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Is it allowed to embed an LGPL command-line tool?

I want to sell a closed-application that depends upon a certain command line tool. Am I allowed to distribute my software including this command line tool? For example, as a separate binary ...
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Conveniently sorting and (binary?) searching an array of pairs of numbers?

So I have an array of distinct pairs of positive integers. That is, my array looks something like this (for instance): { (1,5) , (6,4), (5,3), (2,3), (2,4) } And my task is, for a given pair (a,b) ...
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Which license should I choose for binary patches? [closed]

I want to publish my work which consists of patches for program binary. I do not have source code of the program and have no way to get it. Since binary patch does not quite meet definition of source ...
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Benefits of Java ByteArrayInputStream vs byte array?

I have a scenario where my Java process will be receiving a stream of binary data: public class DataHandler { public void handleData(DATA data) { // TODO: Do something with data } } ...
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Is it possible to modify a native executable and change (dynamic) library it depends on?

Say I compile a simple application called myproggy that depends on the libfoo dynamic library. Assuming I have another dynamic library libbaz that implements absolutely the same interface (in other ...
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How do you set and check a single bit in a programming language that does not support bitwise operations?

I'm using a programming language (more a scripting language) that does not support any bitwise operators like AND, OR, XOR, NOT (and shift as well). Common arithmetic and logical operations like + - ...
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Using a binary from a project that violates GPL

There is an open source project which uses GPLv2. It had numerous releases that complied with GPL in the past where source code was available for given binaries. The newest source code is about 18 ...
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Why do binary files load quicker than alphanumeric text files?

I've noticed that when I load/store large data files in a binary format, the program runs much faster than if I load data from an ASCII encoded file. Why is this the case? The data in my case is ...
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What are the bytes between the MSB and LSB named? [closed]

I've searched around and can't find anything on what the middle bytes of a >16-bit integer are called, if anything. Are there standard names for these bytes? E.g. the number 0x0D0C0B0A would have: ...
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Is machine language always binary? [duplicate]

I know absolutely nothing in low-level stuff, so this will be a very newbie question. Please excuse my ignorance. Is machine language - the series of numbers to that tell the physical computer ...
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Is byte stuffing required when using a packet field length

I'm involved in a project which involves implementing a binary protocol that will be transmitted over TCP. During our early discussions we have hit a brief snag on deciding whether byte stuffing is ...
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Why can't native machine code be easily decompiled?

With bytecode-based virtual machine languages like Java, VB.NET, C#, ActionScript 3.0, etc., you hear sometimes about how easy it is to just go download some decompiler off the Internet, run the ...
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How exactly does a program (executable image) and library (pre-compiled image) “link” together?

I know very well of the difference of static versus dynamic linking. What I want to know is, when linking statically (with a library like Winmm.lib on Windows), how does the linker "link" the ...
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How to safely run random binary codes? [closed]

Okay, so I am looking for a way to safely run a randomly generated binary code. I also need to be able to decompile the code. Any ideas and all programming languages are welcome. BTW it most be ...
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1answer
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How many ALU additions are needed to add three numbers?

Please give reasons for your answer. As I found, two additions are needed. This is because every number to be add needs to changed to binary. Then addition is done between two binary numbers where ...
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Why does division and multiplication by 2 use the shift operator rather than division operator?

While looking at the code in C for division/multiplication by 2, it is found that shift operator is used rather than division operator. What is the advantage of using shift over division operator?
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1answer
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What is meant by binary compatibility? What is its importance during serialization/deserialization in a language like Java that deals in byte code?

In computing what is meant by binary compatibility? I read about it in context of serialization/deserialization that this process of serialize/deserialize should be binary compatible. What does it ...
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How should I structure a C# application that reads & writes binary data?

I have to read and write binary "chunks" of approximately 1Mb each. The data can come in the form of a stream or a in-memory byte[]. Normally I would use a Struct with a fixed layout, but there are ...
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Choosing a suitable language and framework [closed]

I'm writing a small webpage that will allow the user to download small tools to run locally, I'm thinking what might be a suitable choice of language for the small tools. There will be a rather large ...
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Can we create a GPL application that has a payware advertisement on it?

We've been thinking of using GPL components to make a GPL application, and freely give it away. We then want to use that as a loss-leader. In that free application, where even the source code is ...
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Is there something special about the number 65535?

2¹⁶-1 & 2⁵ = 2⁵ (or? obviously ?) A developer asked me today what is bitwise 65535 & 32 i.e. 2¹⁶-1 & 2⁵ = ? I thought at first spontaneously 32 but it seemed to easy whereupon I thought ...
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Extracting color profile information from JPEG files

I'm trying to look up info about reading JPEG's color profile info and to my surprise there's very little open specific how-to information on that regard, but rather lots of general explanation on ...
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Which numeral systems are useful in computer science?

I am wondering which numeral system different programmers are using, or would use if their language has support for them. As an example, in C++ we can use: Octal by prefixing with 0 (e.g. 0377) ...
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How much is modern programming still tied to underyling digital logic? [closed]

First of all: I've got no academic background. I'm working primarily with Java and Spring and I'm also fond of web programming and relational databases. I hope I'm using the right terms and I hope ...
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Compiling vs using pre-built binaries performance?

Will performance be better (quicker) if I manually compile the source for a software component for the actual machine that it will be used on, compared to if the source was compiled on another ...
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1answer
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What does “windowed streaming” stand for?

So I was asking around the Mercurial development mailing list about binary diffing and patch handling and I got the following examples: whole file approaches (classic diff, bsdiff, Mercurial's ...
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What does it mean “you can pick K to be whatever you want” in Excess-N notation?

I prefer providing an example to explain the following paragraph: However, since excess K representation using N bits has two parameters, K and N, you can pick K to be whatever you want. You can ...
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Understanding binary numbers in terms of real world objects

When I represent a number in the decimal system, I have an intuitive knowledge of what it amounts to. For example take the number '10': I understand that it means 10 apples or 10 people... i.e I can ...
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1answer
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How is this number calculated?

I have numbers; A == 0x20000000 B == 18 C == (B/10) D == 0x20000004 == (A + C) A and D are in hex, but I'm not sure what the assumed numeric bases of the others are (although I'd assume base 10 ...
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binary representation in Python and keeping leading zeros

I wanted to use the base64 Python library to encode a sequence of binary digits into base 64. Would it be possible to do it without converting to a string? If not, what is the best way to do it, ...
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Is it any good to use binary arithmetic in a C++ code like “C style”?

I like the fact that the C language lets you use binary arithmetic in an explicit way in your code, sometimes the use of the binary arithmetic can also give you a little edge in terms of performance; ...
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Flipping the desired bit of an integer number [duplicate]

Suppose you were given an integer number in decimal notation. This when represented in binary will be a series of 0's and 1's. This sequence varies in length with the magnitude of the number. Now ...
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Is there an alternative to bits?

Is there an alternative to bits as the smallest unit of data? Something that won't be only 0 or 1, but actually hold many possible states in between? Wouldn't it be more natural to store floats like ...
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What web oriented language would work best with binary data? [on hold]

I want to create a service where people can upload files. However, since file storage costs money, I want to compress the files so they take less space. I would want to write my own compression ...
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What are binaries? [closed]

I see very often people using term binaries in different context. What are binaries? Collection on binary files, installation files, .dll files or what? Or is it just an general term for some ...
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File naming convention for images stored in version control?

My application has an icon file which is stored in version control. Now tomorrow I might decide to change the icon. I'm debating between two possible naming conventions for the icon file: Keep ...
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What exactly is “Binary Form”?

I am asking in the context of the licenses on code that one sees all over the place. Typically, they say something along the lines of "if you release a product containing this in binary form, it must ...
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Why learn hexadecimal?

I've taken quite a few intro programming classes in my day, mostly just to get my feet wet in every different kind of programming I find. Not surprisingly, just about every class runs through the ...
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Why is 2^16 a “special” number? [closed]

OK, I feel stupid asking this - but in Jeff's article: Getting the Interview Phone Screen Right and originally stated in the 5 essential phone screen questions: They shouldn't stare blankly at you ...
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Can you decipher this binary [closed]

Thought I post this to the best community of programmers I know. David Johnston, the new Governor General, has the digital world confused. Just what is the meaning of that 33 ...