It just makes one up right there on the spot, and assigns it a null value.
Actually it assigns it a value of undefined.
Then there's the null -vs- undefined mess that constantly trips-up even experienced programmers.
Did that joke just go flying over my head?
Where is the study telling us how huggable these nanotube sheets might be?
Great point -- there's all kinds of new products this could enable...
New huggable Charmin Ultra Nanosheets...the best sheet ever!
I later checked and found he gets million from Comcast in contributions.
I find this claim pretty questionable: it costs way less to buy a congressman! Hell, you could buy a baker's dozen of senators for that!
Whether these particular patents were innovative was at least decided with respect to DishNetwork.
Do you really think patent litigation is capable of judging that? Do you really think that's even it's intent?
Seriously, everybody on
No. Nearly every software developer on the internets seem to assume that every single software patent infringement lawsuit is "patent trolling". That's because it is.
And I imagine that about nine out of ten people here would have the exact same reaction if Microsoft ripped off their product: let's sue.
You really believe nine out of ten people here would file software patents? You obviously haven't been paying attention.
The RIAA giving radio a compelling reason to play independent artists is exactly what we need. They can only hurt themselves.
Sadly, this is incorrect. Via the SoundExchange FAQ (by way of Wikipedia because those idiots have a broken Flashtastic site): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoundExchange
"SoundExchange collects and distributes royalties for all artists and copyright owners covered under the statutory licenses; these parties do not need to be members of SoundExchange for royalties to be collected on their behalf and distributed to them."
Yes, SoundExchange has the mandate to collect royalties for indie artists as well. And good luck getting them to pay out -- they'll no doubt have trouble "finding" you. I'm not sure what that implies it also applies to songs released under CC or similarly permissive licenses -- while the CC license specifically addresses the performance right, I wouldn't be surprised if SoundExchange still claims a statutory right to collect.
If computers take over (which seems to be their natural tendency), it will serve us right. -- Alistair Cooke