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Comment Welcome to Macintosh Programmers Workshop, 1985 (Score 2, Interesting) 176

The "commands everywhere, hit enter to resample them" existed back then for macintosh programmers Workshop, as many developers will remember. Basically there were no need for real 'scripts', you could type commands, hit 'enter' then hit 'undo' and 'enter' again to re-run it, and yes you could 'execute' anything you selected.

That was the only use I had for the 'enter' key of the numeric keypad of the old mac's keyboard in fact.

So, revolutionary... hmmm. I also reimplemented JUST that as a text-input extension quite a few years ago for OSx, where I could do pretty much exactly that from any text editor on the mac, like SubEthaEdit etc.

Comment Reverted to C (Score 2) 793

I did C++ for a very, very long time (20+ years), and yes, you can take a nice subset of c++ that is not bloated, and in that case it's a nice language.

The problem is when you work with other people. They'll drag in all the bloat they can, templates, RTTI, stl (ick), and... boost (arrrgh). And you end up with code that is actually giganormous, and runs slower than Java. I'm not joking, try stuff like OpenSCAD (chokes on 2 pages of geometry) or Code::Blocks (lags like crazy when editing the smalest of file) then there is the obvious KDE desktop, and many others.

So a few years back I reverted to C99. C99 actually had some features that c++ lacks (complex struct initialisation for example) and after years of C++ you know enough about putting structure into your code that you don't /strictly/ need classes anyway. In fact, after a while, you start to realize that in many case, you /don't/ need classes -- sometime you can reduce a problem to 2 or 3 functions, you don't need the 24 accessors, 5 constructors and all that fluff.

It's very refreshing try it. I think you can pick up good habits by hacking on the linux kernel and stuff like qemu/kvm... that sort of C project uses very complex constructs, all in C, and all in a 'clean' environment, there is a LOT to learn in these projects.

The only thing I miss is references; thats the ONE thing I'd like to bring back.

Oh, and if you want slightly smarter memory management for struct-like-objects and that sort of stuff, do lookup "libtalloc" -- it's a little bit of samba that is well worth the look at..

Comment Re:Listen to your readership (Score 1) 339

Amen to this. I also notice that a lot of the "stories" are either deliberate plants, or are fed in by commercial interest into a clueless editorship.

So yes, I also have been mostly lurking, reading the RSS headlines and sometime clicking, I haven't commented in years!

But really, "BI" ? What a frigging joke, with the canned stock photography of suits weaving their mobile phone around.

Comment Re:I bet you're the life and soul of a party (Score 2) 405

Ever heard of embedded development ? Or, maybe you think that distros themselves just appear magically as an ".iso" file brought by father xmas ? I'm sure you're very proud of having recompiled your kernel at some point, and that seems to have given you enough insight into general software development to make large, broad statements about it all.
Actually, I /do/ find it funny, but not in the way you probably intended.

Comment Re:I bet you're the life and soul of a party (Score 3, Insightful) 405

Is this really "" where "nerds" used to be around ? You know, nerds, who do technically oriented stuff "just because they can" ?

The various comments on this topic -including the one up- makes me wonder really, or has "nerd" become more of a "I'm such a nerd, babe, look, I installed an app on my smartphone".

Or /. has been mirrored to "" and I'm accessing the wrong portal

Comment Huh, no (Score 3, Informative) 405

"has the enthusiast passion for overclocking cooled off"

Not from my 5.0Ghz Core i7 2600k anyway -- The tools have become better, the mobo are generally better built and more tolerant to punishment (some have 2 Oz copper), the power rails are a LOT more controllable than before, and in general the IC companies that make the power ICs have progressed a lot too in that time, so you can overclock easier, quicker, get better results and in general, extract quite a bit more, without nitrogen.

And, I compile distros all day, to me going from 3.8Ghz max to 5.0Ghz stable (and quiet!) is awesome; make -j10 FTW !

Comment Why grub ? (Score 1) 1

Anyone tried "Chameleon" ? from the osx86 people ? beats the crap out of the lilo/grub combo by a country mile.

Alternatively, run extlinux. It's like grub, without all the garbage associated, and the now countless (on debian) directories of config file where you have to scratch your head for hours to add "vga=" to the kernel command line.


Submission + - Cisco Engineers find iPad actually useful (

An anonymous reader writes: eweek is reporting on a little known app for Cisco engineers that lets them hook up their iPads and iPhones to cisco console ports, and then pipe the console connection to a website — kinda like gotomypc but for cisco console ports. Why? I'm not sure, but apparently its quite useful.

Submission + - What happens when you are fined millions? 6

An anonymous reader writes: We keep hearing about file-sharing lawsuits which result in individual downloaders being slapped with fines of millions of dollars. In almost every case I've seen mentioned, the dollar-values involved are higher than any of those being ordered to pay could ever hope to make within their lifetimes.
So the question is: What happens to these people? Clearly they won't ever actually be able to pay the fines, and by extension it's clear that those doing the suing never intend to collect these ridiculous amounts. How much money ever actually changes hands in these situations?

Submission + - Android to Lead Booming Smartphone Market In 2011 (

An anonymous reader writes: IDC expects Android to grab nearly 40 percent of a worldwide market shipping more than 450 million devices this year

Led by Google’s Android operating system, the worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent this year, according to a March 29 report from research firm IDC.

Compared to the 303.4 million smartphone units that shipped in 2010, vendors are expected to ship 450 million units in 2011. With both enterprise users and consumers allured by the devices’ advanced features – including front- and rear-facing cameras and in some instances dual-core processors – the firm expects the smartphone market’s growth rate to be four times that of the overall mobile phone market.

Still, 2011 is not likely to match the annual growth that 2010 saw over the more economically pinched 2009.


Submission + - Open Networking Foundation Pushes OpenFlow SDN (

Blacklaw writes: A group of telecommunications giants have formed a consortium which aims to promote software-defined networking, a new approach that the Open Networking Foundation claims can increase network functionality while lowering operating costs. The Foundation claims to be attempting to popularise a form of software-defined networking originally proposed in an academic white paper from 2008 entitled OpenFlow: Enabling Innovation in Campus Networks, based on work from universities across the US.
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Submission + - MIT drone finds its way using Kinect vision (

garymortimer writes: "This MIT multicopter is able to fly in GPS denied environments by creating a 3D map of its surroundings on the fly (no pun intended) based on point clouds generated by a Kinect. Also pretty handy for avoiding trees and other obstacles outside at low level.

Moores law is making this happen in small drones quick! This processing is onboard, unlike other systems that depend on motion capture rigs."


Submission + - Will companies face hosting bill shock for DDoS at (

nk497 writes: "Firms are turning to the cloud for cost savings and scalability, but what happens if a company is struck by a denial-of-service attack? The scalability and charge-by-use models could be problematic for companies targeted by the likes of Anonymous. Microsoft and Google both said they would consider dropping charges if traffic spikes could be proved to be from such attacks, but couldn't say if such a rebate has yet been offered to any customers."

Submission + - SPAM: Google Sets Role in Mobile Payment

jasonroger87 writes: The Internet giant is aiming to make mobile payments easier in a bid to boost its advertising business. The planned payment system would allow Google to offer retailers more data about their customers and help them target ads and discount offers to mobile-device users near their stores, these people said. Google isn't expected to get a cut of the transaction fees.
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