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James O'Brien wants to know what "fatuous slogans" will be wheeled out now that some of the big pledges of the Leave side have been exposed.
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Ah, C. The best lingua franca we have… because we have no other lingua francas. Linguae franca. Surgeons general? C is fairly old — 44 years, now! — and comes from a time when there were possibly more architectures than programming languages. It works well for what it is, and what it is is a ...
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Quite how the inventors of LISP, Algol, Fortran and COBOL managed to copy C, without first inventing a time machine is beyond me. Having Algol copy C is a special achievement, as it induces a strange loop, where Algol influence C influences Algol.

Otherwise, some good points there, notably the boolean operators are an abomination against logic and sadly copied by most languages.
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That illustrates nicely why Singularity's approach of implementing context switches by using static software protection rather than hardware protection eliminates much of the cost of context switches (an order of magnitude or more cheaper). Most of the cost is implementing memory protection.

Further, I'd dispute the C++ throw/catch cost - that is indeterminate, as the amount of work to be performed will depend on which destructors need to be invoked as the stack unwinds. It can vary from "almost free" to "incredibly expensive"
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“What’s an EXCEPTION_FLT_STACK_CHECK exception?” one of my coworkers said. I said “It’s a weird and rare crash. Why do you ask?” It turns out that one of these w…
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Scammers have come up with a somewhat novel way to try and get around Steam Guard to steal your account.
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After Monday’s shooting of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, a number of observers have been comparing the assassination with the 1914 killing of Archd ...
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And I'm glad to say the Russian response has been measured and proportionate
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Well, it's hanging on in there, but why didn't it conquer the world?
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Cool. "In September of 2016, a talented programmer released his own cooked update to a major company’s legacy operating system, purely because it needed to be done. A raft of new features, wrap-in programs, and bugfixes were included in this release, which I stress was done as a hobby project.

The project is understatement itself, simply called Prodos 2.4. It updates ProDOS, the last version of which, 2.0.3, was released in 1993.

You can download it, or boot it in an emulator on the webpage, here.

As an update unto itself, this item is a wonder – compatibility has been repaired for the entire Apple II line, from the first Apple II through to the Apple IIgs, as well as cases of various versions of 6502 CPUs (like the 65C02) or cases where newer cards have been installed in the Apple IIs for USB-connected/emulated drives. Important utilities related to disk transfer, disk inspection, and program selection have joined the image. The footprint is smaller, and it runs faster than its predecessor (a wonder in any case of OS upgrades).

The entire list of improvements, additions and fixes is on the Internet Archive page I put up [ https://archive.org/details/ProDOS_2_4 ]."
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Maybe a bit metal and self-indulgent for you, but... Vic Wooten!

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Whether out of apathy or intimidation, Corbynistas aren't transforming Labour's grassroots.
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