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Oracle, Google Move To Streamline Java Suit

serps Re:Lawyers gave a crash course is Java?? (49 comments)

Obviously it's a crash course in Java from a legal perspective, which is totally different than from a programming perspective. Which programmer cares whether there's established legal precedents to determine whether the JVM creates additional 'copies' of infringing software from a damages perspective?

more than 3 years ago

Automatic Life Jacket Detection For Drones

serps Seems good (85 comments)

Nice positioning. Search and rescue staff will still fly around in helicopters with mk1 eyeballs because they don't trust the drone. However, while trying to sell the image-recognition package as a bolt-on to a heli will fail due to pushback from observers, selling in a drone package will be considerably more palatable, psychologically.

more than 3 years ago

Aussie Government Competition To Predict Commute Times

serps Re:So if everyone knows the time to avoid (79 comments)

Er, no.

  1. Not everyone has access to the web at work to find out. Often, the first you hear about traffic congestion is via the radio in your car.
  2. Not everyone has flexible work hours
  3. Not everyone has many choices of route home
  4. People are lazy.

more than 3 years ago

Australia's Privacy Boss Slams Gov't Data-Retention Scheme

serps He can complain all he likes (82 comments)

I wasn't aware that the privacy commissioner actually had any power. Perhaps he's just realised, and that's why he's grumpy.

about 4 years ago

Sudden Demand For Logicians On Wall Street

serps Re:Well at least... (525 comments)

How long can this trend be maintained before major problems arise in the economy ?

before problems arise? Have you not been paying attention for the last two years?

more than 4 years ago

Austria Converts Phone Booths To EV Chargers

serps bikes, not cars? (161 comments)

Seems more practical to recharge bikes (either electric-assisted, or motorcycles), rather than cars.

  • You can physically get a bike closer to the telephone box than you can a car.
  • You can fill a bike battery an appreciable amount in an hour, given the system's power generation constraints.
  • You can fit a bunch of charging bikes around a box with bike rack technology
  • There's thousands of bike riders in that country already, unlike the car-heavy US

more than 4 years ago

An Interview With F# Creator Don Syme

serps Re:Anyone else think is was a .NET Fortran? (267 comments)

According to wikipedia (yeah, I know, I know), FORTRAN is "a general-purpose, procedural, imperative programming language that is especially suited to numeric computation and scientific computing.".

F#, on the other hand, is a "multi-paradigm programming language [...] that encompasses functional programming as well as imperative object-oriented programming disciplines."

In summary, FORTRAN is for Formula Translation, I guess? F# is Functional, but with language support for OO or C-style programming.

I admit I know bugger all about Fortran, but I suspect it doesn't have the full functional programming support that, say, Haskell boasts. At any rate, even if it did, it's likely that the last 50 years have advanced the field of programming sufficiently to make a new language worthwhile. So if you're up for functional programming on the .NET platform, F# is a great addition.

more than 4 years ago

Studies Reveal Why Kids Get Bullied and Rejected

serps Asking for it (938 comments)

Wow, that article really has a 'blame the victim' mentality, with the coda "and here's why".

The article even ends with the appeasement of "what can you change about the way you act to avoid being bullied"

Just like Battered Wife Syndrome, bullying is something that, ultimately, is the fault of the aggressor. Appeasement is not the solution.

more than 4 years ago

Can Curiosity Be Programmed?

serps Twilight (269 comments)

This article reminds me of the short story Twilight by John W. Campbell. I read it when I was a kid and it left a lasting impression that, should humans lose their curiosity, the striving for knowledge might yet continue.

And then when I read about the current state of the education system, I get just a bit worried...

more than 4 years ago

Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House

serps What's in it? (1698 comments)

Insurance industry practices such as denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions would be banned, and insurers would no longer be able to charge higher premiums on the basis of gender or medical history.

I'm not from the US, but isn't that the main bit of you guys' healthcare system that's most in need of fixing?

In my country, pre-existing conditions just mean that you can't claim anything for 12 months after joining. It doesn't affect premiums or anything, and no health insurance provider can reject your application.

So, I guess, welcome to the 20th century!

more than 4 years ago

Moving Away From the IT Field?

serps Re:Bean Sprout Farming (783 comments)

Laugh all you want. If my IT job weren't freaking awesome, I'd farm bean sprouts.

Eyeballing the numbers, I'd work 6 days a week, but make well over 100k per year.

about 5 years ago

Moving Away From the IT Field?

serps Bean Sprout Farming (783 comments)

Seriously. You can start with one bag of seed and a few plastic buckets and sell to local businesses (especially organic businesses and asian stores since they sell larger quantities) and scale up from there. Inventory isn't a huge problem since it only takes 72 hours to grow the sprouts, and you can buy the seed by the 25kg bag.

Obviously, I'm simplifying things, but honestly it's a business that's incredibly easy to get into, resistant to non-local competition due to the perishability of the sprouts, and if you can 'get it right', you can definitely market on quality

about 5 years ago

AU Classification Board To Censor Mobile Apps

serps Re:Proposed Categories (129 comments)

3. Mediocre girl-girl
4. Wicked Awesome girl-girl

4.5: Suicide Girl

about 5 years ago

AU Classification Board To Censor Mobile Apps

serps like hell it isn't (129 comments)

This is not censorship: this is rating, like done with movies and so already.

Yes, but anything that is refused classification is unable to be sold. That's what censorship is. It's ironic that the predecessor to the OFLC was the Film Censorship Board, yet anything they didn't review was available to sell. i.e. they didn't censor.

about 5 years ago

AU Classification Board To Censor Mobile Apps

serps I'll get right on that (129 comments)

I wonder if they know that there are over 80,000 applications on the iPhone platform alone?"

Maybe I'll call him on my so-called mobile phone and let him know.

about 5 years ago

Activists Use Wikipedia To Test Aussie Net Censors

serps Update: full block list available on wikileaks (330 comments)

For those who are interested, the Sydney Morning herald reports that the full internet filter list has been leaked. It's pretty interesting - there's a lot of not-actually-illegal content on it (including a dentist's site?).

It's interesting to note that this is the minimum that will be blocked in Australia; the gov may (and will) add to this. This sounds like much more of a test of the censors than what TFA writes about...

more than 5 years ago

IBM Wants Patent For Lotus Notes-Free Meetings

serps English, Motherfscker (179 comments)

Do you speak it?

more than 5 years ago



Judge: Simpsons Cartoons are Child Porn

serps serps writes  |  more than 5 years ago

serps (517783) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald reports that

In a landmark finding, Justice Michael Adams today upheld a magistrate's decision convicting a man of possessing child pornography after the cartoons — depicting characters modelled on Bart, Lisa and Maggie engaging in sex acts — were found on his computer.


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