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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Parafilmus Re:Don't worry guys... (878 comments)

In retrospect, I should not have posted the "brick testament" link. It was needlessly snarky.

Here are a few passages about Moses' military exploits, without the snarky lego commentary.

The slaughter of women and children at Midean: http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=28...

The slaughter of women and children at Bashan: http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=28...

The slaughter of women and children at Heshbon: http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=28...

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Parafilmus Re:Don't worry guys... (878 comments)

I'm skeptical of the peaceful nature of a religion founded by a warlord

Me too! A religion founded by a warlord sounds like a terrible idea.

But are we talking about Islam(muhammad), Judaism(moses), or Christianity(constantine)?

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Warren Ellis a Question

Parafilmus Re:Authors in the industry (58 comments)

If the contract literally stated that the rights would revert when the comic went out-of-print then he was foolish to sign. It means that if his work becomes popular that he never gets it back as the publisher can sell and sell and sell while people are buying, and it means that even if his work is unpopular, the licensee has ways of hold on to it by printing small-batch limited editions every time inventory gets low.

Today, creators are aware of that possibility. They have the example of Alan Moore to show them ;)

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Warren Ellis a Question

Parafilmus Re:Authors in the industry (58 comments)

Alan Moore is upset because he believes DC tricked him out of the ownership of Watchmen.

Watchmen was not a work for hire. The copyright would return to him after the comic was out of print. DC decided to keep it "technically in print" forever, which was an unprecedented move at the time.

I don't know the whole story. Maybe Moore should have read the contract more carefully. But I do understand why he's upset. He did not think he was "signing over" all the rights to his creation at the time.

about a month and a half ago
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

Parafilmus Title seems a bit racist (128 comments)

The author's cro-mag bias is showing.

Her title implies that the neandertals in question are not also our ancestors.

A better title might have been "...genome reveals when our Cro-Magnon ancestors had sex with our Neandertal ancestors."

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Parafilmus Re: "up to" $650 for a macbook air trade in? (365 comments)

That's because people don't understand there's more than one model and if they do they don't understand how to tell them apart or what the benefits of a new model are.

That's just not correct. Look at the ebay listings. Every one features the model number and tech specs right up front.

Plenty of valid criticism can be leveled at Apple, but are you really suggesting that they aren't doing enough to announce their laptop hardware revisions?

They're not exactly shy when they update one of their laptop models. They tend to have a big media production where the CEO gets on a stage and explains the hardware and software changes in some detail. Convincing people to replace their 2009 macbooks with shiny 2014 models is a big part of their business. I'm not sure how much more they could do to spread the word that "this year's macbook has a better SSD/CPU/whatever."

about 6 months ago
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After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

Parafilmus Seems correct (53 comments)

I don't know anything about Mexican trademark law, but the decision seems fair on the surface.
If the "iFone" brand was in use beforehand, then I can see how "iPhone" would be confusing.

Maybe Apple or the carriers will cut a deal... or maybe their marketing material will just start referring to "apple phones."

about 6 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Parafilmus Re:Good bye source compatibility (636 comments)

Here's a document about how C data types and pointers map to swift. It looks reasonably straightforward.

https://developer.apple.com/li...

I don't really see myself using the language because it's locked to one platform, but the sky is not falling. I'm sure we'll see swift-wrappers for popular C and C++ libraries popping up all over the place.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Parafilmus Re:Good bye source compatibility (636 comments)

Qt does not (and cannot) support Windows "Metro." By the same token it won't be able to support this new environment

Nah, this isn't something like metro. Swift is just another language, not a new runtime.

Swift actually has good interoperability with C and ObjC. You can link precompiled libraries or just drop C code into your project, #import the header files, and call C functions directly from swift or vice-versa.

https://developer.apple.com/li...

Alas, it doesn't have the same interoperability with C++. Apple recommends creating a C or ObjC wrapper for C++ libraries, which doesn't sound awesome.

However, QT already links with cocoa, apple's ObjC / Swift interface. Cocoa isn't going anywhere, so QT won't be going anywhere.

about 7 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

Parafilmus Re:No Way! (261 comments)

It's also a more accurate name in that horizontal resolution doesn't vary with a movie's aspect ratio.

... except for 4:3 aspect movies, of which there are plenty. (Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Eyes Wide Shut, etc.)

Not to mention most 20th century TV shows. Those all display at 1440x1080 on a high-def television. So 1080p is accurate in those cases, but 2k is not.

Seriously, the right way to describe a monitor's resolution is to include both numbers. Give me height and width. I can handle it.

about 7 months ago
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Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Parafilmus Re:well (557 comments)

There is a tie or not a tie. What you're saying is that someone should not be allowed to win by 1 vote.

Our vote-counting methods are not accurate to within a single vote.

So if an election has a single-vote margin of victory, we'll never know about it.

When a margin of victory is smaller than the counting method's margin of error, that means we can't really tell who received more votes. This is rarely a problem, because the margin of victory is usually greater than the margin or error.

about 7 months ago
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Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

Parafilmus Re:Is this really a problem? (193 comments)

So, you're telling me someone who can afford to drop $70,000 on a car is going to want to be seen driving it 8 years later?

Someone will be driving it 8 years later, unless you exepct the original owner to just throw the car away.

about 8 months ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Parafilmus Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (272 comments)

Wacom's method can't be used for a device-independent bluetooth stylus, because it requires special sensors behind the display.

However, samsung's tablets and phablets have the necessary sensors built in, and actually use Wacom styluses, complete with pressure-sensitivity.

So does microsoft's surface tablet, and a few others.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Parafilmus Re:Those who can do, those who can't teach. (451 comments)

As a job skill, I suggest learning to code even if that won't be your primary focus. As a tech worker, you'll likely have to communicate with programmers, and you'll be much more effective if you can speak their language.

Basic is very well supported in the Microsoft ecosystem, and is friendly to beginners. If you're interested, check out Microsoft's SmallBasic IDE, which is a great tool for learning to program: http://smallbasic.com/

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Parafilmus Re:Those who can do, those who can't teach. (451 comments)

makes me wonder what you are teaching these kids if you have to ask us how to get a job in the tech-world. I hope your pupils won't have to ask that same question.

That seems unfair. Would you expect a music teacher to lecture kids about recording contracts?

It strikes me as unfortunate that a technology teacher doesn't know how to code, because that seems like a basic part of the subject matter. But I wouldn't expect a schoolteacher to be an expert on private sector job hunting.

about 10 months ago

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