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Comment Re:embedded dev (Score 1) 218

You know I can't actually argue with that point I would have at least hoped in the last 20 years someone would have come up with something. That fact that even the alternative solutions are just syntatic-sugar transpilers that clumsily try and figure out how to maintain a meaningful "this" context or shoe-horn in classes and objects that work like actual classes and objects is just sad. And don't give me "OH but ES6..." - I just rewrote a mid sized CoffeeScript project and let me tell you ES6 fat arrows still loose context when you pass an object making them almost meaningless and classes/objects are still a joke.

Comment Re:embedded dev (Score 1) 218

1. I'm saying there's no proper language available within the browser.
2. With WebAssembly you can run *compiled* C code or a Perl interpreter on a semi-native [in a very meta sort of way] VM within the browser/a web page.

Coupled with things like web sockets there's a lot of opportunity to do some very low level stuff inside a web page. Sort of like what Java for the web and flash were supposed to do - but never got it right partially due to lack of proper open standardization and partially due to forcing a developers to work within a singular platform/framework.

Comment embedded dev (Score 1) 218

Some of the first production code I wrote was a series of embedded engines - mainly for hand-held devices. I had to learn all the tricks like embedded ASM, compact lookup tables, manual memory swapping, even shaving and customizing the C runtime. I got used to making sure there were only so many operations in my main loop so the refresh interrupt wouldn't cut anything off. Now I work on much higher-level code, but I still make it a point to try and be as efficient as possible and still use many of my old tricks when they are applicable.

That said, languages like JavaScript are absolute cancer. They are a disaster of inefficiency for the convenience of designers who now have to write code. Why there isn't a proper alternative [WebAssembly?] absolutely befuddles me. Why anyone would want to write server side code with that garbage confuses me more.

Comment Re:It's about Crushing the Agricultural Associatio (Score 1) 225

You've sort of missed some of the reality of the situation but it would be intensely difficult for me to elegantly explain it all. Essentially the factors here are:
1. Japanese auto manufacturers are competing against not only US auto manufacturers in the US market, in the case of say Toyota we have Korean (Hyundai) and German (VW) competitors along with the domestics (~Ford). The issue here is that Hyundai produces lower quality cars at *much* lower prices and VW produces similar range cars at roughly equal prices - with the TPP Toyota could sell VW range cars at Hyundai prices.
2. The opposite end of (1) is that US cars would flood the Japanese market - which has already been attempted in the past but the poor image of US cars and general national brand loyalty of the general Japanese market lead to total failure. Even if the Japanese market was flooded with US cars it is highly unlikely it would make any significant impact to domestic manufacturers and would not lead to a profit for US manufacturers.
3. Agriculture in Japan is a very specific market: extremely high quality at almost any price. Already the highest quality beef, apples, etc. produced in the US don't even touch the US domestic market and are diverted to Japan (and now increasingly China). Don't believe me? Check the label on your apple juice: where is it produced? The apple juice in Japan is usually made with US apples. With lower import costs Japan would get more mid-to-high range food products for the US for a cheaper price.

Comment Re:It's about Crushing the Agricultural Associatio (Score 5, Insightful) 225

I'm guessing you live in Japan like me, so just wanted to point out for anyone interested that this is pretty much dead on. I would like to point out that it's neglecting the immensely positive push it got from car and electronics companies. If the TPP passed as-is Japanese cars and electronics could easily take over the US market place and would likely decimate the US domestic market. Really it would have been great for Japan, which is why I personally wanted it to pass, but the honest truth is as Trump points out it was an abysmal deal for the US. Personally I hope they just renegotiate it.

Comment Re:Due process matters more than Snowden (Score 1) 375

He has to serve trial before a sentencing would be delivered, but you are dead on suggesting that they set everything to a light sentence or even better offered him a light sentence as a plea deal. There's actually a lot of opportunity in that I think and also a lot of possible PR for whatever government would offer him such a deal.

I will call you out on one thing though:
> you don't get to break the law and escape punishment
1. It is entirely possible to believe someone has broken the law but at the same time find them not guilty.
2. (This is a technicality but) Snowden broke the law and is *currently* escaping punishment.

Submission + - Standardizing a penis and vagina emoji

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wanted a little penis icon on your emoji keyboard? Well, this project wants to add penis, vagina and breasts to the standard emoji set by petitioning to the Unicode Consortium. Previous projects like The Dumpling Emoji Project did just that. Seeing as to how Unicode already includes significantly more crude penis hieroglyphs and how the emojidex project designed their emoji mockups to be as internationally acceptable as possible, it's entirely possible a petition may be approved.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is anyone concerned that Men Die 5 Years earlier than Women? (cnn.com) 1

BuckB writes: So many stories lately about Women's Equality Day, Breast Cancer, and even the best places to live (for women — answer, Hawaii). However, there really are no headlines, stories, or even articles about men's mortality rates. Do people not know, not care, or just accept it as a fact that men, for example, die seven years before women in the idolized Hawaii or ridiculed DC?

Submission + - SPAM: Standardizing a penis and vagina emoji

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wanted a little penis icon on your emoji keyboard? Well, this project wants to add penis, vagina and breasts to the standard emoji set by petitioning to the Unicode Consortium. Previous projects like The Dumpling Emoji Project did just that. Seeing as to how Unicode already includes significantly more crude penis hieroglyphs and how the emojidex project designed their emoji mockups to be as internationally acceptable as possible, it's not entirely unreasonable to think a petition may just be accepted.

Submission + - FBI: Hillary Clinton used BleachBit to wipe emails (neowin.net) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The open source disk cleaning application, BleachBit, got quite a decent ad pitch from the world of politics after it was revealed lawyers of the presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, used the software to wipe her email servers. Clinton is currently in hot water, being accused of using private servers for storing sensitive emails.

“She and her lawyers had those emails deleted. And they didn't just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can't read them. They were using something called BleachBit. You don't use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridesmaids emails. When you're using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.”

Two of the main features that are listed on the BleachBit website include “Shred files to hide their contents and prevent data recovery”, and “Overwrite free disk space to hide previously deleted files”. These two features would make it pretty difficult for anyone trying to recover the deleted emails.

Submission + - Linux Kernel Development: How Fast It's Going And Who Is Doing It (helpnetsecurity.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Linux Foundation analyzed the work done by over 13,500 developers over more than a decade, to provide insight into the Linux kernel development trends and methodologies used by thousands of different individuals collectively to create some of the most important software code on the planet. This year’s data covers work completed through Linux kernel 4.7, with an emphasis on releases 3.19 to 4.7. The rate of Linux development continues to increase, as does the number of developers and companies involved in the process.

Submission + - KickStarter project wants to standardize :penis: and :vagina: emoji

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wanted a little penis icon on your emoji keyboard? Well, this project wants to add penis, vagina and breasts to the standard emoji set by petitioning to the Unicode Consortium. Previous projects like The Dumpling Emoji Project did just that. Seeing as to how Unicode already includes significantly more crude penis hieroglyphs and how the emojidex project designed their emoji mockups to be as internationally acceptable as possible, a penis and vagina emoji could actually happen.

Submission + - Free Speech Under Attack as Facebook Plays Judge, Jury, Executioner (techomag.com)

NathanBachman writes: Freedom of speech is under attack, and the perpetrator is none other the king of social media, Facebook. In recent times, the company, now a popular face of online censorship, has been shamelessly blocking accounts, removing pages, and deleting posts that either failed to strike a chord with the moderation team, or were brutally honest to the extent of becoming intolerable for the people in position of power. Will Facebook get away with playing god and silencing millions of pro-Kashmir, pro-Kurdishs, and pro-freedom of speech voices around the globe?

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