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Comment: Re:I must be the outlier (Score 3, Insightful) 224

by ATMAvatar (#47565241) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

I'm not quite sure why Comcast hasn't emiserated the in-store situation yet; but apparently they haven't, and it's not as though the front-line peons are fucking with you for their pleasure, so if they aren't forced to they generally won't.

That's easy. Someone deliberately screwing with you to prevent your cancellation in person could escalate the situation to violence. Over the phone, the most that can happen is a shouting match, and if the customer gets frustrated enough, they hang up, which is a win.

Comment: Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (Score 1) 175

by ATMAvatar (#47543707) Attached to: Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

I can't imagine why anyone would accuses him of 'cheating' ...

The device is like a spring, so it stores energy as well as having extra length and mechanical advantage, and better still its far stronger and requires much more force to break.

I'm sorry he lost his leg, but there is no why this is 'fair' by any sense of the word.

Oh, and I suppose Pitch-O-Mat 5000 was just a modified howitzer?

Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 529

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.

The biggest mistake you can make is to believe that you are working for someone else.