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Comment Fairly regularly (Score 1) 331

I do compilers, low level OS stuff, debuggers, code analysis tools, so I'm always having to switch languages or keep up with other languages. When I have more of a choice my current preferences are a mixture of C++14, Perl and Assembly ( especially PowerPC ). Modern C++ is a pretty nice language and I consider it distinct from C++98 and earlier. I also have way too much fun playing with meta-programming when I can. And template meta-programming is always fun for adding another level. Wrote a binary object file parser once that was pretty much all default member initializers ( thanks C++14 ) and template meta programming. Why write a function when the compiler will do it for you, especially when you are writing another compiler.

Comment Re:Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial jud (Score 1) 23

Actually whoever the new guy is, I don't find the site to be "improved" at all; seems a little crummy. The story was butchered and incorrectly interpreted, and the all important software for interaction seems less interactive.

But what do I know?

As to my absence I've been a bit overwhelmed by work stuff, sorry about that, it's no excuse :)

Comment Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial judge (Score 4, Informative) 23

The story as published implies that the ruling overruled the lower court on the 3 issues. In fact, it was agreeing with the trial court on the third issue -- that the sporadic instances of Vimeo employees making light of copyright law did not amount to adopting a "policy of willful blindness".

Submission + - Appeals court slams record companies on DMCA in Vimeo case

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the long-simmering appeal in Capitol Records v. Vimeo, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld Vimeo's positions on many points regarding the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. In its 55 page decision (PDF) the Court ruled that (a) the Copyright Office was dead wrong in concluding that pre-1972 sound recordings aren't covered by the DMCA, (b) the judge was wrong to think that Vimeo employees' merely viewing infringing videos was sufficient evidence of "red flag knowledge", and (c) a few sporadic instances of employees being cavalier about copyright law did not amount to a "policy of willful blindness" on the part of the company. The Court seemed to take particular pleasure in eviscerating the Copyright Office's rationales. Amicus curiae briefs in support of Vimeo had been submitted by a host of companies and organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Public Knowledge, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Comment Cool (Score 1) 49

As it's opt-in like the Apple's version was it should really be useful and not nearly as scary as it could be. There something nice about easy access to store, business and review apps while shopping. I imagine Android will do even better as it has less worry about showing off the data it already knows about you. It's one of the reasons why Google Now can do better than Siri. (Except for voice recognization. I don't know why Google needs me to say somethings like 5 or 6 times before it understands me compared to iOS only messing up ocassionally. ) While I understand the privacy concerns, this is not really a new privacy issue as Google already has the data and would just be showing it. That said it also probably makes it more obivious to users how much data Google really has.

Comment Re:100 times as long as the kernel, I wonder why (Score 1) 184

Theoretically I might be able to improve it, but several of the links involved take ~30 minutes and while I can have several links or other parts of the build at the same time it had to break down linking too much. I did a little though by subdivide the linking into partial links of related code in archive libraries. It reduces the overall optimization but speed up the linking. There still is some build system overhead that I can reduce. One of my largest savings was switching the build system from nested make files to monolithic one created by a hand tuned generator. If I did it today, I'd probably look at cmake and ninja.

I do have tricks that let developers test small changes to the code much quicker though so hard to justify optimizing more currently.

Mostly just commented to note that slow compile times are still a real thing, didn't really expect to get much into my tools work. Alas multitasking is as well, so compiling time doesn't always equal break time as implied by linked XKCD comic it equals switch gears to another task.

Comment Re:Just a Xeon trickle down. (Score 1) 184

Yeah I'm also really surprised that ECC hasn't become more mainstream. I spent several weeks once chasing down a "compiler / build system" bug that turned out to be the result of a memory bit flip error that had the misfortune to ended up getting cached in the build avoidance system for a fairly static source file. One of the reasons I like server class build farms these days.

Comment Re:100 times as long as the kernel, I wonder why (Score 1) 184

It's a C++ project with a large amount of optimization to ensure it fits in the tight memory requirements of an embedded system. It also has to compile a lot of the code multiple times as it targets an embedded system which have dissimilar nodes ( different CPU / memory architectures / devices etc. ).

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

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