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Comment: Spoiler warning (Score 1) 179 179

by tepples (#50015799) Attached to: How Television Is Fighting Off the Internet

Netflix users with DVD service have several years of experience learning to wait a year for the current season of shows. It works the same with streaming.

Except that people who wait a year have to make an effort to avoid spoilers and have no chance to discuss plot developments with their respective social groups.

Comment: Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 1) 139 139

by tepples (#50014809) Attached to: SCOTUS Denies Google's Request To Appeal Oracle API Case

That's a hard position to take here with all the opinionated freeloading IP burglars since when they are not whining about ISPs (ex. Comcast, ATT) limiting their content stealing abilities

How is it "content stealing" to view licensed video through Netflix? Or are you claiming that Netflix's license to the video it offers is invalid?

or criticizing anyone (ex. Microsoft) who wishes to turn a hard-earned buck for the quality software they produce at great expense

Most of us don't criticize wanting to earn a buck. We criticize anticompetitive methods of doing so, such as exclusive (or effectively exclusive) deals with all leading manufacturers of a particular class of hardware.

the residents spew their hateful anger at those (ex. Oracle) who wish to protect their IP

What is "IP"? Copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret are very different beasts. If you mean copyright, say copyright. If you mean patent, say patent. If you mean trademark, say trademark. If you mean trade secret, say trade secret. Or did you mean stealing an IP address?

from downright theft

Copyright infringement and theft are distinct offenses. In the United States, the former is always federal, and the latter is generally handled by the several states, becoming federal only if goods are carried across state lines.

Comment: Flee the Berne Convention? (Score 1) 139 139

by tepples (#50014739) Attached to: SCOTUS Denies Google's Request To Appeal Oracle API Case

If there's a silver lining, it's that this will breed further contempt for the law among the educated. As they flee its jurisdiction.

Very little of the industrialized world is outside the jurisdiction of the Berne Convention. Where were you imagining that they would flee?

Comment: Re:I'll tell you how- they're turning the internet (Score 2) 179 179

by tepples (#50014619) Attached to: How Television Is Fighting Off the Internet

Good luck getting things like the film Song of the South, the film Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, and the TV series Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea on any service. None of these has ever been released even on DVD or BD in North America.

Comment: Re:TRWTF: List is used instead of Map (Score 1) 117 117

How the heck was I supposed to know that a 64 bit flat architecture (pointer range compare across arrays = flat arch) would someday come along that still set int to 32 bits?

How the heck were you supposed to know that your code would run on a flat architecture? Pointer range comparison across unrelated C arrays has been undefined behavior as long as I can remember. Besides, even among flat architectures, the common ABI for the 65816 has 24-bit pointers and 16-bit ints, and the common ABI for the 68000 has 32-bit pointers and 16-bit ints.

Comment: Re:TRWTF: List is used instead of Map (Score 1) 117 117

Sparse array entries, in general, are not necessarily immutable, although they may be so in this case.

The interface in the PDF describes a mutable sparse array with immutable entries. To assign a new value, you'd delete the entry and then add a new one.

Comment: HR is part of the problem (Score 1) 117 117

"Working programmers" don't need degrees in computer science. They need diplomas or certificates in programming.

If there are 90 people with a certificate in programming applying to a position and 10 with a B.Sc. in computer science, which resumes will HR prefer?

Comment: TRWTF: List is used instead of Map (Score 1) 117 117

I'm on the autism spectrum, and I see "private member variables with no setters" as more than likely a class representing an immutable value, such as a decimal floating point value, a big integer value, a date, a string, or whatever. An immutable class sets its fields in its constructors, and then various getters return various transformations of these fields.

Then I read the article, and I was right: sparse array entries are immutable. But the real WTF is that sparse array entries are stored in a List, not a Map. The getValueAt method in a sparse array backed by a List are O(n), whereas it'd be O(log(n)) if it used a Map.

Comment: The Treasury (Score 1) 103 103

by tepples (#50007519) Attached to: 79% of Airbnb Listings In Barcelona Are Illegal

But this was about Roman coins with Caesar's likeness on them. I don't see a picture of Obama on the dollar bill.

The ministry of Jesus of Nazareth (29-33 CE) took place during the Tiberius administration (14-37 CE). I imagine that coins in circulation when Tiberius took office would have had a portrait of a past Roman head of state, such as Augustus Caesar. I'm no expert on the history of Roman coinage, and thus I don't know whether Rome recalled old coins after a new emperor took office or whether they were still usable after 20 years. But given the use of the generic "Caesar" rather than "Augustus" or "Tiberius", we can suppose for the moment that the portrait and the scripture refer to the office, not necessarily the person.

All current Federal Reserve Notes carry an engraving of a Founding Father or past President of the United States as well as the signature of the Secretary of the Treasury, who oversees the department that includes the Internal Revenue Service, who had been most recently appointed by the President at the time of printing. The office represented by the portrait of President George Washington is currently occupied by Washington's successor Barack Obama, and these two 1 USD notes in my wallet carry signatures of John W. Snow and Timothy F. Geithner. Together, they represent the U.S. Treasury, and thus a follower of Jesus ought to pay the Treasury's things to the Treasury.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."