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Comment: Surely that's the wrong metric though (Score 5, Interesting) 215

Piracy may well be down.

Are sales up?

The only reason piracy is illegal is because it affects legitimate sales. If people are not getting media for free, but still aren't buying it (for whatever reason) then this is a net cost to the economy.

Comment: Re:Ehhh What ? (Score 1) 157

by 91degrees (#49508595) Attached to: Mandelbrot Zooms Now Surpass the Scale of the Observable Universe

Second how is this surprising to anyone ? It's long been possible to describe and mathematically manipulate sets with more elements than the observable universe.

That's what I was wondering. Even going to the extreme, the diameter of the universe is about 5x10^61 Planck lengths. This is the sort of figure mathematicians have been happy to play for years now.

Comment: Re:A Corollary for Code (Score 1) 232

by 91degrees (#49377441) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology
Absolutely agree with that. Some of the horrors I've seen include everything is a singleton, virtual methods replaced with templates, a complete reimplementation of std::map and std::vector, with map implemented as a vector of key/value pairs (Yes - seriously; they had O(n) access time). Actualy, that last one was all about reinventing the wheel. A reinvention of string class (where we already use 3 standard-ish implementations).

The nicer projects use standard types, base the architecture on existing successful products, and have a fairly simple class heirarchy.

Comment: Re:Millionaire Celebrity Thug and Bigot Dismissed (Score 1) 662

by 91degrees (#49359913) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear
It wasn't in front of a public audience! It was a bit of unused footage where he just mumbled a word that sounds like "nigger". He chose not to say it but felt it sounded too much like he did. The choice he actually made was to use one of the two other takes because he knew that would cause undue offence and he didn't want to do so.

The only way this is possibly harmful to anyone is as a result of the Mirror digging up the footage and publishing it, carefully processed and biasing the audience to actually hear it that way.

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 1) 326

by 91degrees (#49352301) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"
Social conventions.

If you aren't aware that certain modes of dress are considered slutty, then you're ignorant. If you really want a concept, then google "slutwalk". Even women who are against this generalisation are clearly aware of what the social convention is on this.

If you dress that way anyway then why complain when people make judgements? If you care about how other people perceive you then dress in a way that will make them perceive you positively.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White

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