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Google's Plan To Save the News Through Reinvention

hclewk Re:Newspapers need to team up with someone else... (83 comments)

Where's Edison's WD40?

Perhaps I've missed something, but Edison just did a few odds and ends that are just electric versions of things people have done other ways for years. Take the light bulb for example. That's just basically a candle that uses electricity.

Put another (non-sarcastic) way, you've missed something.

more than 4 years ago
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The Rise of the Copyright Trolls

hclewk Re:Different kind of copyright trolls on /. (169 comments)

That is perfectly true and I don't dispute that. What the blogger did in my example was wrong and illegal, but it is certainly not a black and white case of theft as some of the ancestors in this thread would have you believe.

more than 4 years ago
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The Rise of the Copyright Trolls

hclewk Re:Different kind of copyright trolls on /. (169 comments)

No, it is not. Say I follow a blogger and they repost something from the Dallas Morning News' website. I'll probably read it on the blogger's site and may click on an advertisement on that blogger's site.

I don't regularly visit the Dallas Morning News' website, so if that blogger had never reposted that article, I would have had no idea of its existence, and I would not have visited the Dallas Morning News' website and they would not have gotten any ad revenue.

So:
Blogger re-posts?
Blogger: $0.10
Dallas Morning News: $0.00

Blogger does not re-post?
Blogger: $0.00
Dallas Morning News: $0.00

Is that stealing? No. Is it morally wrong? Yes.

Now, this logic only applies to news sites. News is fleeting, and you are much more likely read it on an RSS feed on a blog you follow or by visiting the news site directly than you are to just search for it. Now, if the reposted content is a product/service/business review or a tutorial or something else that isn't fleeting, this argument goes out the window.

more than 4 years ago
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What Game Devs Should Learn From EVE

hclewk Re:It's been a long time coming (270 comments)

Bandwidth often times has little to do with internet responsiveness. The lag isn't because a lot of data is being transferred, it because Slashdot's server is taking forever to respond to your request (for some reason).

more than 4 years ago
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3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession

hclewk Re:What were the parents thinking ? (804 comments)

What? That was

1) A private school, not a public school
2) 3 years ago

Are you okay?

more than 4 years ago
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3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession

hclewk Re:What were the parents thinking ? (804 comments)

It is not society as a whole, but one school with moronic officials. I was going to high school in Texas when this law was implemented. The general idea is that the school can't sell students candy (or other snack foods with no nutritional value). This isn't and wasn't meant to be a "no candy in schools" law, just a law that keeps schools from selling pure sugar to students. No one in my school even dreamed that they would get any sort of punishment for eating candy at lunch, no matter where the candy came from. Teachers didn't even think twice about giving students candy for rewards or whatever. In fact, the school passed out peppermints on standardized testing days.

This school's administration officials are obviously off their rockers. This law was not meant to prevent kids from consuming candy, only to prevent schools from giving it to them.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Says Spam Volumes On the Rise

hclewk Re:If One Person Clicks, We All Lose (187 comments)

According to the GP, neither did terrorism... directly. National airspace being shut down for three days was an overreaction due to the outrage of the public. Now, if the terrorists had somehow disabled critical aviation controls so that no planes could fly, you would have a point.

I'm not saying that I agree with the GP's perspective, I'm just saying that your response is off the mark.

more than 4 years ago
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Something For (Almost) Every Developer

hclewk Re:VS upgrade cycle (263 comments)

You can also do that with Visual Studio, right there in your code.

/// <summary>
/// You'll see this in intellisense
/// </summary>
/// <param name="x">Intellisense info about what 'x' is</param>
/// <returns>Intellisense info about what is being returned</returns>
public string MyFunction(int x)
{
//do some stuff
}

See the intellisense

The tricky part comes when introducing new language constructs, not just new classes/functions etc. Try using LINQ in VS 2003. It's just not gonna happen... the IDE doesn't know what to do with it.

more than 4 years ago
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"Supertaskers" Can Safely Use Mobile Phones While Driving

hclewk Re:Not "anyone" just most people. (388 comments)

What point are you trying to make, exactly? All you are saying is that my brain says, "hey, there is a vehicle in front of you slowing down, and there is a vehicle beside you so you can't change lanes, so you need to slow down too" instead of "hey, that Red Honda Civic in front of you is slowing down, oh and by the way, you better store the fact that there is a motorcycle beside you in your long-term memory."

You would be similarly amazed at how many blue cars there are on the road that you didn't recall seeing if you look for them. The point is, it doesn't matter what type of vehicle you see, as long as you see a vehicle. That's the point the GP was trying to make.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Claims Apple Does "Legal Alchemy" To Mask IP Theft

hclewk Re:I hope Bilski invalidates them all (294 comments)

So, in other words,

"My accounting program isn't broken just because users can enter letters in the number-only fields. I explicitly say in the instructions that in number-only fields, only numbers should be used. Companies who buy this program should get people capable of reading instructions and following them."

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Claims Apple Does "Legal Alchemy" To Mask IP Theft

hclewk Re:I hope Bilski invalidates them all (294 comments)

The problem is that, for some reason, these rules aren't actually applied...

In other words, it's broken.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Claims Apple Does "Legal Alchemy" To Mask IP Theft

hclewk Re:I hope Bilski invalidates them all (294 comments)

Universities and government labs are the main hosts, and that's ok

Bull. Sure those institution work great for general scientific research, but when it comes to applying the science, private companies that profit from the result are the way to go.

Now, what happens when I spend 10 years and thousands of dollars tinkering in my basement to build a next-gen Thingy, and then, since patents don't exist, two weeks after I release my product to the market, company X with billions of dollars at it's disposal come out with an identical copy and a far superior marketing strategy? Well, I don't recoup my costs (not even close) and company X makes all the money. Would company X have developed this technology? No. Will I ever do it again? No. Will a university develop this? No, they have no interest.

Yes, the patent system is broken. Is the solution to completely abolish it? Hell no.

more than 4 years ago
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Asus Takes Another Stab at Revolutionizing Netbook Market

hclewk Re:Indeed. (162 comments)

A small, efficient laptop is not a netbook. A small, efficient, low-priced, low-power laptop is a netbook. Now, low-power is a relative term, so it will gradually increase with time, but by the time you can easily play Civ 4 on any netbook, you will want to play Civ 5 on your netbook because Civ 4 is too old.

more than 4 years ago
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Asus Takes Another Stab at Revolutionizing Netbook Market

hclewk Re:Indeed. (162 comments)

Net books are designed to be just powerful enough to surf the inter net . If you make them more powerful, they are no longer netbooks. What you are asking for is akin to wanting to meet a 5' 6" midget.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft VP Suggests 'Net Tax To Clean Computers

hclewk Re:Is this the same Government that created it? (577 comments)

Uhm, the Federal Interstate Highway system isn't Federal?

Uhm, no. The federal government pays the states to build/maintain it.

more than 4 years ago

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