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Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2) 309

No assistant gets any royalties even now.
I would propose the same people get royalties who do now. Let's say the director is assigned a 1/5 cut of the royalties - if he dies, the movie is that much cheaper to license. Until all the specified personnel have died - at which point the movie becomes royalty-free.
Then all artists get rewards from their works during their lifetime (which was the idea in the first place) and heirs get none.

Comment Re:Not satellite access required. (Score 3, Informative) 93

Batteries lasting a couple of days vs one has nothing to do with digital vs analog. I have had a digital (GSM) phone with a battery that lasts for two weeks easily. Batteries these days don't last more than a day because of those gigaherzes of cpu to power, inches of screen to light and constant communications for smartness.
And by the way - GSM goes easily to 35k feet (11km) - if there are no obstrucions - you know - like in the AIR. We use a ferry to travel from Tallinn (Estonia) to Helsinki (Finland) and only right in the middle of this ~80 KM journey is there no cell reception from either shore. I would extrapolate that at least 30 km (3 times the height of commercial air traffic) is easily doable.
Cell phone reception only sucks if you have buildings or plants in the way. Or a mountain.

Comment Re:Related Anil Dash Blogs and earlier /. discussi (Score 1) 206

I have celiac and am all for research, but this site is like an example of ALL the bad practices for coding a site. Is the whole this written in deprecated HTML 3 or something? Flashing text even!!!

I refer you to the upper right corner where a banner states that the website in question is W3C validated HTML 4.0.1 (i haven't checked it, but that is what the site owner claims).
However your question is irrelevant because none of the W3C standards that i know of, addresses eyesoreness.

Comment Re:Without the use of a loop!? (Score 4, Insightful) 438

And most importantly - its not a particularly amazing piece of code. I am not a programmer, but know how to write basic stuff in a few languages - and i do not find a TWO LINE LOOP that fills the screen with a choice between two characters that make up something that LOOKS LIKE A MAZE, but is not necessarily navigable not a least bit amazing.

Comment Re:who cares? (Score 1) 266

I did not say that its illegal.
I was answering to a post stating that "NeoOffice is the OSX port". I tried to hint that Libreoffice and OpenOffice also run natively on OSX nowadays, i.e. they are themselves OSX ports. And there is no reason for me to "get it from another bloke" if i can download Libre- or Open- without the hassle and keep them up to date.
You should really work on your reading skills.

Comment Re:who cares? (Score 1) 266

NeoOffice is not free nor open:

To download the NeoOffice-3.3-Intel.dmg file, please login so that we can verify that you have paid US$10 (or €7 or £6 or CA$10 or AU$10 or ¥834) or more within the last year.

Why would i prefer this over Open or Libre which both have native OSX builds nowadays.

Comment Re:who cares? (Score 1) 266

I used to. But LibreOffice (on OSX) STILL nags me occasionally on missing Java runtime although use of java is switched off in preferences. Mainly on keyboard shortcuts like cmd+s, cmd+c. It is totally random and annoying.
I now tried Apache OpenOffice, and this doe not nag me - so out goes Libre-, welcome Open-.

Comment Re:Hybrid Drives (Score 2) 405

If you choose your SSDs and buy a fast one, the performance increase is quite substantial, be it desktop or laptop. And (IMHO) most of the perceptible performance increase comes from 0 seek, not necessarily transfer speed - a fact that the OP overlooks.
For laptop added bonuses are reduced power usage and (i don't see that argument much, but it is important to me) noise. I like my laptop dead quiet.

Comment Re:boo (Score 4, Insightful) 307

Programming actually teaches more than just programming computers. It teaches you to build structure into your thoughts. I personally think learning foreign language or music or other subjects will in fact benefit from programming basics.

BTW i am Estonian, but did not have such luck - ran into programming in late teens.

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