Elronnd's recent activity

  1. Comment on Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC November 5th in ~games

    Elronnd
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    It will be sold on steam a month after it releases.

    It will be sold on steam a month after it releases.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread - 2019W40 in ~comp

    Elronnd
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    Why not just make the upper/lower bits part of the public api?

    Why not just make the upper/lower bits part of the public api?

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

    Elronnd
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    I think there is value to each. There are certain experiences that you simply can't have without a certain amount of pre-shared language which isn't already in the collective unconscious.

    I think there is value to each. There are certain experiences that you simply can't have without a certain amount of pre-shared language which isn't already in the collective unconscious.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Is the era of the $100+ graphing calculator coming to an end? in ~tech

    Elronnd
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    Tools like wolfram alpha or jupyter notebook do a much better job of letting you explore math, I feel.

    Tools like wolfram alpha or jupyter notebook do a much better job of letting you explore math, I feel.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Scott’s Supreme Quantum Supremacy FAQ! in ~comp

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    Follow up to this. Exciting stuff!

    Follow up to this. Exciting stuff!

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Google Claims ‘Quantum Supremacy,’ Marking a Major Milestone in Computing in ~comp

    Elronnd
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    He's implicitly legitimizing it.

    He's implicitly legitimizing it.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Google Claims ‘Quantum Supremacy,’ Marking a Major Milestone in Computing in ~comp

    Elronnd
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    Funny you should mention, the bottom of yesterday's blog post says: Then, in one of the comments, he says: There's your confirmation!

    Funny you should mention, the bottom of yesterday's blog post says:

    Oh, and on the quantum supremacy front—I foresee some big news very soon. You know which blog to watch for more.

    Then, in one of the comments, he says:

    it looks like the results were leaked early, causing a huge PR disaster at what should’ve been one of Google’s proudest moments. I’ll wait for their official announcement if I can, or blog about before then if I have no other choice.

    There's your confirmation!

    11 votes
  8. Comment on Call me crazy, but Windows 11 could run on Linux in ~tech

    Elronnd
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    Hmmm. I googled bit and came up with this. I assume you get fork-like semantics by setting something in ObjectAttributes? (I also found some information about RtlCloneUserProcess()) I wonder,...

    Hmmm. I googled bit and came up with this. I assume you get fork-like semantics by setting something in ObjectAttributes? (I also found some information about RtlCloneUserProcess())

    I wonder, though, why would you need to hack anything around to get MessageBox working? Why would it not Just Work?

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Call me crazy, but Windows 11 could run on Linux in ~tech

    Elronnd
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    That's an API failure. There is no fundamental reason why the gpu can't be accessed without ioctls. Files shouldn't be something you have to 'haggle through'; linux designers just don't quite do...

    "Everything is a file" has also turned out to be not quite that useful. The modern Linux driver stack uses a file to access the GPU, but only really to get the resource handle, then everything moves to special ioctl() calls and memory mapping because files are terrible at being able to do what a GPU does.

    That's an API failure. There is no fundamental reason why the gpu can't be accessed without ioctls.

    Files shouldn't be something you have to 'haggle through'; linux designers just don't quite do the right thing with them. Look at plan9 for a better example of what everything-is-a-file should be.

    Just recently I had an instance where fork() was pretty much exactly what I needed, and I ended up not being able to deploy that relatively simple solution because it doesn't work on windows. That's not even my point, though, really; my point is that the unix process model as a whole is simpler and more powerful than windows'. Completely aside from whether you think any individual thing you do with it is justified or not. This is like how lisp is simpler and more powerful than java--that allows you to do stupid hacks with lisp, and it might be debatable whether those are stupid hacks, but the fact that you can do them doesn't reflect poorly on lisp.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Call me crazy, but Windows 11 could run on Linux in ~tech

    Elronnd
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    CMIIW, but I read recently that there was some functionality in ntdll that allowed you to sort-of hack together fork, but it was removed.

    CMIIW, but I read recently that there was some functionality in ntdll that allowed you to sort-of hack together fork, but it was removed.

  11. Comment on Call me crazy, but Windows 11 could run on Linux in ~tech

    Elronnd
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    From what I hear, getting windows drivers to work natively in the linux kernel would not be an inordinate amount of work. It's just that no one is interested to do that. NT is a solid kernel, it's...

    From what I hear, getting windows drivers to work natively in the linux kernel would not be an inordinate amount of work. It's just that no one is interested to do that.

    NT is a solid kernel, it's true. But, ultimately, I think the philosophy behind the unix-style kernels is better. It would be ok to delete a file that's open in another process. It should be possible to fork(). Now, you could say that fork() (and things like that) is a hack, and I think that's legitimate. But you could also say that the unix process model is more flexible and powerful, and that the kind of things that are enabled by the windows process model are not necessarily desirable.

    8 votes
  12. The power of canola oil

    Please. Please- Not like this, no- hell no- no- No! That's not what I want, I want to grow: up; out, somewhere nice. Where? I dunno; not here, not here, over th--not here, somewhere-- else....

    Please.
    Please-

    Not like this,
    no- hell no- no- No!

    That's not what I want, I want
    to grow:
    up;
    out,
    somewhere nice.

    Where? I dunno; not here, not here, over th--not here, somewhere--
    else.

    Please.

    'Cause if I'm right here I can't grow, I can't do what--
    i cant breath!
    --can't do what I CANT BREATH!

    can't breathe? where? here? no? there? yes? yes? Yes,
    please. Can you take me there? Please?

    No?

    It's alright, I understand:
    You take what you want and you don't even ask--no:
    You can't even ask. That's alright
    if you can't, I'll just
    try;
    you're--

    You're pinning me down and i'm running away but i'm running away and you're--and i'm--

    No!

    mm

    oh

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Unofficial Weekly Discussion #4 - What is your most "thinking outside the box", "pie in the sky", and/or "out there" idea for Tildes? in ~tildes

    Elronnd
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    How about limited number of votes per unit time? That is, I get only 10 votes per day (or something like that). And they don't accumulate.

    How about limited number of votes per unit time? That is, I get only 10 votes per day (or something like that). And they don't accumulate.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Unofficial Weekly Discussion #4 - What is your most "thinking outside the box", "pie in the sky", and/or "out there" idea for Tildes? in ~tildes

    Elronnd
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    I think the original poster would get flooded with typo edits. They would also get multiple contradictory proposals of ways to fix a single typo. Not something fun to sift through.

    I think the original poster would get flooded with typo edits.

    They would also get multiple contradictory proposals of ways to fix a single typo.

    Not something fun to sift through.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on ncmpcpp - Looking for maintainer in ~comp

    Elronnd
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    Qt has a lot of money behind it, and KDE is c++ because that's the only real way to access qt.

    Qt has a lot of money behind it, and KDE is c++ because that's the only real way to access qt.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

    Elronnd
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    ? Yes it is. The only thing that's missing is encoding/decoding speed, which apple can relatively easily fix if they add hardware acceleration for it.

    ? Yes it is. The only thing that's missing is encoding/decoding speed, which apple can relatively easily fix if they add hardware acceleration for it.

  17. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

    Elronnd
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    They could have added support for it, at least to their phones. They own the silicon, and the bitstream is frozen so they wouldn't have to worry about future changes.

    While Apple hasn't baked AV1 support into any of its software (yet), it did join the AV1 group, Alliance for Open Media -- you can bet they'll only add it when it's mature and hardware support exists. I cannot wait - universal standards are a huge deal.

    They could have added support for it, at least to their phones. They own the silicon, and the bitstream is frozen so they wouldn't have to worry about future changes.

  18. Comment on ProtonMail and Huawei: A Relationship Made in Privacy Hell in ~tech

    Elronnd
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    I'm no big fan of protonmail, but I cannot condemn them in this case. Putting their app on a particular app store does not place them under obligation to the government under which the owner of...

    I'm no big fan of protonmail, but I cannot condemn them in this case. Putting their app on a particular app store does not place them under obligation to the government under which the owner of that app store operates.

    At worst, what might happen is that huawei might threaten them to cooperate with the chinese government or have their app removed from the store. The PR they would get from being transparent about that would outweigh the additional market share, I should think.

    11 votes