Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Comment: Been there, done that (Score 0) 365

by sveinb (#41212377) Attached to: Taking Telecommuting To the Next Level - the RV
For me, the problem was not the cramped living space and lack of creature comforts, but rather that most good plots either don't have a road leading to them or there is already a house there. Maybe finding a good spot is a skill that can be acquired, and maybe you're aiming for more sparsely populated areas than I was. I ended up in parking lots, on camping grounds (which don't appeal to me), next to a noisy road or in the dark woods. As an exercise, try going for a drive and see what spots you find where you could put your future RV.

Comment: Re:And this is different...??? (Score 0) 285

by sveinb (#40704805) Attached to: JavaScript For the Rest of Us

Though, it seems the Javascript designers must have liked Pascal. Why else would they use "function" and "var"?

Nah, JavaScript syntax has, as far as I have been able to tell, no differences from C syntax unless where functionality dictates it. "function" and "var" are cases in point: In a C program, these keywords are replaced by type specifiers. JavaScript doesn't specify types, so they had to come up with something else to put in those places. Technically, they could have used the same keyword in both spots, but I guess they didn't come up with one that made linguistic sense in both places.

Comment: Much easier solution (Score 1) 357

by sveinb (#38165948) Attached to: Rethinking Rail Travel: Boarding a Moving Train
You just split off the hindmost car at each station. Or for those who enjoy spoon-feeding: Say you have a train line with 8 stations, call them station 0..7. Typically, station 0 and 7 are big cities, station 1..6 are small ones. Start the train at station 0 with 6 cars, call them 1..6, where 6 is at the front of the train, 1 at the back. If you're going to station no. n, get into car no. n. If you're going to station 7, get into any car. Car no. n gets split off from the rest of the train at station no. n. The split-off cars continue their journey after their stop and join up with previously split-off cars from the same train once they regain cruise speed. At station 7, the whole train stops.

Advantage: All stations 1..6 get connected nonstop to cities 0 and 7, while passengers going from 0 to 7 only need to stop once. Of course, this requires each car to be motorized and automatically controlled. Also, it only works if you're going from station 0 to n or from station n to 7, not from n to m. Additionally, the idea is surely not original so feel free to google that for me.

Comment: Re:In my opinion (Score 1) 545

by sveinb (#36945328) Attached to: What Do I Do About My Ex-Employer Stealing My Free Code?
You can't revoke a non-revokable license agreement, i.e. the agreement between company X and anyone who's downloaded the product. However, the agreement only applies to whatever they've downloaded and nothing impedes the copyright holder from making different agreements with other licensees, in practice in conjunction with new versions.

Comment: Copyright (C) who? (Score 1) 545

by sveinb (#36945284) Attached to: What Do I Do About My Ex-Employer Stealing My Free Code?
IANAL, but... I suppose there is a copyright notice in there somewhere. Is it Copyright (C) 20xx My Old Employer Inc. or Copyright (C) 20xx My Name? Whoever has the copyright gets to choose the license for future versions. If it's your name in the copyright notice, you probably have a better case than if it's theirs.

Comment: North Korea (Score 1) 858

by sveinb (#34179112) Attached to: Mystery Missile Launched Near LA
It seems people just don't want to contemplate the most likely sender of this packet. North Korea have launched numerous rockets in the past, some of them flying over Japan, causing a lot of anger and concern. They are predictably unpredictable and less than a month ago called a us-led naval exercise off its coast a "declaration of war". Whether this is a response or perhaps last month's harsh words were a run-up to a long planned demonstration. Either way, it's the only explanation that makes sense.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.