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Comment Re:Oh drop it already (Score 1) 306

Also, Putin is getting his email laundry aired. I'm rather shocked /. hasn't had a post regarding the Cyber Hunta email leak (http://http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/payback-russia-gets-hacked-revealing-putin-aide-s-secrets-n673956)

Ars also has a writeup on this: http://arstechnica.co.uk/secur...

Comment Re:PGP? (Score 1) 306

According to the investigation, only three emails on server had any classified marking on them.

She was bribing people to get things marked as unclassified. Look, I admire your ardent defense of the Clintons, but at this point it's like trying to defend the legitimacy of Bush's invasion of Iraq (you can't prove that the WMDs weren't shipped out to Syria!)

Comment Re:Need to be passed for Private sector as well (Score 2) 68

I think Apple's problem is that a lot of the really good people left after the iPhone was released (or they died, I guess). Around 2010 I started to notice that the quality of lower-level library code had dropped. Then a couple years later, the quality of tools like xcode dropped. Now the quality problem is obvious even in the Keynote speeches.

Comment Re:So... defective? (Score 3, Informative) 51

The wording of the letter implies that a driver assistance device may be deemed "defective" even if "drivers will use your product in a manner that exceeds its intended purpose". The list of requested information includes basic specifications of the device, such as what it does, which vehicles it is for, how it is installed, how it is used, under what conditions it can be used, detailed results of testing in all such conditions, what it ends up doing when it shuts off, what it ends up doing if installed in an unsupported vehicle, detailed results of testing for compliance with each element of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, how it interacts with rearview mirrors, when it goes on sale, and the name of every entity that will sell the device.

My understanding of Comma leaving the U.S. market is that it lacks the money to perform exhaustive tests, especially on all unsupported vehicles, and to hire legal counsel to interpret the FMVSS (49 CFR 571) and other pertinent regulations.

Comment Re:Not just Southern Spain (Score 1) 238

> * 100-200 Million People Per Year Will Be Starving To Death During The Next Ten Years

That was a gross under-estimate.

> * Population Will Inevitably And Completely Outstrip Whatever Small Increases In Food Supplies We Make

Today we produce enough food to feed ~13 billion people, but most of it is thrown away either due to greed or mismanagement.

> * Demographers Agree Almost Unanimously Thirty Years From Now, The Entire World Will Be In Famine

For 1-2 BILLION people, it probably seems like the entire world is in famine because famine is all they will ever know. See: greed and mismanagement, above

> * In A Decade, Urban Dwellers Will Have To Wear Gas Masks To Survive Air Pollution

Clean air will be sold in cans, so consider the business opportunity. Yay capitalism! ;)

Comment Re:They tell you upfront it isn't going to be good (Score 1) 164

And to you, the viewer, they did look alike. The revelation: one of them was black on the left and white on the right; the other the other way around.

The beauty of that: you, the viewer, in all likelihood did not even notice that their colours were reversed until you got told so. Very poignant, and you shared the utter astonishment of the Enterprise crew that this was an issue at all.

I saw that episode for the first time when I was about 6 years old--about a year after I learned what the WHITE ONLY/COLORED ONLY signs were all about.

It still comes back to me whenever I encounter racism.

Comment Re:Who really cares? It won't change a thing. (Score 1) 78

> it is a much nicer language to code in and because the original language is under the LGPL there is no risk of being sued for an alternative implementation (indeed several alternative implementations already exist - ironpython for example).

That wouldn't matter if Oracle gets their filthy hands on python. Remember when Java was released on the GPL? That alone should have vindicated Google.

Comment Should interoperability not exist? (Score 2) 78

Google DID rip Oracle off [...] and they should have to pay

Then how should interoperability with a platform implemented as copyrighted computer programs be achieved, other than through copying the interfaces needed to interoperate with other software developed for the platform? If you believe instead that one ought not to attempt to interoperate in the first place, then how does it benefit the public to give a platform's owner the power to chill interoperability through copyright law?

Comment Distributing a work in progress is illegal (Score 1) 78

One practical problem with an alternative implementation of the Java platform is that a developer is forbidden to distribute an incomplete, work-in-progress implementation to the public. Per the "License for the Distribution of Compliant Implementations" in the Limited License Grant of the Java Language Specification, only a complete implementation that "fully implements the Specification including all its required interfaces and functionality" and passes the test suite may be published. This forces all alternative implementations into a cathedral model rather than a bazaar model and places an entry barrier of having to find a huge chunk of funding before having a chance to receive any related revenue. Further more, the test suite itself appears to be incompatible with permissive free software licenses.

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