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Comment Re:They said that about cell phones (Score 1) 386

... (copyright does not cover the implementation).

Wrong. Copyright does cover implementation. That's the only thing it covers. Or are you unaware that software is under copyright protection?

Content quoted from http://copyright.gov/help/faq/...

What does copyright protect?

Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section "What Works Are Protected."

Comment Re: Thanks (Score 1) 398

That's not faking delivery though. The data is actually being delivered, just from a different source. I don't give a shit where the data comes from our how it gets to me*, I care about how fast my page loads.

* except for the handful of times per month I do something sensitive, like online banking, but that's all encrypted.

Comment Take on one of your impossible projects (Score 1) 172

Seriously. Every huge, impossible project is made up of a bunch of smaller projects that are totally doable, plus maybe a couple that are actually hard. Divide and conquer is one of the most important skills you can develop as a programmer. Start with the first easy thing you can think of that you'll need to do before you get to the big hard thing, and get some code on the screen. Keep doing that. Pretty soon you'll find you have most of it done.

And as for the reading thing, you should expect to be spending more time reading than writing code. I think my time is about 50/50 now, and I've been coding professionally for three years, after doing a BS and about 70% of a master's in comp sci.

Comment Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 632

Creditors who do not act in a timely manner when an estate is closing or a corporation is being liquidated are simply SoL.

You might consider Reading The Fine Summary. I know, that's Crazy Talk! But, if you had, you might have noticed something about the statute of limitations (lawyer speak for "timely manner") has been lifted on these types of debt.

Comment As much as I love Stephenson (Score 1) 293

I think other authors have done a better job with postulating advances in technology. A few examples:

Charles Stross - Accelerando - One of the more believable and compelling projections of computer tech that I've read in a long time.

Linda Nagata - Vast - Similar projections for computer tech as above, plus genetic engineering. This was a recent random find in a used book store for me, and apparently the fourth book in a series called The Nanotech Succession. I will definitely be looking for more of her stuff.

Paolo Bacigalupi - The Windup Girl - Definitely the best I've seen for projection in biotech, and it hit me in a similar way as the first time I read Neuromancer a few decades ago. Definitely not for children, though. Pump Six And Other Stories is a collection of short stories set in the same world, but I don't know how well they would hold up on their own without the deeper context that TWG provides.

Comment Re:because it's a hostile environment (Score 1) 333

But if you really want to rant, perhaps you should encourage more men to become K-6 teachers or nurses or therapists, to even out the gender gap there.

There's plenty of discussion about how we need more men in nursing and K-6 education, it's just happening on forums you aren't paying attention too. Perhaps you could pull your head out of your ass and google yourself up a bit of education on those topics. I can't speak to therapists, but then all of the relatively few therapists I've met are men.

Comment Re:CA Evictions (Score 1) 500

Wrong. That might be the case in particular jurisdictions (LA and SF would not surprise me) but it certainly isn't that way in the whole state. All that's necessary is 30 days written notice naming the person(s) on the lease/rental agreement and however many John/Jane Does you think are necessary (it's recommended that number be generous). No need to get cops involved unless the tenant(s) refuse to vacate, but I suspect that's the case in every state.

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