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Comment: Re:FTFA (Score 1) 904

by deadlinegrunt (#27520621) Attached to: EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense Is Worse than Bush

"Just because they point to something as their justification does not mean it actually justifies said behavior."

I thought this is exactly what government does and legislation that has passed approval in 2 of the 3 branches, a.k.a. laws, are the thing they point to. Unless a law is amended or repealed altogether then it actually DOES justify the behavior when manipulated against your perceived interpretation.

Comment: Re:Pass by reference (Score 1) 612

by deadlinegrunt (#27053779) Attached to: Null References, the Billion Dollar Mistake

I missed the part of this particular conversation where "..."pass by reference"...make it impossible to pass NULL..." and the use of typecast are the mechanism for proving the original assertion incorrect; the semantics of passing by reference instead of passing by pointer.

As an aside those are C-style typecast and use none of the C++ typecast semantics specifically made ass ugly in order to expose potentially dangerous characteristics.

"In C++ it's harder to shoot yourself in the foot, but when you do, you blow off your whole leg." - Bjarne Stroustrup

I suppose this is a solid example of why this quote exist.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 331

by deadlinegrunt (#26494227) Attached to: Report Claims 95% of Music Downloads Are Illegal

"First off, it only costs $1(us) at most to manufacture and ship a CD. Probably more like $0.50 or less, perhaps even $0.25. So they are likely making $11 to $11.75 for each CD after the physical costs of creating and moving them. "

Most insightful comment because we can completely ignore the production cost of producing the actual content that is the master copy to be created in mass. Obviously it does not factor into the equation. I suppose it is the same as producing a microchip for pennies even though the first one subsidizes the endeavor.

I am not defending the record industry however I am challenging that your opening statement was sufficient in me disregarding the rest or your opinion without reading further.

Comment: Re:Well that sounds reasonable. (Score 1) 318

by deadlinegrunt (#24883787) Attached to: Google Updates Chrome's Terms of Service

"I also don't work for a mega corporation that has entire brigades of lawyers to get paid to look at these very things. Google apparently didn't understand what it meant nor had any of the many lawyers who get paid to look at these types of things actually look at it."

I disagree. In fact, given the original language, I would say lawyers did examine it and did what lawyers do best in the best interest of their client. Think along the lines of "much easier to give something up than take something away" during litigation. Might as well claim the world up front rather than after the fact, no?

Microsoft Workers Prefer Google 378

Posted by samzenpus
from the best-of-breed dept.
dhollist writes "A story just released by the Inquirer shows that 80% of incoming search requests from Microsoft's domain arrived via Google's search engine. In contrast, 64% of Yahoo! staff and 100% of Google staff use their own company's search engine. How's that for a product endorsement? I'd guess that Microsoft may soon add google.com to the list of blocked URL's on their intranet."

Microsoft Seeking to Patent Automatic Censorship 187

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the tom-petty-free-playlists dept.
theodp writes "Microsoft is back at the USPTO, this time seeking a patent for the automatic censorship of audio data for broadcast, a system and method for automatically altering audio to prevent undesired words and phrases from being understandable to a listener as originally uttered."

Prof Denied Funds Over Evolution Evidence 953

Posted by Zonk
from the that-would-have-been-a-fun-after-meeting-beer dept.
radarsat1 writes "The Montreal Gazette today reported that a professor at Montreal's McGill University was refused a $40,000 grant, allegedly because 'he'd failed to provide the panel with ample evidence that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is correct.' Ironically, the grant was for a study into the detrimental effects of intelligent design on Canadian academics and leaders." From the article: "Jennifer Robinson, McGill's associate vice-principal for communications, said the university has asked the SSHRC to review its decision to reject Alters's request for money to study how the rising popularity in the United States of 'intelligent design' - a controversial creationist theory of life - is eroding acceptance of evolutionary science in Canada."
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Journal: Linux/*BSD - Power Tools from a Developer/Admin Pespective 1

Journal by deadlinegrunt

vim - and not its girlie cousin Vim -g, gvim for those who still don't get it. Emacs is ok I suppose but keep in mind the following list of tools can be done from inside of it...with LISP implementations of course.
tin - USENET still not completely useless regardless of how many outlook readers are out there. If tin isn't your style slrn is my second choice
mutt - while mail is sufficient I like it because of the vi interface
gcc - the entire compiler collection
ssh - if you can

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Journal: Entertaining /. sub-culture

Journal by deadlinegrunt

I learned an ingenious trick from the trolls this weekend here on Slashdot. Of particular interest is Serojin. I really do not know if I should be amazed at his creativity to abuse the /. moderation system or at the daftness of moderators to give this person up mods so that a signature line can be changed later to a rather "colorful" link as described by this shock-site informatio

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.