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Why the Internet of Things Is More 1876 Than 1995

smelch Re:2014 won't be the year of Internet of Things (142 comments)

Why on Earth would your refrigerator have to be online to keep track of food expiration dates? Can't you use a tablet, phone or PC to keep track of that?

about 10 months ago
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Why the Major Labels Love (and Artists Hate) Music Streaming

smelch Re:Someone please (164 comments)

I think you're missing the point. The point is that Spotify is bringing in more money for their supplier and the supplier is not not paying their employees (the artists) more for it. The implication is that the supplier sucks, not Spotify because it is widely believed that record companies screw their artists already. This is just another example of that.

about a year ago
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Why the Major Labels Love (and Artists Hate) Music Streaming

smelch Re:Someone please (164 comments)

Yeah, but you might care more about how much The Mowgli's make because they aren't a huge established star and you want them to be able to keep making music you like.

about a year ago
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Why the Major Labels Love (and Artists Hate) Music Streaming

smelch Re:Obviously! (164 comments)

Uhhhh, most music services show how many times a song has been played to the users, how do you think they don't show that to record companies?

about a year ago
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Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

smelch Re:Because it's fucking awesome, that's why. (162 comments)

I think a better question is why are you searching for an address, getting the wrong address, and calling that a desirable feature? The reason you would search for an address is because you have been given the address, or vaguely remember it. In either case it isn't obvious that you want the software to guess at what you meant and possibly fool you in to going to the wrong place.

about a year ago
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Intel Ivy Bridge Processor Hits 7GHz Overclock Record

smelch Re:Is that a joke? (144 comments)

The point is that the CPU and the motherboard are all manufactured in such a way that the processor can work at a clock cycle so damn fast. That is precision. Not everything is about work/time. To your analogy, it's more like saying "We can have the engine do ten bazillion RPM! That's a quality engine! However, if you try to drive at that RPM, any flaw in the system can cause a huge amount of damage, so don't expect to drive it at that speed."

more than 2 years ago
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SpaceX's Falcon 9 Successfully Reaches Orbit

smelch Re:Congratulations (282 comments)

No you aren't the only one. That's the way I feel about making computers too. "Why couldn't the government design the iPad?"

more than 2 years ago
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India's Proposal For Government Control of Internet To Be Discussed In Geneva

smelch Re:UN (230 comments)

IP addresses and DNS servers are not the internet. It's the network. And you can build your network any way you like and avoid sending traffic through the US.

more than 2 years ago
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Double-Helix Model of DNA Paper Published 59 Years Ago

smelch Re:Nowhere near infinite... (112 comments)

I disagree, as there are an infinite number of shades we would describe as green.

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

smelch Re:Put them to work (1054 comments)

Um, what exactly do you think happened in Speaker for the Dead if not Ender speaking for the dead Marcao?

more than 2 years ago
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Stroustrup Reveals What's New In C++ 11

smelch Re:I want auto! (305 comments)

My point is that it seems to me that if you are doing something with it that you couldn't do to any type, you shouldn't be using an anonymous type. I would genuinely like to know what a valid case is for using an anonymous type where later you will be accessing one of its properties by name. If you pass that anonymous type to another function it will have to be an [object] anyway, and if its just the same function, build the properties for the anonymous type before initializing the anonymous type. You can't pass an anonymous type to another function as its type (and it would be stupid if you could), and you can't cast from an object to the anonymous type (which would lead to the errors you mentioned above). So, within the same function, your anonymous type may as well be an object instead of a var.

more than 2 years ago
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Stroustrup Reveals What's New In C++ 11

smelch Re:I want auto! (305 comments)

Well, in my defense the GP to my comment was referring to var in C#, so I responded with how I would handle a situation of renaming the type in C#.

more than 2 years ago
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Stroustrup Reveals What's New In C++ 11

smelch Re:I want auto! (305 comments)

Why would you be using an anonymous type if you needed a reference to it that couldn't be handled with the [object] type? That sounds down-right wonky.

more than 2 years ago
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Stroustrup Reveals What's New In C++ 11

smelch Re:I want auto! (305 comments)

Uh, you put the cursor on the type name, press ctrl+r+r and type the new name. Or you click the tickle and choose the rename option after you change the name. Are you just assuming that everybody uses var everywhere?

more than 2 years ago
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Developer's View: Real Life Inspirations Or Abstract Ideas?

smelch Re:It may be true, however... (144 comments)

"XML sucks"

Really? You think so? You have any more complaints from 5 years ago? Use JSON or binary serialization, then stop complaining.

more than 2 years ago
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Developer's View: Real Life Inspirations Or Abstract Ideas?

smelch Re:It may be true, however... (144 comments)

How would they know how to identify the account to charge? Some kind of identifier, like a 16 digit number?

more than 2 years ago
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Aging Eyes Blamed For Seniors' Health Woes

smelch Re:Cataract Surgery (149 comments)

It is a really simple surgery. I've had both done. However, the important thing to realize is that when you get your new lens (at least at the time I got my implants a couple years back), you can't change the focal length without the help of glasses. Long range I see a lot better, but now I need reading glasses. Also, no self respecting ophthalmologist would remove your natural lens for no reason. When I had my cataract surgery in my left eye, three days later my retina tore and detached. Granted, I'm prone to that sort of thing, and if the cataract wasn't so thick from delaying the surgery it shouldn't have happened, but it's still a possibility.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Accuses Google of Violating Internet Explorer's Privacy Settings

smelch Re:Dear Microsoft Iexplore team (197 comments)

Yeah, just build a secure OS and browser that doesn't allow people to use cookies as tracking cookies. Oh shit, the only way to do that would be to not support cookies at all. And holy crap, IE allows you to turn cookie support off.

You don't really understand the problem here, do you? It's a potential ethics violation by Google, not a technical violation. It's like if a company published inaccurate ingredients on a can of nuts, and you're bitching about shoddy can manufacturing.

more than 2 years ago

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