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Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 513

Every so often we get to vote, but we are limited to two choices,

The only thing limiting you to two choices is you. Many ballots have third parties. You are free to run in those that don't. By stating to yourself and others that there are only two choices, you are part of the problem.

Comment: Re:bill hicks said something like, (Score 2) 278

by ATMAvatar (#47436147) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

your choice as a citizen voter is, there's really only two teams on the field, no matter your third-party dreams. next best hope is to knock the next weakest player off the field.


If you limit yourself to the two main parties, you have surrendered even more. You are legitimizing the system as a whole by casting your vote, and you are legitimizing the actions of the major parties by giving it to one of them. Vote for a third party or don't vote at all. By reinforcing the idea that you should only go D or R, you are part of the problem.

Comment: Re:There need to be costs (Score 1) 349

by ATMAvatar (#47384413) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice
That will only work if each repository shut down counts as a separate infraction. $10k overall is a pittance. Even if they all counted as separate infractions at $10k apiece, it may still be seen as a valid business expense to shut down certain projects temporarily with bad faith takedown notices. After all, a project owner would have to bring this to court and prove that the notice was issued in bad faith before the fine would be issued, and the legal expenses to do so would probably cost more than the fine.

Comment: Re:Stamina (Score 1) 370

by ATMAvatar (#47293495) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

If you were to compare the avg. lines of code generated by 100 programmers in age range 21 to 30 versus 100 programmers in age range 42 to 50, which one likely to win?

If the only metric you use is LOC, you have already lost.

'Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.'

Comment: Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (Score 1) 263

by ATMAvatar (#47286265) Attached to: The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

Because if the can't, then they likely won't bother investing the time, energy and money needed to create the new compression algorithm.

Citation needed.

Inventions of all kinds occurred before the patent system was created. Additionally, we currently have a free software movement devoid of profit motive which actively avoids patents. To get even more specific to your point, gzip is patent-free, and it was specifically created to side-step patented compression algorithms.

Comment: Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (Score 0) 154

"Road closed from June 1st to June 14th" Oh, shit, now we need one that says "No left turn from 8a-5p until August 1st", I guess will order a new sign...

"Road Closed" and "No Left Turn" work just as well, and those signs have existed for longer than most of us here have. You don't have to worry about hacking, they're sturdy against most impact damage, and you don't need electricity keep them going..

Comment: Re:Racism or Thought Police? (Score 4, Insightful) 398

by ATMAvatar (#47178905) Attached to: The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

Privacy and free speech apply to government entities, not to ex girlfriends and basketball associations.

Privacy means that what you do with another person should remain between you two, so long as both of you keep it as such

. All bets are off when one of the individuals involved in the private activity decide to disclose what happened. The moral here is to better choose who you decide to associate with in private.

Free speech doesn't mean that you can say anything you want without consequence - it means that the government cannot be the one to bring about those consequences. Public shaming and ostracization are perfectly OK. In this case, it also happens that the statements ran afoul of NBA policy, which Sterling agreed to when be purchased the team in the first place.

Sterling isn't serving any jail time, and he's getting a giant return on investment. I don't see why the right is to up in arms over the outcome. Sterling probably got more money for the sale of the team now (due to the expediency everyone else felt to buy the team out from under him) than he probably would have putting it up for sale on his own before the controversy.

Comment: Re:huh (Score 1) 264

You may take note that the lasers pictured in that article are a far cry from the 5mw laser pointers which are most commonly available. Instead, those look like the 100mW-1W lasers you get off a site like wickedlasers.

The fear mongering is that the FBI is not making any distinction between 5mW lasers, which are too low power to damage eyesight easily, and higher-powered lasers, which will not only damage eyesight, but can also be used to pop balloons and burn through things like black electrical tape.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (1) Gee, I wish we hadn't backed down on 'noalias'.