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Comment: Re:Stay out of Computing ! (Score 1) 495

by gnupun (#47416601) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
That's exactly what "these" people want. First they want to force more women into programming, then they want to force more children. Now they want to force Normal Humans into the trade. Newsflash author: learning programming is a low-cost barrier field so anyone with any interest in programming already knows how to program. If someone does not know how to program, they are not interested in learning programming.

Comment: Re:No exhaustive.. (Score 2) 274

by gnupun (#47407141) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Every good programmer's genius goes towards uplifting his/her manager, his middle manager, his department, his company etc., but rarely the programmer himself. Since the company claims all credit, ownership and benefits of any code developed, no one knows who is responsible for what. So this list is a joke.

Do we know who exactly came up with the concept for Donkey Kong? Many companies hide such info because they don't want the talented programmer to get poached by another company. But still, they should release such information 10-15 years after a product is released.

Comment: Re:How did Java beat C (Score 1) 190

by gnupun (#47390561) Attached to: IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages
That's often a symptom of bloated corporate design. You can write clean Java code that resembles C in succinctness. Granted the language is verbose using words where other languages use symbols. Why isn't there a sensible default for method access -- 'public or private?' The default 'package' access is rarely used.

Comment: Re:How did Java beat C (Score 2) 190

by gnupun (#47390435) Attached to: IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

but my only question is how on earth did Java beat out C

That's like asking why isn't Assembly language on the top of the list? It runs circles around C in the performance area, both in speed and size (important for embedded apps).

Java beats C because you can accomplish more in Java than C with fewer lines of code and less mental effort. Things like exceptions, OO, garbage collection, a massive library, etc. save a lot of time compared to C. Debugging is also relatively painless because you get a stack trace in Java, but not in C.

I too have a few questions:
How on earth did VHDL beat Verilog? I thought everyone in companies used verilog because VHDL was too complex, like Ada.

Why is Julia not on the list? Its syntax is similar to Python but performance approaches C/Java.

Comment: Re:Good luck buying abroad... (Score 1) 204

by gnupun (#47388295) Attached to: New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country
So will this shut down email communication between Russians and the rest of the world? According to TFA:

The law which bans online businesses from storing personal data of Russian citizens on servers located abroad ... and apply to email services ...

Under the new law, if a Russian were to send an email to a German, using a webmail service like Yahoo mail, won't the email text have to be stored outside Russia to make it easily accessible to the German? Is such a law really practical?

Comment: Re:What we need... (Score 1) 232

by gnupun (#47381905) Attached to: Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

Not sure why dedicated lane posts are being marked troll, but that's the safest option considering the difference in speed and the relative fragility of bikes. As shown in this article, extra space (as opposed to the current 6 inches space) between bike and car lanes is crucial for safety.

An even better solution is a protected and dedicated bike lane where there are concrete barriers preventing cars from entering bike lanes. Of course, all this requires a lot of city planning.

Comment: Re: They where acting like the cable co / CATV (Score 1) 93

by gnupun (#47343779) Attached to: Bye Bye Aereo, For Now

No.... it's OTA. The content is being distributed freely over the air.

So, it's like gpl -- once in the air, it's becomes free to anyone who can read it? Well then, anyone should able to record it and sell DVDs of tv shows too, right?

Some viewers have difficulty receiving the OTA content over the air at the quality they want using their own equipment, or the investment is too much, or they lack the expertise to build large antenna structures and setup gateways to stream their content to themselves over the internet, so they are inclined to subscribe to a service to maintain equipment to receive over the air on their behalf and provide them the technical assistance to receive the freely available content in the manner the end user wants.

So why can't your service provider pay for the content it is rebroadcasting for a profit? Aereo thinks it should be able to profit from somebody else's content, but the content providers should not profit from their own content? The OTA broadcast is only for individual consumption -- rebroadcasting or commercial use requires a new license and fees.

Comment: Re:From CEO/Founder Chet Kanojia (Score 1) 93

by gnupun (#47343443) Attached to: Bye Bye Aereo, For Now

The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public and we believe you should have a right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home,

The spectrum may be public, but the public does not own the data in the spectrum, (just as roads may be public, but the public don't own the cars on the roads).

A little over three years ago, our team embarked on a journey to improve the consumer television experience, using technology to create a smart, cloud-based television antenna consumers could use to access live over the air broadcast television.

Why didn't you obtain retransmission rights for the copyrighted content? Was it to save your company a lot of money?

Comment: Re:Wrong decision (Score 1) 484

by gnupun (#47325551) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

So your position is that using Slingbox or a DVR over the Internet (a shared non dedicated connection per user) makes you a CATV company and a copyright infringer as well?

Retransmitting copyrighted content, like a tv show, without permission, over the internet, is copyright infringement. However, viewing a show from your slingbox is allowed as fair use.

However, if your slingbox retransmits tv shows to your multiple friends, that's copyright infringement. Aereo is kinda like an antenna connected to a slingbox which in turn transmits content to many viewers. That's redistribution of copyrighted content, which is illegal without permission.

Comment: Re:Yeesh. (Score 1) 484

by gnupun (#47322919) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service
My point is Aereo is cable tv like service that is using the internet instead of the older cable technology to deliver TV shows. Therefore, they should be treated in the same manner as a cable tv service. Simply changing the transmission layer (whether it's cable, satellite or internet) does not change the fundamental business model. Legally, you can't redistribute copyrighted content to multiple users and not pay the licensing fees for the content.

Comment: Re:Wrong decision (Score 1) 484

by gnupun (#47321865) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

I can erect an antenna across town and back haul the signal on the internet...

Except in this case, you're not erecting the antenna and hauling equipment (decoders and servers), Aereo is. You are renting their equipment to watch TV. Once the TV signal leaves "your" Aereo antenna and enters shared equipment like decoders and servers, it becomes content on just another video site like youtube. Face it, Aereo is like a cable company delivering video via the internet. It doesn't have equipment to deliver dedicated internet connection per user, rather it uses a big upload pipe (just like a video website), to deliver copyrighted content to the user.

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