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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

MrResistor Re:They said that about cell phones (386 comments)

... (copyright does not cover the implementation).

Wrong. Copyright does cover implementation. That's the only thing it covers. Or are you unaware that software is under copyright protection?

Content quoted from http://copyright.gov/help/faq/...

What does copyright protect?

Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section "What Works Are Protected."

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

MrResistor Could be your wifi (294 comments)

I was having similar problems (Uverse though, not Comcast). On a lark, I dug an old Ethernet cable out of storage and ran it from my gateway router to my desk. Problem solved.

about 4 months ago

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

MrResistor Re: Thanks (398 comments)

That's not faking delivery though. The data is actually being delivered, just from a different source. I don't give a shit where the data comes from our how it gets to me*, I care about how fast my page loads.

* except for the handful of times per month I do something sensitive, like online banking, but that's all encrypted.

about 6 months ago

Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

MrResistor Re: Bye-Bye Java (303 comments)

Yeah, Mono...

If you don't mind being stuck at .NET 3.5, and don't care about WPF support. No thanks. Mono is a joke.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?

MrResistor Take on one of your impossible projects (172 comments)

Seriously. Every huge, impossible project is made up of a bunch of smaller projects that are totally doable, plus maybe a couple that are actually hard. Divide and conquer is one of the most important skills you can develop as a programmer. Start with the first easy thing you can think of that you'll need to do before you get to the big hard thing, and get some code on the screen. Keep doing that. Pretty soon you'll find you have most of it done.

And as for the reading thing, you should expect to be spending more time reading than writing code. I think my time is about 50/50 now, and I've been coding professionally for three years, after doing a BS and about 70% of a master's in comp sci.

about 9 months ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

MrResistor Re:Over 18 (632 comments)

Creditors who do not act in a timely manner when an estate is closing or a corporation is being liquidated are simply SoL.

You might consider Reading The Fine Summary. I know, that's Crazy Talk! But, if you had, you might have noticed something about the statute of limitations (lawyer speak for "timely manner") has been lifted on these types of debt.

about 9 months ago

Estimate: Academic Labs 11 Times More Dangerous Than Industrial Counterparts

MrResistor Re: Depends on what they are doing (153 comments)

I've never seen microwave popcorn burned by accident. It's always been intentional to cover up the smell of smoking pot.

about a year ago

Facebook To Pay City $200K-a-Year For a Neighborhood Cop

MrResistor Re: Wow... (235 comments)

They aren't hitting one guy. They are contracting with the city to guarantee that there will be at least one cop in the specified area 24/7. That actually works out to 4 or 5 cops once you figure in shifts, days off, etc.

about a year ago

Autodesk Says It's Killing Softimage Development, Support

MrResistor Re: Autodesk has 3 Animation packages (85 comments)

This. FBX is terrible. The best I can say about it is that it's not quite as bad as Microsoft's OpenXML formats.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

MrResistor Re: Depends on your definition of legacy (247 comments)

Depends on the industry. I do know a few people who only develop for the web, but that's because they work in web development. As a tools dev contractor in the game industry I have never been asked to write anything web based. Not even by my clients who are developing web games.

about a year ago

Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

MrResistor Re:This is enlightening (131 comments)

It's how unions work in the USA, too. GP is an idiot, and has obviously learned everything he "knows" about unions from Libertarian ideologues.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

MrResistor As much as I love Stephenson (293 comments)

I think other authors have done a better job with postulating advances in technology. A few examples:

Charles Stross - Accelerando - One of the more believable and compelling projections of computer tech that I've read in a long time.

Linda Nagata - Vast - Similar projections for computer tech as above, plus genetic engineering. This was a recent random find in a used book store for me, and apparently the fourth book in a series called The Nanotech Succession. I will definitely be looking for more of her stuff.

Paolo Bacigalupi - The Windup Girl - Definitely the best I've seen for projection in biotech, and it hit me in a similar way as the first time I read Neuromancer a few decades ago. Definitely not for children, though. Pump Six And Other Stories is a collection of short stories set in the same world, but I don't know how well they would hold up on their own without the deeper context that TWG provides.

about a year ago

Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

MrResistor Re:because it's a hostile environment (333 comments)

But if you really want to rant, perhaps you should encourage more men to become K-6 teachers or nurses or therapists, to even out the gender gap there.

There's plenty of discussion about how we need more men in nursing and K-6 education, it's just happening on forums you aren't paying attention too. Perhaps you could pull your head out of your ass and google yourself up a bit of education on those topics. I can't speak to therapists, but then all of the relatively few therapists I've met are men.

about a year ago

Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

MrResistor Re:this again ? really (333 comments)

Nobody is complaining about the paucity of male elementary school teachers.

Yes, they are, you just haven't been paying attention to the forums where those conversations are happening. A tiny bit of Googling would educate you.

about a year ago

Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

MrResistor Re:CA Evictions (500 comments)

Wrong. That might be the case in particular jurisdictions (LA and SF would not surprise me) but it certainly isn't that way in the whole state. All that's necessary is 30 days written notice naming the person(s) on the lease/rental agreement and however many John/Jane Does you think are necessary (it's recommended that number be generous). No need to get cops involved unless the tenant(s) refuse to vacate, but I suspect that's the case in every state.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

MrResistor Your boss knows two things about construction (716 comments)

Jack, and shit. As someone who worked in construction for 10 years and now has 3 years experience as a software developer, allow me to present a rebuttal:

The bricklayer is an independent contractor who signed a contract to deliver a finished wall on a certain date for a certain price. How much or how little time it takes him to complete the job is his own business. He gets paid the same amount regardless. Whether he's super awesome and completes the wall in half the time, or he's a screw-up who ends up putting in 80 hour weeks tearing down sections and rebuilding them, he gets paid the same.

That contract was created in the context of a STRICT waterfall development model. The dimensions, materials, and probably even the pattern the bricks are to be laid in have already been specified, in detail, by the architect/engineer. All the bricklayer has to do is lay bricks. He's not doing any design work. If there's a design flaw in the wall, that's not his fault, and fixing it will cost you extra. If the design changes after the contract was signed, that's probably also going to cost you extra. If modifications are made after the the bricklayer completed his work on a section of wall, any structural weaknesses introduced by those modification are not his fault and fixing them will cost you extra. You see where this is going, right?

In cases where the bricklayer is an hourly employee rather than an independent contractor, there is no way in hell he's fixing anything on his own time. You are paying for every minute he's working. Period. If you hired a screw-up bricklayer (probably the cheapest one you could find), you're eating those costs.

about a year ago

Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

MrResistor Re:Get Ready (383 comments)

I'd be really impressed if someone managed to get anything to stick on Issa. He's as dirty as they come, but it doesn't seem to make a difference.

about a year ago

Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

MrResistor Re:I'm somewhat disturbed... (264 comments)

Even if you don't carry a balance, cancelling a card still hurts your score since the reporting agencies don't distinguish between reasons why that line of credit was cancelled.

about a year ago

The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

MrResistor Re:It'll work if you want to suceed (397 comments)

Okay but American blacks have NEVER felt like part of mainstream society and they are definitely the least prosperous group. That's a great big gaping hole in the theory that needs to be explained.

There is no gaping hole in the theory here, you've just failed to understand it.

Having a culture that glorifies violence and street crime and actively persecutes those who want education really, really doesn't help. That's what gangsta culture does.

I completely agree with you, and so does the article. Gangsta culture is all about glorifying poor impulse control. Note that impulse control is one of the things the article says is essential to success (and not just this article, there are tons of studies backing up that assertion). Additionally, that glorification of negative achievement promotes the opposite of the second item on the list of essentials, "insecurity, a feeling that you or what you've done is not good enough."

No group could thrive with that. So the real question is why the nearly suicidal anti-achievement attitude? Where does it come from? Why can't people understand that embracing it means forever denying yourself your true protential? The successful black people who own businesses, enter the professions, and work in academia all have one thing in common: they rejected thug culture and growing up, they were often targeted and harasses and assaulted because of it. Not by whites, but by fellow American blacks.

Again, you are correct, and the article agrees with you:

"The first is a superiority complex — a deep-seated belief in their exceptionality."

This is really the big issue facing the African American community, IMO. This one is about having a sense of racial/ethnic/cultural superiority, and they've been told they're inferior so often and for so long that they've come to believe it. People fight hard to defend their beliefs, even when those beliefs are harmful to themselves. The evidence of their inferiority (their inability to overcome the oppression of The Man) is all around them, so it's easy to excuse a lack of personal success. And if they're prevented from achieving success within mainstream culture they must seek it elsewhere, meaning the underground economy and the thug culture that comes with it. Anyone similar to them who is able to achieve mainstream success is a threat to that narrative, and stands as a silent accusation that their of mainstream success might be due to personal failure rather than the inevitable result of powerful forces working against them.

To sum up, in the language of the article:

The typical Successful Immigrant has a sense of ethnic superiority, personal inferiority, and strong impulse control, and this is why they are successful.
The typical Gangsta Thug has a sense of ethnic inferiority, personal superiority, and poor impulse control, and this is why they are not successful.

Where is the hole in the theory?

1 year,1 day

China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

MrResistor Re: Take away SCO (223 comments)

Why? What technical advantages would UnixWare give them over Linux? It seems like a lot of extra work for no real benefit.

1 year,12 days


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