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Comment Re:Wow! (Score 1) 288

Most PDF renderers are written in C.

On Linux, the Xpdf and the derived rendering library used by everything else (poppler) is written in C++. Xpdf is quite old so it probably doesn't make much use of modern (i.e. safer) C++, though it it likely significantly safer than C. The trouble is that PDF also understands all sorts of crazy image formats which are decoded by large, complex external C libraries with their own vulnerabilities.

Comment Re:Still exists? (Score 1) 288

I've been using Linux for over 15 years, don't remember when it was introduced but I've become so accustomed to it, I really can't do without it.

It was never introduced to linux, at least not in the way you're thinking. It's been a feature of X11 since very early on. Multiple clipboards (selections in X11 parlence) have always been a feature of X11 (i.e. since 1987--I don't know if earlier versions of X had such a feature). The convention of having one short lived and one longer lived clipboard (PRIMARY and CLIPBOARD) was codified in the ICCCM. Version 1.0 came out in 1988, and while I can't find this version, I believe that the copy/paste protocol was codified in that version.

Therefore Linux supported this as soon as X11 implemented as XFree86 (as it was then--or was it still X386 at that stage?) was ported to Linux.

TL;DR, it predates Linux by probably 4 years or so, but the relevant software was ported early on.

Comment Re:No issue here, Read the Patent! (Score 2) 333

Can we please have an end to the stupid articles where someone intentionally mis-interprets the abstract or even just the title of a patent and pretends it's some simple thing that's been done for decades to try to drum up anti-patent sentiment? There seems to be one a week or so.

Not until we have really stupid patents. I'm not a DFS guy, bu I am a computer guy. In every patent article there's one of you pointing out some supposed novelty. In my field, I've been through one or two and posted blow-by-blow rebuttals to slashdot pointing out that every claim is trivial or preexisting. Honestly, this patent has the same kind smell to it.

Deleting files based on last modification is not new. I think we can all agree on that and the cluster I used to run on 10 years ago had a script which did that. It wasn't new then.

They've basically munged up a time to live, and last modified time.

And patented the idea that "on a DFS you can delete it using some heuristic based on TTL, last modified time and quota".

All the blah about pluralities of chunks and pluralities of filesystems is patentese for obfuscating the underlying trivial point. The fact that it's a DFS is also beside the point, since there's nothing specific about a DFS there except for that obfuscaion.

It's a 1 line perl script "yeah but on a steam engine^W^Wa computer^W^Wthe internet^W^Wa phone^W^Wthe cloud^W^Wa DFS".

Comment Re:So what the article is saying... (Score 4, Insightful) 758

As we see from the resounding success of social policy in Europe, where every country has coffers full of tax revenues and a vibrant, healthy workforce to support the millions upon millions of pensions.

Ah, you mean like Germany? Yes, you are right, they have implemented it very well.

Comment Re:still supports 32-bit Intel binaries (Score 4, Interesting) 120

Intel's latest generation of desktop i5/i7 CPUs appear to be buggy. People I know working in CFD are finding all sorts of quirks so have gone back to older and slower Xeons.

One difference is that the intel desktop CPUs generally don't have ECC whereas the Xeon ones do.

Do the new i7s produce consistent results each time? If so, then lack ECC isn't the problem.

There could also be some subtle difference in IEEE modes.

You could try dumping everything from every stage of the algorithm out and seeing when two runs start to differ.

Comment Re:iPad =! Critical embedded system (Score 1) 95

For a prototype it's OK

Actually it's a great idea. If the car crashes, you can just blame the driver for holding the ipad wrong.

Actually, the reason they have an ipad in the dashboard is almost certainly because a student thought it would be way cooler to have an ipad with an app relaying data over some connection than plugging a small screen into an embedded PC.

Comment Re:It has alwasy had a market (Score 1) 320

, but it was a clunky implementation.

Well, so's the webGL implementation.

I remember a story a while back about getting nearly 45 FPS on a shooter on a fast desktop (first gen Core i7) using WebGL.

Of course the shooter was Quake II.

Which was nicely playable (don't remember the exact FPS, though it didn't always maintain 45 in very large scenes) on my P133 with an Nvidia Riva128 graphics card.

Comment Re:Gimp (Score 1, Informative) 176

You can pretend that everything is just published on the internet and printing is just something old people do all you like, it is simply not the case yet.

No, I actually stand by my claim.

Only the people at the high end of the print and design industry actually care about things like colour matching and quality.

There are huge swaths of businesses who print stuff who apparently just do not care one bit. Just look around at all the random signage and posters printed for anything that's not a huge advertising campaign and/or by a very large company. The sort of things produced by the large number of smaller regional and local businesses.

The quality is terrible. The typesetting is terrible. The design is terrible.

Just near where I work, there's a barber with a shop sign out the front in the street. It has a picture of a man getting a shave on it. I CAN SEE THE FUCKING PIXELS. I'm not joking, it's eyebleedingly bad. The pixels are huge, the colours are saturated and the kerning on the sign is bad.

Yet the shop seems to do good business.

There are whole bunch of professional people engaged in nothing bud business responsible for comissioning and producing that sign. Given that they didn't care enough to find a picture with adequate pixel density, I think it is fair to claim that they don't care about CMYK.

Almost all stuff is on the low end like that. That's why shops like VistaPrint are popular and very profitable. Most people, even people who need signs and things for professional purposes just do not care.

Yeah, there are some pro photographers and high end design companies, but most of the world is not like that. Most is cheap and cheerful, and most people wouldn't notice pixellation or bad colour matching even if a blue pixellated dog bit them on the leg.

So yeah, most people just don't care and the web has nothing to do with it.

Comment Re:Why assume a US company will decide? (Score 2) 231

An existing example in another market is the Boeing/Airbus duopoly. In the current world market no one outside of Europe or the US has a lot of control over what kinds of long and intermediate passenger planes are built. (Short range passenger aircraft are a different story.) The Chinese are already working on joining this club, by the way.

It is incredibly difficult to enter this market: pretty much everything has been swallowed up and the two major powers are supported heavily by their respective governments. Not saying that China can't do it, but it's a very big uphill struggle since they don't have 60 years experience in building large long range jet aircraft. Even Anatov don't do much by the way of large passenger craft any more, although they are quite clearly capable of mass producing large airframes.

Of course modern airframes are apparently beyond the capability of one company to produce now (never mind the ancilliary parts), so there may be a way in, but it won't be easy, especially as they'll have to go through all the "oh crap my aircraft just fell apart mid air for no apparent reason" moments because they don't have the institutional knowledge yet.

Manufacturing is shifting: consumer stuff has long gone. The high tech, high margin stuff, like precision tools, airframes etc hasn't shifted. The main reason for shifting is due to the cost of labour. If that's not a significant factor, there's not much reason for it to shift. That doesn't preclude a country developing it's own competing industry though.

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