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Oracle Claims Google 'Directly Copied' Our Java Code

mattsucks Re:Here we go again (SCO) (675 comments)

C# is too windows-oriented to really be useful, but maybe this will be a revival for Ada?

Having used Ada for years, starting in the 80s, let me say....

oh God please no :-(

more than 3 years ago
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ASCAP War On Free Culture Escalates

mattsucks Re:Personally, I do have a radical agenda (335 comments)

How can there be sales figures for an out-of-print book?

The content has to be available for there can be any "sales", but there have to be "sales" before the publishers are willing to continue making the content available. That's why I went for chickens and eggs.

more than 4 years ago
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ASCAP War On Free Culture Escalates

mattsucks Re:Personally, I do have a radical agenda (335 comments)

As far as availability goes, that has to do with economics of demand. So long as the demand is present, the book is available

How do you know there is demand for a book (ie people are interested in it and will read it) if there is no supply?

Chickens and eggs; although in this case the eggs can be made available for pennies each in digital form.

Mmmmm digital eggs .... need breakfast.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

mattsucks NASE (1197 comments)

Look into:

National Association for the Self-Employed: http://www.nase.org/Home.aspx

I contracted for quite a few years after leaving my Large Corporate Job, and got my family insurance from a local agent who worked for one of NASE's insurance partners. It was a bit pricey, but on the other hand it covered me in TX and my wife in NM with no argument, something that my CORBA provider wouldn't even consider.

more than 4 years ago
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"Logan's Run" Syndrome In Programming

mattsucks Re:ageism (599 comments)

And it's present in many industries/areas. No one wants anyone over 40 for rock, screen writers are ignored if they're over 40, since "They don't know what it's like to be a kid."

Great. Just great. I'm a 45-yo software enginneer/programmer/musician/playwright. I'm so fucked I might as well just give up now and move back to the farm.

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more than 4 years ago
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The Power Grid Can't Handle Wind Farms

mattsucks Re:Ok... (681 comments)

You're assuming that we can harvest all that energy - solar panels and windmills all over everything. What will happen with the widescale use of geothermal heating? How much will the earth's temperature decrease? Let's slow down all the wind and cool the earth. That sounds like a great way to save the environment!

SWEET! Two birds, one stone ... we get more power, and that pesky global warming business can kiss our curvy yellow butts goodbye! How could anything be so perfect?

more than 6 years ago

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