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  1. What on EARTH is that supposed to mean, "I have...

    What on EARTH is that supposed to mean, "I have no place trying to interpret them"? This is maybe the biggest load of crap I have ever heard. Maybe I, you know, would like to read them? Maybe I would...
  2. Basically just get rid of the C preprocessor in...

    Basically just get rid of the C preprocessor in favor of a real module system - you can still reap the benefits of having the specification (i.e. header) separate from the implementation (i.e....
  3. I was probably expected to post in this thread by...

    I was probably expected to post in this thread by a couple people, so here it goes!



    Indeed, statically typed languages are awesome. Unfortunately, Java, C++ and Go (google's language) all have...
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    First off, you shouldn't be concerned that it is...

    First off, you shouldn't be concerned that it is too simple - there are *extremely* simple models of computation out there which result in turing machines, i.e. a universal computer. For example, it...
  5. Dabbled in everything, but for actually coding...

    Dabbled in everything, but for actually coding pretty much everything and anything: C/C++ and Haskell. I almost exclusively do Haskell in my own time because it's awesome in almost every way (job is...
  6. Thread: Firefox 4

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    I'll chime in here and just say that Apple really...

    I'll chime in here and just say that Apple really doesn't have a significant stake in H264 patents. I am actually pretty sure they only hold one patent in the entire spec and one MPEG4 systems patent...
  7. Thread: Firefox 4

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    You have just demonstrated with those 2 sentences...

    You have just demonstrated with those 2 sentences you have no actual idea about the issue at hand. Following this...



    Wrong. It is not free in any sense of the word. You know what they do say...
  8. Thread: Firefox 4

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    I for one welcome the decision in FF4 to move...

    I for one welcome the decision in FF4 to move tabs to the top of the user interface, because from a user interface perspective, it simply makes sense to do so. They've also had various other...
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    You want something like a good course in...

    You want something like a good course in First-Order Logic. You can use FOL to prove the completeness and soundness of certain axiomatic systems, such as Zermelo-Frankel set theory (a.k.a. ZFC,)...
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    Citation needed. I would like to cite my own...

    Citation needed. I would like to cite my own claims by saying the huge amount of vulnerabilities that exist in software like Linux, Apache, Windows or otherwise 'low-level' software written in C/C++...
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    Managed code has huge advantages in the safety...

    Managed code has huge advantages in the safety and correctness areas, when developing. A large aspect of both "secure" and "correct" applications can be attributed to memory safety, which .NET...
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    If you're working on even a remotely large C++...

    If you're working on even a remotely large C++ project, definitely go for VS2010. The intellisense for it is rock solid, even in the face of things like boost, etc.
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    I haven't read the rest of this thread, but one...

    I haven't read the rest of this thread, but one thing worth keeping in mind about these copy protection policies and other things Big Game Co. do is their observation that these days, while it takes...
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    Adobe is signing on with this movement to provide...

    Adobe is signing on with this movement to provide WebM (VP8 video & Vorbis audio) support in Flash so that Flash videos can use WebM for the underlying container format - just like it can currently...
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    Linked list - US Patent 7028023...

    Linked list - US Patent 7028023.

    There literally exists a patent on everything you do when you write software, unfortunately. I shouldn't have a job. People regularly patent troll - companies too...
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    SVN is pretty much not able to do this (easily,)...

    SVN is pretty much not able to do this (easily,) by design. What you really want is the ability to 'offline commit', meaning you can just make commits that stay in your repository and then you push...
  17. Fast random access on a drive is *the* factor in...

    Fast random access on a drive is *the* factor in having fast reads/writes. If you also consider the mechanics of a non-SSD rotational drive, you see that not all bytes are created equal for reads:...
  18. Paging is a PITA, but high bandwidth and low...

    Paging is a PITA, but high bandwidth and low latency are excruciatingly important in some instances when memory quickly becomes the bottleneck (and it becomes the limiting factor a lot quicker than...
  19. Thread: IDE liking

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    Seriously? It breaks on me ALL THE TIME at work,...

    Seriously? It breaks on me ALL THE TIME at work, and it's highly frusterating (combinations of CPP macros + boost + templates make it go haywire and nigh impossible to use in some instances.) We've...
  20. Thread: IDE liking

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    When I'm on Windows, I use Visual Studio TFS...

    When I'm on Windows, I use Visual Studio TFS (essentially, I only write C++ on windows,) which is the best IDE I've ever used. Not saying a ton considering for just about everything else I use Emacs...
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    Yes. I'm salaried and work 9-5 every day (and no...

    Yes. I'm salaried and work 9-5 every day (and no more! people died to give us the 8 hour day so I believe we should respect that gift.) I currently write data backup software.


    I work out of a 2...
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    Cycle Gap: Linux Kernel Development Stats from...

    Cycle Gap: Linux Kernel Development Stats from Greg Kroah Hartman

    "Google is at number 13 with 1.4% contribution. Without Andrew Morton's contributions Google's would be at the fortieth spot."
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    It's unfair to ask a hand-wavy question like that...

    It's unfair to ask a hand-wavy question like that without actual numbers to support a reasonable claim: how much does 1 of those 100,000 servers cost? Let's make it more reasonable: 10,000. If they...
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    They do certainly make some of their stuff open...

    They do certainly make some of their stuff open source, and they do support open source, but a lot of their really awesome stuff is 100% proprietary and likely always will be: BigTable, Google File...
  25. What's wrong with it? It's a well known technique...

    What's wrong with it? It's a well known technique considering C has no exception handling. It's not just some cheap horror trick.

    Sometimes you see things like this in C:



    int func()
    {
    ...
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