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Comment: Re:Are you patenting software? (Score -1, Redundant) 224

by Pseudonym (#48156039) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Because most software patents don't go above the threshold of 'obvious.'


I do concede that a key word is "most", though a slightly stronger phrase like "the vast majority of" would also be appropriate. There are a very small number of software patents which I would (grudgingly) agree are probably legitimate, like RSA. Software patents like that are remarkable precisely because they are extremely rare.

Comment: Re:More feminist bullshit (Score 1) 728

by Pseudonym (#48118415) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

This isn't a gender specific issue though.

It's only a gender-specific issue because people like weev act in gender-specific ways. If people like him went after both genders equally, or all ethnicities equally, or all sexual orientations equally, then the conversation would be different (even if the most appropriate solution is completely identical).

Comment: Re: weev (Score 1) 728

by Pseudonym (#48118379) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

I don't think that anyone doubts that there are real instances. Claiming that it's all of the most extreme proponents on all issues is quite a big claim, and I think it does need some proof.

Hell, I can't think of many more extreme nutcases than the Westboro Baptist Church, and they're apparently genuine.

Comment: Re:weev is a fucking D-bag....but (Score 1) 728

by Pseudonym (#48118363) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Who really cares the difference.

Have you ever considered working for US law enforcement? You'd fit right in, with the "let's get him on something, anything" attitude.

We all should care about the difference. Weev is a first-class arsehole who is guilty of many things, both criminal and civil. He also has certain civil rights simply by virtue of being a human being. You have these rights too. Taking them away from him means taking them away from you too.

If it helps, think of "innocent" as a property of the act, not the person. He was innocent of hacking. He was guilty of stalking, harassment, and libel.

Comment: Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (Score 1) 547

by Pseudonym (#48118289) Attached to: Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

These days I'm baffled there are people who still don't use an IDE for real projects.

IDEs work if your language and toolchain are well-integrated with the IDE. If they aren't, you spend a significant proportion of your time fighting the IDE. Also, if you're the sort of software engineer who spends some of their time doing sysadmin-related stuff, moving between two types of text editor incurs a significant context switch.

Of course, what I really want is vim and/or Emacs embedded in the IDE. There are some projects for doing this with varying levels of success.

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"