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Comment Re:So sick of Patent Trolls (Score 1) 182

Your statement has no relevance to this story or the trial whatsoever. Oracle v. Google dealt with copyright and fair use. Patent abuse/trolling is an entirely different issue.

As for 'shaking up' Congress to fix the not-relevant-to-this issue, would you care to elaborate on what you've done in that regard?

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Re:Fun Movie, Not Future Reality (Score 2) 124

You realize that light bounces and people have peripheral vision. People shouldn't have to 'get over it'. If you are so self centered as to not care about other people, including the woman you were with, enjoying a movie then you are an asshole. If you are so attached to Slashdot that you can't go the length of a movie without checking it, get your ass up and go to the lobby.

Comment Re:See it before (Score 1) 276

If you let the code generate the UI you'll get what only a programmer thinks is a good UI (for reference, property grid controls). It's akin to thinking the content of a magazine can dictate a pleasing layout. It can't. Without writing code (or using a tool that writes code based on a graphical layout tool) to specify what is important, what needs emphasis, how the user should progress through the UI, you'll just get a mess. As soon as you go down the path of tagging items in the source code to help a system determine those things you're back at the starting point, you're having to "write text" (horrors!) to get a workable UI. Yes, just workable. You'll never get a stellar UI without a proper person designing it.

Comment Re:Hypocrites (Score 1) 223

Would you care to provide some links to support your claim? I mean what I assume is your claim that Microsoft wrote an amicus brief supporting Oracle in the lawsuit. There is no such thing as being 'an amicus'.

I can find many supports showing Microsoft in support of an appeal of the case, including a posted story right here on Slashdot

I can find zero stories about them being in support of Oracle.

Comment So about 8' from my front door? (Score 4, Interesting) 67

That thing is freaking huge. Each copter arm has to be at least 4' - 5' long. Factor in the roof overhang over my front door, and the landscaping, and the closest this thing could get a package to my doorstep would be about 8' away, but that puts it right into another landscaped area. So, my packages will either be somewhere in my front yard or on my driveway. All of this just so a postal worker doesn't have to get up out of a seat and walk the package all the way to my door?


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