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Comment: Re:Oh Germany (Score 1) 192

by wmspider (#45668385) Attached to: Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn
I believe that's not restricted to law firms. Anyoune can send a letter telling someone to pay up or they'll sue them. Doesn't mean they have any change in court though.
The claim is that the users of the streaming site were storing, and thus copying, the copyrighted content, which is illegal in Germany. However, that "storing" refers to the caching necessary to play the content while streaming. By that definition, every ISP would be infringing copyright laws everyday too, since, at some point, the packets going through their routers are stored in memory.
I don't believe this would be a valid claim in court. However, IANAL...

Comment: Illegal? (Score 3, Interesting) 418

by wmspider (#32218296) Attached to: In UK, First "Anarchist's Cookbook" Downloaders' Convictions

convicted of three counts of possessing material useful for acts of terror

Can sombody explain why this is illegal? Every highschool student taking a chemistry course 'possesses material useful for acts of terror'. The fact that somebody owns something that COULD be used for some illegal activity doesn't make that person a criminal. Else, everybody would be in prison. Have you ever used a knife? A car? A computer? Thought so.

Comment: Re:The first thing to come to my mind... (Score 1) 541

by butalearner (#31407714) Attached to: Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

Here is one Linux user that will not boot windows for gaming. I pay for crossover instead.

Thereby increasing the idea that there is no market for commercial games in Linux. I, on the other hand, only purchase and play games with a native Linux client. This means largely supporting indies over big studios, but BioWare got an extra sale they wouldn't have otherwise when they released a Linux client for Neverwinter Nights.

In any case, the idea that there is no Linux market has been disproven on several occasions. 2DBoy reported 17% of purchasers during their birthday pay-what-you-want World of Goo sale were Linux users, vs. 18% Mac users and 65% Windows. Not only that, but we paid about a third more than Mac users and almost twice as much as Windows users.

Comment: Re:Virtual Machine? (Score 1) 196

by wmspider (#31407710) Attached to: Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game
I'm just saying that .NET adds an abstraction layer, which was already supposed to make this kind of "cross-platform"-programming possible. That's why I mentioned Java. With Java, you can get a program running on, for example, Windows and Linux, since you "compile it" platform-independent, and then run your intermediate language on a virtual machine which in turn is compiled for the specific platform and calls specific API functions. If you have an intermediate layer with a defined language where, for example, you can call a function CreateWindow(size, whatever) and you don't have to worry what that function really does (in terms of OS) or what architecture it was compiled for, then you can't really say you made a breakthrough by making a "cross-platform-app". The real effort was made porting the .NET framework, not making an app that runs on top of it.

Comment: Virtual Machine? (Score 2, Insightful) 196

by wmspider (#31392074) Attached to: Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game
Wow, they actually got a .NET program working on several different microsoft operating systems! Now, seriously, where's the news? .NET runs on a virtual machine. It's just like showing a Java game that "magically" works on several differnet PLATFORMS (and with Java they can be called platforms, a program running on several different microsoft products can hardly be called cross-platform).

Comment: Re:time of day (Score 1) 233

by wmspider (#28003573) Attached to: Why Programming Rituals Work
Same here. From 12 to 3am I have my best 'moments of inspiration'. At some point between 3 and 4 (sometimes later, or sooner, depending on how much I slept) that inspiration goes away really fast. Past that point, my code just sucks...
Btw, I like to listen to techno music while programming, since the lack of lyrics and the repetitiveness of it don't distract me while the fast beats keep my adrenaline level (and thus my concentration on the task) relatively high. What kind of music do you like to listen to, if any?

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