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Exactly what I noticed. The "safer" function relies on the length arguments being correct, just as the copy function relied on the strings being null-terminated. The safer function is more explicit so less prone to error, but both rely on the programmer doing the right thing, which is what he was trying to avoid...

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I think the issue is that Tesla has a warranty problem, not a design flaw. With batteries, even if the battery management system shuts itself down and all subsystems, the battery cells will still internally drain to damaging levels. Until battery technology improves that will be a real problem with all electric cars. Unlike driving with no oil and needing an engine replacement, this is primarily a problem with the car (not driver negligence), so it should probably be covered under warranty, or qualify for the cheaper $12k replacement.

Note: I do not know how Tesla designed their systems, they possibly could do a better job to extend the storage time, but it will still be a problem. Any car with an electric start has this problem, if you don't charge the battery in storage it will require service/replacement. Of course it won't be $40k...

Do anyone have similar stories from other electric cars? Is there a maximum storage time listed for the Prius, Volt, or Leaf?

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Give the guy due process at least....

Sorry, had to add that

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No need to apologize. Trail and conviction by mob is odious whether the mob is a collection of allegedly intelligent and educated hackers or whether it’s beer-guzzling trailer-trash.

The bottom line is, you have an accusation on the Internet without the benefit of an accused person facing their accusers, without a process for presenting and evaluating evidence in context, and without any kind of judge or referee in place to rule on any issues of admissibility or propriety.

We get together and lament how places like Fox news can distort the truth and present biased cases against people. And then when something comes along and plays to our prejudices, we whip out the torches and pitchforks, planning to ruin the accused plagiarizer and whatever professor may or may not have accepted this ridiculous essay.

Quite honestly, I find the thought of this person suffering in the future when they apply for a job somewhere entirely repugnant. Now, if there is some process and he is expelled from school or censured on his academic record, let him explain that to whomever asks. But the idea of having to defend himself against mob sentiment is a giant step backwards to frontier justice.

People fuss and fret over surrendering their liberties to the TSA. We should think about what part of civilized behaviour we voluntarily surrender when we act like this.

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I was actually apologizing for the due process reference since it was a concept formed from the Magna Carta, and I wasn't necessarily adding to the discussion.

But I do fully agree he should have due process, for all we know he was punished already by his university (though I don't know why they would leave the essay posted online...)

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Forget the essay, he listed the course as "Hist203L:Dimentions of History Lab"...

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They may be trying to collect resumes (and job placement performance) from the top 1000 students to see what the correlation is. If they can prove that correlation, then they could essentially run the courses as a recruiting tool for paying companies.

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We need laws that focus on drivers, not the devices. There are plenty of ways to be distracted while driving. There are also reasonable ways to manage some of these distractions if you understand the risks. Saying "you can't do that" to specific items isn't going to fix the problem, because most people just don't get it. Driver education is severely lacking in the US. Now there's a space where we could use some innovative start ups.

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If mastering English is your goal, then reading == doing

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If mastering English is your goal, then doing includes conversing. I know a lot of children of immigrants who can understand their parents' language, but can't converse in it.

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Where does one converse in English while in a foreign country? I basically taught myself English using the Internet and even though my understanding is top-notch due to copious amounts of reading & watching TV shows, my speech & active vocab are severely underdeveloped.

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Get a VOIP/Skype account, find something to sell, phone people in English speaking countries, and sell them it. Google for the expat community in your country if you want someone local.

Apply for VISAs or other things at an English speaking foreign embassy.

Go on craigslist and find stuff for sale phone them and ask questions about whatever it is they are selling. Phone recruiters from craigslist or something.

Figure out something to do that involves English and just do it.

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This project seems much more accessible since shell scripting is a more fundamental glue language. But if you read Zach Holman's post[1] on glue languages he makes the point that JavaScript is becoming a glue language, so you can start to see why github used Node.js for their implementation. Github built a tool that fits their culture, Ted took the idea and went back to the basics. To each his own.

[1] http://zachholman.com/posts/glue-languages/

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hacker news required reading of course:

Hackers & Painters - pg

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