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Comment Re:Stop worrying (Score 1) 245

The post you responded to was about damages. If it turns out a vulnerability is found in Intel's CPUs, and you and I are using vulnerable CPUs, will Intel reimburse your and my cost (in part or in full) of patching, upgrading and/or replacing? The point of the post you responded to was if they're so confident the CPUs are "very secure", offering shouldn't do them any harm, and an unwillingness to attach a reasonable amount to that could be an indicator that the CPUs are not as secure as Intel say they are. (Note: I'm not sure yet whether I agree or disagree with that logic.)

Comment Re:1st Amendment? (Score 1) 284

Gawker had attempted to get the whole lawsuit dismissed, claiming the First Amendment allowed the publication. It was the judge, not the jury, that said no to that. If the judge had ruled otherwise, this never would have even got to a jury. But I did misspeak. The judge hadn't declared that it was illegal, merely that the Constitution didn't make it legal.

Comment Re:1st Amendment? (Score 1) 284

This isn't you or some private individual or company that's telling Gawker to shut up, this is a judge declaring that Gawker's publication was illegal under US law. The First Amendment is relevant. If the judge had ruled that Gawker's publication was constitutionally protected speech, the ruling would have been in Gawker's favour exactly because of the First Amendment.

Comment Re:AP, of course they're wrong (Score 1) 218

Looking for the closest analogies I can think of: what you say makes perfect sense so long as you also refer to the Earth, the Sun and the Moon. Which the AP doesn't. They refer to the Earth, the sun and the moon. They appear to drop the capitalisation when it's not or no longer recognised by the general public as a name. I'm not saying I care much for their style guide myself, but dropping the capitalisation of internet and web appears to play well with their views.

Comment Not entirely true (Score 5, Informative) 250

Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates.

This would mean that IE9 will remain supported on Vista. According to Windows lifecycle fact sheet, Vista's support doesn't end until April 2017, and IE9 is the most current version of Internet Explorer available for Vista.

Comment Re:wine (Score 2) 119

References help. Here's the oldest copy of the Wine FAQ I could find:

This is the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for the Wine (WINdows Emulator) project.

1. What is Wine? What is it supposed to do?

The word Wine stands for WINdows Emulator. It is both a program loader and an emulation library that will allow Unix users to run MS Windows applications in a Unix environment. The program loader will load and execute an MS Windows application binary, while the emulation library will take calls to MS Windows functions and translate these into calls to Unix/X, so that equivalent functionality is achieved.

Comment Re:Yeah that will work (Score 1) 114

You could use HTML5 local storage. Unlike cookies, the local storage is not sent to the server, so client-side JavaScript can use it to disable cookie banners in a way that isn't subject to those anti-tracking laws that prompted the cookie banners. Depending on the country, perhaps.

Comment Re:Bullying (Score 4, Interesting) 282

Back in August, the ILT (the responsible party) had already been sending out warnings to drivers that what they were doing was illegal and that they could be fined up to EUR 4200. Source (in Dutch). If it has taken more than a month for them to actually fine anyone, I'd say they've been very lenient, at least based on the current laws.

Comment Re:So 60% positive ? (Score 4, Insightful) 256

It means 60% on that list are suspected of having terrorist ties. It does not mean they really do have terrorist ties, and it does not mean the suspicion is reasonable. In other words, that 60% would need to be further categorised before it becomes a meaningful statistic.

The 40% on the other hand is already a meaningful statistic.

Comment Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (Score 1) 739

True, and making a useful -Wunreachable-code option for C is easier than for C++, but it's still significantly more difficult than for Java. For one thing, C has no abnormal returns, it has regular function calls that cause an abnormal return as a side effect, and in some cases, even in well-written C code, it is difficult for the compiler to statically determine whether those functions are called. For another, C has thousands (probably even more) of programs that have already been written without taking the not-yet-existing warnings into account, and users expect a new version of the compiler to not give too many bogus warnings. In contrast, Java was able to emit a warning right from the start, and programs have been modified to take the warning into account, to re-work the code if the compiler warns, even if the warning is not correct (logically speaking; it may still be correct based on the spec).

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