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Comment Need better cellars (Score 1) 92

There is something to be said for the way copyright manages to keep some popular collections alive and well-tended, rather than rotting away in a cellar.

What we need to do, is invent a new storage system which is better than cellars, combined with some kind of means whereby the public can access it.

I wonder if the electronics nerds could come up with something. I remember watching a Woody Allen movie called "Take the Money and Run" where Woody's character mentioned his aunt had some kind of special machine. Does anyone know if that was just science fiction, or was it based on a real thing?

Comment Re:What matters... (Score 1) 92

I still miss the days of when artists could avoid the music industry entirely and market themselves directly to listeners

Sorry, just want to make sure I'm not misunderstanding. Are you saying that since that one particular company isn't around anymore, artists can no longer market themselves directly to listeners? (Or that it's maybe not as easy or convenient as it was back then?)

Comment Re:SJW only allow missionary position (Score 1) 646

I've yet to see anyone routinely slapped with the SJW label who supports Drupal's actions here. It might be because kink-shaming is actually anti-social justice. But you'll never get the Gamergate/MRA/Alt-Reichters that infest Slashdot these days to admit that.

Comment Re:Hell, it's about time. (Score 1) 250

Anita Sarkesian tells us were having wrongfun if we enjoy mainstream video games

No, she's never said anything remotely similar. In fact, most of her videos start with her, fruitlessly apparently, pointing out it's totally OK to enjoy media that has themes that could be critiqued.

. The folks at WorldCon tell us we're having wrongfun if we enjoy good SF books without regard to the political leanings of the authors

The only people who have told us we need to vote for science fiction books on the basis of the ideologies they represent are the two puppies groups, who were formed because they didn't like the opinions implied or expressed by recent Hugo winners, winners selected by over 10,000 ordinary science fiction readers. Worldcon is not one of the puppies groups.

It sounds, to me, that you're living in the right wing bubble, where people tell each other nonsense about liberals, and even do the exact things they claim not to do. When was the last time a Sarkeesian critic saw a game with, say, a black medieval knight or a transgender galactic gunslinger, and said "I'm totally fine with that and not going to complain at all, I personally don't like games like that, but I appreciate there's an audience for people who do"?

Comment Re:PIN? (Score 1) 52

Why do you think that? PIN stands for Personal Identification Number and as such the length is not defined. SIM cards allow longer pins (I use a 8 digit one - but I only need to type that one when I reboot my phone, which is rare), credit cards have allowed longer than 4 PINs for ages. PIN does not imply 4 digits, but 4 digits is the default.

Not even always: the default for our nationality wide accepted smartcard (which are horrible, but it is what it is), is 6 digits.

Comment Re:Lies? (Score 1) 535

The idea is you have logging that tells you what happened. If necessary that will include a stack trace that indicates exactly where the error occurred.

Computers do not read logs, nor do they parse stack traces. If you're at the point you're reading a log or stack trace, then there's obviously a serious problem with your code. Subtle problems are likely to never appear.

Do you often find yourself looking at a catch block and needing to know what throws to it?

Alas. Yes.

If so, why?

Because structurally it encourages developers to hide issues rather than handle them at the time. Exceptions are rarely exceptional, they're thrown over common situations such as files not existing or servers not responding with data over a network.

Really we need to rethink what we use exceptions for - and, indeed, if we should have them at all.

Comment Would they sell? (Score 1) 319

Imagine you're an ISP who paid your congressperson to vote for this law. Someone wants to use your freshly-purchased law to embarrass you and your law vendor.

If I were in that position, I would tell Search Internet History, "Sorry, we don't sell that." (At first, and then when I later got caught selling it to others, it'd become a more combative "Sorry, we don't sell that to you.")

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