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Comment: Re:Javascript is actually a great language (Score 1) 531 531

It just makes one up right there on the spot, and assigns it a null value.

Actually it assigns it a value of undefined.

Then there's the null -vs- undefined mess that constantly trips-up even experienced programmers.

Did that joke just go flying over my head?

Comment: Re:That would be surprising. (Score 1) 275 275

Actually, the GP is accidentally right, in spite of obvious ignorance about licenses. Chrome, for instance, is *not* open source -- but Chromium is. Of course, the difference between the two is negligible and largely related to IPBS (a newly coined initialism that should be this crowd to figure out).

Comment: Re:Damnit! I'm torn! (Score 1) 231 231

Seriously, everybody on /. seems to assume that every single patent infringement lawsuit is a "patent troll." But patent law is a lot more complicated than that.

No. Nearly every software developer on the internets seem to assume that every single software patent infringement lawsuit is "patent trolling". That's because it is.

And I imagine that about nine out of ten people here would have the exact same reaction if Microsoft ripped off their product: let's sue.

You really believe nine out of ten people here would file software patents? You obviously haven't been paying attention.

Comment: Re:All For It (Score 1) 253 253

The RIAA giving radio a compelling reason to play independent artists is exactly what we need. They can only hurt themselves.

Sadly, this is incorrect. Via the SoundExchange FAQ (by way of Wikipedia because those idiots have a broken Flashtastic site):

"SoundExchange collects and distributes royalties for all artists and copyright owners covered under the statutory licenses; these parties do not need to be members of SoundExchange for royalties to be collected on their behalf and distributed to them."

Yes, SoundExchange has the mandate to collect royalties for indie artists as well. And good luck getting them to pay out -- they'll no doubt have trouble "finding" you. I'm not sure what that implies it also applies to songs released under CC or similarly permissive licenses -- while the CC license specifically addresses the performance right, I wouldn't be surprised if SoundExchange still claims a statutory right to collect.

Your mode of life will be changed to EBCDIC.