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Submission + - OpenBSD Foundation Receives A Commitment for 100k, sets annual goal to 150k (openbsdfoundation.org)

ConstantineM writes: Bob Beck, director of the OpenBSD foundation, writes on misc@ — 'To all of you who have donated, please allow me to give you a huge "Thank You". In a nutshell, we have in one week gone from being in a dire situation to having a commitment of approximately $100,000 in donations to the foundation. From a developer's perspective let me assure you that this reaffirms the worth of what we are supporting and makes us want to work on it that much more.' Based on the updated list of significant contributors, in addition to the donation by the Mircea Popescu of MPEx Bitcoin securities exchange, genua, Google and many others have joined in. 'We would like to continue to build on your groundswell of support, and have set a target for $150,000 this year in fundraising.', Bob concludes.

Comment Re:Telemurder (Score 1) 571

Consider someone who stood inside France and shot an arrow into Germany. That arrow strikes a Kraut and kills them. Did the murder occur in France or in Germany?

If it isn't a crime in France to launch arrows at other people, then maybe Germans should just stand back from the border.

If your intent was to hit a proper archery bullseye but your aim was wildly off, there never would have been intent to shoot an arrow at other people. So if it's not a crime to be an amateur archer in France, then no crime would have been committed?

Comment Feasability and Readability (Score 1) 578

I think there are two key advantages to revTalk.

1) It enables people who are not full-time programmers to undertake projects they normally wouldn't consider doing otherwise. It's possibly true that someone who knows a more traditional language could write something that executes faster or more efficiently, but if you reduce a five-hour process down to 10 minutes, you're still getting a significant boost in productivity, even if "real" programmer could write code that did the process in 3 minutes.

2) It is definitely more readable, and often shorter. As an example, there was a "readbility challenge" for coding a while back. The task was to write a routine that would determine all possible two-word anagrams given a starting word and a word list. See http://selfexplanatorycode.blogspot.com/

I can't post the code of the winning entry; Slashdot reports "Filter error: Please use fewer 'junk' characters. But you can find it here: http://www.reddit.com/r/sdcc1/comments/6wru4/leonardo/

And here is the code in revTalk:

constant alphabet = "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"
on mouseUp
  put "documenting" into sourceWord
  put url "http://someserver.com/wordlist.txt" into wordList
  repeat for each character c in alphabet
    if c is not in sourceWord then filter wordList without ("*" & c & "*")
  end repeat
  put sortWord(sourceWord) into sourceWord
  repeat for each line firstWord in wordList
    repeat for each line secondWord in wordList
      put firstWord & secondWord into testWord
      if the length of testWord is the length of sourceWord then
        if sortWord(testWord) is sourceWord then
          put firstWord && secondWord & return after anagramList
        end if
      end if
    end repeat
  end repeat
  put anagramList
end mouseUp

function sortWord theWord
  repeat for each character c in theWord
    put c & return after theSortedWord
  end repeat
  sort theSortedWord
  replace return with empty in theSortedWord
  return theSortedWord
end sortWord

It is shorter and (in my opinion) much more readable.

Comment Re:So let's just forget about a fair trial! (Score 1) 571

Your government is the entity that bound you by the laws of other countries when it signed various extradition treaties. Fortunately, your government insisted on not binding you to laws that didn't have a parallel in your own country, so it's not the case you can be extradited for, say, violated Ireland's blasphemy laws.

I still don't see why this case is morally or legally unique, such that it's a precedent in any sense. MacKinnon isn't being extradited to fix computers, he's being extradited to answer for crimes committed that we'd have no problem seeing him jailed for had he been in New York when he committed them.

Comment And yet, I love my iPhone (Score 0, Offtopic) 203

For all of the politics around it, I love my iPhone. I have jailbroken previous iPhones and enjoyed the benefits, but my current one is operating as Apple designed it because I didn't gain enough from jailbreaking to make it worth the effort.

I'm happy with the apps I have, I'm happy with the 3G and regular phone service, I'm happy with the UI, Google Maps integration, iPod, call history and phonebook, don't need multitasking.. I just use it, and it just works, better than any phone I've had before-- including an unholy Motorola/Microsoft abomination. Out of so many millions sold, funny to think that I'm the only one.

Sure, I guess I wish it could multitask or do those other things I don't really need. I wish it was more open. But I'm happy with it. Maybe my next phone will be something else.. or maybe the competition will make Apple improve too.

Maybe I'm just getting old.

Comment Re:Guillermo del Toro (Score 3, Interesting) 325

Pan's Labyrinth is a marvelous fable. The eye-candy is secondary. All I've seen is snippets of Hellboy, which is standard action-movie fare.

But on Pan's Labyrinth alone I'm willing to give the credit. No one can create something with that much depth in meaning, character, and visuals on a fluke.

Maybe his stuff isn't that great in translation? Especially when he's working in translation, like Hellboy.

Comment Re:Tolkien has the depth of a inflatable pool. (Score 0) 325

it's like the marvel/disney wedding: we know we might only get sparkling shit which only lifeless nerds will consider a masterpiece whilst flooding the imdb with yet another 10 (that's very manichean for a self proclaimed intelligent person btw) so that the top-250 gets even messier.

why don't you just play in your microwave ovens?

Comment Re:Stupid idea (Score 1) 80

Not to mention the latency could be affected by the amount of data being pushed through. Multiplayer just sends the relevant information back to the server. With OnLive, all information has to be sent/received over the line (video, input, forced feedback, whatever). I see connections getting saturated pretty quick.

Comment Analogy (Score 1) 256

2 stupid questions: - Can someone make a car analogy? - Are there any applications for it within our understanding of physics? When I hear of monopoles it's often in a bad context, and in combination with news about LHC creating blackholes and other Earth eating stuff. I don't think the LHC is a doomsday device but I don't really get magnetic monopoles.

Comment Re:Broadband is technology not speed (Score 1) 426

When will these people stop trying to change definitions. Broadband is a technology not a speed. All DSL is broadband, but ethernet and (most) cable is not even though they can offer higher speeds than ADSL.

You have that exactly backwards. Broadband is speed, not a technology. Ethernet is broadband. In fact, Ethernet's bandwidth (literally the width of the band of electromagnetic spectrum it uses) is MUCH broader than DSL and Cable. That is why Ethernet is unsuitable for long cable runs (and thus unsuitable for "the last mile" of internet distribution). High frequencies face "attenuation" from long cables because of "inductance".

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