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Comment Re: Who cares? (Score 1) 42

I have one that adds things like a tab key so I can do things in terminals and text editors. That said I use the default Google one (gboard) on my android devices. However the iOS keyboard is terrible in comparison, especially on tablets. Being able to press and hold for numbers and special characters is great rather than switching the whole layout, and on tablet with gboard you get a row of dedicated numbers given there is room for it.

Comment Re:Not affordable (Score 4, Informative) 196

Well, you have it very cheap, here in the UK my local cinema is £9.50 for an adult ticket, which is approximately $12.35 US at today's exchange rate. Oh and the pound has been going down for the last couple of years, so £9.50 two year ago was worth a hell of a lot more at approximately $14.80 US.

And then I have a darkened room with a full sound system and a nice screen to use at home without popcorn in the carpet and others talking over it or flashing their phones.

Comment Re:quite peculiar (Score 2, Informative) 342

Yes, even in the US this is absolutely true, also unilateral contracts (one where all terms are set by a single party like an eula or a conditions of sale contract) are seen very different from a bilateral contracts and do not have anywhere near the same enforcement value.

The courts frequently strike down such arbitration clauses as such clauses are direct unilateral violation of rights in a given jurisdiction.

IANAL

Comment Re:Tell me, AT&T... (Score 2) 342

Yes, even in the US this is absolutely true, also unilateral contracts (one where all terms are set by a single party like an eula or a conditions of sale contract) are seen very different from a bilateral contracts and do not have anywhere near the same enforcement value.

The courts frequently strike down such arbitration clauses as such clauses are direct unilateral violation of rights in a given jurisdiction.

Comment Re: I only have an A.S. degree in programming... (Score 1) 79

Okay, on the Java a library is a set of classes... And an object is just an instantiation of a class. I would point out that when loading other JVM hosted languages these semantics no-longer necessarily hold true but the reflection can still be used.

And no it does not work the same with modules, I know because it does fun things when the way the Clojure interpreter/compiler works uses that reflection and it is a core part of LISP based languages. The reflection checks a whole new set of access control related to these "modules" which gives important Clojure traces as unknown class, unknown method...

Finally "an ordinary jar file" is not a first order thing, it is a packaging format (really just a ZIP file of .class files with a few metadata files added), the .class files are the first order way of load classes. However more than that, there are different levels of class loading governed by calling different class loaders in the JVM, Languages like Clojure inject into the JVM at a lot earlier point than an import statement in a running program does. This difference is important allowing clojure to override certain things and do the high performance interpretation/compilation without having the overhead of the rest of the libraries loaded that the users code uses.

Comment Re: I only have an A.S. degree in programming... (Score 3, Informative) 79

They envisioned a way where one could package the parts of the standard library with a application without including the whole thing. Of course, to do this they decided to totally change how the classpath and classloader works (how the VM finds and loads libraries) and then break reflection (being able to inspect library code from the code using that library).

Comment Re:They've definitely been laughing (Score 5, Insightful) 384

No, this isn't just that, this is "we want to access all encrypted information". We must have broken encryption because "terrorism". Basically Theresa May has fascist tendencies she wants to enforce. Unfortunately the other political parties are such a mess at the moment that well... yeah, the whole thing is not good.

Comment Hehehe have these idots even looked at the constit (Score 1) 417

I am no lawyer but well, there are several sections that might cause some pain with this:

Article 1, Section 8

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;

So impost and excises must be uniform and by congress, hmm I wonder if a spaceship on an international trajectory applies to that, then there is the fact they can't do anything to legislate what happens at the launch site as that is federal property.

Article 1, Section 9

No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another; nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.

I'm sure the space ship is being exported from california... and that second one while originally written for boats applies to airports too, I guess we should extend that to spaceports.

Article 1, Section 10

No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Control of the Congress.

so we are reiterating again, such a tax is only allowed to be imposed by congress.

Comment Re: North Korea's ultimate deterrent? (Score 1) 129

North Korea is currently suborbital launch, also it is expensive. The key here is between companies like spacex and satellite miniturisation are getting launch costs down to the point where it would be feasible having lots of low earth orbit satellites rather than a dozen in geosynchronous orbit. LEO comments gives better latency but one needs a lot more as you need multiple in the sky at any time as they are constantly moving relative to the user. Before now such constellations have been the work of large governments or groups of governments in global positioning systems.

Comment Re: /. won't either (Score 4, Interesting) 448

I wonder if anyone has figured just how malicious this actually is, it is insidiously so when we consider this deliberate repeat activations of what is a google search recorded against a users google account and feeds into the advertising interest algorithms for the advertising google's network serves. It is directly going to skew adverts to win win the advert buy auction on an interest score rather than a price per an advert.

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