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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

CanadianMacFan Re:Put your money where your mouth is. (195 comments)

I would put it that Congress should say to the agency that their responsibility is to do a particular task and how much that they will have to do it with. In this case it would be to provide reliable forecasts for a certain number of days out in time. The agency would then go and determine that they would best be able to meet the requirements with so much computing power which will cost $X.

7 hours ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

CanadianMacFan Book Analogy (254 comments)

If I were to write a book and then someone else comes along and writes another book with the same (or very similar) story and characters I can claim that they infringed my copyright even if the other book has a different name.

Now in this case Google came along and created a new library with the same functionality and interface as what Oracle provides. The whole point was to provide something identical so that programmers wouldn't notice the difference.

Going back to the book analogy, it isn't the case of two books by two different authors being called the same thing (which copyright allows) but two books being identical. The reader could choose either book and get the same information.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

CanadianMacFan Re:Split this baby down the middle... (254 comments)

Great, let me know when you release a book or CD and I'll sell a copy under my name since society has no obligation to make everything you want profitable.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

CanadianMacFan Re:Split this baby down the middle... (254 comments)

The issue is more complicated than Google just copying the method names and parameters. They also guaranteed the functionality of the methods so that their method foo would behave the same as Oracle's method foo.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

CanadianMacFan Re:Split this baby down the middle... (254 comments)

So if a company spends years doing research to work out the API and implementing a new library it's okay for a competitor to quickly release another version using that same API as long they have written the code themselves? What if it's not an API but a web service? Say some company let you see the information from your Nest if you hacked your thermostat to point to their servers which implemented the services that the Nest servers do. Should that be allowed?

about two weeks ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

CanadianMacFan Re:Status Updates (209 comments)

Actually finding out if something was going to fail before it does would be even better.

about two weeks ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

CanadianMacFan Re: secret passages (209 comments)

She just hasn't added that the cloaking circuit in this TARDIS is working so it will look like an ordinary bedroom entryway.

about two weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

CanadianMacFan Re:2015 (695 comments)

The planet is going to be just fine for a few more billion of years until the sun expands (barring asteroid collisions). It's just the easy first world standard of living that some of us are used to that is in danger of disappearing.

about three weeks ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

CanadianMacFan Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

There is no place for PSEUDOCIENCE in universities.

Time to kick economics out.

about three weeks ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

CanadianMacFan Information Collected (147 comments)

I wonder if most people realize how much information Microsoft is collecting with their Beta. What are the odds it will still be collected when the final release goes out the door? People will have had a year to get used to sending it in.

about a month ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

CanadianMacFan Re:Saving Earth's resources? (243 comments)

As lighting gets cheaper to use people tend to use more of it. The percentage of resources that people spend towards lighting has tended to remain constant throughout time. Now that we have LED bulbs people are installing more of them and using them for decoration, not just for lighting. Plus it's even easier than ever to stick a strip of LED lights under the kitchen cabinets where in the past it was a lot more hassle.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

CanadianMacFan Re:How much! (405 comments)

I've seen iPads being used by the commentators for the pre-match of British soccer matches.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

CanadianMacFan Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

The person said they used Photoshop Express to crop photos. Sounds like a basic task and not on Photoshop itself.

Personally I wouldn't want a Surface just because I don't want the hassle of dealing with Windows. I do that twice a year to run some tax software and the rest of the time I spend in operating systems that are less stressful to me. If others like using the Surface then good for them.

about 2 months ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

CanadianMacFan Re:Container ships (491 comments)

One word: Pirates.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

CanadianMacFan Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

How many of Microsoft's big purchases have ever really turned out to be good ones? Can't say too much about the smaller ones because I don't pay much attention to them.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

CanadianMacFan Re:Apple now a trend follower? (730 comments)

Many of the people that have been buying the smaller Apple phones have been quiet while Apple has been hearing from people who "need" larger phones for years now. You go onto the forums and most of the talk has been people wanting larger screens while very few people speak up about being happy with the current selection. That has to have some impact at Apple though I'm sure that they also do their own research into the market.

Hopefully the people who have been quiet up to now will start to voice their opinion about liking the smaller screens and in the next release we'll get a comparable small screen iPhone.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

CanadianMacFan Re:One day battery life in Apple Watch too? (730 comments)

If you are tracking your health then monitoring your heart rate, etc during the night could be helpful.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

CanadianMacFan Re:Disappointing (730 comments)

Unfortunately the C seems to stand for Cheap. Plastic case, slower processor, and less RAM. I've got the 5s and don't really want anything bigger but don't want to give up performance either. I like being able to use the phone with one hand and don't like the solution Apple is providing. I was hoping that they would go from a 3x full screen display to a 2x resolution display in one handed mode with it anchored on a corner instead of shifting everything down halfway.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

CanadianMacFan Re:Before and After (730 comments)

That's why I used another finger for authentication!

about 2 months ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

CanadianMacFan Designer (161 comments)

Or the graphics designer could just optimize the graphics so that they are the smallest possible size in the first place. Then they are the fastest for everyone. Designers, like programmers, are usually used to having the fastest computers and connections so they forget about people with slower computers and connections.

about 3 months ago

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