE HELL DO THE CUSTOMERS NOT TAKE BACKUPS THEMSELVES

If the data is important, then the only way to make sure it doesn't get lost is to take some responsibility for your actions and do back-ups yourself. If your service provider does not let you then don't use the service, it's that simple.

Comment Misinformation is more dangerous than infection (Score 1) 374

> Swine flu is probably several times more deadlier than a normal flu.

Cite please. "Swine flue" is no more deadly than other influenzas. It is just more contagious.

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/w/index.php?title=2009_flu_pandemic&oldid=312830682#Symptoms_and_severity

I'm more worried about H1Z1. :)

Comment Hardly (Score 1) 720

I bought Vista for the PC I built in April. I guess I just missed out on the 'free Windows 7 upgrade' window. I don't care because as far as I can tell, Windows 7 is identical to Vista with the exception that they crippled UAC, thus making it less secure!

Comment Re:C++: even iostream is doing it wrong (Score 1) 346

$ /usr/share/misc/config.guess
x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu

$ cat h.cpp
#include <iostream>

int main () {
    std::cout << "hello, world\n";
}

$ size h
   text       data        bss        dec        hex    filename
   2030        608        296       2934        b76    h

That's with GCC 4.3.3, no optimization, stripping the executable after compiling it.

The problem with mingw is that it doesn't yet support linking to libstdc++ dynamically. Even if you manage to build an executable that appears to link to it dynamically, it still includes a bunch of code statically anyway. Hence the apparent bloat in your executable.

The definition of 'improper' and 'proper' really do depend on your exact requirements. On a PC, who cares if you are linking to one more library that is already on the target system? If you are developing code to run on a GBA then yes, you probably don't want the overhead you mention. But even the DS? That has 4 MB of RAM. That is a lot! If using features from libstdc++ means that you finish your program faster, then you have more time to debug it, and add extra features, etc.

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