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Comment And it'll be a shitshow because of course it is (Score 1) 89

Sneak preview of the API:

crypto_really_encode(plaintext, algorithm); // Simplest
crypto_really_encode(plaintext, mode, algorithm); // Next arg goes in the middle
crypto_really_encode(block_size, plaintext, algorithm, mode); // Switch it up yo lol

...where AES will somehow be a valid value for both mode and algorithm (which will silently override to "NULL" if plaintext starts with a zero or the letter "p").

Comment Re:For the US, not for a political party (Score 1) 893

googling " const int one = 65536" turns up some C sharp graphics code as the first result, c sharp has a 32-bit int so it's not an overflow.

It looks to me like the constant is being used to implement 16.16 fixed point maths inside a 32-bit int. One of those things that makes you go wtf at first but makes perfect sense when you understand it in context.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 4

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

Comment Cataracts and Suse (Score 1) 5

IIRC you're Canadian (if in the US you'll need insurance) and should be able to get CrystaLens implants for an extra $2,000. They cure nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and cataracts.

I ran Suse back in 2003 and liked it, but moved to Mandrake because my TV didn;t like it; I was using the TV as a monitor with an S-video cable. Still trying to find a distro that will run on an old Gateway laptop.

Submission + - And you think you're having a bad day. (theatlantic.com)

ColdWetDog writes: The Atlantic has an interesting article on how societies have decreased economic equality -

The Only Thing, Historically, That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed states—these are what reliably reduce economic disparities. Calls to make America great again hark back to a time when income inequality receded even as the economy boomed and the middle class expanded. Yet it is all too easy to forget just how deeply this newfound equality was rooted in the cataclysm of the world wars. The pressures of total war became a uniquely powerful catalyst of equalizing reform, spurring unionization, extensions of voting rights, and the creation of the welfare state. During and after wartime, aggressive government intervention in the private sector and disruptions to capital holdings wiped out upper-class wealth and funneled resources to workers; even in countries that escaped physical devastation and crippling inflation, marginal tax rates surged upward. Concentrated for the most part between 1914 and 1945, this “Great Compression” (as economists call it) of inequality took several more decades to fully run its course across the developed world until the 1970s and 1980s, when it stalled and began to go into reverse.

Yep, the intro is a bit of a swipe at Trump. But this should get the preppers and paranoids in the group all wound up. Grab your foil! Run for the hills!

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 364

The Gateway Pundit graphs are Alexa Page rank. My understanding is that the rank is derived from a browser plugin. The page that gets the most clicks over whatever time period is ranked 1, then the second most, etc. Higher on the graph means more traffic, which means lower rank.

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/...

I'm not sure why they aren't linear. They don't look like log scale, but it is hard to tell when looking at a small slice like this. Another possibility (and I really shouldn't speculate, since I suspect that Alexa explains this somewhere) is that the amount of traffic needed to achieve each line could be linear.

Comment Re:Marketers are idiots (Score 1) 45

Apple hasn't just been talking about this, they've implemented this for a while. Many of their devices take a physical SIM and also contain an eSIM, so you can have the SIM for your home network in their physically, but when you travel abroad you don't need to physically buy a local SIM to use for a week, you just pull up the settings screen and buy a short-term plan from one of a variety of different providers.

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