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Comment: Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 1) 123 123

by tepples (#50014809) Attached to: SCOTUS Denies Google's Request To Appeal Oracle API Case

That's a hard position to take here with all the opinionated freeloading IP burglars since when they are not whining about ISPs (ex. Comcast, ATT) limiting their content stealing abilities

How is it "content stealing" to view licensed video through Netflix? Or are you claiming that Netflix's license to the video it offers is invalid?

or criticizing anyone (ex. Microsoft) who wishes to turn a hard-earned buck for the quality software they produce at great expense

Most of us don't criticize wanting to earn a buck. We criticize anticompetitive methods of doing so, such as exclusive (or effectively exclusive) deals with all leading manufacturers of a particular class of hardware.

the residents spew their hateful anger at those (ex. Oracle) who wish to protect their IP

What is "IP"? Copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret are very different beasts. If you mean copyright, say copyright. If you mean patent, say patent. If you mean trademark, say trademark. If you mean trade secret, say trade secret. Or did you mean stealing an IP address?

from downright theft

Copyright infringement and theft are distinct offenses. In the United States, the former is always federal, and the latter is generally handled by the several states, becoming federal only if goods are carried across state lines.

Comment: Flee the Berne Convention? (Score 1) 123 123

by tepples (#50014739) Attached to: SCOTUS Denies Google's Request To Appeal Oracle API Case

If there's a silver lining, it's that this will breed further contempt for the law among the educated. As they flee its jurisdiction.

Very little of the industrialized world is outside the jurisdiction of the Berne Convention. Where were you imagining that they would flee?

Comment: Re:I'll tell you how- they're turning the internet (Score 1) 160 160

by tepples (#50014619) Attached to: How Television Is Fighting Off the Internet

Good luck getting things like the film Song of the South, the film Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, and the TV series Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea on any service. None of these has ever been released even on DVD or BD in North America.

Comment: Re:TRWTF: List is used instead of Map (Score 1) 112 112

How the heck was I supposed to know that a 64 bit flat architecture (pointer range compare across arrays = flat arch) would someday come along that still set int to 32 bits?

How the heck were you supposed to know that your code would run on a flat architecture? Pointer range comparison across unrelated C arrays has been undefined behavior as long as I can remember. Besides, even among flat architectures, the common ABI for the 65816 has 24-bit pointers and 16-bit ints, and the common ABI for the 68000 has 32-bit pointers and 16-bit ints.

Comment: Re:TRWTF: List is used instead of Map (Score 1) 112 112

Sparse array entries, in general, are not necessarily immutable, although they may be so in this case.

The interface in the PDF describes a mutable sparse array with immutable entries. To assign a new value, you'd delete the entry and then add a new one.

Comment: Re:What plan? (Score 1) 82 82

How do you come to that assumption?

By linking to a peer-reviewed paper on the subject?

A nuclear warhead has lots of trouble to even "hit" an asteroid.

Essentially every space mission we have launched for the past several decades has had to navigate with a far more precision than that needed to get close to an asteroid and activate a single trigger event when close by.

Comment: Re:What plan? (Score 1) 82 82

Rosetta (the craft carrying Philae) took ten years to get there, and required a flyby of Mars and Lutetia to get its vectors and speed right.

And is so small that it's like a fly landing on a townhouse. What's the fly supposed to do? Ask the townhouse to move over?

Comment: Re:What plan? (Score 2) 82 82

Something meant to put men on Mars MIGHT be suitable. Or not, depending on the orbit of the particular NEO that turns out to be a threat.

I'd think it likely wouldn't be enough, because a NEO won't have the mass of Mars which we'd use to brake the craft once there. Unless we were sending an impact missile, it might take a lot of time and planning to get there. Rosetta took 10 years and a flyby of Mars in order to match up with a comet.

Comment: Re:What plan? (Score 1) 82 82

I meant all the various giant members of what's commonly/historically known as reptilia, including (but not limited to) archosaurs like dinosaurs, pterosaurs and many of the larger/landbound members of crocodilia and aves (birds).

If you're huge, at least somewhat ectothermic, and can't easily migrate, climate change won't be your friend, and evolution will eventually tally the score as "extinct".
Hm... I wonder whether that applies to Americans too...

Comment: HR is part of the problem (Score 1) 112 112

"Working programmers" don't need degrees in computer science. They need diplomas or certificates in programming.

If there are 90 people with a certificate in programming applying to a position and 10 with a B.Sc. in computer science, which resumes will HR prefer?

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