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Comment: Re: Hitchhiker's (Score 1) 418

by LordLucless (#48892137) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Agree. This might come across as heresy, but I even dislike HHGTG as a book - it's really a series of loosely-connected jokes strung together by an absurdist plot. The funniest things in HHGTG are the asides and internal monologues - and that's pretty much impossible to reproduce in a movie (unless you do the whole thing in voice-overs, at which point it becomes less a movie and more, well, a radio play).

My favourite Douglas Adams book was Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: funny, with a coherent (albeit, somewhat wild) plot.

Comment: Re:Child Autonomy (Score 2) 781

by LordLucless (#48830177) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Irrelevant. Your personal definition of adulthood has no bearing on whether or not children should be granted autonomy, nor how much. Nor does it have any bearing on outcomes. What really matters is what type of adults are produced by the two societies - one that treats people as children until their mid-twenties, and one that gives them personal responsibilities from a young age.

Comment: Re:Who supports it (Score 3, Interesting) 60

by LordLucless (#48808813) Attached to: Exploring Some Lesser-Known Scripting Languages

As a Python fan, I was hoping it would catch on, and couldn't figure out why it wasn't taking the world by storm. Perl was the dominant player in CGI at that time, which made it a big thing. Over the years, I kept taking my little bookshelf polls every now and then, and the ratio changed. Turns out it just took awhile. Now, there are very few Perl books and lots of Python books.

I think the problem was that the world didn't migrate from Perl CGI to a better CGI language; it went from CGI to PHP/Coldfusion/ASP, and python wasn't really relevant there. It wasn't until the flaws in those sort of systems became apparent, and OO, MVC frameworks like Django, Web2py, Pylons, etc, came into their own that python started appealing to the masses.

Comment: Re:any repercussions? (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by LordLucless (#48762093) Attached to: Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

Here's the relevant bit from the DMCA:

A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Note that the penalty of perjury doesn't apply to the statement that the information provided is accurate, but only to the specific claim that the complaining party is the authorized agent of the owner of the copyright that is allegedly being infringed.

It's got nothing to do with GitHub, or nothing to do with porn, it's all to do with the fact that the DMCA is a bad law, and specifically allows people to make as many fraudulent takedown notices they want, as long as they don't claim to represent an IP owner when they in fact don't. If they do represent an IP owner, then they have carte blanche to be as fraudulent as they want. Sure, they have to state that the information they provide is correct, but there's no penalty if it isn't.

Comment: Re:any repercussions? (Score 4, Interesting) 165

by LordLucless (#48761745) Attached to: Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

It's because the only punishments for false takedown requests in the DMCA is for misrepresenting yourself as the owner of the alleged infringing material. There is no punishment for making a take down request against materials that do not infringe. It's one of the stupider bits of the law.

Comment: Re:I wouldn't worry about it (Score 1) 130

by LordLucless (#48752263) Attached to: Writers Say They Feel Censored By Surveillance

Which is all true - and utterly irrelevant.

This is an article about writers. You demonstrate why ordinary people should fear government surveillance, but writers - that is, people who are deliberately putting pen to paper in order to publish the results - are no more affected than anyone else. They publish their material - the government doesn't need surveillance to snoop on writers (at least, as far as their writing goes), they just need basic literacy.

All this is clearly elucidated by the GP. But clearly, you didn't bother reading what he wrote before launching into full snark mode.

Comment: Moving the Goalposts (Score 1) 300

by LordLucless (#48741845) Attached to: Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

A fine example of moving the goalposts. He starts with the thesis:

we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners

He ends with the conclusion:

Supersonic bizjets for the rich might well be viable...Virgin Galactic's sub-orbital pleasure hops are unlikely to be problematic...But point-to-point sub-orbital passenger services are, I think, going to remain a pipe dream for the foreseeable future.

Congratulations. You've just proved yourself wrong. Maybe next time start out with a more reasonable premise like "We're not going to see point-to-point sub-orbital passenger services in the forseeable future", instead of whatever sounds dramatic.

Not to mention, his primary objection seems to be screeching about 9/11 security theatre. Maybe that's a good reason why they won't be seen in the US, but the rest of the world isn't afflicted by that particular form of paranoid dementia, and we still hold out vague hopes the US will snap out of it sometime soon.

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