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Comment: Swap (Score 1) 65

by Tablizer (#49382753) Attached to: Mario 64 Remake Receives a DMCA Complaint From Nintendo

Just replace all the objects and sounds with different things. Make Mario a green lumpy alien and replace all the stuff with whacky alien stuff. Name it Blamfoog*.

Flip the image so the green alien is jumping on the ceiling. It's the same gravity rules, just upside down. Nobody would even know it had anything to do with Mario if you don't tell them.

* Sounds like an open-source project name

Comment: Re:More... (Score 1) 210

by Tablizer (#49381965) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

The primary purpose of code is to communicate ideas (algorithms) with other developers (humans) and secondly to communicate with machines. The "art" of programming is thus closer to writing good and update-able technical documentation than it is to math or engineering. It is user-interface-design where the the "user" is another programmer (or your future self).

Good code is ironically more about people than machines.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 246

by pla (#49381541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?
And also.. backing up his email in case he deletes his inbox/sentbox? Are you serious?

Some industries have legally mandated retention periods, both in the minimum and maximum direction.

That said, employees shouldn't have the ability to violate the corporate retention policy. You delete an email? Okay, you don't see it anymore, but it still lives on the server. You don't delete an email? Okay, but in three years, it vanishes automatically.

And yes, you can play games such as forwarding it to yourself, printing it to PDF, yadda yadda yadda, but at least on the deletion side, your admins have no excuse for not having the server automatically enforce minimum required retention times.

Comment: Re:Won't last. [Testing versus Live] (Score 1) 186

The article didn't distinguish much between testing stage regulations and production stage regulations. Did Amazon have problems finding a testing area? Why not just use the big backyard of some executive or some other private property to test?

But I imagine that regulations will be sticky in Canada also if and when they want to go to production deliveries. I've seen no evidence Canada has friendlier skies for real deliveries.

I suspect it's merely a PR stunt to embarrass the USA into creating friendlier sky laws.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson