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Comment: Simple (Score 3, Insightful) 294

by Elixon (#49356521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

I would definitely add "simple". Everybody can write complex code but it takes experience and great knowledge to be able to choose the best fit for the implementation. More experience and knowledge you have more options to choose from. Beginner will usually go with the first hunch that will get complex sooner or later as he will meet challenges he didn't expect...

So yeah, simple, readable, documented, functional, consistent...

Comment: Re:um... (Score 1) 71

by Elixon (#47985597) Attached to: Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

Nope. Every kid already got that. Those scientists obviously missed their childhood... otherwise they would know that the thing they discovered is known to every 6 years old child who ever tried to release air-filled balloons and watch it progressively accelerate... :-D

I hope they will get a massive grant for this discovery... to compensate for the childhood they probably never had.

+ - Spinning trademark revoked

Submitted by Elixon
Elixon (832904) writes "Have you ever tried spinning? You might be surprised to learn that the word "spinning" as it pertains to indoor spinning is registered trademark of Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. If you are in fitness business and you didn't know it already you could learn it the hard way. Until yesterday. OHIM issued its fresh decision to revoke a community trademark "SPINNING". Where it leaves allegedly more then 200.000 certified spinning instructors and 35.000 certified spinning facilities is yet to be seen."

Comment: In Plain English: Security Crap (Score 5, Interesting) 54

by Elixon (#46767851) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Anything that claims to boost your privacy and security should not have something like pagekite included. I have just visited their home page and this is what greeted me as 2 step "linux flight plan":

  $ curl -s https://pagekite.net/pk/ |sudo bash
  $ pagekite.py 80 yourname.pagekite.me

Am I stupid or what? Open my root account to some website page? Flight Plan to hell. Looking forward to somebody who will hack that site to create one file there saying "rm -rf /" LOL

Comment: DRM Solution (Score 1) 227

by Elixon (#46209759) Attached to: Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

And you thought that Encrypted Media Extensions coming to HTML is evil!

If NSA followed future open (read "closed") standards to protect state secrets you would not have a problem like this.

Snowden would need to deal with serious messages like "Click here to purchase one copy of 'Guide to PRISM, part 2.' from NSA for only $4.99 incl. VAT"... And of course he would be limited to share such documents only with maximum of one additional reading device. That would definitely put the uncontrolled spread of information (for the people, by the people) to the end.

Plus if "wget" was not freaking-OSS he could read something like "wget is not licensed to be run on computer NSA-1AD1-489, please purchase full version"...

See how evil is OSS and open web?

Comment: HQ Only, Please! (Score 5, Funny) 366

The message the judge is sending is this:

If you pirate movies then you shall do it properly! No cam, webrip, telesync or other crap! All releases that does not match BRRip quality will be punishable by law!

Judge is obviously very tired of all that poor quality and out-of-sync crap out there. We all are!

Comment: Tax Funded Investment (Score 1) 228

by Elixon (#45651403) Attached to: British Police Censor the Global Internet

By owning the intellectual property one gains rights but also duties to protect the intellectual property. It is in fact the burden on shoulders of IP holders that is specified by law. :-) This is a very nice example of businesses delegating their duties to people (I mean tax-funded police). Definitely smart way to lower the costs of intellectual property ownership and thus increasing the profit margin.

I am sure that ordinary British will not like it. I am interested to see what will they do about it (to know when our Police will get the same idea ;).

Comment: Introducing Scarcity into Superrich worlds (Score 5, Insightful) 447

by Elixon (#43546075) Attached to: What's Actually Wrong With DRM In HTML5?

I can understand that gold has a real price. I can understand that a house has a real price... because they are scarce. That is why there will be real-world poor a rich people.

Internet and the whole intellectual world was never meant to be driven by scarcity. The Internet was build to mitigate the real-world problems with duplicating resources. The Internet allows the main commodity - information - to be transferred, duplicated, created, shared... at virtually no cost. Internet is the attempt to create a world where there are no poor (speaking of knowledge) people but everybody share everything as much as possible for the good of mankind.

The scarcity complex is artificially introduced to this unlimited e-world by companies who simply failed so far to find a new business model in a world where everybody is already rich with information - everybody are already fed with information. Where there is no hunger/demand there is no traditional business model. So lets make those information rich people become poor so they will hunger for information and then we can feed them for a price.

Let's deny access to information using a copyrights, laws, DRMs... Let's artificially create once again information-rich and information-poor people because the existing real-world model proved to work so well.

Comment: Re:Patents (Score 1) 79

by Elixon (#42758211) Attached to: Nokia Receives $1.35B Grant To Develop Graphene Tech

You wish. If you are an employee of Nokia part time assigned to this job how will you know who paid for your idea? Today you work on EU project, tomorrow you work for Nokia on related project... and boom you got an idea. Who paid for it?

And after all Nokia is just a commercial company currently struggling for money so I have no doubt what will be the management decision.

I rather wander if it is not just a case of disguised subvention by EU.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.