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Comment lost+found (Score 1) 772

Well, I wouldn't say you're too old to learn, but it only depends on you.

I've been programming the last 25 years of my life and as I'm reaching 55, and after starting with the Z80 Assembler and Pascal, continued with C for 10 years and for another 12 with Java + SQL, I'm now learning Python :D

I think the real question is: "Do you really want to learn another language?"

Comment Re:Wild West Internet will be gone (Score 1) 703

The RIAA's laws protect the indie artist FROM the RIAA more so than it protects the RIAA itself.

About indie artists, let me quote Frank Zappa, in a live performance of 'Tities and Beers':
"Don't talk to me about hell. I Know that, I've been there... remember I signed for United Artists for 8 fucking years!"

What indie artists are you talking about? Madonna?

Comment Re:drugs are bad, mmkay? (Score 1) 147

Probably because it takes more then 30% of the people to elect a representative (...)

Does it really? Last time I've read something about it, only half of the americans used to vote, so you would only need 25% + 1 of citizens approval to get elected :-S

As a matter of fact, it's similar in other "democratic" countries... so it only takes about 30% of votes to rule a country with a majority in the parliament :(

Comment Quit the job! (Score 1) 1019

If your boss is that stupid and you can't ge rid of him, get rid of the job. Anyway, if he persists on that direction, probably, soon there will be no job left... been there, done that ;-)

Comment Re:The MS patent does not affect ODF. (Score 1) 146

Actually, the patents will apply most everywhere in Europe.

No, they won't. EC doesn't recognize software patents :D

Under the EPC, and in particular its Article 52, "programs for computer" are not regarded as inventions for the purpose of granting European patents (

Comment Re:They hit the nail on the head (Score 1) 241

big productions are done for.

No problem, here. Most of then aren't worth the time I spent viewing them... still, I remember several "low cost" productions that, most likelly, will stay in the history of cinema for many long years: "Easy Ryder", in the US, and most of the european cinema between 1950 and 1980 (Arrabal, Bunuel, Fellini, Pasolini, Polanski, and so may others).

I'm sure there will be more great "low budget" movies done in the USA... I just failed to remember them :(

They will be dependant not on their skill but on their patronage.

You mean: "They will be dependant on their skill and not on their patronage", don't you?

As far as I understand, for several decades, the real artists have been totally screwed by the major labels. Here are two examples:

Frank Zappa:
I'll prove to you that I'm bad enough to go to hell
Because I have been through it!
I have seen it!
It has happened to me!
Remember, I was signed with Warner Brothers for eight fuckin' years!!!
(in "Tities an Beers")

Sex Pistols:"Fuck EMI" (in "The Great Rock and Roll Swindle")

There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule. -- R. W. Gerard