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Comment: Re:Cool hack (Score 1) 250

by McBeer (#36482070) Attached to: JavaScript Decoder Plays MP3s Without Flash

In this case, maybe not a big deal. Say, however, you'd like to take an app that would normally consume 30% of your CPU and convert it to JS: Then it would require 105% of your CPU and you'll be screwed. (It's actually worse than that: I have a dual core processor, so a JS app couldn't use more than 50%, An app that would normally consume 15% would not work in JS)

I'm the first to admit that premature optimization is the root of all evil, Javascript has severe performance and functionality limitations. The language itself is arguably worse than languages that don't. This isn't like c#/java vs C. Javascript isn't easier or faster to develop in for most situations.

Comment: Re:Cool hack (Score 1) 250

by McBeer (#36481966) Attached to: JavaScript Decoder Plays MP3s Without Flash

". Compared to a Silverlight solution, the JS player is 3.5 times larger (535kb vs 154kb), uses about 3.6 times as much CPU power (25% vs 7%), and has to have significant modifications to work in multiple browsers."

Can you please tell me what modifications are necessary to use the silverlight plugin on my Solaris SPARC system? You say it works in multiple browsers so I would like to test your assertion.

No modification needed, just install it: http://www.mono-project.com/Moonlight. If Silverlight isn't your thing, Flash or Java would also be better solutions. The point wasn't that Silverlight is great; it was that JS is terrible.

Comment: Re:Cool hack (Score 1) 250

by McBeer (#36481926) Attached to: JavaScript Decoder Plays MP3s Without Flash
The big picture is we're all getting on board with a language that, like you, most everybody hates and hates for a good reason :p My post wasn't intended to be Silverlight propaganda (though I do like Silverlight). I'm sure Java or Flash would have also beat the pants off a JS implementation. I just happened to find a Silverlight player to test quickly.

Comment: Cool hack (Score 2) 250

by McBeer (#36479096) Attached to: JavaScript Decoder Plays MP3s Without Flash
It's cool that somebody got this working. That said, looking at this sort of things further enforces my belief that we're all barking up the wrong tree by going with JS+html as client side development environment of the future. Compared to a Silverlight solution, the JS player is 3.5 times larger (535kb vs 154kb), uses about 3.6 times as much CPU power (25% vs 7%), and has to have significant modifications to work in multiple browsers. Not really progress.

Comment: Re:The fairest penalty is no penalty (Score 1) 728

by McBeer (#34143528) Attached to: Considering a Fair Penalty For Illegal File-sharing

The fairest penalty is no penalty. We need to end the war on sharing by legalizing noncommercial copyright infringement.

Why would anybody go through the trouble and expense to create quality movies, tv, music, books, software etc if it's legal to just take the end product without paying? Sure, some people will pay out of principle, but if it's perfectly legal most people will just take it. Without funding, I'm sure there will still be hobby projects, but nothing on the scale we currently enjoy.

To effectively prevent piracy the penalty has to be such that PenaltyAmount * ProbabilityOfGettingCaught > SavingsByPirating. Right now the chance of getting caught is quite low, so the fine has to be quite high. Perhaps the problem is actually that the *IAA isn't suing enough people. If ProbabilityOfGettingCaught was close to 1, the PenaltyAmount could be quite close to the actual value of the item pirated

Comment: Re:Should be good for the economy (Score 1) 1530

by McBeer (#34112934) Attached to: 2010 Election Results Are In

Really? The unemployment rate in November of 2008 was 6.9%. Today, it's at 9.6%. So are you telling me that -2.7% is ADDING jobs? Were you a math major?

The second derivative of the chart you linked is negative which implies jobs are being added. The dems came to power in early 2009* and the rate of job loss began to slow a couple months after that. Unemployment peaked in fall 2009 and has declined since then. Things are actually getting better, your cherry picked numbers do lie.

* Fun fact: While elections were in nov 2008, inauguration day wasn't until late jan 2009

Comment: Re:In Summary (Score 2, Insightful) 170

by McBeer (#32189572) Attached to: Court Grants RIAA Summary Judgment Motions vs. Limewire

I guess what I'm really not getting is, if Joe Schmo gets caught using his 1979 Impala to haul illegal copies of Free Willy DVDs, will the RIAA/MPAA sue Chevrolet?

If Chevy was actively advertising how many illegal DVDs you can fit in the car and DVD bootlegging in Impalas ran rampant maybe. Otherwise, they are probably safe. It seems to come down to if a product is used mainly for illegal activity and the manufacturer encourages that illegal activity. Google's and Chevy's products serve mostly legal purposes. Limewire and co have some legal uses, but mostly are used for illegal file sharing. It's a somewhat nebulous issue since it's hard to say what "mainly used for" and "encouraging" actually mean. The courts seem to be busily establishing case law for that though.

Comment: Re:Serves you right... (Score 1) 438

by McBeer (#32050178) Attached to: Apple To Shut Down Lala On May 31

If only I could get a refund for my hundreds of web songs :(

Serves you right for paying for a license to listen to music instead of a downloaded file that you keep.

I was able to license 716 songs for $40. I didn't have to waste space storing them on my computer and I could listen to them anywhere. If I downloaded the songs I would have gotten 676 less and it would be a real pain to listen to them anywhere I wanted. Sometimes renting is a better deal. Knowing what I know now, I'd still buy the web songs. I'm just pissed I have to download and keep a measly 40 songs with my refund like you suggest I should have done in the first place.

Comment: In defense of McDonalds (Score 1) 756

by McBeer (#32021226) Attached to: California's Santa Clara County Bans Happy Meal Toys
I see McDonalds taking a lot of flak from people here. Just thought I'd point out that the food there isn't necessarily bad for you. My favorite meal is a McChicken, Fruit & Walnut Salad, Yougurt, and Diet Dr. Pepper. Lets compare that to equivalent menu items (kids turkey sandwhich, fuit cup, yogurt, and diet drink) from Panera Bread Co

McDonalds: 700 Calories (240 from fat. No trans fat), 960mg sodium, 48g sugar. $4.70
Panera: 650 calories (190 from fat. No trans fat), 1270 sodium, 45g sugar. $12 (estimated)

really about the same. I eat there quite a bit and am fit as a fiddle because I choose sensible options when I'm there, don't eat there every day, and exercise regularly.

Admittedly, if you decide to pound down a large big mac combo (sandwhich, drink, and fries) and treat yourself to a McFlurry, you're going to have 1910 calories (630 from fat, 2.5g trans fat), 1660mg sodium, and 167g sugar which is pretty much 100% of your daily allotment of all of those. But I don't see McDonald's being at fault if you want to over eat.

Comment: Re:This is how stupid Oracle can be. (Score 1) 393

by McBeer (#31877226) Attached to: Oracle Wants Proof That Open Source Is Profitable

[Oracle] only need to look towards Red Hat.

Oracle make more money every 2 to 3 week than Red Hat makes every 6 to 12 months.

That isn't an exactly fair comparison since Oracle is a much larger company than Red Hat. Look at it this way: Red Hat pulls in about 28k net income per employee while Oracle pulls in 79k per employee*. So yes, Red Hat has managed to make some money off OSS, but really not very much compared to what other software shops make. For further comparison: Microsoft makes 156k per employee, Google 213k, and Apple 240k. Maybe Oracle should take some notes from them instead.

*This new comparison is somewhat generous to Red Hats software business model since RHT makes a much larger amount of it's income from financial activities (as opposed to software) then pretty much any other tech company.

Comment: Re:Way to go (Score 4, Interesting) 278

by McBeer (#31838842) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils 'Pink' Phones As Kin One and Two

"These phones have no downloadable apps, no games, not even a calendar. They're not meant to be expandable smart phones; instead very good messaging phones."

Nice job, Microsoft. Way to ignore the growing trends in favor of your own way. After all, you certainly know better than those lousy consumers.

I was talking to my 23 year old sister about this phone. Here's an interesting snippet

[17:02] Sister: it looks cool
[17:02] Sister: too bad it's not sprint
[17:03] Me: Yeah. It'll be interesting to see what price details emerge this month
[17:03] Sister: it's cool you don't have to get apps for it, the features are built in
[17:03] Me: haha all the nerds are holding that against it
[17:04] Sister: and the camera capability is good!
[17:04] Sister: i don't want to have to hunt around for 20 apps
[17:04] Sister: it would work right away

Not only did she not care about the lack of app store, she saw it as a bonus. It looks like MSFT was definitely listening to a consumer segment when they designed the phone. It will be interesting to see just how many people like my sister there are out there.

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