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Trying To Bust JavaScript Out of the Browser

deanlandolt Re:JS needs threads (531 comments)

Threads are not the only solution to concurrency. JS works will event loops.

And Promises make event loops even nicer.

But don't forget about Web Workers which gives us feeble javascript programmers true shared-nothing concurrency.

more than 4 years ago
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Trying To Bust JavaScript Out of the Browser

deanlandolt Re:Javascript is actually a great language (531 comments)

It just makes one up right there on the spot, and assigns it a null value.

Actually it assigns it a value of undefined.

Then there's the null -vs- undefined mess that constantly trips-up even experienced programmers.

Did that joke just go flying over my head?

more than 4 years ago
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Cracking Open the SharePoint Fortress

deanlandolt Re:That would be surprising. (275 comments)

Actually, the GP is accidentally right, in spite of obvious ignorance about licenses. Chrome, for instance, is *not* open source -- but Chromium is. Of course, the difference between the two is negligible and largely related to IPBS (a newly coined initialism that should be this crowd to figure out).

more than 5 years ago
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Bullet-Proof Sheets of Carbon Nanotubes

deanlandolt Re:Violence (206 comments)

Where is the study telling us how huggable these nanotube sheets might be?

Great point -- there's all kinds of new products this could enable...

New huggable Charmin Ultra Nanosheets...the best sheet ever!

more than 5 years ago
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Database Records and "In Plain Sight" Searches

deanlandolt Re:Is it just me or..... (154 comments)

I later checked and found he gets million from Comcast in contributions.

I find this claim pretty questionable: it costs way less to buy a congressman! Hell, you could buy a baker's dozen of senators for that!

more than 5 years ago
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TiVo Relaunching As a Patent Troll?

deanlandolt Re:Not a good summary. (335 comments)

Whether these particular patents were innovative was at least decided with respect to DishNetwork.

Do you really think patent litigation is capable of judging that? Do you really think that's even it's intent?

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Trial Misconduct Cost $40 Million

deanlandolt Re:Damnit! I'm torn! (231 comments)

Seriously, everybody on /. seems to assume that every single patent infringement lawsuit is a "patent troll." But patent law is a lot more complicated than that.

No. Nearly every software developer on the internets seem to assume that every single software patent infringement lawsuit is "patent trolling". That's because it is.

And I imagine that about nine out of ten people here would have the exact same reaction if Microsoft ripped off their product: let's sue.

You really believe nine out of ten people here would file software patents? You obviously haven't been paying attention.

more than 5 years ago
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Pandora Wants Radio Stations To Pay For Music, Too

deanlandolt Re:All For It (253 comments)

The RIAA giving radio a compelling reason to play independent artists is exactly what we need. They can only hurt themselves.

Sadly, this is incorrect. Via the SoundExchange FAQ (by way of Wikipedia because those idiots have a broken Flashtastic site): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoundExchange

"SoundExchange collects and distributes royalties for all artists and copyright owners covered under the statutory licenses; these parties do not need to be members of SoundExchange for royalties to be collected on their behalf and distributed to them."

Yes, SoundExchange has the mandate to collect royalties for indie artists as well. And good luck getting them to pay out -- they'll no doubt have trouble "finding" you. I'm not sure what that implies it also applies to songs released under CC or similarly permissive licenses -- while the CC license specifically addresses the performance right, I wouldn't be surprised if SoundExchange still claims a statutory right to collect.

more than 5 years ago
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Mozilla Labs' "Ubiquity" Helps Automate Web Interactions

deanlandolt Re:Not user-centric (97 comments)

I'm racking my brain and for the life of me I can't figure out what you're saying.

more than 6 years ago

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How to convince a government agency open source is safe?

deanlandolt deanlandolt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I'm contracting for a Government agency working out on an editor to help them add XML tags to what they're writing. As an open source advocate, rather than start from scratch I grabbed a copy of TinyMCE, which is LGPL'd, and started writing a few plugins to do the trick. Now that heading toward deployment, it looks like they may balk at the viral terms of the LGPL. This is an inhouse app that will only be available inside their network, so there's no "distribution" problems, right? To me, the whole thing is moot anyway -- I'd be happy to open source the plugins, and I understand that by design JavaScript is "open source" -- but I don't think they do. They're a little more fearful -- even though they use a number of open source, even GPL'd apps, inhouse -- but they don't modify them. Are there any arguments or anything authoritative I can point them to to show them why they need not worry?

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