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Comment Something people can do. (Score 2) 265

Right, simplest way to maximise the number of people who stay.

give them something immediate which they can do and see a result.

Get them thinking about other things they'd like to do.

It could be as simple as getting people to design some 3d objects then dropping them into garrys mod and letting people play with them.

Immediate small success is more important than technical significance

some basic scripting perhaps, the sort people can build on later without any setup like bash for linux/mac and vbscript for windows (even if VBscript is a horrible language)

Comment Re:What kind of encryption did the FBI break? (Score 1) 802

It depends on how you think about it.

a crypto nerd will talk about a search space, there's nothing physically stopping the police from reading the data other than the vast search space of possible keys.

on the other hand a journalist explaining things for laypeople will often compare crypto to a safe.

In the former case it's like saying

"we suspect this person of murder, we can't demand he show us where the bodies are because of the 5th but we can order him to step into a room alone and put a pin in the map where the bodies are buried, we will then not use his testimony against him but will use any evidence gathered from that location."

in the latter case you can be ordered to provide physical records like account and such, a judge can order you to open a safe or unlock a door.

Comment Re:Xbox One? Oh my! (Score 1) 381 isn't being used for anything, so it's in effect a squat

actually it looks like it was in use until microsoft deployed the legal attack drones.


XBOX.1 has just finished reviewing a cool new accessory for the Xbox that allows the Xbox to connect to a VGA monitor complete with full HDTV support. All of you who bought the Xbox because you knew it was a powerful system will now have proof that you've made the right choice. All of you who have Xbox Lan parties now have another option other than lugging around a grainy old tv set. Take a look.


it looks like someone had a perfectly legit site and used it for over a decade. then Microsoft decided that they wanted the domain name but didn't want to pay for it.

Comment Re: Have u thought about.. (Score 1) 524

Yep, this is the common workaround. The construction firm get a maintenance contract of some kind for a year or sometimes 5 years. They are of course paid for that or it's factored into the original price.

Still, don't sign off on water pipes being fine if they're not actually there because that still then becomes an alteration after work has been signed off rather than a bug/snag.

Comment Re: Have u thought about.. (Score 1) 524

yep, and your comment is relevant how?

if you'd missed the problem for a couple of years it would have been beyond the point when they'd do it for free. you were expected to find any problems in a reasonable time.

If your complaint was that it was good but wasn't quite perfect, not crooked but a stitch here and here which definitely aren't straight. they'd tell you to go to hell or pay out of pocket.

Comment Re: Have u thought about.. (Score 4, Insightful) 524

It's common practice in every real field.

if you hire a construction firm to build an office block you go in, or hire someone else to go in and create a list of snags or problems which they can find and the firm you hired to build the block fix them. once you've signed off it doesn't matter if you didn't notice that one floor was missing all it's water pipes. (real example)

you've inspected the job and signed it off. If you want a change or find a problem after that you have to hire them or someone else to do it.

unless of course you specify it in the contract. but that'll likely cost you extra.

Comment Re:There's no such thing as non trivia bug free co (Score 1) 524

I don't think you quite grasp the scale of "expensive" in this case.

Even with modern processes it can still come to hundreds of dollars per line to actually be certain.

Though that only covers making sure it does what you think it should do, it doesn't cover making sure what you think it should be doing is what the client thought they were telling you it should be doing.

What you actually want is code which *probably*
  has very few bugs which you can create for a sane price and at a sensible speed because most clients want their software this year, not 10 years from now.

There's always a tradeoff.

Comment There's no such thing as non trivia bug free code (Score 2) 524

There's no such thing as non trivial bug free code. only code which has not been tested in enough circumstances.

No. really. Even limiting it to just security related bugs with an author who put an insane amount of work into making it bug free who knew exactly what he wanted with no communication with a client bugs still turn up when code is exposed to the real world.

Totally bug free code is insanely expensive to write in even small amounts so you're basically having the developers spin the wheel, if your clients do massive amounts of testing they end up working for months unpaid. if they do little testing and can live with lots of little bugs then the Dev gets a good deal.

Here's a sane solution to your problem: pay for bug fixing.

Comment Re:Its a Shame (Score 4, Insightful) 139

nope, it's worse than that.

Scumsucker and Weasel LLC ("Scumsucker") swears under penalty of perjury that Sleazebag Studios, Inc. ("Sleazebag") has authorized Scumsucker to act as its agent for copyright infringement notification. Scumsucker's search of the protocol listed below has detected infringements of Sleazebag's copyright interests on your IP addresses as detailed in the attached report.

Scumsucker has reasonable good faith belief that use for the material in the manner complained of in the attached report is not authorized by Sleazebag, its agents, or the law. The information provided herein is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Therefore, this letter is an official notification under provisions of section 512(a) of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act to effect removal of the detected infringement listed in the attached report. The attached documentation specifies the exact location of the infringement. The Notice ID identifies the copyrighted works by file identification number.

We hereby request that you immediately remove or block access to the infringing material, as specified in the copyright laws, and insure the user refrains from using or sharing with others Sleazebag's materials in the future.

Please send us a prompt response indicating the actions you have taken to resolve this matter. Please reference the Notice ID number above in your response.

Notice how the only thing that is sworn to is that Scumsucker is the agent of Sleazebag.

They do not have to swear that they own the copyright. They can believe it on the basis that the magic 8 ball told them so and are not committing perjury.

On the other hand a counter notice legally requires you to swear a lot of things under penalty of perjury, far more than the initial notice.

the law is an ass.

Comment Re:A "bitcoin wallet" (Score 2) 104

You can't confiscate them but you can track them if you know the history of some of the bitcoins in their possession. Problem is that there's nothing stopping someone from passing those bitcoins through a thousand anonymous parties connecting over Tor then trading them with others for other bitcoins before cashing them out or exchanging them for something.

Comment Re:Judgement calls and research by the examiners (Score 2) 215

he examiners are supposed to be at least familiar with the area. of ordinary skill in the art as it were.

if they cannot understand a patent then how could they build what it describes. so if they cannot understand it then it's not meeting the goal of patents: ie disclosing how something works.

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