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Comment Re:16-bit lives? (Score 1) 251

32-bit lives?

Backwards-compatiabiliy [sic] makes me sad.

Why on earth would we want to run our 32-bit apps written last year when they could be compiled as 64-bit?

HINT: There's a lot of old code out there that 1) works as it should, 2) the company that wrote it no longer exists and the source-code is gone.

Comment Re:Oh, no... (Score 1) 1343

English is a second language in the US. It's the official language, but in reality it enjoys second class status when compared to Engrish, Ebonics, and Spanish.

My son would be far behind where I was when I was in 3rd grade if I didn't bust my ass with him. The teacher does so much remedial work with the Spanish speakers that everyone falls behind.

They make up for it by teaching Spanish as the foreign language since they know it will be easy for most of the kids.

This has a lot to do with the problem in some school districts. IMHO they should have their own English classes so people that speak English can get a proper English education, not an "English as a foreign language" one.

Comment Re:Incorrect premise (Score 1) 945

I think what the article was trying to say is that it's as close to 'free-thinking' as one can get when describing a company or product line.

Google, Firefox, Red Hat...

Hell, when you look at how they choose to implement their software and not marketing/user base, even Microsoft is more free-thinking than Apple.

Comment Re:They have no Idea (Score 2, Interesting) 175

If it is found out that Centripetal acceleration is an adequate substitute for gravity, then the asteroids may be our best bet.

If the rotation rate is low, then centripetal acceleration is indistinguishable from gravity at the human scale except for subtle effects (like things not falling straight down or a slight decline in acceleration with height). We have done experiments with people in long term rotating systems and below 1 revolution per minute there's no obvious effect (no nausea, etc). Even in faster rotating systems, people tend to adapt rather quickly. I believe current thought is that even 10 revolutions per minute should be adaptable, if the person doesn't move much (say as in a bed on the side of a rotating cylinder). So you can generate 1 gee of acceleration with roughly 9 meter radius at 10 revolutions per minute and 900 meter radius at 1 revolution per minute.

The real unknowns are simply to get a working artificial gravity system in the first place and to figure out just how much artificial gravity is needed by humans.

Comment Re:Case in point (Score 1, Flamebait) 859

>they are better people now and wouldn't do the crime again. can you ever know that? All you can know is that they murdered someone 19 years ago and haven't murdered anyone while they were locked away in prison. You have no idea whether or not they wouldn't do it again, but their past behavior points to them being capable of it.

>German law is trying to protect them from people like you."

Maybe German law should focus a bit more on protecting innocent people from getting murdered.

>Yes, I know they killed someone. But they also served their sentence and now they should be given a second chance, whether YOU want to give them one or not.

So when does that guy that they murdered get a second chance?
The Courts

Submission + - DVD Copyright Warnings Misstate Copyright Law

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "An excellent article by Maura Corbett reminds us that the copyright warnings on major studio dvd's misstate copyright law, ignoring "fair use" under the Copyright Act. She cites as an example the fact that warnings on many Universal DVDs state, in part, that "any unauthorized exhibition, distribution or copying of this film or any part thereof (including soundtrack) is an infringement of the relevant copyright and will subject the infringer to severe civil and criminal penalties" and reminds us that this statement "is simply untrue — the federal copyright statutes specifically allow unauthorized reproduction for criticism, commentary and other purposes." An example of what Ms. Corbett is referring to is the holding of the United States Supreme Court in SONY v. Universal (the Betamax case), which specifically held that a consumer's copying of entire television programs, for personal use, was a "fair use". This is but one of the many fair uses that is ignored by the motion picture industry's misleading warnings."

Submission + - Recording a judge for YouTube is a felony?

Let's Kiosk writes: A Florida woman faces three felony charges after covertly videotaping a judge she once dated and then posting a clip on YouTube. In the video, the judge is on an island popular with swimmer and boaters and comments on the "nice breasticals" of woman nearby, according to the article in The Palm Beach Post. The woman is charged with one count of intercepting oral communications and two counts of publishing those communications. The circuit's chief judge comments: "Judges like everyone else are entitled to a reasonable expectation of privacy, especially when they are out of the courthouse not performing judicial duties." But how much privacy can anyone expect at the beach?

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