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Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 127

Can't we use this DCMA takedown system to take down all content posted by the RIAA and pals? I'm curious, what's stopping someone from just submitting random DCMA takedown notices? Google has no idea who holds copyright for what song. We should use this weapon against them. The real solution is to starve the beast. Don't buy music, go to concerts, where more money makes it to the artists.

Comment Here's what good code is to me.... (Score 1) 298

  • Functions that span 1000 lines with heavily nested if and switch statements and behaves differently depending on global variables
  • Massive 10k line classes that are more mystifying than God himself
  • Everything is an interface because you may want to create a mock for it, and you get multiple inheritance!
  • No comments. Code essentially comments itself!
  • Functions should create side effects, otherwise life would be boring.

Comment Adopt the German Rules (Score 5, Informative) 331

In Germany, a non-compete clause is only enforceable if compensated, since that goes against the the constitutional right to work where you want. The company has to pay at least 50% of your salary during the non-compete period. That means even if you did sign a non-compete, it's not valid unless the old company is compensating you. Effectively, this forces companies to balance the need for a non-compete with the cost. Effectively, this means only high up people have the clauses in it.

Comment Re:The retro bulbs look fantastic. (Score 1) 328

These are a great idea, but I read that these filament LED bulbs suffer from poor quality, low lifespans, and bad yields, I guess because they're difficult to manufacture. Philips and the big western manufactures have stayed away from making these bulbs, so they're mostly made by Chinese manufacturers, which unfortunately push for lower cost rather than higher quality. I'm not really keen on buying cheap Chinese LED bulbs on the internet because they may not be that safe due to insufficient insulation or distancing and isolation of components.

Comment Re:To me the Microsoft comparison can't be more cl (Score 1) 271

The problem with Microsoft is they're reactive, not proactive, ... followers, not leaders. I can't think of a lot of things Microsoft has done in the past decade where they were the innovators and leaders. Except for Visual Studio, which is by far the best IDE. However, I think that's changing. They are doing some really cool research. Like their stitching technology Photosynth and Image Composite Editor, and their cool touchscreen technology. I think they feel their fire burning under their asses.

Comment Apple now a trend follower? (Score 2) 730

I don't see a new 4" iPhone 6 in the lineup, did they just abandon this size? It's interesting that Apple is now following the trend, rather than making it. All the iPhone users I know say that they would hate 5" phones because they're too big. Now it seems they have no choice. Although I prefer a 5" screen, I could imagine people would prefer to give up a bigger screen for a smaller phone.

Comment Re: While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (Score 1) 207

Secondly, they borrow in US dollars and that currency is being devalued on a daily basis. The Fed is making sure that inflation will wipe out Cisco's debt in real terms, and since the interest rates are very low, it won't be much of that they will have to pay back in nominal terms either.

Actually, this explanation makes so much sense. My assumption about Cisco stock has nothing to do with Cisco specifically, but just that the indexes have been hitting all time highs. I'm expecting that a significant correction will occur in the stock market in general...

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