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Comment: Re:Time Shifting? (Score 1) 304

by russotto (#47571819) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

We covered this issue in university some 12 years ago. If you're not completely on-board with the definition they can technically sue for the copy in the CD drive RAM buffer, the copy in RAM, the copy in L3 cache and maybe collect a small royalty on the itty-bit in L1 cache.

There have been cases (including the Cablevision DVR case) which rule out the buffers and the caches, though not necessarily a full copy in RAM.

Comment: Re:The Rich got Richer over the past 30 years (Score 1) 559

by russotto (#47571729) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

So median income is falling in terms of actual purchasing power, just not quite that fast.

Yes; it fell sharply 2007-2008 and again 2009-2010, though the latter may be in part an artifact of switching to the 2010 Census. From 2010 to 2012 it fell slowly in real terms though it rose slowly in nominal terms. The first time it got as high as it was in 2012 was 1989.

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 559

by russotto (#47562977) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Funny that you believe you should have to pay a bank money, just for the "privilege" of spending money. You already earned your pay, but you think you should pay a bank so that you can spend it? This is exactly what I was referring to about people not understanding the scam.

Apparently you've failed to understand "credit and loans". That's when I spend the bank's money, and pay them back later.

Comment: Re:The Rich got Richer over the past 30 years (Score 2) 559

by russotto (#47562651) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Hell, I heard the other day that in the last ten years the US median household income has fallen from ~$80k to ~$50k. That's insane!

And false. US median income in 2012 was $51,017. US median income in 2002 was $42,409 ($54,127 in 2012 dollars). Peak median income since 1975 was 1999, ar $40,696 ($56,080 in 2012 dollars).

Comment: Re:So much Fail. Ignore. (Score 1) 309

by russotto (#47561799) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

GC is not about forgetting to free memory. It's about higher level abstraction removing the need for the programmer to do the bookkeeping that the machine can do.

Abstractions leak. GC tends to leak in a way that can fixed mostly by doing the same sort of bookkeeping you'd do in an explicit allocation model.

Why don't we still program in assembler?

Because computers have gotten so complex that good compilers can beat good hand-assembled code nearly every time.

Comment: Re:Taking responsibility? Ha! (Score 1) 506

by russotto (#47554283) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

I suspect that this conversation is a lost cause; but it's worth pointing out that that is one of the reasons why public health types get twitchy about prescription opiates.

Such public health types need to be introduced personally to some major trauma -- then made to follow their own advice about skipping the opiates during recovery.

Comment: Re:Gateway Drug Bogosity (Score 1) 506

by russotto (#47554235) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Actually there probably are some, people who got addicted to prescription opiates they started using for medical reasons, and switched to heroin because it's cheaper and because they can't get enough legally and weren't getting good medical support for getting out of the addiction.

So what you're saying is prescription opiates are a gateway drug for heroin?

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.

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