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Comment: Re:Unacceptable... (Score 1) 333 333

> I don't really have very strong feelings in this debate, but that kind of protesting isn't acceptable. Standing outside a government building or your company's HQ to protest, that's perfectly fine. However, once you start interfering with other people's lives (who aren't involved in this at all), I view that as unacceptable and utterly puerile. While I don't call for arrests like the other people who've posted ahead of me, I do hope the police force open the roads.

Democracy is about convincing the voting public. If you annoy the voting public so much, that they call on the government to give in just to shut up the protesters, then it's a job well done!

Of course though, it's a gamble. the police could use questionable (potentially illegal) strong-arm tactics to remove the protesters, with the blessing of the annoyed public. But this is France, a very pro-union country that regularly sees strikes by the public sector, and often with the public's support.

Comment: Re:Liberty (Score 0) 609 609

> It's a pity that most folks either don't or won't realize this...

Most folks do realize it. They also realize how it's not really that great of an idea in the 21st century and that some collectivism/socialism is a necessity in a modern state in order to help individuals achieve success.

Comment: Maybe, but that doesn't imply the future is bleak (Score 2) 250 250

Microsoft is pushing .net in directions no one thought it would five years ago in terms of being an open development platform. I think this will help boost c# popularity if anything. C# is a nice language to work with, and Visual Studio is a nice IDE to work with for the most part (it's virtual filesystem has got to go, and needs better RCS integration a la Eclipse).

Comment: Expert knowledge of tomorrow's framework (Score 5, Funny) 293 293

While Angular and React might be all the rage today, you're expected to be an expert in whatever framework comes out tomorrow.

You should be able to write the same Todo List application several thousand times, justifying the existence of each one.

You should also demonstrate a strong desire to re-implement every single piece of software in existence in Javascript, including Linux (, 8bit Console Emulators (, and possibly the software that drives your Kuerig. For example, I would expect you to tell me that you're just dying to start a new github project where you'll re-implement MS Flight Simulator 10 in Javascript, and how awesome the cockpit checklist feature will be.

You must demonstrate a complete misunderstanding of the differences between asynchronous and concurrent, and you must also be able to give a short presentation on what "web scale" means, without being able to explain it. You'll probably win a few favors by throwing in the term "cloud".

This and more, is what it takes to be a 21st century javascript developer.

Comment: Re:Getting sued costs money (Score 4, Insightful) 52 52

it might if it draws more customers to TekSavvy.

Americans have to understand that Canadians actually more than one or two ISPs to choose from in all major cities. Granted, most lease their infrastructure from the big players (Bell, Videotron, Shaw, Rogers, and I believe Cogeco), but those smaller ISPs still compete for customers.

If TekSavvy turns around and advertises the fact that they are an ISP willing to standup for their customers that would work well in their favour I'd imagine.

Comment: Why does Microsoft even need a browser? (Score 4, Insightful) 317 317

I don't understand why Microsoft wants to make a browser so badly. The consumer world has moved on to Firefox and Chrome and Safari and this is propogating through the enterprise world now.

What is the business case for having your own browser? So that bing can be the default search engine?

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 0) 1081 1081

First you point out:

> You may be, you may not be, but you are not in the position to make that determination.

But then you:

> I'm sorry you're too simple minded to understand that some people are not worth letting live, but thats the reality of it.

so what position do you have to make these determinations?

Comment: Re:Look and Feel case of the music industry (Score 4, Interesting) 386 386

this is a fantastic video that demonstrates how stupid this court case is. when debating music originality with people, I often make them watch that video and this TED talk:

There may be only 12 notes on on the western scale, but only certain combinations of those notes actually sound good.

Comment: Re:End copyright and all kinds of IP protection to (Score 1) 386 386

Ok, so how are the costs of producing music recouped?

It's not going to be tours, and merchandise has a very, very small margin.

I completely agree that copyright / IP laws are messed up. But since Napster changed everything, no one has yet been able to find a successful business model to replace what we have. Sure, some bands like Nine Inch Nails dropped their labels like dead weight but they already achieved critical success and had plenty of money to do so.

New artists and small labels that publish them, not so much.

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