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Comment: Re: Satellite not needed (Score 1) 114

by orasio (#48651171) Attached to: Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

I find it quite believable, seeing how the Venezuelan govt simply issues orders to all ISPs to block the IP ranges of sites that make them uncomfortable; a famous victim is, a site that tracks the black market currency exchange rate and now publishes unflattering news and opinion. I'd include a few traceroutes but I'm posting from my phone. Even was blocked for more than a year (haven't checked recently) because a list of URLs with leaked emails wad posted there.

Currency black markets are not "unconfortable", they are _illegal_. I'm sure there are examples of censorship in Venezuela, but that's not one.

Comment: Re:Modern Cellular is the way to go (Score 1) 114

by orasio (#48651137) Attached to: Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

My city, Montevideo, an oldish city, with some similarities to Havana, was also wired by a state owned telco with fiber. Also most of the urban country is already fibered.
It's taking a bit over a couple of years, most of the city is covered, and the smallest plan is 30 dollars (or free if you a single Giga per month is enough for you).
Of course, 35 dollars in Cuba might be expensive, but also most of the cost they had here was labor, construction salaries are high. They wouldn't have that problem over there. They could even have you dig the ditches yourself if you want internet, dammit.

Anyhow, I would go with LTE. It's probably a lot cheaper, and flexible enough.

Comment: Re:Does size matter in art? (Score 1) 31

by Threni (#48638667) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Jonty Hurwitz About Art and Engineering

> As an analogy, you may ask "is harmony important in music?"

Odd thing to throw in there. No, it's not, whether you're talking about music consisting of a single line, or some variety of dissonant music which has no tonal centre and where it makes very little sense to talk about harmony other than in the very basic "more than one tone at once" sense which is utterly meaningless if you ask me.

Elephant/flea: well, you're making art for humans. Again, with the musical analogy there's stuff like John Cage's piece which is designed to last years, and at the other extreme people like Stockhausen have constructed pieces where a fragment of music is speeded up so that it's perceived as a "texture" to be used as a compositional building block rather than a series of pitches to be listened to in its own right.

Yes, I did add "in art" to avoid potential sniggering. Was your question in fact a way of highlighting that art should not be considered separately to anything else; that I might be suggesting that size might matter anywhere else except in the construction of artwork? I have a pretty open mind for what constitutes art. Duchamp said that anything could be art, and Zappa said that art was "making something out of nothing, and selling it"; he also wisely said that art should entertain you; don't worry about whether something is high art or low art.

Putting all that together, whilst I appreciate anyone doing art for the sake of it, with no rules about what or why or what size etc, when it comes down to it something that fits on a table is no more impressive to me whether it fulls a building or fits on the head of a needle.

Comment: Re:Who was forced to sign an NDA? (Score 1) 38

by Threni (#48638569) Attached to: Attorney Yasir Billoo Explains NDA Law (Video)

It was a job programming games in a company which did Sega Megadrive games. They guarded the docs pretty zealously (ie each page had the company name written, by hand, over it). Couldn't talk about how it worked, what I was doing, how many games Sega had allowed us to publish that year etc etc. (Another job was similar except it was for some IBM tool or other).

I had no intention to breach the contracts, but at the same time I wasn't going to let the fear of what might happen should I subsequently work for another company who asked me about what I'd done in a previous job worry me because I'm not a lawyer and have no idea if (all of) the NDA was legal/defensible in court (I'm in the UK). The problem was never going to be about signing it, but what happened if I broke it later.

Comment: Re:News at 11.. (Score 2) 717

Copyright infringement is theft because it denies a copyright owner the ability to sell the product for which they have the copyright and thus they lose money.

Thanks for the nostalgia! I remember when people tried to claim that with a straight face back in the 80s, but no one believed it even then. Can you imagine that someone actually said that ridiculous crap in seriousness once? I'm glad we've moved past those ludicrously mind-bending contortions and can laugh about them now, knowing full well that no one actually thinks that way anymore.

Comment: Re:News at 11.. (Score 3, Insightful) 717

Sharing: Willingly giving a portion of your possessions

Bzzt. I can share hugs, music, friendship, laughter, pain, and joy with others, but I wouldn't call any of those "possessions".

to another, denying you use or benefit thereof.

That presumes scarcity. If I share your post on Twitter, you are not deprived of it. Neither would I be.

Comment: Re:Your job (Score 1) 229

by Just Some Guy (#48629963) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Whatever the environment, there are jobs that require someone just to be there waiting for something unusual to happen. Even in the nuclear missile bunkers, I bet they spend about 95% of their time sitting around waiting for an alarm they hope never comes. You can only clean so much before it's time to lean. So what if OP works in a clean room? I bet there are plenty of "I'm paid to sit here" jobs in there, too.

Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"