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Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 4, Informative) 167

Doesn't matter,

Punitive Damages are not about what the plaintiff wants. They are about dissuading the defendant from repeating their offence.

So how do you dissuade an an entity such as Getty? You savage their pocket book so badly that the board of directors take notice. For public corporations, you hit them so hard it affects their stock prices and subsequently their shareholders, who then would hopefully respond by replacing board members who allowed the President or CEO to take the offending actions.

In the case of corporations, the buck stops with the shareholders. There is no punishment until the shareholders feel the pain.

Submission + - Getty Sued For $1 Billion For Selling Publicly Donated Photos

An anonymous reader writes: Online stock media library Getty Images is facing a $1 billion lawsuit from an American photographer for illegally selling copyright for thousands of photos. The Seattle-based company has been sued by documentary photographer Carol Highsmith for ‘gross misuse’, after it sold more than 18,000 of her photos despite having already donated them for public use. Highsmith’s photos which were sold via Getty Images had been available for free via the Library of Congress. Getty has now been accused of selling unauthorised licenses of the images, not crediting the author, and for also sending threatening warnings and fines to those who had used the pictures without paying for the falsely imposed copyright.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 974

I can predict he'll start isolationist trade policies

Which is just a lot of talk and not much else. A president isn't a king. He has to follow the law. Especially Trump, because he won't have allies in the press actively hiding information that might be bad for his administration.

that he'll prefer Putin to our historic allies

Like the current President prefers Iran over Israel and Cuba over the UK. But, again, mostly talk.

that he'll poison our relationship with Mexico

Our relationship with Mexico is valuable to Mexico. How valuable is it to us? Since Mexico has less to offer than the benefit they receive from our "relationship", they're hardly in a position to hold a grudge over some meaningless talk and the US deciding to secure the border.

that he'll cause a crazy debt default incident

Good. The last one of those helped slow down runaway spending. It was the end of the world for about a week though. I'm sure there will be a lot of pearl-clutching and dramatic gasping and head-shaking by people who think it makes them superior to the rest of us.

Is that sufficent?

I'm not panicked yet. Keep telling your stories though. It's fun to tell stories.

Comment I don't think that's what he did. (Score 1) 974

So you don't think the Republican candidate for the Presidency of the US inviting a foreign power, one that is at the best of times in a rather tense relationship with the United States, to hack into US systems just to gain dirt on the other party's nominee is reasonable?

It's obvious to a native speaker of English (who isn't astroturfing the Democrats' talking points) that Trump was NOT inviting the Russians to initiate a new crack on his opponent's servers.

He was ribbing his opponents, and keeping their lax security (and their "The Russians are aiding him!" attempt at distraction) in the public eye, by pointing out that the Russians probably ALREADY have the emails that Clinton's people "can't find", and inviting them to dig them out of their own archives and provide them to investigators and/or the press.

People claiming he is inviting new espionage don't just look foolish. They also play into his hands, by keeping the issue in the face of prospective voters.

But feel free to continue. B-)

Comment I used to hate the theater (Score 1) 325

I used to hate watching movies in the theater.
First, the movie would be invariably out of focus - but the advert projector they play before the movie would be in perfect focus.
Secondly, the seating sucked - but that has improved in recent years. It isn't as comfy as home, but at least now I get more legroom than an airline seat.
Third, the sound systems used to totally suck. Now, they've gotten much, much better. I still much prefer my own sound system but theater sound is actually quite good now.
Lastly... the sticky floors and all the trash left behind by the fucking slobs who sat there previously. WTF, people! Clean up after yourselves - if not out of concern for others, but to prove that you don't completely lack all sense of class and self-respect.

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 2) 298

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) 298

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:Joke ? (Score 1) 974

She is the status-quo. In international matters, we do not fear her, because we already know how the USA under the Clinton empire family works.

Trump is, potentially, a lot *worse*

And the obvious rebuttal is a) she is a really lousy status quo, and b) Trump has been kicking around for a while too. He's just as much a known quantity since he's been kicking around a while and has made a lot of noise for a long time.

much of the world is ready to declare it is the start of the apocalypse if he wins (which will pave the way for right-wing extremists everywhere).

Ever think about the dynamics of why that happens rather than just worry about it? If there weren't so many "right-wing extremists" and they weren't heavily marginalized by society, then all the "paving" in the world wouldn't create a problem.

Or maybe it's only a problem because you're not the one exploiting the discontented?

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