Way back when (early 90s) I bought inexpensive mice and they'd die after a few months. Since then I bought better quality (e.g. more expensive ones) and they last for a very long time. I have a MSFT USB Intellimouse (optical) from 1998 or so that I used at work until a few months ago when I cut over to a laptop for my daily use. The plastic has gone a bit yellow and I've cleaned it a number of times with rubbing alcohol to get the gunk off.
Those aren't practical limits.
There are practical limits on home production of alcohol. You can make a limited quantity of wine and beer for personal consumption. You can't distill or sell it legally without a license.
Perhaps some practical limits on firearm ownership is needed?
We can't stop people from drinking and driving, so let's not regulate that either.
With oversight from Congress. BSAB
I'd argue that there's a difference between Amazon and a true patent troll.
Trolls usually don't use the patent they own and use it solely as an investment tool.
Whatever you think of Amazon, they use the patents they hold. Maybe they enforce it, maybe they use it as leverage in case a competitor sues them (IBM, Microsoft, Intel, AMD, etc. all do this as well.).
That's not to say the one-click patent is valid or not, but I don't think I'd call Bezos a troll for patenting the idea.
Benchmarks are serious business.
For a tiny segment of the population, maybe. For the rest of the world, raw benchmarks don't matter at all. It's all perception and other features over raw framerate. Normal humans can't really detect anything above 50 or 60 FPS. So if you are proud your phone gets 150FPS, congratulations! You got that going for you, which is nice. I guess.
I don't use Outlook as a VCS either.
Google is intending to have their products used by companies that pay for the services. If Google Docs isn't good enough for internal Google employees to use, how can they expect paying customers to be happy with the same kind of service? I can see a section of users with multiple e-mail clients to keep an eye on the competition, but I don't think it would make 75% of employees.
What Yahoo(!) should really be asking is: what is it about Outlook that keeps people using it?
(If you ever say it, wash your mouth out with soap. If anyone ever says it to you, run.)
I reject that sentiment. The statement was a motivating tool. It may not have been said - it probably didn't need to be said during the real mission as these were people that worked with those astronauts for years before the launch occurred. They didn't need to be told that the future of the space program and the three astronauts hung on their actions. But it got the point across to the audience, who didn't have that relationship.
Almost all of the popular MMORPGs are either dungeon crawlers or require a monthly payment (or both). I and a small group of friends of varying financial levels went with Guild Wars when it first came out and sprung for GW2 when it came out last year. We only play a few hours a week and get a lot of enjoyment out of it, but we've been collecitvely playing these kinds of games for almost 10 years.
The hactivist got legal representation the same as the murderer. If there were extenuating circumstances (they h4xx0r3d me first!) then that can be brought up during trial.
Activist (ok, civil disobedient) implies that they know what they're doing is legally wrong and is willing t accept the consequences of their actions. Is 10 years a bit much? Yes. Will it deter future crime? Probably. Does it get people talking about legal rights in this country? Looks like it.
Hard crime is generally already morally reprehensible. "Softer" crimes like this one are a bit more morally ambisuous and thus the punishment serves as a deterrent.
It's the difference between saying "If I kill this person, not only is it wrong, but I'll go to prison" and "If I steal data from this company/person/government, I'll go to prison for a long long time. Do I really want to do that?"
What he said
Us old timers know what it is. It's a ray tracer from the early early days (it was used to render one of the covers of my books back in the mid 90s). I honestly thought it went the way of the dodo since I haven't heard about it in years.