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Comment: Re:K Bye. (Score 4, Informative) 222

by Richard_at_work (#49592807) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down

Who said they are getting to walk away with just an apology? Their statement includes:

“As part of a settlement agreement with the major record companies, we have agreed to cease operations immediately, wipe clean all of the record companies’ copyrighted works and hand over ownership of the website, our mobile apps and intellectual property, including our patents and copyrights.”

Note the "as part of a settlement agreement ..." part - which indicates that shutting down operations isn't the end of it for them.

Comment: Re:Can't wait to get this installed in my house (Score 3, Insightful) 503

by Richard_at_work (#49592659) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

And if everyone does that, the cheap rate goes away - its only there because there is excess capacity at that time, and its not worth taking more generators off line during the middle of the night consumption troughs because it takes them time to come back up for the wake-up peaks. Thats the reason the cheap rate exists (we call it Economy 7 in the UK).

So if everyone avails themselves of the cheap electricity in the middle of the night to store for use during the day, the excess capacity vanishes and instead we get an actual load needing to be catered for in additional capacity. So the cheap rate would be discontinued due to changes in consumption habits.

Comment: Re:39/100 is the new passing grade. (Score 3, Interesting) 172

Psychology, sociology and other social sciences have always been given special treatment precisely because its difficult in some cases to get two independent groups together to rerun an experiment in the first place - and if you try and reproduce an experiment done in the 1950s today, are the results due to poor scientific method in the original experiment, or because the evidence gathered was misinterpreted, or because society has changed which means the results have changed?

Comment: Re:The male gave consent... (Score 2) 369

by Richard_at_work (#49577187) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

So what if he wanted to take the eggs and have a kid with another woman - what would your stance be on that? The combination of the two constituent parts should surely mean that if he wants to use them without her ongoing consent he would be allowed to just as much as she does now...?

Too many people here are jumping to the conclusion that the fertilised eggs are solely the property of the woman even though they are the result of two donations - why should the mans contribution matter less in these cases?

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 5, Informative) 262

by Richard_at_work (#49576669) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

The US naval ship Windows NT crash meme is somewhat of a myth - there was a testbed ship (USS Yorktown CG-48) running an experimental ship management and integration system. The crash did indeed occur, but it had nothing to do with Windows NT and everything to do with invalid data being entered into the apps management system causing all linked systems to stop working. While everyone jumps on the "Windows NT" aspect of this, it would have happened under Unix as well.

Comment: Re:The male gave consent... (Score 1) 369

by Richard_at_work (#49576001) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

That entirely depends on the jurisdiction - a similar case went to court in the UK back in 2000 - 2007 and the man won his case.

The woman appealed all the way to the European Court of Human Rights and lost her case completely.

The issue is that the man withdrew his permission for the embryos to be used - up to the point at which they are implanted in the woman, they are jointly owned and cannot be used without express permission of both parties. Embryos are also not legal entities, and as they are not yet part of the womans body, she does not get automatic final say over their use.

Would your argument work for you if the man was able to take the fertilized eggs and have them implanted in a surrogate who brings them to term? Surely the woman should have some say in that?

Comment: Re:Yes... (Score 1) 218

by Richard_at_work (#49567151) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

DLL Hell has long been solved as you can do the decent thing and use ilmerge to merge your application, its requirements and dependencies into one binary .exe. .Net versions are easy to handle, since you just need to target the runtime versions (of which there four of any note) and the compiler will compile all "newer" features available for .Net versions using that runtime down to IL which runs on that basic runtime - so all you need to actually target in a release is .Net 1.0, 1.1, 2 and 4.

But I would still take a web app over a native app for a significant portion of my tasks any day of the week.

Comment: Re:BAh, (Score 3, Interesting) 124

At what point did Pandora explicitly ask the artists if they wanted their work advertising? At which point did the artists explicitly agree to Pandora advertising their works?

When you build a product which is specifically built around using other peoples works to satisfy your customers requirements, at some point you have to pay the piper - so stop with the fucking advertising "argument", Pandora is taking money from subscribers and advertisers on the back of the works of third parties, so of course there should be recompense to those third parties where those parties require recompense.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan