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Comment: Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (Score 1) 463

by just_another_sean (#47732251) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

While it may not be set as precedent in the UK BS is BS whether it's English or American...

But I do know what you're saying. Actually in my comment I didn't even mean to suggest the exaggeration claims were a legal defense or had been established as false by courts, I just meant it as more of a "we all know that's not true" statement.

Do you have any sources you can point to about legal precedent being set so companies have to be more realistic/specific about damages in an infringement claim? I would genuinely be interested in reading that.

Comment: Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (Score 1) 463

by just_another_sean (#47729915) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Fair enough, still think it's too harsh. But, no, I did not realize the threshold for grand theft was so low. Never really thought about it but if someone had asked me to guess what the threshold was I would have probably started at at least 10,000.

Oh man, this guy is an idiot!

Comment: Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (Score 5, Insightful) 463

by just_another_sean (#47729519) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

I agree he deserves to be punished and I get that he probably doesn't have enough money to pay a fine so it's off to the joint he goes but is 33 months really a fitting punishment here? That's almost three years of this guy's life. And the claim that "millions were lost" has been proven to be exaggerated over and over again. A download does not equal a lost sale; those that download do not buy, they simply go without. I'm not saying that makes it OK, I'm just saying the punishment does not fit the crime.

Comment: Re:That model really helped Cable TV (Score 1) 610

by just_another_sean (#47722431) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Well it's like the GP said, cable channels like HBO were touted as ad free and cable companies did nothing to correct people when they made the (wrong) assumption that all Cable TV was ad free. In the 80s when I first had access to it the marketing of the day was "enjoy premium content ad free". They weren't lying, they simply weren't telling people that not *all* of the programming was ad free.

Comment: Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (Score 5, Insightful) 427

by just_another_sean (#47671681) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

A practical joke? Are you joking? C++ is not designed so that every feature must be learned and used. It's complexity derives from the fact that it supports OOP, functional programming, generic programming and I'm sure others that Bjarne would happily describe to you and the reasoning behind supporting features being included in the language. Those that are confused by C++'s complexity are doing it wrong. As with Perl it's OK to use only what you're comfortable with, no one is going to make fun of you for not using advanced features and if you like you can keep a C++ program pretty basic.

But it supports all these features to give people what they need to get their jobs done. Lambdas looked a little strange to me at first too but as I studied the examples in Bjarne's book they became clear and I think they are quite expressive, easy to use and worth looking into, especially when you combine them with the types and algorithms in the STL.

Look, I'm a Bjarne fanboy, have been since I started programming in the 90's so maybe my bias is showing through but I never thought I'd come to an article about C++ on /. and find the only comments above a 3 were people whining about how complex a programming language is. Programming is complex, system's programming doubly so and C++ is designed to help reduce that complexity, while at the same time remaining resource efficient, when it's used correctly. If it's too hot to handle for you there is always Visual Basic.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile the general public in London... (Score 1) 113

WikiNews is news so maybe I should have mentioned it as well. I don't necessarily agree with the sentiment expressed in the article, just pointing out a related article.

My take on Wikipedia with regard to news is that it probably can't be trusted at face value as most "news" these days is so controversial and people on the fringes of opinion have a huge bias and interest in spinning this news.

Wikipedia works for me as a starting point for serious studying of a subject (e.g. the list of references in the better articles), a quick answer about pop culture and figuring out in what order I should watch some of the cartoons I've recorded on my DVR.

News? Not so much; but given the tabloids and crap journalism has gone through recently in Britain I can't say I'm surprised by the results of the poll in the article.

Comment: Meanwhile the general public in London... (Score 4, Informative) 113

A yahoo news article claims the general public in England trusts Wikipedia more than traditional news outlets.

And "defamed" or called out on something questionable? Genuinely asking, I never heard of this British journalist until today...

Forty two.