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Comment Re:Shorthand for Assembler (Score 1) 793

I agree with your comments. When I started with the Lifeboat compiler "back in the day" I could visualize the assembly that would be generated with the C code being written. Reading from K&R, it's clear that constructs such as switch(), prefix/postfix increments and the like, the register modifer, etc. were all there to make it easier to generate straight-line assembly in a friendlier syntax (I seem to recall that it would, in fact, generate an assembly source listing if requested.). Even the #asm shows the intimacy between the two. To your points, modern compilers "interpreting" C source into something that is much smaller/faster may get a Good Thing in the long run, but I miss the days when I could just code and know exactly what the compiler would produce. I also remember those times I had to write subroutines in assembler because the compiler refused to produce what I wanted. Sometimes the optimizer is wrong.

Submission + - Hacker Group Demands 'Idiot Tax' From Payday Lender (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Hacker group Rex Mundi has made good on its promise to publish thousands of loan-applicant records it swiped from AmeriCash Advance after the payday lender refused to fork over between $15,000 and $20,000 as an extortion fee — or, in Rex Mundi's terms, an "idiot tax." The group announced on June 15 that it was able to steal AmeriCash's customer data because the company had left a confidential page unsecured on one of its servers. "This page allows its affiliates to see how many loan applicants they recruited and how much money they made," according to the group's post on dpaste.com. "Not only was this page unsecured, it was actually referenced in their robots.txt file.""

Comment Amazing! (Score 1) 414

Yet another Microsoft product that is meticulously planned, engineered, and executed such that no one will want to pay for it. Except Mr. Bill, that is.

MS: "Here's our version of an established service, but ours has more restrictions and costs more!"
Mr. Bill: "Sign me up!"
Everyone else: "Pound sand!"

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