Friday, December 28
- The top five "copyright owners" (only one of whom you may have heard of) have between them sent Google 1,297,436,659 DMCA takedown requests.
These requests were, by Google's numbers, somewhere between 99% and 100% bullshit. (TechDirt)
The handy chart at TechDirt shows a sample of 59,950 takedown requests sent to Google by APDIF Mexico, of which Google judged zero were valid.
- Do developers understand IEEE floating point? No. (PDF)
Have you looked at it? I mean, seriously.
- Swift 5 makes it easier to post ASCII art right into your code.
Another option is to not do that.
Social Media News
- In an award-winning act of introspective failure, the New York Times has run a 3500 word article taking Facebook to task for the incomprehensible censorship rules that the New York Times has spent years demanding Facebook implement.
It's also a load of shit.
In India, Chinmayi Arun, a legal scholar, identified troubling mistakes in Facebook’s guidelines.Yeah, right. Anyone remember when the whole of mu.nu got banned in India?
One slide tells moderators that any post degrading an entire religion violates Indian law and should be flagged for removal. It is a significant curb on speech — and apparently incorrect. Indian law prohibits blasphemy only in certain conditions, Ms. Arun said, such as when the speaker intends to inflame violence.
Meanwhile, Google and Facebook are being criticised for not filtering out encrypted content. (Tech Crunch)
The solution is clearly to ban journalists.
Indonesia has unblocked Tumblr now that no-one goes there anymore. (Tech Crunch)
Picture of the Day
Bonus Picture of the Day
Intel CPUs have supported a native decimal (packed BCD) type at least since the 8086, although it doesn't see much use, either.
I was a bit surprised to learn that GPUs don't seem to have a native decimal type, either, but I guess it's because of their origins, where the inexact representation problem isn't as important.
Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, December 29 2018 02:00 AM (Q/JG2)
Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, December 29 2018 02:05 AM (Q/JG2)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, December 29 2018 10:24 PM (PiXy!)
If you use the standard Python library with MySQL and have columns defined as decimal, you get decimals, and columns defined as float will return floats, which works just fine until you try to feed them both into a formula and your app drops dead. Can't catch it at compile time either.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, December 29 2018 10:27 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, December 30 2018 10:52 AM (tgyIO)
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