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Comment Re:The artificial expense of radio and tv (Score 1) 351 351

I see you've completely forgotten about the cost of people's time. Even if the content were free, somebody has got to obtain it, arrange for it to be broadcast, publish the running order, maintain the equipment etc etc etc.

Also people generally like to watch good quality TV. Have you any idea how much it costs to make an episode of Game of Thrones? Do you think you could do even half as well on $0? Nope.

Radio and TV can work without advertisers. The BBC seems to do pretty well, but only by levying a flat rate tax on every household in the UK. A subscription model could work and would make us viewers the customers instead of the product, but I think a lot of people would be shocked at how much they will have to pay.

Comment Re:He stole, he got arrested (Score 1) 674 674

Funny or not there wasn't anything untrue in his post. Cameron has stated on multiple occasions that strong encryption is aiding the enemy and that he wants government backdoors inside all encryption. The problem with that is there is an entire black-market of dedicated, intelligent people who are working to find these backdoors and sell access to them to other criminals. To think that the government could keep those backdoors a secret is naive and by weakening our encryption to ostensibly "detect terrorists" he is opening up everyone else using those weakened encryption schemes to attack by criminals.

Cameron is not "the country". More than 60% of the people here didn't want him as prime minister. I guess that means you can claim our voting system is a joke...

If they didn't want people using them they shouldn't have put them there in the first place.

The socket had a sign on it saying "not for public use". That should have been enough to stop him using it.

Comment Re:He stole, he got arrested (Score 3, Informative) 674 674

most of the airports and stations I use have free charging points.

The story here is someone was stupid enough to go to London then act surprised when it turned out to be a shit hole.

A lot of trains in the UK have charging points for public use. They even have wi-fi on parts of the Underground now. However, the socket in question was apparently clearly marked "not for public use". The man knew he could get into trouble, he was just a bit surprised at how much.

I mean, we're talking about the country that wants to make secure online shopping and banking illegal.

Nope. The country does not want to do that. The Prime Minister of the country wants to introduce certain measures that, as a side effect, would make secure online shopping and banking illegal, but there's no evidence that the country as a whole would like that idea if they knew what the consequences were.

The place is an international joke.

You can find crazy things about any country that makes it an international joke in the eyes of everybody else. If you are an American you should understand that everybody else thinks of US gun laws as a dangerous joke and the fact that it seems their police officers would shoot a man for stealing electricity as arrest him (if he is black) would be viewed as a joke if it were not so tragic.

Comment Re:The Charlie H killers were roommates (Score 1) 174 174

Cameron is a prick, there's no doubt about that, but he isn't stupid. Even he knows a ban on certain applications would never work.

Are you sure about that? Plenty of very intelligent people have blind spots with respect to aspects of computer technology. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Cameron fundamentally doesn't understand the problem, or if he does, he doesn't understand the consequences for the UK IT industry and online economy.

Comment Re: Good for greece (Score 1) 1307 1307

Everybody knew at the time that Greece didn't meet the criteria for entering the Euro. They were let in anyway because of sentimental reasons viz. Greece is the birthplace of democracy. None of the politicians come out of this well, not the Greeks the French the Germans or anybody. The Greek people have been shafted by all of them.

Not that all of the Greek people are blameless. If more of them had bothered to pay the taxes they owed, things might now be a little better.

Comment Re:Yeah, well... (Score 1) 128 128

I had a look at the question. It explains exactly what a sparse array is and even tells you how it wants you to implement one (essentially as a linked list). The question involves writing the functions to access elements of the sparse array. Given the details provided, I'd be really disappointed if any programmer familiar with the concept of a linked list failed to complete the exercise satisfactorily.

Comment Re:Arrest (Score 1) 333 333

What illegal government actions are they protesting? It seems more like they are protesting the government's impotence.

And TFA contains an account of taxi drivers blocking access to stations and assaulting an Uber user in one case. Protest is fine, but beating the crap out of people? Nope.

Comment Re:Idiot (Score 1) 1067 1067

Imagine a cruise control in a car. Let's say that speed is measured (this may be the way it is really done, but it is speculation) by monitoring a point on the wheel and every time it passes the vertical a subroutine runs that calculates the time difference by using the system clock time now and the last time the subroutine ran and then the speed by dividing the circumference of the wheel by the time difference.

If on two runs, the system clock reports the same time, I can think of two possibilities:

- the system clock is broken
- the wheel is rotating so fast that the system clock does not have enough resolution.

Would you prefer the subroutine to report the speed as 0 thereby causing the cruise control to put the pedal to the metal; "really really fast" thereby causing the cruise control to slam on the breaks, or at least cut all power; or "I don't know how fast we are going" thereby causing the cruise control to disengage, perhaps with a warning to the human driver?

Comment Re:Sounds like a plan! (Score 1) 1067 1067

This is better because, if there are three investors, the extra cent won't mysteriously disappear into the void.

On the other hand, if the loop runs zero times, no division has occurred at all which is sort of what we mean when we say you can't divide by zero.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 1067 1067

Sales chart lists all sales broken down by department. Electronics, hardware, etc. It also breaks it down further, hammers, table saws, etc. Hardware sold nothing last month. What percentage of that was hammers?

100%? 0%? 53.7%? The question is meaningless if you didn't sell anything at all. If your code doesn't handle the case where itemsSold == 0, it is bad code.

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