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Comment Re:We are all tracking the reality of things, righ (Score 1) 174

> After the debacle in the 2000 election where Florida was called for Bush (before the polls closed)

You remember incorrectly.

Florida was called prematurely for Gore while the polls were still open in the panhandle.

This probably cost Bush a staggering number of votes in the panhandle by the effect of the losing party not going to the polls, while the winning party jumps in and still triumphantly votes (which in turn would have prevented the debacle). The panhandle is as rich in Republican votes as Palm Beach in Democratic.

The classic case is Carter's early concession in 1980, which is generally believed to have cost his party several house seats in the west. (there are now some folks contesting this conventional wisdom, but I'm skeptical of their arguments).

(FWIW, from my first election through that one, I never used anything *but* a butterfly ballot. When I put a slide of the ballot up on the overhead for my statistics class, the voice from the back of the room asked, "Are they morons?" for supposedly being confused).

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 200

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.

hawk

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.

hawk

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 . . .

hawk

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 . . .

hawk

Comment Re:Unity on Slashdot? (Score 1) 282

Your two statements are contradictory.

They're not. Holding a copyright on a work does not confer one with complete authority as to how that work may be used. The rights which comprise copyright are relatively few; further, they are themselves limited in a number of respects.

For example, copyright on a book does not include a right to prohibit other people from reading the book. The list of exclusive rights that together form a copyright can mostly be found at 17 USC 106. (Again, only for the purposes of US copyright law; I have no idea about foreign copyright law, and I don't care to)

And posting a picture on your website doesn't tell or demonstrate anything.

The conduct of doing so, assuming a website open to the public, is an implicit license to anyone to access and view it (and to make incidental copies in the process of doing so).

If I happen to know that the Mona Lisa hangs in the Louvre, there's nothing wrong with my telling people to go there to see it. And if I happen to know the URL of your picture, there's nothing wrong with my telling people to go there to see your picture; this is so whether I provide people with a link to be manually followed, or an embedded link to be automatically followed such that the picture appears in the web page. I'm not copying it onto my website or anything.

First sale is not profiting in a commercial sense.

It is absolutely that. A used book store will sell copies of works for a profit, because it is a commercial enterprise. It is totally reliant on the first sale doctrine. Ditto however many independent video stores still exist (since it's perfectly legal to rent lawfully made copies of movies that you own).

Commercial use is not fair use.

Well, where the hell were you when the Supreme Court needed your input in 1994 in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music?

There the Court not only found that a commercial use certainly could be a fair use, they even said that it is wrong to treat a commercial use as being presumptively unfair. Commerciality is just an element to be considered, and that's all:

If, indeed, commerciality carried presumptive force against a finding of fairness, the presumption would swallow nearly all of the illustrative uses listed in the preamble paragraph of  107, including news reporting, comment, criticism, teaching, scholarship, and research, since these activities "are generally conducted for profit in this country." Harper & Row, supra, at 592 (Brennan, J., dissenting). Congress could not have intended such a rule, which certainly is not inferable from the common-law cases, arising as they did from the world of letters in which Samuel Johnson could pronounce that "[n]o man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money." 3 Boswell's Life of Johnson 19 (G. Hill ed. 1934).

But then I guess you already knew everything you wrong was wrong since you fell the need to try and make your point using an insult.

'Everything you wrong was wrong?' What the hell is that?

Anyway, I called you an idiot because you're clearly an idiot. It had nothing to do with my actual argument. But my advice to you is that you have no idea what the hell you're talking about, at least within the context of US copyright law, and you would do yourself, and everyone else a great service if you'd shut the fuck up and learn something from a legitimate, neutral source before you next presume to talk about it.

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