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Comment Re:Compensation level is simply absurd (Score 2) 214 214

I agree the wages are absurd, but the fact is that Fox make an obscene amount of money out of The Simpsons, and it's only fair that a healthy chunk of that dosh goes to the people involved in actually making the programme.

It's the same with the football Premier League here in the UK. We have players that are paid £250,000 every week for several hours work (at most), and most people find that abhorrent. But that fact is that millions of people either pay the extortionate ticket prices, or pay Sky £50 a month in order to watch what these players are doing. All that money has to go somewhere, and it's only fair that a healthy chunk goes to the people actually playing the game that the public are will to collectively pay so much money to watch.

Whatever doesn't go to the people directly involved in the content ends up with someone even less deserving.

Of course, the people earning these massive sums could donate a large percentage of it to charity without even noticing. Feel free to blame them for not doing that :o)

Comment Re:Stars or noise (Score 1) 97 97

I zoomed all the way in to the very far right of the image and with an incredibly crude estimation, determined there were about 10,000 stars displayed on my monitor. At the darkest part of the image. Whats weird is how close together they look. How come everything looks so far away from us?

The billions of tiny stars are actually nowhere near as large as they look in the picture. They are points of light that have been smudged out into little blobs by the image capturing process. The brighter the star the bigger the blob - that's why the nearer, brighter stars look much bigger, when in fact they are also virtually point sources at this scale.

Comment Re:Full Disclosure can be found on oss-security... (Score 1) 399 399

Hmm, I wonder how many phones are valuable.

FWIW I have a Moto G running CM11, and it is vulnerable. I checked with this test:

env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"

Someone further down reckons that this can be exploited via a DHCP request, if you are connected to a malicous AP for example. Scary stuff.

Comment Re:Don't they have something better to do? (Score 1) 201 201

We've also given you Leftfield, The Chemical Brothers, the Prodigy, Massive Attack, Orbital, Underworld, Faithless etc. etc., all of which could be classed as (or at the very least have been heavily influenced by) electronic dance music. If you haven't heard of any of these, that's your loss.

Comment Re:List of their patents (Score 1) 171 171

It could be the identifier is a hash - there is some chance of collision, so cannot be guaranteed to be unique.

Yeah, it's pretty clear that "substantially unique identifier" is some kind of legal-speak for "hash code". I see what they're getting at, but the phrase "substantially unique" still makes no sense - either an ID is unique or it isn't.

Comment Re:List of their patents (Score 4, Funny) 171 171

5,978,791 - Data processing system using substantially unique identifiers to identify data items, whereby identical data items have the same identifiers

"Substantially unique" - I love that.

I wasn't aware there were varying degrees of "unique". Maybe there's a scale:

  • Not unique
  • Slightly unique
  • Moderately unique
  • Substantially unique
  • Very unique
  • Completely Unique

The best part is that this potentially allows for many moderately unique patents, each patenting varying degrees of uniqueness.

Comment Surprised? (Score 2) 215 215

From the summary:

Definitely a different sense of the place than the one given by the reddish-brown posters I remember from elementary school.

That's because the picture has been altered to remove the red haze, in order to produce an image that more closely resembles a landscape on Earth.

From the article:

The colors in this image are not what a human standing on Mars would see — the presence of dust in the atmosphere would make the scene appear much redder. Instead, the pictures have been white-balanced to show how it would appear under typical Earth lighting conditions. This will help the Earth-centered geologists who are trained to recognize features based on how they look using more familiar light.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"