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+ - Google exec frustrated by Java, C++ complexity->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Today's commercial-grade programming languages — C++ and Java, in particular — are way too complex and not adequately suited for today's computing environments, Google distinguished engineer Rob Pike argued in a talk at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference. Pike made his case against such "industrial programming languages" during his keynote at the conference in Portland, Oregon."
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Comment: Re:Don't forget... (Score 1) 394

by panoptical2 (#31860008) Attached to: Entertainment Industry's Dystopia of the Future
Giving up mod abilities to respond to this...

Yes, of course you can write in whomever you want to on the ballot. However, are you going to spend the millions to billions of dollars it takes to market your write-in candidate so that others will know to write him/her in too? What happens if they even misspell the name while writing it in? What if they can't write?

Or, as another option, are you going to go to your state legislature and register your own candidate so that his/her name gets printed on the ballot? Look at what happened to Colbert when he tried to run in South Carolina. He was shot down because "he could never win," which was more or less the truth, but it prevented him from running in the first place.

Elections are all about marketing yourself to the general public, regardless of how stupid or idiotic the public is. I'll use the 1896 presidential election as an example. William Jennings Bryan, part of the populist party, tried to market himself without spending too much money (he didn't have that much to spend) by going around the country giving stump speeches and parading through towns. McKinley, his opponent, who had much more money than Bryan did, spent that money on newspaper advertisements and also paid people to spread the word about voting for McKinley. Guess who won?

All I'm really saying is that you're being overly idealistic, and you're only likely to keep punching your fist into a brick wall with that attitude in regard to politics.

Comment: What kind of crack were they on? (Score 5, Insightful) 941

by panoptical2 (#31188348) Attached to: PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams
First, there's no way that you can take illegally obtained "evidence" and punish the student for it. It goes against the 4th amendment, and is unethical on so many levels. I strongly doubt that this case will go too far in court.

Second, why the hell do they need to spy on students anyway? It's good that they're giving the students laptops, but what they do at home (regardless of all the stupid shit they do) is none of the school's business, nor is it in their jurisdiction. I could make a rant about how parents need to step it up and take better care of their kids, but I'll just sum it up: schools should stay out of parental territories. It's bad for the student, and it's bad for the school.

Whoever was running this, either the school IT admins or even the higher school administration should be at least suspended pending further review.

+ - Yahoo Settles Advertiser Class Action->

Submitted by gateur
gateur (840898) writes "After years of fighting, Yahoo has finally agreed to settle a class action suit filed for their resale of click advertising to disreputable sites. As expected, Yahoo claims they have settled only to move past the matter and refuses to admit to their unsavory past actions. As one of those members of the class who lost thousands of dollars to click fraud promoted by Yahoo through their partner sites, I wonder whether the $4 million they must pay the law firm will cause them to mend their ways. After all, the loss of a sufficient number of advertisers to make their ad platform financially viable didn't seem to do the trick."
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Comment: Get a REAL Media Center (Score 0, Redundant) 416

by panoptical2 (#29676909) Attached to: What To Do With a Free Xbox 360 Pro?
Dude... If you really want to, sell the thing for something like $150 and put that money toward getting an actual media center PC if you really want it that much.

A modded Xbox is no good to anyone but yourself, and even so, you'll spend hours tinkering with it before it even remotely does what you want it to do. Also, if it does RROD, your out of luck getting it replaced if you mod it in any way.

+ - Amazon settles lawsuit over deleted "1984" copies->

Submitted by panoptical2
panoptical2 (1344319) writes "Amazon's attempt to placate the braying crowds with a $30 kiss-and-make-up check and a grovelling apology after the deleted 1984 ebook fiasco worked with most Kindle customers, but it wasn't enough to dissuade suing student Justin Gawronski from his court case. Amazon have now settled with the Michigan teen, to the amount of $150,000 in fact, which he will share with his legal team and a co-plaintiff; meanwhile, the retailer has taken steps to make its deletion policy clearer.

Amazon will not remotely delete or modify such Works from Devices purchased and being used in the United States unless (a) the user consents to such deletion or modification; (b) the user requests a refund for the Work or otherwise fails to pay for the Work (e.g., if a credit or debit card issuer declines to remit payment); (c) a judicial or regulatory order requires such deletion or modification; or (d) deletion or modification is reasonably necessary to protect the consumer or the operation of a Device or network through which the Device communicates (e.g., to remove harmful code embedded within a copy of a Work downloaded to a Device).

The new policy leaves Amazon with the capability — and agreed right — to remove consumers' ebooks from their Kindle devices (and the iPod touch/iPhone client), though only in certain circumstances. Those include failure of payment (or if a refund is sought), "judicial or regulatory order" or should the ebook have harmful code or otherwise threaten either the device or the Whispernet network."
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Comment: Re:Self Contradictory (Score 1) 440

by panoptical2 (#29396025) Attached to: Indie Game Dev On the Positive Side To DRM
That's largely because the high price of console games help subsidize the discounted cost of the console itself (with the exception of the Wii, which makes a profit with each console sold). Both Sony and Microsoft accept a slight loss with every console they sell, largely because they know they'll earn it back and then some with the boosted game sales. It's the cell phone conundrum. (Also the printer ink conundrum.)

With PC games, no subsidizing is necessary, as you already paid full price for the computer. At that point you're just paying for the content.
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+ - French minister uses 2 ISPs to avoid 3-strikes law->

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panoptical2
panoptical2 writes "France's new culture minister, Fredic Mitterand has said that he wished he downloaded more unauthorized content, and that he got two internet connections, just in case he got cut off by a three strikes law. He also admitted that his son downloads unauthorized content often. That's probably not what the entertainment industry wanted to hear."
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Comment: Mod parent down (Score 1) 101

by panoptical2 (#28702859) Attached to: Australia Considering P2P 'Three Strikes' Law

Therefore we aren't sharing files. We are sharing temporal garbage as far as either of us knows. If you want to make sharing garbage packets illegal, I think you'd find a lot of people wanting to tell you to mind your own business.

So, if I somehow sent you the source code to Windows, you would just say that it was only a stream of "garbage packets"? I'm sorry, but data can be extremely valuable, whether it's in the form of code, movies, or music. Packets by themselves are only packets, but it's what they carry that counts.

Comment: Wikipedia has these debates all the time (Score 2, Interesting) 635

by panoptical2 (#28696153) Attached to: Wikipedia Debates Rorschach Censorship
I used to edit Wikipedia a lot, and during that time, I saw a lot of these debates. This is nothing new, just a heated debate over whether to include an image (in this case the Rorschach test images) based upon ethics and Wikipedia policy (which there is actually very little).

Essentially what will happen (or has already happened, I didn't read the whole debate), is that the definition of "consensus" will be called into question, as that's what runs Wikipedia, and is what decides these debates. However, the Wikipedia policy of consensus is so vague and non-standardized that many debates like this end without consensus, and can even escalate into an edit war, followed by admins having to step in. (which is one of the reasons why I no longer edit it)

I really don't see why this specific debate made it on the /. index, there have been many other and similar debates like it, many having much larger implications concerning censorship on Wikipedia by recommendation of a 3rd party organization.
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+ - Phone hack inquiry ruled out->

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panoptical2
panoptical2 writes "Metropolitan Police say there will be no further investigation of claims that a huge mobile phone-hacking operation was launched by the UK tabloid News of the World. The Guardian alleged the tabloid's reporters paid private investigators to hack into thousands of phones, many owned by politicians and celebrities. But the Metropolitan Police said no new evidence had emerged since an original inquiry saw two men jailed in 2007. The Crown Prosecution Service said it would carry out a review of the evidence presented to it. But Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC said: "I have no reason to consider that there was anything inappropriate in the prosecutions that were undertaken in this case." The original phone hacking investigation resulted in News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glen Mulcaire being jailed for four and six months respectively in January 2007."
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