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Comment Re:No use fighting it (Score 2) 137

Old content has numerous rights issues from the way that residuals are paid in movies/TV (but not music). Therefore, it costs money to clear each old release for streaming. Therefore, some old content just isn't worth the effort.

New content, of course, has residual structures that take into account an "Internet" and "computers" and even "cellphones/tablets"

Comment Re:No use fighting it (Score 1) 137

It's kinda harsh to go back to 1976. We're primarilly talking about things being made now. Because that's what most people pirate, and where most of the money we're talking about is. And stuff shows up on Netflix like a year after theaters. HBO Go first.

I don't think anyone really cares about incentivizing studios to remaster the Breakfast Club for Bluray. I think people are talking about people pirating unreleased movies, etc.

Comment Re:No use fighting it (Score 2) 137

Movie companies would do (empahsis added) a much better job if they stopped trying to squash any sort of piracy, and focused more on providing what people want, in the form they want, when they want it, at a convenient price

Really? For like $20 a month, you have ad-free Hulu and Netflix. That's like a huge portion of content right there. How much more do you need before you can call "won" on the "can stream whatever I want from home for cheap"

Comment Re:Fixable - Easily (Score 3, Interesting) 48

redefining the float_t to being double is the problem, when it is already defined as something else

It's not being redefined. Because of the way the C compiler works, it has different values at different points of compilation, but never does one definition get overwritten by another one. (Analogous to many wrong API based errors). The fact you would think it's checked against by the compiler makes this cleverer, because you'd expect the machine to throw a warning if it was actually redefined.

And float_t is supposed to define (at least as wide as a float) the commonly used float type in this environment. According to the given spec, the min float type was supposed to be a double. If that were consistently included in all files, it would have actually triggered errors if you ever used a regular float function. The problem was not enough redefining

Comment Re:So winner's solution overrides standard type (Score 2) 48

They carefully didn't include math.h (where float_t is normally defined) in the same file (but did elsewhere, to create the error.)

Even better, the floating point precision was defined in the spec as being a double. Therefore, the error looks benign. Certainly, a quick code review may thing it's actually setting the precision of the math library.

And, if discovered, it looks super-innocent.

This kind of solution is why I didn't enter. I had some ideas (all based around NaN poisoning), but knew that I didn't have a clear and clever solution like this.

Maybe next year

Comment Re:New York Taxi Workers' Alliance (Score 1) 179

I've had to yell at Uber drivers for trying to take the long way around.

Most of the problems with taxis arose from making them internalize costs. Like the cost of being out in a snowstorm and not charging $700 for a ride. Or the cost of having to pick up a woman and take her to the hospital to give birth. Heck, in may places, taxi drivers need to take special emergency driving courses for if they hurry someone to the hospital.

That's leaving aside the fact that they take into account the freal costs of labor and depreciation.

Comment Re:Do the math: Read the Meter! (Score 1) 173

Yeah, its' a huge amount of power. Although given a collection of hot tub, kiln, electric furnace, sauna, and a few other things, you may hit it. Given CRTs and incandescent lights as well?

I will say, this is at 120 amp, and they did upgrade recently from the standard from 100 to 200. Now, that is to handle peak loads....

Comment Re:"Close laptop..." OMG!!! (Score 1) 579

How is it deciding I wasn't using the machine?

It queries the program you left running, and asked it to close down. The program replied to the event by blindly shutting down, instead of returning false.

, I run a video compressing software or compile software and walk away. I come back in 4 hours expecting it to be finished but nope its restarted the machine.

If it's done compressing or compiling, that sounds fine!

ou can't argue that the software has to be compliant to microsoft specs because the software could easily predate those specs.

(1) It's been the spec for MS since... 95? Certainly since XP. Your software could have easily been updated since then.

(2) It's ridiculous to say that we can never upgrade an OS because legacy software will cease to work.

(3) Most importantly, The software is actively responding to the event Windows is sending. So it definitely post-dates the events creation. Old software actually doesn't respond to the windows event and causes the computer not to reboot. Because backwards compatibility.

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