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Comment Re:A bot that flagrantly violated Blizzard's TOU (Score 1) 129

> No more than a prenup, or a restraining order.

Not sure what you're trying to say, as laws vary wildly from locality to locality.

The concept, in California, is called "severability". This describes the condition. Invalidating one part of a mutual contract does not invalidate other parts. Because wording and legal statutes are complicated, this isn't as simple as it seems at a glance.

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 574

We record more detailed information about people (secretly) already. Shit-all has been done about it.
I can't believe you think it's not suggested routinely and then enacted routinely. Oh, you couched it in a triple assertion of catagloging, rounding, and internment which have nothing to do with the question or answer.

The mods must be joking.

Comment Re:The point is that safety alone is not productiv (Score 1) 291

> ESPECIALLY at the so-called "top" (which is just a figment of your imagination, really)

Really it's not. See how compelling that sounds? Linus being a particularly good example of top-down security design (since his branches are the only ones that end up being used). Microsoft is another. Amazon is another. BSD, not so much. Even with cross-pollination, technology flows from clearly delineated tiers.

We get new sources, rarely, but the top-down nature of technology propogation doesn't change. There's a corollary in there about modern capitalism and those with money are those who get a message out best.

Comment Re:Have we sunk this low? (Score 1) 185

I didn't know who he is and I wont remember tomorrow. Introducing any of these people (badly) is rather pointless. If they were properly linked instead of calling someone a professor and ostensibly leaving out the important bits, there would be no issue. Instead we have an editorial fail. @ slashdot, it's business as usual.

Comment Stop spreading misinformation. (Score 1, Insightful) 143

Unless you have a double blind study to point to, why the fuck are you linking to some 3rd-hand article? "A new study says" is meaningless, in this context.
Don't cite articles and call it news. We have a standard of proof, so follow it or you're part of the misinformation problem.

Comment Re:MOOC = Massive Open Online Course (Score 4, Informative) 112

I have heard of lots of acronyms. That doesn't mean I'm familiar with them.


Until I read the wikipedia entry, I had no idea what it meant even though I've participated in one (started on Stanford's machine learning).

> first introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012

Popular? That's laughable. Easily accessible, yes.

Comment Re:Perl? LOL. (Score 2) 163

> So PHP, Java servlets, ASP took Perl golden child status, as they are better designed to interact with the database,

I think it has to do with readability and cost to maintain, not specific API design choices.

Comment Re:No, way more. (Score 1) 146

> I suspect that many Linux developers have conjured up some really long and interesting code that they then never submitted

All programmers do this. That's part of the development cost. I think you meant potential Linux developers that never contributed. We don't know about the code that we don't know about. Ok? What's more important is the 5 billion completely ignores the trillions that would be made off of licensing fees...you know, how they would have paid these theoretical costs. Since the US BEA calculates the GDP based on potential Tech valuation, might as well use potential value in the Open Source calculations.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang