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Comment: Re:Bill Hadley is going to be disappointed (Score 4, Insightful) 233 233

I am a firm believer in free speech. The cure for bad speech (as the accusation apparently was) is not less bad speech but more good speech.

Fine, but doesn't there have to be consequences when someone just makes shit up about someone else? Especially when it's something that is such a powderkeg in current climate? We don't consider it reasonable that people prove a negative, so you're already on the backfoot if someone decides to start a rumour. With Twitter and Wikipedia, it's very easy for a rumour to get repeated so much it feels like the truth.

Comment: Re:Bill Hadley is going to be disappointed (Score 2) 233 233

I don't think he will be disappointed. I think the purpose of the lawsuit is to send a message to Mr. Hadley's future political opponents to be careful what they say about him. In other words, this is intended to have a chilling effect on political speech.

Accusing someone of molesting children is political speech now? Sure...

Isn't it right that people are careful what they say about other people?

Comment: Re:London is good, Berlin is better (Score 1) 410 410

In IT you don't need German. English is more then enough. Even though the average salaries are a bit lower then in London you still get much better overall life quality. A pizza during lunch break costs 4 EUR here, a monthly public transport ticket around 80EUR, a decent flat outside of mitte (60m2) goes for 600-700 EUR.

I mean, yeah you might get by but aren't you missing out on actually living there? If you can't read / speak / interact with people without forcing them into your language? There is more to living in a place than cheap pizza.

Comment: Re:Ignorant (Score 1) 226 226

This is how most bills are written. That is not a cynical but rather purely factual statement. The shock and surprise on TPP just makes you look ignorant.

...and you think that your position of aloof resignation, criticising those that would be unhappy with the situation, is *better*?

Comment: Re:Customer recourse (Score 1) 116 116

I can't help but think (and I know this is unpopular here) that this is exactly the sort of thing that needs properly regulating. You can't do anything in the world now without hundreds of pages of TOS and they aren't ever negotiable... you flippantly mention selfies, but *everything* has this problem (internet connection, mobile phone contract, all non-free software, all internet services, trivial or not). It's unreasonable to expect a mass movement of resistance, you have to be able to understand them first and they're specifically designed to make even that hard.

Comment: Re:Customer recourse (Score 1) 116 116

Say you sign up with a company when their T&C says they won't use your phone number for marketing, but then they change their T&C to state the opposite. Now they have your phone number. Are they bound by the T&C they stated when you signed up? But even if they are, what is a customer's recourse?

I imagine the legal route is: they can change the T&C and you have to agree *if you continue to use their service*. If you do not continue to use their service they don't have your agreement to the new T&C and therefore can't act on it.

Comment: Re:20 Years (Score 1) 382 382

Well, it depends on how you slice the data, but even from your interpretation of that data they are not wildly different, and if fragmentation was such a massive issue you'd expect Android development to be massively more timeconsuming / expensive, or a significantly higher defect rate. Neither seem to actually be true.

Comment: Re:20 Years (Score 4, Insightful) 382 382

20 Years of write once and test everywhere! And now thanks to Android there are over 18000 distict Andoid platforms to test on too!!

What you call 'fragmentation' I call 'variety'. And since Android app crash rates are actually lower than iOS ones (ie a platform with much lower 'fragmentation') then it clearly isn't the problem that you think it is...

Comment: Re:Not easiest to read, but forgiving... (Score 1) 414 414

A problem with Java and C# is that it is possible to create memory leaks in those languages, but since people rely so much on garbage collection they don't think about it and get bit in the ass. Event handlers shared across processes are particularly dangerous.

I mean, yes, you can't get away with not knowing anything at all about memory management in Java, but singling out edge cases that are a problem vs the vast majority of cases where it's superior is sort of missing the point. Rather like saying that wearing shoes is a problem because you sometimes get a stone in them, far better that you should always go bare feet and constantly make sure you don't step on anything sharp.

Comment: Re:"Easy to read" is non-sense (Score 4, Insightful) 414 414

I am tired of hearing languages are "easy to read". If a piece of code is well written and identifiers are well named anyone who is accustomed to the syntax or syntax that is SIMILAR will be able to read it. The point is that C style syntax have been what the majority of programmers have been used to so it has become a staple. However, if it was down to pure logic and an understanding of the English language Ada, Pascal, and (Visual) Basic would be the most readable.. and who here thinks that -- we've all been brainwashed by CS101.

Clearly a language can be easy or hard to read - Or do you think well-written Brainfuck is easy to read? Since programs are written by actual flawed humans who make stupid mistakes or have weird style preferences sometimes, it's generally a good idea to have a language syntax that doesn't let them shoot themselves in the foot.

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 2) 776 776

Am I missing something?

That the request in the first place is immoral? That being tracked outside your job is a infringment on a normal wish for privacy? That you are having to jump through hoops (basically, lie) to keep your employer happy? What do you think will happen when they learn of your faraday bag and decide to adjust their expectations accordingly? (ie expecting that out of signal = you have switched off the phone) You'll be in exactly the same position, you've only 'bought' yourself a few months of freedom, at most.

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776 776

The reason we have laws is to protect the weaker party from stronger parties. Employers are usually in a stronger position (there are always other employees, the employees have a pressing urge to eat) so agreeing to something does not just make it OK. If you are strongarmed, it's hardly a fair exchange.

We have a equal opportunity Calculus class -- it's fully integrated.