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US Judge Say Kim Dotcom May Never Be Tried or Extradited

acidrain Re:Trial and extradition were never the goal (345 comments)

He was put out of business and lost tens of millions of dollars from the raid. His punishment has already been served, without trial, and without due process.

Except this whole thing was orchestrated to prove to legislators that the current law cannot be used to stop the bad guys and that America needs those tougher laws that the lobbyists cannot get though.

"Ok, they won't give us the powers we need to make it impossible to send movies to your friends... How about we try and do everything possible we can to take down someone we can paint as the bad guy (fat douche looking hacker with an attitude, nice!) and when it backfires we can say it isn't cause we are not trying hard enough. It is because we need bigger legal guns."

Kim will get his stuff back. He will put Megaupload back online, even without everyone's data, because Kim will want to make a point, and the point will be exactly the point the RIAA and MPAA want him to make. "Look we even had the bad guys raided by a swat team... And they went right back to selling bandwidth to pirates."

more than 2 years ago

Are Code Reviews Worth It?

acidrain they are worth it (345 comments)


You often *have* to review a entry level programmer's work until it reaches an acceptable quality. I consider code reviews as a method of improving the programmer more so than the code. One an engineer is producing generally acceptable code it becomes safe enough to treat their code as a black box and wait for problems to be unearthed by testing. If you are shipping bugs your problem is testing, not code reviews. Finally, the cheapest way to do code reviews is for a manager to just scan submitted code from time to time and send out polite emails if they see something amiss. On the other hand getting five senior guys in a room to discuss the work of another senior engineer is a just going to result in unproductive, cranky engineers.

more than 5 years ago

Google Losing Up To $1.65M a Day On YouTube

acidrain Re:it is worth it (290 comments)

I'm not asking for genius. I'm just saying they have to have a plan beyond puring money into a hole or they wouldn't be doing it. And it seems pretty obvious what plan you would have with a site like YouTube.

more than 5 years ago

Google Losing Up To $1.65M a Day On YouTube

acidrain it is worth it (290 comments)

YouTube positions Google to try and be the next iTunes, to turn Android into the next iPhone and be the place where video and audio providers need to be to sell their content. I'm sure Google knows this and considering the economic realities of the day are looking at ways to move in on Apple. I mean really, why else would they be burning that much money folks. There has to be more of a plan when it comes to Google and media than to spend 5 billion waiting for bandwidth to become cheaper.

more than 5 years ago

The Perils of Pointless Innovation In Games

acidrain fail early (260 comments)

With our budgets the conservatism is understandable. At the same time when you are trying to make a new product there is also pressure to be the one that stands out. So the creative process demands that you try new things, preferably early on in the project. I think the real problem here (sorry to parade out an industry truism) is not failing quickly enough. If a new feature or mechanic becomes a *big deal* and is not allowed to fail when it starts to suck, the investment of money and ego may require it to ship. However, trying new things when you have time to take the risks, and are not overly committed to shipping them, is the thing that keeps us evolving.

more than 5 years ago

"Tweenbots" Test NYC Pedestrian-Robot Relations

acidrain Re:Cute robot (197 comments)

Would it ever get there? I'm going to try it tonight. Hey, that way you might even get lucky... tonight.

more than 5 years ago

TrueMotion Game Controller a Step Up From Wii Remote

acidrain Re:Inaccurate wiimote description (187 comments)

Ok, look. The Wiimote has no idea what direction it is currently moving in. It only knows about *acceleration* in it's local space. So for example due to gravity, (a kind of acceleration) when you hold it still it knows exactly which way is down. But that is about it. Also the accelerometers are bloody cheap, so all they are really good for is triggering an event when you jerk the damn' thing.

more than 5 years ago

Jobs Rumor Debacle Besmirches Citizen Journalism

acidrain the only problem is the word citizen. (286 comments)

I mean would you be "besmirching" an anonymous coward? Oh, by the way AMD cannot get credit and is going to loose it's fabrication contracts. You heard it on slashdot first!!!

more than 5 years ago



What film genres really benefit from HD?

acidrain acidrain writes  |  more than 7 years ago writes "I'm thinking your preference of either standard DVDs or HD formats really comes down to whether the kinds of video you like to watch benefit from being in HD. So I'm putting it to the test, and asking what genres of movies you watch, and whether you are, or would like to be buying HD?"

acidrain acidrain writes  |  more than 7 years ago

acidrain writes "Viacom has just announced that it is going to sue Google and YouTube for $1bn. While it isn't clear why Viacom believes that the DMCA safe harbour provisions do not apply, it is certainly an eye opener to see such large figures being raised in a battle over who gets to distribute free content online. Viacom owns MTV, BET and Paramount and is making the content they claim to be infringed available for free through a licencing deal with who also publishes content from Warner Music."

acidrain acidrain writes  |  more than 7 years ago

acidrain (35064) writes "Contrary to the prediction of some computer models, scientists have found a black hole resting peacefully in a dense nest of stars called a globular cluster. Previously discovered black holes are either similar in size to a large star, or super massive holes which are millions of times bigger than a star is able to remain stable. This finding indicates there may be an intermediate size range of holes residing within these star clusters."

acidrain acidrain writes  |  more than 7 years ago

acidrain (35064) writes "according to the article Global Conflict: Palestine centres on a young journalist who arrives in Israel. The player walks around a city which resembles Jerusalem and the surrounding area talking to people. As the conflict intensifies, however, the situation becomes increasingly complex and exposes some of the reasons for the ongoing violence."


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