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Comment Re:Where are all those Flash is the Future ppl now (Score 1) 332

Steve Jobs:

First, there’s “Open”. Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary.

We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.


Well, not really. It's more like he's saying "I will not allow Flash to become a de-facto part of the iPhone development platform, because Adobe would then be in a position in effect to delay deployment of enhancements to the platform."

Comment Re:Where are all those Flash is the Future ppl now (Score 1) 332

Considering the standard of 2007 in mobile browsing (i.e. tiny screen displaying abridged version)

I thought the "standard" of mobile browsing in 2007 was, for instance, Blazer on the Treo: not necessarily an abridged "mobile site" (how I loathe those) but rather a browser that was reasonably good at rearranging a page's layout to fit the screen better.

Comment It's all part of the Sontarans' plans! (Score 4, Funny) 298

The Sontarans are going to get Atmos installed everywhere and use it to kill off people who get in their way and then, finally, use the large number of installed systems to poison our atmosphere so they can use the Earth as a cloning facility! ...See, it's a Doctor Who reference. I like that show.

Comment Re:It is not your computer (Score 1) 393

MS has not thought of it as your computer for quite some time. Vista took away your control further in order to please the movie industry which does not trust anybody (if they could, they'd require a memory zapper so we couldn't remember films we've seen without paying a fee.)

That would actually be kind of cool...

I mean, there's the obvious jokes to be made ("zap my memory so I don't remember the Matrix sequels", etc.) - but apart from that fun nonsense, there are times when I find myself wishing that I could approach a familiar movie with a totally fresh perspective.

The original Star Wars trilogy comes to mind. I saw those movies when I was very young, and repeatedly (on TV) - I wonder what I would have thought of Yoda's introduction if I didn't already know who he was, or the various revelations about the Skywalker family in the second and third films. It would be neat to see that stuff with a fresh perspective. Of course there's the possibility that I would be extremely disappointed with the experience, too. *shrug* But sometimes a story can be so familiar, either because I already know it or because of various forms of incidental exposure (like movie trailers) that I wish I could just go in without any preconceptions.

Comment Re:The rootkit would just infect the kernel (Score 1) 393

You can do this in linux. we boot workstations from a read only partition and most software runs from there. even a master virus cant infect anything but the user partition.

If the malware is able to exploit a kernel bug to gain root access, then "read-only partition" ceases to have any meaning.

Comment Re:Starbucks! Disney World! Porno! Valium! (Score 2) 155

It has already been mentioned that the tune is rather similar to the actual Kazakhstan anthem, but with "nonstandard" lyrics.

It might be especially fun if the anthem-trolling did the same, using the basic national-anthem medley, but with more "interesting" lyrings.

In the case of the US, I can hear a choir singing the well-known (among American school-kids) lyrics: "Oh, say, can you see / any bedbugs on me ...".

While it lacks the juvenile fun of a crude mockery of the "Star Spangled Banner" lyrics, I think I would lean toward the anthem's built-in parody potential, the lyrics of "To Anacreon in Heaven", whose tune was used for the anthem. Though reaching that far back for trolling material means a lot of people won't necessarily even understand the joke...

Comment Re:I hate to say it... (Score 1) 255

And yet humans annihilating 10% of their ancestor humanity required a piece of complex equipment based on a time machine to achieve.

10% was just the initial attack. The paradox being held at bay was that humanity's future was being drastically changed, and future humanity (whose history did not include those events) was the instrument of that change.

With the Doctor's little trick, the only paradox is how he got out of the Pandorica in the first place. But the resulting events don't contradict themselves. There's nothing he did when going back in time to get himself out of the Pandorica that prevents him from getting out of the Pandorica. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Doctor Who was never exactly consistent with regard to specific rules of time travel, anyway...

Comment Re:007087 (Score 1) 510

Because he has all that free time with which to do so, having completed his programming assignments much faster than his C/C++ counterparts.

And since he now has to wait for his program to run, he has even more time to kill!

Comment Re:007087 (Score 1) 510

You're missing something here. Python compiles to PYC files ("Python Compiled"). File timestamps are used to see if .PY code has been updated since the last compile to .PYC.

It doesn't do a huge degree of "compiling" as I understand it, in large part because of the extremely dynamic nature of Python.

Comment Re:Not much skill (Score 1) 294

Also the article states that in the last casino, his $100,000 a hand bets were authorized by a high ranking employee meaning those large bets are not normally allowed.

Well, it's not so much that they're "not allowed", I think. Seems like they're happy to have people come and drop that kind of cash. They just like to pick and choose, try to find the marks who will lose more than they win.

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