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Comment Re:Dont care (Score 1) 427

I got the translucent drag bars to work pretty easily, but window outlines are still just one pixel,

That's a deal breaker for everyone who has turned on focus-follows mouse and turned off click-to-raise. I.e. good old X11 behavior that lets you copy/paste between overlapping windows while maintaining Z-order.

But these days almost all users run everything full screen, and have to context switch. Sigh. Dumbing down all over.

Comment Re:The safe 1 minute summary (Score 1) 121

I guess secondarily the punishment for bad actors may not fit the crime, but again we have a justice system for that.

I thought the justice system had abandoned pillory?

Anyhow, I think it will be hard to win any cases. Courts have sided with advertisers before, ruling that misleading ads are expressions of free speech - as long as they're not outright lying, anything seems to go. Caveat emptor, at least here in the US.

Comment Re:dark patterns huh? (Score 4, Interesting) 121

Notice how news sites like CNN are gradually going all video? And not the good videos that explain a lot succinctly or put you into a snippet of the news action, but those excruciating new wastes of bandwidth that just display story text, in a giant font, screen after screen, backed by nothing but a musical bed, until you realize that you have spent ten minutes watching one paragraph of text.

Yeah, it's like a powerpoint presentation set to music.
I don't think it's possible to get the information to bandwidth ratio any lower than that, but I guess I shouldn't underestimate marketing and management. I'm sure they'll think of something.

Comment Re:dark patterns huh? (Score 4, Insightful) 121

That was my thought too - a video?
AV is notoriously imprecise, and tricks people into judging by how they feel about the presentation instead of the actual contents.

And, of course, as the old sysadmin adage goes, a picture takes up more bandwidth than a thousand words. And video is orders of magnitude worse.

I also thought the new owners here listened to the discussion right after they took over, where they asked whether /.ers wanted video links or not. Overwhelmingly, we did not.

Comment Re:$1 billion is actually pretty reasonable (Score 2) 211

Copyright law allows her to sue for up to $150,000 per violation, which would be a cool $2.7 billion.

Far more than that. 18,000 is the number of images they appropriated.

Now add $150,000 for every time they've sold "rights" to one of those images, either individually, or in any and all catalogs they might have been in.

Comment Re:The intent of Copyright (Score 1) 211

Ownership by the individual or individuals credited as the film's producer or producers and an exclusive license to a corporation for the life of the copyright would have exactly the same practical effect as a corporate owner.

Perpetual licenses seems a very bad idea in the first place. I see no reason why they shouldn't have to be renegotiated yearly, by law, so if something becomes a success, the actual owner gets a bigger share.

Or if you plan to abolish "work made for hire" entirely, even if the person doing the hiring is an individual, who would own copyright in a motion picture with a cast and crew of hundreds?

I think one should be able to abolish "work made for hire after the fact", i.e. that only something made while in employ and on company time can be considered property of a company.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 4, Insightful) 211

I haven't seen anyone else noting this, so...

She is a copyright holder, and have released the images under one license, that does not incur any payment, but restricts how people can use the images.
That does NOT prevent her from also licensing the images under a different license, which gives the licensee other rights. (Like, for instance, being allowed to modify, re-sell, or not give attribution.)

In the software world, there are plenty of examples of dual licensing, so this shouldn't be news to anyone.

She is the copyright holder, and what she could have charged for other licenses is her stake.

Then add punitive damages. Tripled because of Getty having lost other cases that means they were definitely made aware of transgressions, and any new transgressions of the same type have a high chance that they will considered willful.

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 2) 307

Do a locate \.so | wc -l on your system - chances are that the libraries *not* written in C are a rounding error. Pick just about anything remotely useful - chances are it'd more more useful if written in C, because at the very least you can open the executable using dlopen/dlsym and invoke main() with the correct arguments.

Well, personally, I find the fortran written fast fourier tranform (fft) libraries rather useful...
To call from C, even :)

I'm sure there's way to create good C versions too, but the librarary sources might need a lot of macros, and leave a lot more to the mercy of compiler optimizations.

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 1) 307

Yes, like memcpy, except memmove (there should be an 'e' at the end for the C89 ANSI compliant name) allows memory to overlap. memcpy can be optimized to be faster since it doesn't have this constraint.

And memmove() can call memcpy() if it determines there is no overlap, so there's not a lot of benefit to memcpy() for other than tiny copies that can be inlined.

Optimizing becomes more challenging when doing copies from unpinned threads on NUMA systems. You want to avoid reallocating a big block between CPUs, while at the same time avoiding big locks.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 600

But I still contend that their handling is too poor and this would be extremely dangerous because of this. SUVs (all of them) should be limited to about 65mph IMO because of safety (or maybe even 55). Their handling is just too poor for them to be driven faster. If you want to drive safely at higher speeds, you need a vehicle with a lower center of gravity.

There are SUVs and then there are SUVs. You can't really put a Porsche Cayenne or BMW X6M in the same class as an Explorer.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 600

You do realize that a Ford Explorer Interceptor has a twin turbo, 365 Horsepower engine? It will easily do 140mph.

The gp post didnt say high speed was an issue, but high speed handling.

Really, even if you can get a Police Interceptor Utility up to 130 mph or so on an air strip, you don't really want to drive it at 80+ if there are curves, hills or slow traffic to avoid.

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