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Comment Re: If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 1) 205

Please $5400 of that $400 is the filing fee. This guy is incredibly lucky. $5400 in a copyright case is basically $0 for the actual IP holder, since the majority of that left over $5000 will be going to the lawyers. If anything, this is what a slap on the wrist looks like. Copyright cases can quickly escalate into six digits given enough lawyer. Anyone who believes that a paltry $5k is worthy of some massive corp rage is totally missing the whole point that tons of other folks who have cried for fair copyright have been trying to make. $5k is more than a fair amount for clear infringement.

Comment Re: What instead of an exception? (Score 1) 262

I too lament the way C++ does exceptions versus how Java handles then. That said, you bring a good point. I've seen new guys in the shop coming from a Java background struggling to completely wrap their heads around RAII. Finally in Java is the typical source for the struggle.

Comment Re: As always with C++, the truth is more nuanced (Score 2) 262

Agreed, however some of us inherit the problems and do our best to convince the uppers to allocate time to clean things up. Let's not forget that there are a whole slew of Lennart Poettering wannabes out there that have everything to prove using some of the most horrible coding styles that could ever exist.

Comment Re: Other than the "liquid fuels" part... (Score 1) 163

A few things out of the way like watering and what not, and yeah this is basically artificial photosynthesis. We do it better than trees, but we're not so good at it that it could become a real contender for extracting fuel from ground. The stuff in the earth has had a few million years head start.

Comment Re: Yay for price drop (Score 4, Interesting) 130

From the document, the major rationale for the expected price drop would be from an abundant supply of product. Not due to some new process that makes the product cheaper to build. So a lot of this is educated guessing. One that there are lot of new production coming on line for batteries. That's a true statement. Two, all of these new players will create a vast supply of batteries. That's a logical outcome that's typically true but not always. Three, this huge supply will drive prices down. Again that's the typical market assumption but it's not always a sure thing. So it is a one thing leads to another kind of paper. I don't disagree with some of the assumptions made, and the numbers seem conservative enough to not be in the realm of outlandish. So a pretty safe paper in terms of speculation, but not exactly hard truth so take with usual grain of salt here.

Comment Re: Programming? (Score 1) 132

Not hating on your comment but I'm going to toss out less and sass/sass script. Additionally CSS does support matching syntax, mathematic operations like every even/odd/nth selection, and has a pretty diverse query notation. So that said, not saying that qualifies it as whatever someone says is a "programming" language, but CSS has come quite a way from what a lot of people think CSS does. So just so we're clear, I'm not disagreeing with you here, just augmenting the idea of CSS here.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 5, Insightful) 361

If at some point in a discussion about GMO and the company Monsanto gets brought up as a point pro/con GMO, just remember this. Bringing up a company that is built around a product does not mean that the product in question inherits the attitude that the company that uses has.

Good example, if I'm talking about chicken and McDonald's and their woeful employee wage gets brought up, more than likely you have less a problem with chicken and more a problem with McDonald's.

I get that Monsanto has some serious legal ethics issues and that apparently the CEO goes to bed at night after his late night snack of kittens. However, GMOs didn't make their CEO some monopolistic asshat, he was already that before hand. GMOs are just his weapon of choice. It could have been self-microwaving hotdogs for all we know but we were destined to have this kind of caliber of a person grace the planet and this person choose GMOs.

You have a great point in that the whole problem isn't a scientific one, the problem is a political one. Much like climate change, a lot of people when the topic gets brought up start naming off political parties. Which that typically means whoever it is doing the talking has a lot more beef with the other political party (parties) than they actually do with the science behind the whole issue. It would be great to not hold people accountable if they didn't plant the seed and it came over by the wind instead. However, I will say, that a fair amount (I wouldn't say majority, but a lot more often than would like to be admitted) of farmers are on purpose planting seed knowing all about the agreements and what not. That comes from my experience with living not too far away from where a lot of growing goes on and having a few buddies that work on those farms. Again, though, we have a serious problem because the vast majority of those that aren't seriously trying to game the system are finding it difficult to mount a serious defense. However, again, that's not a problem with GMOs so much as a political problem.

So it is important and yet very difficult, because after all we are humans, for us to understand that there is a separation between the actual thing being debated and those who want to be complete dickheads with or about those things. Scotland banning GMOs is less an attack on the validity and safety of GMOs, and more along the lines of a big middle finger to companies like Monsanto. Knowing the context of why Scotland took the actions it did, helps us to cut through the "how do we make GMOs safe / how do we eradicate GMOs from the Earth" debate and get to the real heart of the matter, "How do we stop kitten eating CEO corporate greed? Or at the very least wean them off of kittens and reduce the full throttle amount of greed that engage in?" Because it is not unheard of for a business owner to actually take interest in their employees' lives and care about their impact on the local and national levels. That era may have passed us or may be only something in the domain of small businesses. However, I believe that this is truly the topic we should on a more broader sense be discussing.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's always been my reaction (Score 1) 355

I'll second the QT/C++ route. C++ skills are useful for more than just mobile development too! While I get that a lot of people don't like the syntax, I have to ask, which language is without sin let it cast the first stone. C++ in my most humble opinion is a really cool language and Qt (yes even with MOC) makes it even cooler. Java is alright I guess. The JavaFX seems pretty neat at the very least. C# seems like it was really popular a few years back, but now a day, I barely hear anything about it or the .NET platform for that matter. I'm surprised people are actually talking about it, but maybe I'm not hanging out with the right people or I'm just not in the right geographical region. Anyway, that's my 2 on the matter.

Submission Notepad++ Leaves SourceForge->

An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.

Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:

        SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
        Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
        What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge

Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.

Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.

I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators.

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Comment Re: Vote with your feet (Score -1) 351

Fuck yeah! And what more, most of the bitching is superficial bull. Don't like Pocket? Remove it. Missing your status bar? Add it back. Holy jeezbus, for the type of crowd that is "allegedly" populating Slashdot, there sure is a shit ton of whiny assholes up in here. Put your big boy pants on and freaking patch. If you can't bother patching or just too damn lazy, then don't be surprised by the "made for the masses" crap that's out of box. Tired of this whiny, "pander to me or I'm walking" junk that I see on here day in and day out, fuck the karma let it burn, grow up and learn to run a computer instead of it running you.

Submission Sourceforge hijacks GIMP For Windows project, adds malware to downloads->

David Gerard writes: SourceForge has taken over control of the GIMP for Windows SF project and is now distributing an adware/malwared installer for GIMP. They also locked out the maintainer, Jernej Simoni. Sourceforge claims it was "abandoned" and they're providing a service by "mirroring" the original, though it's unclear how much value malware adds for the end user, rather than for SF. (This comes two years after SF claiming its malware was just "misunderstood".) Since being busted, SF is now serving an .exe that matches that at the official download site. Other projects recently hijacked by SF include many Apache projects (Allura, Derby, Directory Studio, the Apache HTTP server, Hadoop, OpenOffice, Solr, and Subversion); Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, and FireFTP; Evolution and Open-Xchange; Drupal and WordPress; Eclipse, Aptana, Komodo, MonoDevelop, and NetBeans; VLC, Audacious, Banshee.fm, Helix, and Tomahawk media players; and many others.
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Comment Re:No one cares. (Score 1) 149

We had a C++11 party. It was mostly themed, "About damn time!" Our C++14 party we held up a banner, "Here's to a 10'00'0'00 lines of code that will abuse the new number concept." Our C++17 party will be a mostly confusing and unintelligible cluster fuck of multiple party ideas rolled into one.

Also, before anyone get's angry, I'm just being funny.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!