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Comment Re:Lip service for the MAFIAA, not evil (Score 1) 275

I can't work out whether you've posted this as a funny or whether you're an idiot. I hope it's the first and I get modded down.

There's nothing wrong with downloading "free music" or "limewire". Free music is perfectly available in both free as in beer and free as in speech. Limewire is just a piece of software and there's nothing wrong with downloading it. You can't do anything with it any more, but downloading it is perfectly fine.

And no-one would ever type in "how to pirate music", so no wonder it's not in Autcomplete. Neither is "how to snaffle music" "how to half-inch music" and neither is "how to speak to my mate who knows how to get dodgy CDs that I can rip into MP3 format so I can listen to music".

You're either funnier than I think or a retard.

Comment "the resulting mess" (Score 2) 160

Wow. Great scientific summary. Why is it a "mess"? Surely it's the output of one carefully controlled process that led to another carefully controlled process that resulted in a particular outcome. Or isn't it? Surely boiling an element in a vacuum is a pretty clean way of doing things? If it's a "mess", then the whole thing is clearly a load of old nonsense.

Either state the results or make it clear it's an editorial. Don't mix them up. Otherwise it's a mess.

Government

Submission + - Uk Government Rejects Calls To Upgrade from IE6 (hmg.gov.uk)

pcardno writes: The UK Government has responded to a petition encouraging government departments to move away from IE6 that had over 6,000 signatories. Their response seems to be that a fully patched IE6 is perfectly safe as long as firewalls and malware scanning tools are in place, and that mandating an upgrade away from IE6 will be too expensive. The second part is fair enough in this age of austerity (I'd rather have my taxes spent on schools and hospitals than software upgrade testing at the moment..), but the whole reaction will be a disappointment to the petitioners.
Games

Submission + - Blizzard Claims Ownership of All Starcraft II Maps 5

ccherlin writes: The EULA of Starcraft II contains an extremely disturbing clause:

3. Map Editor. The Game includes a program that allows you to create custom levels, maps, scenarios
or other materials for use in connection with the Game (the “Map Editor”). The following terms are specific to the Map Editor:
a. Map Content. You understand that the content required to create or modify STARCRAFT® II
Modified Maps (as defined below) is included in the STARCRAFT® II game client, and that all
such content is owned by Blizzard and governed by this Agreement. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND
AGREE THAT ALL MAPS, LEVELS AND OTHER CONTENT CREATED OR MODIFIED USING THE MAP
EDITOR (COLLECTIVELY, “MODIFIED MAPS”) ARE AND SHALL REMAIN THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE
PROPERTY OF BLIZZARD. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, YOU HERE BY ASSIGN TO
BLIZZARD ALL OF YOUR RIGHTS, TITLE AND INTEREST IN AND TO ALL MODIFIED MAPS, AND
AGREE THAT YOU WILL EXECUTE FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS PROMPTLY UPON RECEIVING SUCH
A REQUEST FROM BLIZZARD.

Prior Blizzard games like Warcraft III had EULA provisions that prohibited selling maps created with their editor, but the copyright remained with the map maker. Now? Anyone who creates a new, popular mod like DotA with the Starcraft II editor will have no rights to their own creation.

Comment Find a better word than "pirate" for privacy.. (Score -1, Flamebait) 204

The fight for privacy by stopping monitoring of all your traffic has absolutely nothing to do with "piracy". Every time I read one of these headlines or one of these stories involving such a stupidly titled group as the Pirate Party, I just turn off. Piracy is stealing. Yeah, you might get to wear a cool eyepatch, and be taking it from the rich to give to the poor, but it's still stealing in most laws and, frankly, most moral codes. Let's even go to our friend Wikipedia:

"Piracy is a war-like act committed by private parties (not affiliated with any government) that engage in acts of robbery and/or criminal violence "

So, you want to steal things (music, movies, software etc.) and are telling us that we should support you because, er, why? Yeah, you might disagree with the law, but it's the law. I'd love to go around beating the shit out of people who don't wave thanks when I let them drive through in front of me in a traffic jam, but I can't because it's illegal. Beating the shit out of more people, helping others do it and calling myself the Let's Fuck Up Rude People Party isn't the way to get that changed.

The Digital Act is an abhorrent, but can these dickheads please stop blackening the fight for privacy by always associating it with stealing things?

Comment Business Logic vs Presentation (Score 1) 511

In the same way we try to divide the business logic layer from the presentation layer in systems design, when I'm drawing pictures on paper to explain things to someone, I want to get my point across (the business logic) without worrying what it looks like. If I try to do it on Powerpoint, I worry about colours, positioning and getting the presentation right first time rather than just letting the logic flow.

A computer screen and a drawing tool will never beat a bit of A3 paper and the ability to scribble and talk around it while people you work with can do the same..

Comment Re:Steps... (Score 1) 555

The whole point of the question is to break down how you do your step 3 when it's not trivial to compare all the various different architectures together any more and when you're not completely knowledgeable about them. Your option of just spending a ton of money is exactly what the questioner is trying to avoid doing.

So, like, well done on completely missing the point of the very valid question.

Comment Exciting New Possibilities? (Score 1) 88

I'm pretty sure in every other story like this we lambast the original programmers for their sloppy coding and demand the heads of the managers in charge.

Any chance someone has documented the exploit that was left so that other programmers can learn how to not make programs in future? Or are bugs in software acceptable when we can all install our own crap on the device in question?

Comment My old boss tried this... (Score 1) 1019

And it was purely because "other" people in the company (Fortune 100, big place) weren't allowed to listen to music because they had to listen out for the phone. He also didn't like that it looked like we weren't working as teams.

For me, music works because I have my best ideas when I'm not directly thinking about a problem - I have a very short attention span so music fills the gaps and stops me getting distracted onto something else.

Comment It depends on what you put in... (Score 2, Interesting) 325

At my work (3M - number 7 on here: http://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/), we get our IT interns to generally come in and do support / content management related activities to begin with, but with the expectation that they'll move beyond that after 2-3 months and then spend 20-40% of their time doing project work equivalent to what a new graduate / any other employee would do. In recent years we've had interns working on developing website translation software that they proposed themselves (saving us several hundred thousand dollars per year), software license management / reduction and loads of other things.

Find out from the company at the start whether they're expecting you to have an open-ended project activity or whether you really are just the tea boy / doing incident management / desktop support. Emphasise to them that the internship you're looking for is a key part of your education and also your decision as to whether you would consider a graduate position with them. Companies spend a fortune on recruiting grads, so if we can just hire the interns we've had once they've graduated, it saves us time, money and potentially the disaster of hiring an unknown who turns out to be useless.

Comment McDonalds' Nightly Builds... (Score 2, Interesting) 154

Nightly builds, if they were released every time:

Bun
Bun
Bun
Bun
Meat
Meat
Bun + Meat
Bun + Meat
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour
GHERKIN!
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt++
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt+++++
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt + Tomato
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt + That Other Stuff
Bun + Meat + Meaty Flavour + Gherkin + Salt + That Other Slightly Better Stuff
Quarter Pounder With Cheese

As an IT Manager for one of the 100 biggest companies in the world, I couldn't give a flying f*ck about the inbetween. All I want to know is what we're getting. And if it breaks a part of our fundamental application stack, we'll complain or won't use it. If I want something in the release, I'll lobby for it. If you want to be part of the IE development cycle, sign an agreement with MS to be a part of it, then you'll get the alphas and beta.

Total non-story.

Comment There is not a single person... (Score 1) 453

.. that thinks that modding their XBOX is a legal, entirely brilliant thing to do that has no repercussions. As has been said, for hobbyists there are kits already out there that don't involve modding. And if you do have to break the TOC for modding, then you're likely to be interested enough to have both a Dev / QA box (that you're modding on) and a Production box (unmodded to ensure your creations will work for all). I agree that hardware should be free. And in this case, it is. It's entirely free. Just don't try and connect some random hardware that you've soldered all manner of crap onto to someone else's network. You wouldn't allow that on a corporate network, so why should MS have to allow it on their gaming network?

Comment Re:lol @ 'finally standing up' (Score 1) 453

And is there any chance you can bring in some statistics as to how much, on average, a law firm makes in fees on winning a class action versus their fees for handling an individual case for the same action? Class actions are a valid form of law that absolutely have their place. Those who choose to use them are not neccessarily that valid a form of ethical lawyer.

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