Re: Flat Mars-ers
Of course Red Dwarf wasn't a documentary. It didn't have a narrator.
Arrested Development? Now that was a documentary.
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"Anyone would think that we pronounce 'private equity company' as, 'asset stripper.'"
Because we've been in this business long enough to know that that's exactly what happens.
I realize that it's not guaranteed, and that you're also using the troll icon, but I've seen this in manufacturing, software, newspapers, and theater companies, and I fully expect it to happen here as well.
Interesting that you should mention that. I'm looking at the "Interactive Wide-Gamut Comparisons" page that El Reg linked to, and the only picture where I can detect any difference with my old screen on my old Lenovo is the sunset one, where the orange is notably more vivid.
All the other pictures look the same, but then again I am using an laptop that dates from around 2011.
"Just because you're an expert in one thing doesn't mean that you're an expert in all things."
This, this, this. We've been seeing a lot of this during our particular plague year.
As an aside, I heard of this story earlier from a astronomer whose Twitter account I follow, and she added that it was the second most ridiculous thing she'd heard an "expert" do so far.
I very much want to know what beat this story, which she didn't share, unfortunately.
Back in January of 1999. Here's a Wired article on it: Sun on Privacy: 'Get Over It'.
So we've had an over twenty year warning.
(I want to make some observation about Google feeding you the Google CEO's observation over another CEO, but I've come to expect dishonesty from Google rankings, so it wouldn't be edgy at all now.)
Went to work for a company whose computer network was VMS. This was fine, I liked VMS. A coworker in a different department asked me to handle some problem, and was confused when it turned out that I didn't have permissions to access his problematic files. I was confused that he expected me to have permission.
It turned out, that everyone -- EVERYONE -- hired before a certain date had superuser permissions on the system. What was the significance of that date? That was when the new system administrator was hired. He couldn't just yank everyone's permissions (well, he could, but the backlash might have been a greater, if temporary, problem that he didn't want to deal with). So he worked out a stealthier method of setting standard per-group permission settings for new hires, and yanking superuser status from old hires who screwed up even slightly in their daily work.
Since not having superuser status was normal for me, I just asked the admin (in front of the coworker) for permission to be added to the coworker's group, I hoped it would be a lesson in why superuser status should not be the default for him, but who knows.
"The production cost for an ebook is simply the author's time."
Copy editing, layouts, artists, all these take time, money, and someone's talent other than the author's, and who says that the only format is the ebook or picture book?
And even ebook creation is still not as simple as the techno utopians want us to believe -- I've caught errors in one format that didn't show in another.
True, and I wish some other outfit were doing this task. But the basic facts don't seem to be in dispute.
Oh, and the reason hairdressers were regulated back in the day (1920s - 30s) was because they were often a front for prostitution. Times have changed a little since then, but in many states the laws are still on the books.
Re-writing critical libraries in a safer language is a good idea -- I would be fascinated by a BSD or Linux system with lib* replacements written in Rust.
I'm less sanguine about a whole new operating system with a new interface and the learning curve that comes with it. At a time when we're still making cynical jokes about desktop Linux, getting a new OS into the mix seems to be a task with uncertain benefits, unless one is targeting an entirely new device.
Show me an OS written in Ada/SPARK and I'll take it seriously.
I'm not certain where you get the idea that an OS not written in a language is proof that an OS cannot be written in another language?
Ada's and SPARK's syntax were terrible, so I'm not clear where you get "worse syntax". Ada was proof that an extremely strong type system is a hindrance, not an advantage, but you also seem to think that Rust's type system is weaker than C's?
Upvoted. Seriously though, ++ historically came from a need to make an efficient PDP-11 instruction, and while it was cool for pointer arithmetic, I found more than a few times that it was a source of bugs in regular arithmetic. Post- and pre-increment confusion popped up more often than I liked.
Given that '+= 1' worked just fine as a post-increment ++ replacement, and pre-increment ++ could usually be easily refactored out, I started using '+= 1' everywhere.
And guess what Rust has? (Along with the other op= operators, of course.)
So it may be disrespectful, but I'll take it with pleasure.
I've only ever had the canned variety, but it was quite good in the drink that was made in the Vietnamese restaurant I went to (non-alcoholic, although I'm sure someone can come up with a spiked version). It was jackfruit, sweetened condensed milk, and ice, all put into a blender.
Hmm. I need to get to the store.
... when (I assume) a bill passed in the House should have more chance of being "taken seriously" in the Senate?
It doesn't work that way. Both House and Senate are independent of each other, and although sponsoring congressmen and senators may coordinate efforts, and introduce identical bills, by the time individual legislators in both houses have introduced their amendments and resolved their objections, the bills will be different from each other.
Then comes the negotiating between House and Senate to resolve those differences. Often the White House is consulted as well, as it would be a waste of time to resolve a bill into a form that will get vetoed by the President (assuming a veto could not be overridden).
So there's no ease-into-law path to follow when it comes to introducing a bill. While it would have been nice to get even one of these bills passed, at this point showing the fecklessness of the the vetoing senators is useful too.
It's my understanding that they locked themselves into a lot of long-term leases (assuming they hadn't bought a building outright) with an optimistic expectation of high use by teams of startups.
The business model itself isn't bad, but it still has to be run as a business, and they're stumbling over basic management errors.
I walk by a WeWork once or twice a week on my way to a coffee shop with WiFi, but then my "team" -- when I have one -- isn't local, and we rarely number more than four.
Hmm. Itanium was introduced in 2001. Opteron was introduced in 2003.
Yes, I know there were >32 bit processors out before that (I have very fond memories of working with CDC's 60bit machines), but that's not the context here.
In fact, looking back, what's astonishing is how fast 32bitness fell to the wayside. I was supporting both 16bit and 32bit machines into the early or mid 1990s before we were finally able to say No More to 16bit architectures.
"You'll note the word CITIZEN in that sentence."
You'll note the word "assist" in that sentence. You'll also note that further in the article it discuss what that assistance is, and no, it doesn't involve active spying, although opening up databases and revealing user lists (among other things) to authorities is still very bad.
The law in China REQUIRES common citizens and companies to spy on the west, at every opportunity.
Summary: it's bad, but no, it doesn't require spying from ordinary citizens. It's almost as though you provided no link in the hopes that no one would bother to search for your reference.
There's no forum or social network that's free of it.
One of the attackers (posts since deleted) simply couldn't get his head around a successful woman mathematician.
I actually expected to see that in the article, but apparently not. It was a simple, 'legitimate' business operation, which I expect was why they got away with it for so long. They may have even convinced themselves that they weren't criminals because they didn't install malware.
"And there are defendable reasons for that."
Mmm, semi-defendable. There were contradictory motives (and some political maneuvers) in creating the Electoral College, and the evidence that it's a mishmash is, for example, demonstrated by the 12th Amendment to the Constitution.
Not that this excuses the Trump victory.
(Note, I'm not in favor of a strictly popular vote, but the Electoral College is a set of compromises that were unsatisfactory in the 18th century, never mind the 21st.)
Heh. I had the pleasure of looking over a friend's shoulder as he did just that. We had plenty of time for conversation between keystrokes.
I didn't have the cash on hand for a computer and modem in those days. By the time I finally got the cash together, modems had improved to the rate of 1200 bps, which meant text could go by so fast on the screen that I couldn't read it in real time! Amazing futuristic stuff.
(Contrary to some comments above, people were *not* necessarily better behaved then. Rush Dimbulb wasn't that far away in the future, and we had our own not-quite-local paranoiacs to deal with. On the other hand, I did have the how-cool-is-that moment when I suggested a solution for a math problem for a friend of a sculptor in Ireland.)
I've seen work on tiny cryptography since the 90s (sci.crypt on USENET was very busy with it, for example), and I'd be surprised if all the work on it vanished in the mean time.
Now it could be argued that even adding this would be an intolerable burden to the manufacturer, but given all the features that a "smart" device is supposed to have, I think it would be worth adding this to the list of must-haves.
No, "Editorial" is generally reserved for the editorial page. Again, not hard to figure out.
I currently live in Chicago, and have read over the years the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Cincinnati Enquirer, Indianapolis Star, Lafayette Journal and Courier, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and the New York Times. I await your ad hominem attack.
Seriously though, insisting that everyone else must share the same lack of knowledge as you is just strange.
"Comment", "Analysis", and so forth are all fairly standard ways of indicating that the article is about to delve into interpretation of the news, and they are common in American newspapers, assuming the paper is large enough to have the luxury of running them. They're usually on the front page of a paper's section.
It's not that hard to figure out.
"Which problems did XML actually solve? And which ones did it create?"
I like a good cynical comment as much as the next guy, but XML is the go-to structure for highly complex formats that have to be communicated between systems, and it works exceedingly well for that, provided the data definition was designed well in the first place. Which, yes, is dependent upon the skills of the designer (not necessarily a coder, although it helps).
So it creates no more problems than that found in most computing standards..
For small configuration files that were slightly more complex than an INI file, XML certainly looked like too much, but I feel that was overreaction (it's not hard to simplify the tagging), and in any event it became irrelevant when JSON appeared on the scene.
YAML, the format that isn't terribly readable, and fragile to boot, just wasn't a good idea.
I did manage to toss old cases, keyboards, and monitors, but I removed the hard drives before putting them to the alley (we have scavengers on a regular circuit -- I feel better now about putting out stuff that's too good for the garbage but which the recyclers can't handle).
But I still have a VT-100. I don't expect to ever use it again (well, for a couple years I thought that I might), but instead of tossing it I'm thinking of re-purposing it. Perhaps as an IOT device. Or a compact fish tank.
"With examples like this, how can someone say in 2018 that this type of programming is HARD?"
In part because Cortesi was a genius at producing spare, yet robust, code. There weren't many people who could match him for analysis of code or algorithms.
It's great that he had examples that you could adapt for your own use, but not everyone has his books or columns instantly available to them.
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