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05 Feb 2016

An Unusually Childish Debate

by Mark Bowytz in Error'd on 2016-02-05

"Hilarity ensued when, during a recent political debate, the subtitles used by the Swedish state television came, not from authorized subtitlers of the debate, but rather the neighboring children's channel," Jonas writes.

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04 Feb 2016

Log of String

by Jane Bailey in CodeSOD on 2016-02-04

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The English language contains words with multiple and often contradictory meanings. A dress, for example, is only one of many items you could put on while dressing yourself. Meanwhile, if you want to wear pants instead, you should avoid pantsing yourself, as that would be counter-productive.

56 Comments - Last Comment @ 18:36
03 Feb 2016

The Abstractions Conference: Pittsburgh

by Remy Porter in Announcements on 2016-02-03

Back when we were setting up The Daily WTF: Live, I gave a shout-out to the Pittsburgh tech community group, Code & Supply. They’ve been a great way to network with local developers, dev-opsers, designers, and more, ranging from the seasoned vets to those just cutting their teeth on IT. I’m a huge fan of their events, and I only wish I could make it to more of them.

15 Comments - Last Comment @ 2016-02-03
03 Feb 2016
02 Feb 2016

High Performance Memory Allocation

by Remy Porter in CodeSOD on 2016-02-02

Jamie has a co-worker who subscribes to the “malloc is slow” school of thought. Now, for most programs, it’s fine, but Jamie works on a high-performance computing system operating in a massively parallel configuration, so there are portions of their application where that philosophy is completely valid.

In this case, however, the code Jamie’s co-worker wrote is in their message handling layer. There’s really no reason to pool buffers there, as the performance gain is practically non-existent based on the frequency of buffer allocation. That doesn’t change Jamie’s co-worker’s opinion though- malloc is slow.

57 Comments - Last Comment @ 2016-02-04
01 Feb 2016