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Comment: Re:Did they buy Sun for this? (Score 1) 206

by Brad Eleven (#33314098) Attached to: Legal Analysis of Oracle v. Google
This was floated on this past Sunday's TWiT. Leo Laporte aped Jonathan Schwartz saying, "Oh, and then there are these patents -- the engineers say they were really more of a joke than actual claims, but -- there's at least a few billion in there for settlement money, so after you pay the lawyers, you should clear a few milliion."

Comment: Re:The people lose again (Score 1) 323

by Brad Eleven (#32663970) Attached to: White House Cracks Down On Piracy & Counterfeiting
This is the old "protecting our way of life" meme. It is not an inclusive use of "our." It is the government saying, "We and our cronies prefer it this way."

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. ~the Declaration of Independence

Comment: Re:Absurdly obvious (Score 1) 127

by Brad Eleven (#32513786) Attached to: Venture Capitalists Lobby Against Software Patents
Agreed. The problem is with the term "first to market." Its meaning relies on perspective. What is the market? Retail space on Best Buy shelves? Direct marketing via late night television ads and browser pop-ups?

I remember a story about a guy who thought of dunking banana slices in chocolate and mixing them with banana flavoured ice cream. He showed this to some food company, which turned him down and then marketed it themselves. Many other examples abound. Maybe Robert Kearn's story (he patented his intermittent windscreen wiper design before approaching Ford, then Chrysler) is a better context for the question: Who was first to market? The inventor who tried to market to the corporation, or the corporation that stole the idea and marketed it to genpop?

Even if the good guys win -- whomever the good guys are, for you, in this squabble -- regulatory agencies in these United States are crack whores, fellating the same corporations that the legislature has put in charge. The rules are for show. Gives a whole new meaning to money talks, bullshit walks when the regulations are widely known to be unenforced, even unenforceable.

That, by the way, is the definition of corruption, i.e., the opposite of integrity. Integrity is much more than some soporific ideal about what is right. It's about strength, and durability. What is the integrity of the chair you're sitting in right now?

Comment: Re:"Steep" learning curve (Score 1) 246

by Brad Eleven (#32253220) Attached to: Hacking Vim 7.2
Given that the x axis represents time and the y axis represents knowledge and/or skill ... The curve is steep when one must get knowledge/skill to a high level in a short amount of time. Your point is well taken, though; I've used this description many times in the past without realizing that some really do spend more time mastering a tool. My vi learning curve looked more like a staircase. I'd dig in and figure out how to do whatever I needed next (the rise), then rely on that for as long as I could (the run).

What To Expect From HTML5 272

Posted by Soulskill
from the endless-debate-about-video dept.
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister takes a deeper look at HTML5, outlining what developers should expect from this overhaul of HTML — one that some believe could put an end to proprietary Web technologies such as Flash and Silverlight. Among the most eagerly anticipated additions to HTML5 are new elements and APIs that allow content authors to create rich media using nothing more than standards-based HTML. The standard also introduces browser-based application caches, which enable Web apps to store information on the client device. 'But for all of HTML5's new features, users shouldn't expect plug-ins to disappear overnight. The Web has a long history of many competing technologies and media formats, and the inertia of that legacy will be difficult to overcome. It may yet be many years before a pure-HTML5 browser will be able to match the capabilities of today's patchwork clients,' McAllister writes. 'In the end, browser market share may be the most significant hurdle for developers interested in making the most of HTML5. Until these legacy browsers are replaced with modern updates, Web developers may be stuck maintaining two versions of their sites: a rich version for HTML5-enabled users, and a version for legacy browsers that falls back on outdated rendering tricks.'"

+ - How to deal with and improve poor handwriting?

Submitted by TrueKonrads
TrueKonrads (580974) writes "Many of slashdotters, yours truly included type on keyboard significantly more than write with pen on paper. However, when interviewing clients or generally taking notes, notebook is still the easiest way to do it. Unfortunately, my handwriting is barely legible and I am happy I can read what I wrote; giving notes to somebody else is simply out of question. How do you deal with it? Abandon notebooks at all or have you found a way to improve legibility?"

+ - Pre-erase SD Cards for Better Performance 1

Submitted by Nom du Keyboard
Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "I'm wondering if it is possible to pre-erase my SDHC card for my camera for better performance? At the moment in continuous shooting mode I can shoot 3 fps for the first 3 seconds in raw mode (9 images total) after which the rate drops to 1/fps until the SanDisk Extreme III goes full, or my battery goes empty. Can I improve my write speed by pre-erasing the card so that the flash memory doesn't need to perform a block erase before writing, and if so, then how? I don't believe that the Format command in the camera does this because it competes very quickly each time I use it. I'm surprised that more isn't said about erasing flash memory on file deletions for better write performance later."

Comment: Re:Can someone who understands the IRS explain? (Score 1) 691

by Brad Eleven (#31227830) Attached to: Our Low-Tech Tax Code
Naked short selling is most certainly not illegal -- when such trades are executed by a market maker, and/or when the broker/trader believes that shares will be available. A temporary SEC order remains in place, originally designed to restrict trade on certain "systemically important" firms, and has since been expanded to cover all firms.

BTW, speeding is also illegal, and practiced as a normal method of driving by most licensed drivers. Given the difficulty in proving naked short selling, I doubt that the practice has decreased significantly, any more than criminalizing bookmaking has impacted the illegal gambling industry.

I'll grant that shares in a company are legally tangible.

Comment: Re:Can someone who understands the IRS explain? (Score 1) 691

by Brad Eleven (#31221340) Attached to: Our Low-Tech Tax Code

... my complaint was that the capital in capital gains are usually on something tangible).

It may have been at one time. Have a look at the current way the stocks/bonds/commodities markets have been working since the mid-90s. Look into "naked short selling" for the most extreme example.

Much of the global financial system is based on agreements/promises/obligations, not tangibles. That's how it all fell apart last year: One firm announced that it was not going to be able to deliver on its agreements, and it happened to be the most popular firm for that sort of agreement.

Comment: Re:Was it a cause of his legal trouble? (Score 1) 691

by Brad Eleven (#31221262) Attached to: Our Low-Tech Tax Code
The problem wasn't that he couldn't/wouldn't pay his taxes. He paid his taxes with the money he had saved for retirement. The way I've read the source documents, he did this more than once.

This is an interesting discussion, but it keeps reducing to the same conclusion: Property owners run the show, and the more property you own (or can prove that you own, or sue for ownership, &c), the better things go for you, given that you invest in political power. Or just drop a member of congress a few thousand when s/he is desperate to get re-elected. That is, good fortune has absolutely nothing to do with merit, unless you define merit as bribing everyone in charge.

Stack's problem: He thought that doing what he saw as quality work for customers and saving some portion of what he was paid. Essentially, US (and other) firms realize that they must have computing, but they remain unwilling to pay human beings to design/architect/implement/develop/maintain/operate the systems.

Better said, the firms are unwilling to let the market regulate itself in this matter.

Comment: Re:Was it a cause of his legal trouble? (Score 2, Interesting) 691

by Brad Eleven (#31221154) Attached to: Our Low-Tech Tax Code
The evidence may be anecdotal, but it's rampant. The vast majority of phone calls I get are from recruiting boiler rooms (seriously, I can hear other conversations from the same room), asking me to do essentially the same: abandon whatever I've got going on, move to another state for hourly contract money at or below what I'm currently making, no relocation, no expenses covered.

... and the "temp to perm," "temp to hire," "contract to hire" is repeated like the reading of Miranda rights.

I'm saying that the "permanent employment" cookie is dangled like it's a treat, a prize, something worth selling myself out for. But that is precisely how and why this opportunity has arisen. Someone else had "permanent employment," but then management decided--through some undisclosed analysis--that that person/those people had to go. Then they found out that they needed this work function, therefore I'm getting a phone call from someone who clearly doesn't understand the job requirements, let alone the fact that they, too, are the victims of a "contract-to-hire" scam.

I realize that I could pay for the travel, the lodging, the food, etc., up front, and then claim the expenses against my income tax, but ...

Like everybody else, I've got no capital to invest -- at zero interest with the IRS -- and the banks still aren't loaning money for this sort of venture. Even then, even with crazy low interest rates, I lose money because I pay interest on the loan, but recoup only the capital from the IRS. Further, I've also made myself an attractive target for audit, or the outright levy of penalties, to be proven later--or never.

It took someone who's been around long enough to see the semi-cyclical nature of this situation. Everyone seems to be referencing the current crisis, but this happens whenever the economic outlook is bleak. IT is [ still !! ] considered to be overhead and is the first area for cutbacks.

Apparently the Congress is [ still !! ] listening to the Old World. Gee, when has the government been so profoundly disconnected to the people?

Oh, yeah ... like 240, 250 years ago. Bloody revolution. Pirates pressed into service as contractors, except that when the US didn't need their services, they kept ... blowing $#!+ up.


Oh look, my favourite TV show is on. Let's see, comfortably numb, or rage against the machine?

Each seems equally effective from this vista.

Comment: Re:Safety Critical (Score 1) 913

by Brad Eleven (#31001502) Attached to: Toyota Pedal Issue Highlights Move To Electronics
Depends on what the brake is connected to. The parking brake with the handle under the dash activates only one of the front brakes, so pulling it at 70MPH, you'd be going in circles.

Careful application and release of this type of brake is how one executes the Hillbilly U-Turn .

Toyota has probably connected the lever to both rear brakes ... via copper wire to the Cabin Center Console Ethernet Switch, then fiber to each of the Current Candidates For Braking Interface Modules.

Any circuit design must contain at least one part which is obsolete, two parts which are unobtainable, and three parts which are still under development.