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Comment Re:Bit fields (Score 2) 125

that probably would not have made much of a difference. People would have assumed that this would never happen and would have made practical implementation assuming a fixed 32 bit space. By the time it became a practical problem, we would have had a creep of devices that does not follow the norm, and managing that would be a nightmare.

Just see the sorry state of utf-8. We still have so many code bases that are not utf-8 compliant despite we have seen the need for it over 15 years ago.

Comment Re:I don't understand the issue (Score 1) 110

If these items were really at free shipping, then there would be no issue.
The issue is that they rank it for free shipping. But if you add to cart less than $x (I think it is $35) or if you are not a prime customer, then you are charged shipping.
So essentially, amazon is not representing fairly shipping cost across sellers. (Which is a hard problem to be honest.)

Comment Tech problem (Score 1) 211

> Standard Innovation designed the We-Connect app to collect and record intimate and sensitive data on use of the vibrator, including the date and time of each use as well as vibration settings...
> Slashdot reader BarbaraHudson argues that "It kind of has to share that information if it's going to be remotely controlled by someone else."

Does it ?

First of all, collecting and recording the information does not seem necessary for the app to work.

Then, to enable an external user control over the device, you just need to connect the two smartphones together. You do not necessarilly need the data to transit to third parties. You probably can route all the information over tor and never have a clear message given to the company or anyone else than the two involved party.

Or am I missing something?

(BTW, this device give a new meaning to Avenue Q's "The internet is for porn")

Comment Re:Google is still #1 (Score 4, Informative) 118

I don't know if they are number one. But that MS argument is phony.

For the longest time, google people were pushing to Also the kernel contributions do not go to github.

Also, claiming you have more contributors do not tell much. Did they only contribute one line?

Comment Re:Tabspaces? (Score 1) 391

But does anybody seriously type all those spaces? You don't just set the Tab key to expand to spaces?

or most likely, the editor enforces formatting with whatever parameters you configure it with. That's emacs default setting in C for instance: pressing tab indents this line consistently with the one above.

Comment Re:25 to 30 feet above the trees? (Score 1) 644

Oh, "above the tree" is what I missed. Depending on the tree it may not be that unreasonable.

I think that opens lots of questions. 75 feet is high enough for it to probably be harmless in term of privacy. But at the same time, it is low enough that I would feel uncomfortable about the drone. Depending on the size of the property and the distance to the house, there are weird angles through windows possible. The presence of drones change the "expectation of privacy".

I feel legislation is going to be necessary.

Comment Beer and pizza. (Score 3) 40

Re:How do you keep VLC sustainable? On a related note, where is the closest VLC developer? How do I buy him/her a beer? Where do we send the pizza?
JBK: Where are you? I can travel the world for a good beer and pizza :D

That was me. If you happen to be in Charlote, NC. Otherwise, I am in Paris, France or Grenoble, France from time to time. If you are anywhere near this when I am, diner's on me!

Comment Re:massive parallel processing=limited application (Score 3, Insightful) 114

That is not really true. Most workloads can be executed in parallel. Pretty much all the field of scientific computing (would that be physics, chemistry, or biology) are typically quite parallel. If you are looking at database and data analytics, they are very parallel as well, if you are building topic models of the web, or trying to find correlation in twitter post, these things are highly parallel.

Even on your machine, you are certainly using a fair amount of parallel computing, most likely video decompression is done in parallel (or it should be). It is the old argument that by decreasing frequency you can increase core count in the same power envelop while increasing performance.

For sure, some applications are not sequential. Most likely, they are not the one we really care about. Otherwise, hire me, and I'll write them in parallel :)

Comment Re:massive parallel processing=limited application (Score 3) 114

well, nothing will ever break amdahl's law. But that is rarely the issue. The parallelism is many scientific problem is pretty vast. We run lots of simulations on 100K and more cores. Often the interconnect is the issue, and not the sequential part.

There is a real problem today in build a exaflops machine, one of the biggest problem is managing communications because they are very power consuming. If that architecture can scale meaningful codes at 100K, it is interesting.

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