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Comment: Re:They should rebrand it (Score 1) 74

by tompaulco (#49765609) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly May Acquire BlackBerry

I like "Crashberry"

Maybe Microsoft could make a Blackberry crash. I personally had believed that phones crashing was just a joke because my Blackberry literally never crashed or needed rebooting. Then I got an Android and found out that, yes, phones really do crash. Apparently iphones do too, from what I hear from iphone owners, however, iphones crash because it is Job's will.

Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 0) 518

by tompaulco (#49760265) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

There are exactly 0 valid reasons why gay couples shouldn't be allowed to get married, that's it, zero reasons, as in absolutely none. Any country or region which bans gay marriage or has to ask if it should be allowed it just a bunch of uncivilized hicks who need to grow up.

Oh, OK, well end of thread then.

Oh wait, what about all of the billions of people in the world who think the exact same thing as you except they use "should" instead of "shouldn't".

Comment: Re:Ziobucks (Score 2) 100

by tompaulco (#49759239) Attached to: Hacker Warns Starbucks of Security Flaw, Gets Accused of Fraud

Starbucks is a nasty company. Its CEO Howard Schultz is a fanatical Zionist; if you patronize Starbucks, you're supporting Israeli genocide.

Being a publicly traded company, the financial information is available, so go ahead and show on their financials where they are sending money to support Israeli genocide.

Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 0) 239

by tompaulco (#49756709) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

yes yes ... but it says "exceptionally good reason" ... there must be harm ... exceptionally serious harm ... right?

I know it was a slanted story as soon as I saw "toxic" in the headline. These beads are not toxic. Also, the story says they are 5mm in diameter, which is the size of a large pea. According to Wikipedia, they are far smaller than that, from 1mm to 0.001mm. TFA says that 471 million of them enter SF Bay every day. But taking the average size at 0.1mm and a density of 1gm/cc, that is less than a kg.

Yes, but if we continue at this rate, then in only 1.15 million years, we will have higher than the accepted rate of Total Disolved Solids in San Franciso Bay, assuming none of it leaks out into the rest of the ocean.

Comment: Re:Java programmers? - don't make me laugh (Score 3, Interesting) 377

by tompaulco (#49750845) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever
I have seen what you are talking about, but there is no reason why java programming should have to go hand in hand with utter dependence on third party libraries. Where I used to work, there were two programming departments. We both did Java, but the other department was dead set on spending days and weeks researching third party solutions for simple problems. Then they would spend trying to learn the interface. Then inevitably, if there was a problem, it always seemed to be in the third part code. Well, of course, if you need to add two plus two, and you download a Cray simulator library to accomplish this, then you have to instantiate the library, and seed it with the two numbers, and start the thread that does the calculation, then receive the even that it is done, then retrieve the data, well you see where this is going.
I am not in favor of reinventing the wheel, but if it is going to take less time for me to write something than to research third party solutions and figure out how to integrate to them, and I can control the code, then I will be reinventing that wheel rather than download the global transportation library so I can use their wheel.

Comment: Re:language is OK, programmers are terrible (Score 1) 377

by tompaulco (#49750759) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever
That's not Java. It's the corporate mentality of replacing older experienced programmers with newer cheaper programmers or offshoring. You get service applications that have to fire up a remote desktop session so it can write messages to the screen (What!). You get "uncaught exception". You get programs that will fail one time and work the next on the same input. What the heck, do they have a random number generator in there? I have seen this with Ruby, Python, C++, on and on.

Comment: Re:utter crap language (Score 2) 377

by tompaulco (#49750723) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

I have a Mac that is a couple of versions behind on the JRE because the updater is complete shit. It always fails. So, it means a complete uninstall and download/reinstall of the JRE and a bunch of other Java shit - according to the 'help' docs on Oracle's site. If it wasn't for my wife's employer using some scheduling software written in Java, I'd rip Java out for good.

I thought all those Silicon Valley people were supposed to be the best of the best? Or has Java development and maintenance been offshored by Oracle?

Most of the time the problems I see with Java are not that the JRE update failed, but that the JRE update was successful and now the underlying Java application doesn't work anymore. After all, when we develop an application, we test it on a certain version. If Automatic Updates automatically update your JVMs major version, which has happened in the past, then how can we guarantee it will work? I remember back when Java 7 was just coming out and was chock full of bugs, I kept getting calls from people whose application suddenly stopped working. Well, it was certified on Java 6, and they had allowed Automatic Updates to install Java 7, which the application was not tested on and which we weren't planning on testing on until certain bugs and vulnerabilities were patched. Automatic Updates should never be allowed in production. That includes Firefox and IE automatic updates as well.

Comment: Re:The Betrayal (Score 1) 377

by tompaulco (#49750619) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever
I have to think Java works well as an instructional language. I learned on Basic on a TRS-80 COCO by myself in 5th grade. I learned C myself reading K&R before college. In College, I picked up Fortran and Pascal. I never had college training in OO. It was around in the form of C++, but hadn't made much inroads in academia yet. I got a student discount on C++ and tried to use it. But basically I ended up using it like C and couldn't understand how to use the OO pieces.
20 years later, I picked up Java for a project at work. I read through Herbert Schildts Java book and did all the exercises. With the simple examples and descriptions of objects and relationships, it then became very easy to understand Java, but not only that, but after reading this Java book I found myself suddenly understanding how to do Object Oriented Programming in C++ as well. Basically, Java made it easy to understand OOP and made it possible to apply that same understanding to other OO languages.

Comment: Re:The one question (Score 1) 107

The actual reason that EV cars often look strange is because the designers are trying to make them as aerodynamic as possible in order to extend their range.

Well, then they should make them look more like cool cars, because most cool cars have much lower total drag area than EVs. My BMW sedan has about the same Coefficient of Drag as the Nissan Leaf, but about 30% less front surface area.
The aerodynamic aspect can't really be an argument since ICE car manufacturers are also interested in higher mileage, so they have just as much reason to make cars aerodynamic as EV manufacturers.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 374

by tompaulco (#49748523) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

Nope all the way around. The LISD's own IP policy [] says that students retain the rights to all works unless they were an employee of the school system. If the student wasn't being paid to do what he did, the district has no rights to the images.

If the students own the images, then how are the students compensated for the use of those images in the yearbook? There must be some sort of agreement.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 374

by tompaulco (#49746861) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

I think you're missing an important aspect: The principal's motivation. Why is he suddenly intervening? Do you think he's doing it because he just felt like it? I have a feeling that if you look closer, you'll find an influential parent forcing his hand or some other motivation that we're not reading about.

Yes, this is probably the issue. Most likely he has taken a picture and published on the internet a picture of someone who indicated on their annual information sheet that they don't want photos of their child posted on the internet. However, the school was not responsible for the posting, so they cannot be held liable. But the parent probably browbeat them and threatened a lawsuit.
Additionally, I have to imagine there is some sort of agreement when a student signs up for yearbook. Clearly some of the photos they take end up in the yearbook. Either they must give them away wholesale to the school and they are the schools property completely, or at least the student relinquishes license to the picture and may not demand compensation for the money which the school receives for publishing the picture.
Clearly it is all conjecture without having all of the information. But that is what we are here for, right? To fill in our own facts and come to our own conclusions.

Comment: Re:The one question (Score 4, Funny) 107

The one question that should have been asked is why are electric/hybrid cars so boil-on-a-buttcheek ugly? The exceptions to the rule (Tesla, BMW i8) are the ones grabbing all the headlines and have all the desirability. Why can't automakers create lower priced electric cars that appeal to the eye?

People looking at the car have to be able to tell that that car is an electric vehicle and not an ICE, in order to properly appreciate how the EV owner is saving the planet. By making it ugly, they can also allow the owner to sacrifice further by not driving a good looking car.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 825

by tompaulco (#49741479) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Really, the rich people's sports cars and luxury sedans are bigger and heavier than the poor people's Escalades, Expeditions and Hummers?

The Escalade is $73,000, the Expedition is $63,000, and I couldn't find a new Hummer price, but it's sure to be in the same range. These are not poor people's cars. Maybe you're being facetious. I'm not sure.

Well, all I am saying is that around here, the rich people are driving around $50-$60k luxury sedans, and the poor people drive around even Escalades, Hummers and Expeditions. Oh, and the occasional late 80's Monte Carlo on bizarrely oversized wheels.

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