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Comment: Re:Please stop (Score 1) 68 68

I wasn't familiar with the specifics so I found this Wiki page. Apparently P visas are a general category for athletes, entertainers and their families who either represent something culturally unique, are part of an exchange program, or are internationally recognized (the main kind, P-1).

According the LA Times article linked in the Wiki page, programers have received P1-A visas specifically - the same subcategory as for any athlete.

Comment: Re:He answered the most boring questions! (Score 1) 171 171

given it was a (member of) the Samba development team

Eunuchswear's reply hit the nail on the head.

reversed engineered the protocol.

More like an API implementation than reverse engineering. All he did was use telnet to send plaintext commands like 'help' and 'clone' and pipe the output to files. The names of the commands were taken from the output of 'help' or the kernel mailing list.

Comment: Re:eSports commentary is already superior (Score 1) 68 68

Second, as to the amount of skill required...

For Starcraft in particular there is also a very apt comparison to chess, which is usually taken seriously and has at times been considered a sport. Of course, unlike chess, in SC it matters how well you can move the pieces. SC also has more strategic depth and a virtually infinite number of possible unique games.

I actually found my chess had improved considerably just from moving up to Gold in SC2.

Comment: Re:He answered the most boring questions! (Score 1) 171 171

Bitkeeper was also available for free

Only to kernel developers.

make that just happen by breaking the rules

You can't break a license agreement to which you aren't a party. If your opinion was widespread, Samba wouldn't exist.

specifically they reverse-engineered the Bitkeeper protocol

I'm sure typing 'help' at the telnet prompt was a real strain on Tridge's gray cells.

Comment: It's 30% of everyone (Score 2) 178 178

30% is just about the average in the Western world - nothing special about this particular group in this regard. It's a severely under appreciated problem when you consider the immense cost in DALY or YLD.

World Health Organization (WHO) states that depression is the leading cause of disability as measured by Years Lived with Disability (YLDs) and the fourth leading contributor to the global burden of disease.

Comment: Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 4, Insightful) 181 181

A Fair Use exception will allow them (if they choose) to effectively exclude APIs without threatening to upturn industry expectations generally.

Unfortunately, fair use claims are judged on a case-by-case basis. Even if Google prevails on this issue, API implementation will be too risky for individual programmers or small companies to undertake.

Comment: Re:Excellent. Now how about High Fructose Corn Syr (Score 1) 851 851

Care to provide a link?

Sure, the Wikipedia article provides an adequate discussion of fructose metabolism.

I kinda always thought that all sugars are metabolized by 'normalizing' them to glucose and fructose. In case of sucrose it involves hydrolysis of one weak chemical bond, that produces glucose and fructose. HFCS simply skips that step.

More or less, although it's a bit more complicated due to how sugar molecules are transported in different cell types (as discussed in the above link). However, most commercial HFCS compositions have more fructose than glucose, which can lead to excess Krebs cycle intermediates that are in turn directed to fatty acid metabolism (via acetyl-CoA).

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