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Comment Re:How is this an issue? (Score 1) 192

It was dark, you were driving with your headlight on the highway. As you turn the corner a small kid is out on the street chasing after her ball. You slam the breaks, but you still hit her.

In which case you were driving such that your stopping distance exceeded the distance that you could see to be clear, either round the corner or beyond the reach of your headlights, so you were going too fast.

Despite the fact that people get away with flying round blind corners assuming the other side is clear all the time, you are definitely liable on the occasion that it isn't.

Comment Re:Consumers reject advertising (Score 2) 174

I don't like ads, but before they got obnoxious, I didn't bother to block them. Then, for awhile, I just refused to have flash installed. Now I also use noscript.

If they make things obnoxious, I'll avoid them. It doesn't bother me to avoid sites that require flash...and I consider flash a security risk. It's easy to get me to avoid a site. Just ask me not to visit, and I'll leave and not go back. (It's been years since I've visited the New York Times site. They wanted more than I was willing to offer, so I just stopped visiting.) Really, about the only sites I feel I need to visit document programming languages, as for the rest, push me and I'll leave. But I won't come back later.

OTOH, other people have other priorities. My wife insists on having flash installed in her computer. And many people feel that way, too. One size doesn't fit all, and if Mozilla expects it to, they can expect resistance that will not end.

Comment Re:Yes and? (Score 1) 105

The macro assembler in Byte had conditionals, loops, etc. Don't know about switch statements. It had operators. I think it had types, and enums, but I'm not sure about structs. It had at least limited scoping.

I never used it enough to really get a handle on its capabilities, so it may well have done more than I'm saying. It *didn't* implement libraries other than assembler (no I/O, e.g.), so it was clearly not very useful. But it was over 80% of the C language, and possibly over 90%.

Comment Re: ZFS is nice... (Score 1) 267

But it's combined by the user at runtime, not by canocal. The GPL allows an end users to do this.

This is a way that people kid themselves about the GPL. If the user were really porting ZFS on their own, combining the work and never distributing it, that would work. But the user isn't combining it. The Ubuntu developer is creating instructions which explicitly load the driver into the kernel. These instructions are either a link script that references the kernel, or a pre-linked dynamic module. Creating those instructions and distributing them to the user is tantamount to performing the act on the user's system, under your control rather than the user's.

To show this with an analogy, suppose you placed a bomb in the user's system which would go off when they loaded the ZFS module. But Judge, you might say, I am innocent because the victim is actually the person who set off the bomb. All I did was distribute a harmless unexploded bomb.

So, it's clear that you can perform actions that have effects later in time and at a different place that are your action rather than the user's. That is what building a dynamic module or linking scripts does.

There is also the problem that the pieces, Linux and ZFS, are probably distributed together. There is specific language in the GPL to catch that.

A lot of people don't realize what they get charged with when they violate the GPL (or any license). They don't get charged with violating the license terms. They are charged with copyright infringement, and their defense is that they have a license. So, the defense has to prove that they were in conformance with every license term.

This is another situation where I would have a pretty easy time making the programmer look bad when they are deposed.

Comment Re:Easy to do when backed by the PRC (Score 1) 192

I do have the 'bad feeling' about the outcome. Then again, foreign markets will buffer their crash.

I'd be even more worried if I believed the average Chinese citizen had much money in their markets or banks. I know enough Chinese people to bet they've got as much of their net as hidden as possible, in tangible assets, preferably farmland. Maybe it's a stereotype...They bought up all the rental houses in Sacto 2-3 years ago. (Farming fat kids?)

Submission + - Dell Brings 4K InfinityEdge Display To XPS 15 Line, GeForce GPU, Under 4 Pounds (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: There's no doubt that Dell's new XPS 13 notebook when it debuted earlier this year, was very well received. Dell managed to cram a 13.3-inch 3200x1800 QHD+ display into a 12-inch carbon fiber composite frame. Dell has now brought that same InfinityEdge display technology to its larger XPS 15, which the company boasts has the same footprint as a 14-inch notebook. But Dell didn't just stay the course with the QHD+ resolution from the smaller XPS 13; the company instead is offering an optional UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD panel with 8 million pixels and 282 pixels per inch (PPI). The 350-nit display allows for 170-degree viewing angles and has 100 percent minimum Adobe RGB color. Dell also beefed up the XPS 15's internals, giving it sixth generation Intel Core processors (Skylake), support for up to 16GB of memory and storage options that top out with a 1TB SSD. Graphics duties are handled by either integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 or a powerful GeForce GTX 960M processor that is paired with 2GB GDDR5 memory. And all of this squeaks in at under 4 pounds.

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