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Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 198

Tivo is in a mad rush to somehow become a distant second place with no direct competitor.

I got DirectTV over a decade ago to feed a DirecTivo. On not being able to replace them as they wore out, one tuner at at time, I bought a newer tiro (Romio[?]) and switched to cable. (When asked why I was cancelling, I told him point blank, "Your DVRs suck." They are at least an entire generation behind in what they offer).

I quickly became underwhelmed by the new Tivo.

Where once it was easy to set a wishlist for all Series Premiers, now you have to search by that for text, which until a few weeks ago, had a staggering failure rate (picked up a couple a season).

With the older Tivos, you could tap the record button to record anything upcoming in the listing, and tap twice to get a season pass. Now, to record a single program is a couple of clicks, and a season pass several.

I'll definitely be looking for other options when this one wears out.


Comment Re:I thought this was obvious? (Score 1) 151

That 3% was all over the lace when I went into their store to activate phones a couple of weeks ago.

I want today that I also initialed it but it may just be that I read things before signing.

And it's not even automatic throttling at that point, but rather lower priority on the available bandwidth: if there's enough bandwidth you still get LTE.

Im also looked at MetroPCs, which was quite clear that their data was lower priority on the network than Tmobile accounts.


Comment Re:Macs come with plenty of languages (Score 1) 370

>Still waiting for a viable successor of Hypercard ...
>(and please don't post links to that company that is
>changing its name every 2 years and claims it
>RealCoder or LifeCoder or however it is called now is
>a Hypercard successor, it is not, it is rubbish)

I assume that you're misrefsrring to the program that came out as MetaCard on the NeXT, was then known as Runtime Revolution, and is now called Livecode.

It's IDE is sometimes misbehaved, but calling it "rubbish" is simply ignorant.

It is indeed far more complicated (and capable) than HyperCard, but is backwards compatible.

It supports a few SuperCard-isms, as well.

There are both open source (well, GPL 3) and commercial versions.

It is not, however, the "just dive in" that HyperCard was, although there is periodic talk about a stripped-down version for that.

I'm using it because It can compile for Mac/Windows/Linux with *very* minimal blocks (I have one on startup to deal with the different basic folders, a couple of lines for the different count in the top line of useable space, and a block to allow ~ on windows).

No, it won't be my choice for the long term, but being able to write once, and then to use that same code base for iOS and Android helper apps, is what seals it. Also, the ability to simply add fields hypercard-style is critical to my generation of new forms.

hawk, who writes a commercial product in it

Comment Re:Me too :wq (Score 1) 130

They can also send you off to medical care . . .

After a few long days editing on a full sized CKIE (control key in exile) keyboard, I found myself at the campus quack. Muscle strain in my pinkie, it turned out, from rotating much of my (large) hand and reaching that control key in the far corner . . .

By some strange coincidence, the janitors must have drooped my keyboard that day, as a little piece magically appeared next to it that sure looked like a physical toggle for the capslock key (surely *I* would never tamper with university equipment), and I was finally able to remap it to put the control key back where God Meant it to be . . .


Comment Re:Setting content restrictions in iOS (Score 1) 181

Strawberry? I don't even want to know . . .

Years ago. even pre-google iirc, I was putting graphs into an article with LaTeX.

It wasn't wrapping the text around the way I was used to in Word 5.1, so I went looking (probably with ALtaVista) for an extension.

I searched for "LaTeX wrap figure"

Oh, dear . . .


Comment Re: Question (Score 2) 519

Let's face it, there weren't all that many heroines in WWI, or even WWII for that matter. Yes, there were the WACS, but women were kept away form combat.

None the less, many were heroic on the home front, and married the returning doughboys, some of whom were addicted to morphine. Many returning soldiers were indeed addicted to their heroines, and pampered them the rest of their joint lives.

Some of these doughboys were addicted to various forms of opium pain killers taken from their injury, including heroin . . . :)


Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 118

I've never blocked anything just for being an ad.

I do block anything that blinks or moves, including those carousals on news sites, and those bouncy-floating sidebars.

The consequence is that I see so few ads that I' surprised when one happens.

On the rare occasion I need a website on my phone, I use ghostly. I'm just plain not a product, and do not want to be tracked.


Comment Re:Lawyer: Linux is not *quite* GPL (Score 3, Interesting) 379

Also, while I'm at it, to the extent that some invited, while others tolerated, aside from introducing different licenses with the problem that that creates, leads to the issue of "estoppel"--a situation in which one cannot assert a position, even if legally entitled to do so, do to his prior actions and/or the reliance of another upon those actions. (and for those who care, estoppel is an equitable principle, not a legal principle, having come from the Chancery Courts of England).

All in all, anyone who thinks that they would like the results of the litigation is deluding himself . . .


Comment Re:Lawyer: Linux is not *quite* GPL (Score 3, Interesting) 379

It's definitely a mess, but so is just about anything where the GPL has been around.

As for authority and jurisdiction: the Common Law of England goes back to the twelfth century, and has been passed on to substantially all English speaking countries (I forget the exceptions). The principles of construction predate this country, and are pretty much the same through the english speaking world.

Frankly, if someone wanted to litigate this, it would be an utter mess. The unwritten changes that *did* become part of the license would be binding upon all later contributions, and attach to them. It is quite possible that different parts have different licenses--and that the whole body of the kernel couldn't be distributed together. *noone* wants to open *that* can of worms . . .(except maybe redmond :)


Comment Lawyer: Linux is not *quite* GPL (Score 5, Informative) 379

I am a lawyer, but this is not legal advice. If you want legal advice, pay my retainer.

There is a *really* big hole in the analysis.

Linux is *not* quite GPL; it, like many others, is better understood as "quasi-GPL", or QGPL.

Since pretty much the beginning, the Linux developers approved, condoned, and encouraged binary, non-GPL modules. Standard legal analysis means that this trumps the boilerplate of the license/contract.

The second serious error is arguing about the FSF position on linking. Under the rules of legal analysis, the author of a document's opinion is weighted at pretty much nothing: the author had his chance, and later comments are irrelevant. That is, there are about 7 billion people whose opinions on interpreting it come first.

Now whether distributing Linux with that module violates Sun's CDL could be an entirely different issue; I've never looked at it.

hawk, esq.

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