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Comment: Re: Oracle (Score 1) 146

by Xicor (#48108143) Attached to: Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

the issue here is that they took the api and changed the code in the background. the api itself is nothing but a bunch of method names. the code in the back is obviously patentable. the question is whether a bunch of method names are, and i would say no... but the supreme court is made of a bunch of old people who dont even know how to use phones.

Comment: depends (Score 1) 479

by Xicor (#47978973) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

I graduated with a CS degree (undergrad) and got so many job offers that i had to keep turning them down (even after i chose a job). i think it really comes down to what kind of projects you've done and how good you are at interviews. The issue i see is that for CS, a phd really doesnt do you any good at all. people without a phd can do just as much in this field as those who do, so know that when you go into interviews so you dont come off like a prick.

Comment: Re:well, duh? (Score 3, Informative) 353

by Xicor (#47935455) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

the building of infrastructure isnt the problem. with the exception of rural areas, everywhere in the US already has fiber optic cable capable of getting gigabit speeds. the issue we have is that each ISP has its own little area with no competition.. why would they charge 70$ per month for gigabit(like google) when they can charge 50$ a month for 20Mbit

Comment: Re:A solution in search of a problem... (Score 1) 326

by Xicor (#47902573) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

studies have shown time and time again that just the act of being distracted from the road is bad. if you are talking to someone on the phone, or even in the car with you... or if you are even listening to the radio, these are all equally distracting. it is entirely possible to text while driving safely so long as you are not moving while you are texting or if you are using a hands free device.

the real issue at hand is that dumbasses have decided that they can take their eyes off the road while they are moving to type a text. people also take their eyes off the road to talk with people next to them... or behind them. is it really a good idea to ban everyone from texting while in the car because a few people are dumbasses? i text only when i'm stopped at a light, technically that is illegal, despite the fact that there is absolutely no way it can affect my driving..

Comment: Re:Canada is sparse (Score 1) 94

by Xicor (#47898003) Attached to: Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

the real question is 'why does anyone measure time in seconds?' the whole 60 thing is incredibly innaccurate and ultimately annoying to use. wouldnt you rather change the scale so that there are 100 seconds in a minute, 100 minutes in an hour and 10 or 100 hours in a day? obviously the exact time of a day is set due to the rotation of the earth, but any of the time measurement we use up to that point could be changed to something less old-fashioned (ancient sumerian).

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