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Comment: Re:This is fucking stupid. (Score 2) 278

Thickness of skin has nothing to do with it, I'm pretty much impossible to offend or seriously piss off. The real problem with trolls is that they're a huge waste of everyone's time, even if you can ban/ignore them, you still have to read their posts at least once first.

Comment: Re:In other words (Score 1) 312

by TheLink (#49440729) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

Must be nice being a multinational corporation, getting to chose how much taxes you pay and where you pay them...

On a related note:

Seriously, in my opinion if an entity can declare in the USA (for example) earnings and other stuff as its own, borrow money using it as collateral, and decide how that $$$$ or stuff is used, then that entity actually owns the stuff and should pay the relevant taxes.

So many corporations are saying to shareholders and everyone else that the huge profits are theirs and yet turn to the tax dept and say no they didn't make any profit - the profits belong to some company in Ireland or wherever else. In my opinion that's fraudulent from an ethical point of view.

Say you tried to do the same thing - declare some $$$$$$ income in official public announcements/filings to everyone, borrow money using that income, order "unrelated people (who somehow have similar names as yours)" to use that income to buy stuff. Do you think you'd get away with telling the Tax Dept that the income isn't yours and you don't have to pay taxes on it?

Maybe this would cause some companies to fully move out from the USA to other countries. But at least they would no longer benefit from what the USA provides without paying their fair share.

Comment: Re:Don't worry actors (Score 2) 360

by TheLink (#49384759) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars
Uh the pixar lamps have more emotion than the actors in the phantom menace.

That movie was so bad - it seemed to me like most of the actors were just reading their lines for the first time, and then George Lucas goes "CUT! OK that's good, let's go make more dresses for Amidala".

It's like someone doing a presentation for the first time and reading what's written on it line by line vs someone doing it for the 100th time and going "fuck the slide, now let me tell you a story". It takes a while for actors to figure out who their character should be and how the character would and should act.

And that sort of thing results in Han Solo's famous in-character "I know" to Leia's "I love you" instead of the boring forgettable "I love you, too" that was apparently in the script.

That's why you hire actors - for their input - they'll tell you that their character shouldn't do X and should and would do Y instead. They might not always be right, but the good ones often are since they're focusing on that one character whereas you as the director are doing a lot of other things. The original writer might write a lot of stuff that works in a book, but doesn't work in a movie.

Someone earlier said acting was lying. But it's a higher form of lying where you are true to the character. Just like the Joker hospital explosion scene when not all the explosions went off as planned, and Heath Ledger improvised and turned the fault into a cool feature.

A nonactor like me could "tell the same lies" but not be believable as that character at all.

Comment: Re:Won't everything need to be recompiled? (Score 1) 85

Future efforts are likely to concentrate on the ppc64le architecture variant, which is little endian. There are still some differences to x86_64 at the C level (chars are unsigned by default, but you can compile with -fsigned-char), but it is reportedly not too difficult to port over C/C++ application code.

Comment: Re:What's the point of the NSA knowing everything? (Score 1) 569

The NSA capabilities are still classified (leaks do not change that). Using classified capabilities for law enforcement purposes is difficult, both for operation reasons (you don't want to document publicly what is possible) and legal reasons (parallel construction is required to avoid disclosure).

Comment: Re:Ever hear of "sociology"? (Score 1) 274

by TheLink (#49285099) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

How about this:

I don't really know how good the research actually is, given its claim that nobody could see blue till modern times. I'm pretty sure the Israelites knew and saw blue quite a long time ago:

But that article is also about how language may change how you see the world ;).

Comment: Ask others with the same condition (Score 1) 100

by Florian Weimer (#49257703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mouse/Pointer For a Person With Poor Motor Control

It is likely that your friend is not alone with her condition. Try to discuss it with others who are affected, and who have already been through the stages that lay ahead of her. People with motor control issues successfully use vertical mice, touch screens, keys for navigation, gaze trackers, voice recognition, non-standard input methods such as the Dasher accessibility tool, or tailored input methods.

Comment: Re:It's all in the cow bell - only the beats are s (Score 2) 386

Yeah, I hadn't listened to the comparison before now. Just wow. They're completely different songs. They do use the same instruments (as you mentioned: cowbell, bass, and vocals), which does give them a similar feel.

I bet musicians feel about this like us software guys (for the ./ers who are software guys) feel about so many of those patents.

Comment: Re:You mean BMW numbering? (Score 1) 109

by mobby_6kl (#49139405) Attached to: Intel To Rebrand Atom Chips Along Lines of Core Processors

Bzzzz! Wrong!

Nice try, but their new scheme makes no fucking sense at all so don't worry about it.

Before the recent change there was nothing to be confused about - you had most models in various body styles: coupe, convertible, sedan, or wagon. Of course it'd look ridiculous if they made even more (expensive) variants of the same car so they had to make a bigger mess to hide it.

Comment: Re:Video Editor and PCs Not Fixed Specs (Score 1) 146

by mobby_6kl (#49125519) Attached to: 18 Months On, Grand Theft Auto V's Mount Chiliad Mystery Remains Unsolved

Thanks, captain obvious! :)

No doubt that porting to PC requires some additional effort to develop and test for various configurations, but it's not that bad, not TWO YEARS TO PORT A FINISHED GAME bad. It just stinks of incompetence, compounded bad decisions (like the video editor, WTF) and possibly a desire to milk as much revenue as possible by releasing the same game three times.

"If anything can go wrong, it will." -- Edsel Murphy