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Comment I never cared for STL (Score 0) 435

I never cared much for STL. I don't find it all that useful. But I grew up learning programming thru assembly language and later plain-old C, so I'm biased towards keeping the languages at their core without the window dressing. There just isn't anything in STL that I can't replicate quickly using basic C/C++. It avoids a lot of compatibility/portability issues as well.

Comment If it ain't broke... (Score 5, Insightful) 641

I'm still on XP and probably will be for some time. The fact is there is no reason to change. It works and it's stable. Plus, all my software works with it, not to mention that replacing the OS is a major pain in the ass. And finally, here's a clue for Micro$oft: ** A DESKTOP WORKSTATION IS NOT A GODDAMN SMARTPHONE! QUIT TRYING TO TURN IT INTO ONE! **"

Comment Why would anyone ..... (Score 0) 415

Why would anyone place critical hardware on the internet? I'm going to assume by now that Iran has figured out that the US is trying to sabotage their equipment. You would think that Iran would take any sensitive equipment offline and avoid applying any patches from foreign sources. And why isn't this considered an act of war on the part of the US? Didn't we declare cyber sabotage as such? No wonder why we got so many countries that hate us. Do as we say, not as we do.

Comment Public documents are now copyrighted? (Score 4, Insightful) 142

I seem to recall that works done by a government entity belong to the public and are not subject to copyright. Even so, this seems like a rather petty move. Of course, they tortured and held Bradly Manning is solitary confinement for a year without any charges so I guess expecting any sort of civility in the matter is unrealistic.

Comment Getting the foot in the door. (Score 4, Interesting) 85

The amendments are an attempt to get the foot in the door with CISPA. It's likely they hope to get the basic framework of CISPA in place and then do incremental revisions to the bill over time when the attention has died down.

The best part of the proposed amendments is the supposed liability for the companies violating privacy and handing over info to the government. How'd that work out with the massive illegal NSA wiretapping? Oh that's right, everyone was granted retroactive immunity and the whistle blower got criminal prosecution for his trouble. Somehow, I seriously doubt that the privacy provisions will carry much weight or have any teeth. This bill needs to die.

Comment Re:Costs much? (Score 1) 380

Pay TV is not as attractive as it once was. One of the biggest draws was the ability to watch ad-free programming. Now pay tv is absolutely infested with advertisement. I think there's more commercial interruptions on pay tv than broadcast at this point. Why are we paying for this again? Add the fact that most of the pay tv programming is repetitive and pay tv starts to look a lot less attractive. Finally, toss in the high cost and the lack of a-la-cart options and it's no wonder why pay tv's business model is losing its appeal.

Submission + - JBI's Plastic To Oil Gets Operating Permit (jbiglobal.com) 2

Whammy666 writes: JBI, Inc. announced that it has entered into a formal Consent Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 9, which will allow the Company to immediately run its Plastic2Oil (P2O) process commercially and begin construction of an additional processor at its Niagara Falls, New York P2O facility. JBI has developed a process that takes waste plastic destined for landfills and converts it into diesel fuel, gasoline, and natural gas with very little residue. The process is said to be very efficient thanks to a special catalyst developed by JBI and an attention to process optimization. That plastic water bottle you tossed in the trash could soon be fueling your car instead of sitting in a landfill for 1000 years.

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