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Comment: Re:Not SVG (Score 1) 300

by Nick Novitski (#30822224) Attached to: Open-Source JavaScript Flash Player (HTML5/SVG)

2) There's no XHTML2. The future is HTML5.

...which supports XHTML syntax and the application/XHTML+XML mimetype. XHTML syntax is still quite alive and well, and usable by anyone who feels like using it, like myself (I find the rigor makes things easier to read and write). Perhaps you don't like its strictures, but luckily there's room for both of our syntactical preferences in the W3C tent.

Comment: Re:$300 is not the real price (Score 1) 315

by Nick Novitski (#30477068) Attached to: $300 Sci-Fi YouTube Video Lands $30m Movie Deal

The value of your time is whatever someone is paying you for it. If nobody is paying you for it, then that time is worth $0.

I think the (monetary) value of your time is whatever you are or could be getting paid for it. In the example of the contractor you gave, if the contractor could have done billable work for another project in the extra three hours (though perhaps that's unlikely), then regardless of what you did or didn't pay, the hours were worth whatever he could have got for them. He sacrificed their monetary value in order to gain what he thought was a superior value in client goodwill (avoiding leaving mistakes in, appearing forthright and not greedy, etc).

Other commenters have noted that the auteur is a well-known publicity director, so presumably time that he spent making this video could have been spent on other things, and thus has non-zero value.

Comment: Re:"You thought we would mess it up?" (Score 1) 160

by Nick Novitski (#30049426) Attached to: US Supreme Court Skeptical of Business Method Patents

Some software patents are really business method patents (how someone navigates this page, or which button they press). Some software patents *may be* technological patents and should be measured as such. Blanketing software patents by comparing them to business method patents is comparing apples and oranges.

Apples which sometimes "are really" oranges perhaps should be given a closer comparative examination.

Comment: Re:Smoking (Score 2, Insightful) 383

by Nick Novitski (#29994818) Attached to: Google Betas Chrome 4, Touts 30% Speed Boost
I've seen precisely two sensible arguments for Google-mistrust.

One is from a perspective of generalized mistrust: stated in the strongest terms, no one besides you should have access to any of your data.

The other is from a perspective over the long-term: there is a real chances that, in one's lifetime, either due to individual breaches or a shift to corporate evil, Google will cease to be entirely trustworthy.

To me personally, they both seem tiresome, and not worth the effort, but I understand why people with stronger commitments to privacy or safety would make those arguments.

Decaffeinated coffee? Just Say No.