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Comment: Re:The things they will NOT learn are interesting (Score 1) 255

by mudimba (#36727616) Attached to: Stanford CS101 Adopts JavaScript

Javascript can have linked lists and recursion. It is not uncommon for me to use recursion in my js code. Linked lists are less common since js arrays can do most of the things that you would normally use a linked list for, but there is no reason why you couldn't have students build their own list implementation for the sake of instruction.

There may not be pointers in js, but there is enough of a concept of references to explain it. Similarly, you can show a student typeof() show them how types are mutable in js, and explain that in some languages that is not how it works. Any halfway smart student will understand the implications that strong typing would have.

Comment: Re:Is it really illegal? (Score 1) 386

by mudimba (#36086900) Attached to: 23,000 File Sharers Targeted In Latest Lawsuit

I think that your reasoning is assuming a much smaller chunk size than torrents actually use. Torrents usually have somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 pieces, which would translate to roughly 5 seconds of a 90 minute movie. The pieces are definitely way too large to support your claim of, "practically that would make every sequence of bits someone's intellectual property," you could download torrents for the lifetime of the universe and probably not have two identical pieces.

Courts have found for copyright holders when musicians have sampled less than 5 seconds of songs (a single bittorrent piece of a move would of course not be playable for even 5 seconds because of the way video encoding works, so that argument may or may not hold up).

Microsoft

+ - IE9 Beta's Implementation of Canvas is Lacking->

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mudimba (254750) writes "Microsoft has made grand announcements about how great their implementation of the HTML5 canvas specification is. However, while I was porting a large HTML5 application to work with IE9 beta I found that there are some key features missing. Workarounds are provided where possible.

Disclaimer: I am the author of the submitted article."

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Cellphones

+ - iPhone 3GS #1 Phone in Japan 1

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mudimba writes "Electronista and CNN are reporting that the iPhone 3GS 32GB is currently the best selling phone in Japan (the 16GB version came in at number nine). This is in stark contrast to reports from earlier this year that the Japanese hate the iPhone. Nobody is sure what specific features caused the change in heart, though it is speculated to be video capture and voice control. When the 3G iPhone first came out it saw a spike in sales, but unlike the 3GS it was unable to outsell locally made handsets."

Comment: Re:13 computers lost/stolen/year, 14000 employees (Score 1) 185

by mudimba (#26848493) Attached to: US Nuclear Weapons Lab Loses 67 Computers

Thank you for being the one thinking person on /.

People have watched too many movies if they think scientists walk around with laptops full of nuclear weapon designs. These were most likely 13 laptops that had powerpoint presentations used by the employees to beg DOE for more money.

Waste not, get your budget cut next year.

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