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Comment: Re:wrong problem... (Score 2) 116

by bugnuts (#47819935) Attached to: MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

Libelous statements are made every day, designed to harm. Harming someone by lying is blatantly illegal. Sure it happens on teen TV shows and IRL often enough, but consider a systematic system of making false bad reviews about a company. It will harm them financially, and the perp should be held liable, and the courts should have the power to stop them.

And once found out and served an injunction, if the court order is violated they will rightfully be jailed since they clearly can't be trusted to not break the law out in public. Sundance was obviously trying to claim libel for protected speech, and not getting very far.

But an order like this basically raises the consequences for lying, once you're shown to be a liar.

At this point, Sundance Vacations could be in a heap of legal trouble if the courts or Metafilter want to go after them. There's interference with Metafilter, forgery, possibly impersonating an official, and potentially other big problems they brought on themselves. I suspect Metafilter's harm is minimal and this exposure (also protected speech) should be punishment enough.

Comment: You need both coders and designers (Score 1) 546

by bugnuts (#47819741) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

If you only have designers with degrees, nobody will be happy doing grunt work. User interfaces will suck. Artwork will suck. That isn't to say nobody can do art or user interfaces, but a self-taught person will have more drive to learn what "feels good" instead of the bare-bones proof of concept.

If you only have coders without any degreed theorists, code optimization will regress to converting bubble-sorts to shell-sorts. There's a reason theory is taught. Self-taught coders are unlikely to have ever computed the big O of an algorithm or done a recurrence relation or converted a complex math problem to a tractable computer program.

A mixture of both can be useful for actually making stuff.

Comment: Re:Vegas Movie Studio (cheap not free) (Score 1) 163

by bugnuts (#47809371) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

I have the full version of Vegas, and for shorts I don't use more tracks than the cheap version allows. IIRC, that's the main limitation, so it's a great deal. The thing I like most about it is the speed of rendering.

You might want a compositing engine to go with it, though. That's something I miss, and sony vegas isn't good at it. Even a simple greenscreen is difficult with bugs and threshold issues.

Comment: Re: Flywheel spin and political spin (Score 1) 245

by bugnuts (#47804473) Attached to: Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Sorry, localizing the storage vs storage far away, like tfa is talking about, is far more efficient. There's certainly loss on storage and retrieval.

However, I've seen several local substation proposals for storing energy using banks of flywheels, and even more for rail.

Staff meeting in the conference room in 3 minutes.