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Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police

jamie(really) Re:Hmm (878 comments)

It kills innocent people? You sure that's the reason? Drug laws kill innocent people: 8 out of every drug related death is an innocent, yet we still have drug laws.

And how do you assess "speeding"? If we all drive at 5mph there would be no road deaths. None. So whats your point? If granddad is ok to drive at 55 in his '75 buick with bouncing suspension, then I'm ok to do 90 thanks: including reaction time, I can stop in the same distance.

Speed limits were introduced to save GAS not LIVES. Now they are there to save money.

Around schools and through residential areas, 5mph should be the limit if you want to save lives. You up for that?

more than 4 years ago
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Indian Government Threatens RIM, Skype With Ban

jamie(really) Re:The problem with that approach (281 comments)

Capitalism isnt the problem. Our fiat currency is the problem. If we were on the gold standard we'd have sent all the gold overseas, the dollar would be worthless, and US manufacturing would be competitive. In the absence of the gold standard we could actually require that China stops "managing" its currency, or we could just impose "fair" trade regulations, or best of all we could get rid of bullshit income tax so that the Chinese wouldn't want dollars: the dollar's only value is that our government will come to our house and take our stuff if we refuse to keep paying back the money we owe the Chinese bond holders. We are Chinese slaves. You have to admire the way China won world war 3 without anyone even knowing.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Reverses Rejection of Ulysses Comic

jamie(really) Sony, Microsoft? (422 comments)

Why no complaints about Sony and Microsoft? They both have a number of machines for which you must pass a draconian test to even get a dev kit. Basically, if Apple made the devkit $10k then you'd all be happy? Locked in systems have been around for more than a decade. The difference with Apple is that the devkit is $100 and anyone can publish on them.

I've had games rejected by Sony and Microsoft: you fix the problem and send it back. No different on the Apple store. Apple is usually quicker tho.

more than 4 years ago
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The Men Who Stare At Airline Passengers, Coming To the UK

jamie(really) Re:If only. (468 comments)

Get a clue. If it is accepted by the populace, or at least the judicial system, that a "trained security officer" can spot a terrorist just by looking at him, then that means that They can lock you up and hold you indefinitely based purely on the say-so of an individual.

No due process, no evidence, just "He's a terrorists - lock him up". Ultimate Police State power. You are NOT free if at any time, on a single persons word, you can be locked up indefinitely.

more than 4 years ago
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The Men Who Stare At Airline Passengers, Coming To the UK

jamie(really) Re:If only. (468 comments)

I read that as "covered in hot girls". *sigh* I like my meme better.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Blindsides More AppStore Developers

jamie(really) Free advertising on /.: claim apple banned you (716 comments)

Anybody bother to check to see if the app has been pulled before providing a billion web hits to this app? No? Great! I have a feeling my app is about to be pulled too.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

jamie(really) Gynecology? (704 comments)

"How do you keep them interested if the only thing they can do after a week is..."

Then keeping them interested is not your problem. Getting them interested in the first place is your problem. Would you ask a football player if they want a career mowing the lawn, or laying the chalk? When he learns to drive a car, are you going to suggest he becomes a mechanic? How about when he calls his girlfriend? Are you going to suggest being a telecoms engineer or a gynecologist?

My dad bought a computer when I was 11. I wrote my first text-based adventure game when I was 11. When I was 14 I made my dad drive me 50 miles to the only place in the country (the UK) that sold a hardware debugger for my computer so I could debug assembly language properly.

I've worked programmers who didn't start programming till college. Their heart just isn't into it and it shows. I get frustrated with them, and they get confused by my passion and excitement.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Founders On Flash and Internet Standards

jamie(really) Re:That's very nice of you Adobe (515 comments)

Except that they wont tell you how, (the documentation is not detailed enough), and if you reverse engineer theirs then they can sue you.

Do you actually believe words posted on a corporate website? Forget even basic fact checking, you're telling me you're default setting is "believe"?

1. I Believe
2. Take with a pinch of salt.
3. Will fact check.
4. Its probably corporate bullshit, but will fact-check.
5. It all evil corporate lies

You're at 1 on this scale are you?

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Founders On Flash and Internet Standards

jamie(really) Re:That's very nice of you Adobe (515 comments)

See, I'm kinda confused on the economical part, as a developer.

Java developer: OS=linux (free). Editor = Eclipse (free) or IntelliJ ($499(
Silverlight developer: OS = Windows $199. Editor = Expression Blend $599
Flash Developer: OS = Windows $199. Editor = Flash CS5 $699

So, Flash costs the most money.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Founders On Flash and Internet Standards

jamie(really) Re:This depends on the site... (515 comments)

I think the issue may be, however, that jQuery is open source, while Flash isn't. If Adobe open-sourced the flash player, all this trouble would go away.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Founders On Flash and Internet Standards

jamie(really) Re:This depends on the site... (515 comments)

You seem to be assuming that only Adobe makes a browser plugin that does graphics / video / audio etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Founders On Flash and Internet Standards

jamie(really) Re:This depends on the site... (515 comments)

Uh huh. Yes we all remember how great Flash ran on Linux from the get-go. For a while you had more luck running win32 apps on linux than a flash app. So I disagree with your statement that they have a point. It may be that it currently runs on all PC-based platforms, at this present time but that was not always the case, and is unlikely to be the case in the future. It certainly runs like ass on OSX, and leaks like hell.

When you talk about apple, you seem to be suggesting that what they are doing is bad. So Apple driving people to their platform is bad, but Adobe driving people to their platform is good? How odd.

Flash is a platform, just like win32, windows forms, silverlight, Carbon, Cocoa, X etc are platforms. Some are open, most are not. Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, all want to drive you to their platform because that is how they make money. This is capitalism. But you don't have to buy any of the bullshit any more than you have to buy their products. I find it odd that you like that taste of Adobe's. Apparently even people who eat shit like to argue about whose tastes better...

more than 4 years ago
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One In Eight To Cut Cable and Satellite TV In 2010

jamie(really) 2009 (502 comments)

Windows MCE, Netflix, DVD/HD-DVD/BluRay
Netflix on OSX, Windows, iPad :-)
John Stewart is online.
For "OTA" TV, I just use ABCs internet player.
Ah, speaking of which, there's a new V to watch. When ever I want.

more than 4 years ago
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Moore's Law Will Die Without GPUs

jamie(really) Except that GPUs arent CPUs (250 comments)

The reason GPUs are so fast at raw number crunching is the same reason that they are bad at general purpose CPU work: they delete everything from the die except what they need for doing the same instruction on many cores at once.

They don't handle random memory access, they don't branch effeciently, and most importantly, they don't do any of this for a single core: a single core executes the exact same instruction stream as 16 or more of its neighbors.

The result is much less cache, and much less instruction logic, which means many more cores per GPU. But all that extra logic is exactly what makes a CPU good at doing what it does. Running apache on a GPU?? Forget it.

Now there are certainly some interesting and esoteric things that we can do with processor and software design to make a massively parallel apache server possible, but turning the CPU into a GPU isn't one of them.

more than 4 years ago
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Recourse For Draconian Encryption Requirements?

jamie(really) Ah, thats you, is it? (555 comments)

So every single reply has been "don't use your computer for work", or "make them give you one". I have to wonder if you ever read slashdot. That you even asked the question in the first place makes me think that you actually do not know *why* everyone is posting the same answer:

How many times have we read about "stupid companies" that let their employees wander around with sensitive data on unencrypted devices, like credit card numbers and health care information.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Touted iPad Rival Courier Becomes Less Than Vapor

jamie(really) Re:Tablets are dead (401 comments)

I agree. The iPad, however, doesn't.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Touted iPad Rival Courier Becomes Less Than Vapor

jamie(really) Re:Tablets are dead (401 comments)

I was ill for two days this week. I grabbed my iPad and watched some new shows that I've not had time to check out. ABC's iPad app let me watch Castle and V in 720p. Then I watched some movies on Netflix. I also bought the latest book from Steven Erikson using iBooks.

It wasn't too heavy.
It has a bigger screen than my netbook, and its stunning.
It didn't get too hot like my netbook does when watching movies. I *hate* frying my balls.
The wife's netbook can't watch 720p movies at all.
I didn't have to have it plugged in, so I could move it about easily while I tried to get comfortable. Charged it overnight.
When I was done puking, I wiped it clean with disinfectant.

I'm not sick all the time, of course. The wife uses it and her iPhone. Her netbook hasn't been touched for months. The iPad is "just" a more usable iPhone for her. Its set up with her email, not mine (and she did it herself - amazing what she can do when I'm not around). I will be buying two more for our children.

more than 4 years ago
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Life Recorder

jamie(really) Re:Lapels? (347 comments)

Why would it not *be* your cell phone? Motorola Droid: linux, 5mp camera, 3G + wifi, battery.

more than 4 years ago

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IBM Patents Optimization

jamie(really) jamie(really) writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jamie(really) (678877) writes "IBM appears to want to patent optimizing programs by trial and error, which in the history of programming has, of course, never been done. Certainly, all my optimizations have been the result of good planning. Well done IBM for coming up with this clever idea. What is claimed is:
  • A method for developing a computer program product, the method comprising:
    1. evaluating one or more refactoring actions to determine a performance attribute;
    2. associating the performance attribute with a refactoring action used in computer code; and
    3. undoing the refactoring action of the computer code based on the performance attribute.
  • The method of claim 1 wherein the undoing refactoring is performed when the performance attribute indicates a negative performance effect of the computer code.

Nice one IBM!"

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