* Posts by Stjalodbaer

20 posts • joined 2 Jan 2016

Classy move: C++ 20 wins final approval in ISO technical ballot, formal publication expected by end of year



Like most programming languages, it has no formal logical or mathematical basis and is just a bundle of nostrums, as it seemed good in someone’s judgement. The lack of definition leads to uncontrolled growth.

Core blimey! Apple macOS update lifts boot from MacBook Pro neck


This is a heaven-sent opportunity to bring back the spacious, cool running 17 inch MBP. Apple ? Looking at you.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++


No more tinkertoy pseudo-languages

We don’t know what the language of 2020 will look like, but it will be called Fortran.

But we’d like it to be ML.

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly



What watch ? Apple watch.


Like the lady, all the girls I meet wear Apple watches.

Watch as standalone phone could be here but for telcos.

Now for some cognac ...

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like


Close ...

What one really wants is something with physical format à la Blackberry Passport, but with a truly modern origami keyboard (in some cool material like a titanium-carbon fibre blend) that collapses into the frame.

Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks



Is this the Reg Spinoza page ? They’ve solved the mind-body problem ?? By denying the body ?!? Kewl. Actually, also what about out-of-body experiences ?

Unlocked: The hidden love note on the grave of America's first crypto power-couple


Conspiracy theory

I thought the codes proved Baco wrote Baa Baa black sheep.

Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price


Suicidal naïveté

Nothing happens in China without the concurrence of the PLA, who own a share of most industries. To quote an economist acquaintance, the PRC is the first economically successful, technological, totalitarian regime. It’s beyond implausible that they are not using their tech kit to gather intelligence world-wide. By all means read Ken Thompson’s Turing Award paper mentioned above. Would be nice to see some studies of who’s phoning home.

Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years


Re: road not taken

My thought was that the exploits relied on there being normally privileged data in an unprotected cache and the timing was used to access this. Perhaps then the IBM with its apparently thoroughgoing approach to security might maintain the privilege of the data even in cache.

But apparently not. IBM announces patches for their “i” system which seems to be the current descendant of Fortress R.



road not taken

Could things have been different if the industry had paid more attention to IBM and Frank Soltis’s Fortress Rochester ?

E.g., see http://jakob.engbloms.se/archives/2111

BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates


Blackberry appeared unbearably arrogant. They were punished in the market. But much of their tech and concepts were good. Gaining control of QNX, which makes Android, iOS, etc. look pretty tired amd ancient, and developing BB10 should have led to a revival. The Passport, however flawed its build, is even now a view of the future; its design is a prototype of that combination of phone and tablet that will probably be the single standard device until miniaturized holographic hands free systems arrive.

Brit neural net pioneer just revolutionised speech recognition all over again


More history

Stephen Grossberg

BlackBerry admits dying BB10 is in pain


Alas and alack

First, where do you get a Passport with that cool gold frame ?

To think that a QNX based product should fall to such depths. It must be that the Gods are still angry with the original arrogance of RIM.

Perhaps Blackberry will have the decency to open-source BB 10 ? It would open the possibility for the first real posix phone.

SVN commit this: Subversion to fix file renaming after 15 years



Is there a writeup somewhere that offers a definition off what versioning is ? And perhaps some mathematics of it ? Many of the features of existing systems seem like ad hoc assemblages done by smart people to be sure but lacking formal cohesion, and so not really discussable.

Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store


you are the product

How does the ad know it's being blocked ? Can the blocker be written to block but give the ad sender the impression things are fine ? Beware also of evil Disqus, Scribd etc.

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro


M0ngo still just p0wned in game of life

Make whole macbook pro input surface of clamshell combination of haptic keys and touch display with everything relocatable and configurable by user and apps. Why why only touchstrip ?

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers


Don't touch

Why whole kyeyboard not haptic glass ? Help Mongo understand ...

That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done


Sir, no utopias here, sir!

Elliot Montroll (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Waters_Montroll) has some interesting points on why fusion is hard in section 4 of his address on tech change "Dynamics of Sociotechnical Systems" (http://projecteuclid.org/download/pdf_1/euclid.bams/1183553669) .

Swiss try to wind up Apple with $25k dumb-watch


That Swiss thing is pretty tired sauce. For 25K one would hope for a nice real thing, not just a sub-thing with attached polemical notions. Apple charges somewhat too much, but they do seem to be trying to offer a real thing. All it would take is commercialization of one of the exotic new battery technologies and another step in miniaturization and Apple could dispense with the tiresome recharge burden and the iPhone. Mr. Cook ?

Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned


Re: Wrong lesson learned

Always use a ressembler.


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