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Apple Asks Court To Sanction Samsung; Samsung Fires Back; More iPhone Prototypes

tha_mink Re:I don't see how this could be illegal (404 comments)

In fact, if they can show that this judge ruled more harshly in retaliation for doing something that is completely legal, they improve their odds of getting it overturned on appeal. So they should actually be trying to anger this judge (through entirely legal means, of course).

Yes, that's why it's so interesting to see what the judge will do next.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Asks Court To Sanction Samsung; Samsung Fires Back; More iPhone Prototypes

tha_mink Re:The judge;'s job isn't to get livid. (404 comments)

I think that argument goes out the window when Samsung specifically says [allthingsd.com] the whole point is to influence the jury:

I don't see how. That was their statement about being pissed that the evidence didn't get admitted. As the Groklaw article said, Samsung is fighting Apple in two courts now, and one of those is public opinion. I think this side of things requires they make their arguments in public. In addition, the judge denied sealing all the documents, so what else to do be release them yourself.

more than 2 years ago
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Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

tha_mink Re:Policy City-State (961 comments)

I chuckle when I see what the Warren Court has wrought. Some pepper-spray and light usage of a police baton, and people are screaming the police are overly aggressive/brutal, and using it as proof of a "police city-state". Fourty-plus years ago, if one was unfortunate enough to have an encounter with a baton, the beating was vicious, and continual until the sounds of bones breaking was heard. Some didn't survive. Police interrogations were often just as physical as they were mental. And police could tap phone lines outside of the home without a warrant (Olmstead v. United States, 1928), which I totally agree with (of course, I grew up during the last few years of party lines in my hometown, so my perspective is everyone is listening...just like we did). An honest, object comparison of history to today will show this is nowhere near a police state.

Right, and they used to hang black people from trees too, but that doesn't mean there's no racism today because nobody is hanging from trees.

more than 3 years ago
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What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?

tha_mink Re:Thanks, GoF, for all the Java and C# bloat. (624 comments)

At least the C++ community saw it for the bullshit that it is. While they went somewhat template-crazy at times, at least they managed to avoid the sheer stupidity of "design patterns", for the most part. That's probably why most real software today is written in C++.

Ouch. So you're one of those then eh. I love how you say the C++ community saw it for the bullshit that it was, but then leave out the part where there have been hundreds of books published that relate the GoF patterns to C++. But then, I guess the Java community probably wrote those books too.

more than 3 years ago
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What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?

tha_mink Re:Gang of Four (624 comments)

Yeah, this book changed my career. I think it's by far the best book in my software design collection. I've read it > 5 times, and I still pull it out from time to time and read a chapter or two.

more than 3 years ago
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What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?

tha_mink Re:Deitel & Deitel (624 comments)

Oooof. That hurts. That's

more than 3 years ago
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Age Bias In IT: the Reality Behind the Rumors

tha_mink Re:Yup, thats certainly true (582 comments)

Have you had a 26 year old PM yet? Did they produce software well? If so, where do you work, because I've not seen that anywhere. Big ideas? Sure. Great buzzword use? Absolutely. Good code monkeys? Not so much.

more than 3 years ago
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Bing More Effective Than Google?

tha_mink Re:Bing vs. Google (385 comments)

That's because unlike Google, Bing doesn't favor its own services over others. Google favors their news service, maps, YouTube, shopping and every other service over others. Bing returns results objectively.

Right, by scraping Google's results. Right?

more than 3 years ago
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'Dating' Site Imports 250k Facebook Profiles

tha_mink More Please.... (140 comments)

Sounds like a great idea, just waiting for the lawyers to get involved to make it official.

more than 3 years ago
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App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?

tha_mink Re:You want to know what an "app" is? (353 comments)

>I'm glad it's a more common word now. Before the iphone, people were only interested in something if it was a Web 2.0 page because it was cool. Now we can write proper applications again. Yeah, and if I hear "mashup" one more time, that's it - I'm tapping out.

more than 3 years ago
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Learning From Gawker's Failure

tha_mink Re:Salt your hashes (236 comments)

Yes, use bcrypt and up the work factor.

about 4 years ago
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Learning From Gawker's Failure

tha_mink Re:These lessons have been applied (236 comments)

Being open does not make Slashdot easier to hack, because it's written in Perl and so even access to the source code does not make it possible for an attacker to understand what it's doing.

I have not read a truthier statement all day. Explosion at the punctuation factory.

about 4 years ago
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Facebook Surpasses Google For Users' Online Time

tha_mink Re:Differences. (159 comments)

Are these the people who Google for "facebook login" and then proceed to assume that whatever they find is Facebook? The comments here are pure gold [readwriteweb.com].

Comedy gold indeed. I can't believe how stupid people are. I mean, I know there's a whole bunch of stupid people, but I'm constantly reminded that they're probably the majority.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Surpasses Google For Users' Online Time

tha_mink Re:Really? (159 comments)

I haven't RTFA but maybe Google includes Gmail, Youtube, Blogspot, etc?

Yep.

more than 4 years ago
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PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

tha_mink Re:When is a bank not a bank (775 comments)

Do you wonder why they keep locking your accounts and holding your money? You rolled over and took it the FIRST time and have done so since. You should've sued them the first time it happened.

Sued them for what exactly? Following the guidelines laid out in their Terms of Service? Don't be an idiot, if you use Paypal, you should read the TOS, because they're entitled to freeze your account if they think it's suspicious. Nothing to see here, move along.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Surpasses Google For Users' Online Time

tha_mink Right, because Google is *instant* now. (159 comments)

Well, duh. Now that there's Google Instant, you don't *have* to spend any time on google.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Archive Emails For Later Searching?

tha_mink Re:Psychiatric consultation! (385 comments)

Imbecile. Outside of the USA, the majority of email addresses end in a country-specific suffix.

Imbecile. Relying on a domain tld to gather demographics.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Archive Emails For Later Searching?

tha_mink Re:Gmail? (385 comments)

1. It is clearly different from running your own email server. But it is also differrent from any email provider from which you POP your email and then store it locally. 2. No; but I am saying that if you use a premium account then you add to all those private data also now a provable address and other information. That's also true for any book that you buy at Amazon, but you typically do not leave 10 GB private data with Amazon. 3. If your first address was aj1990@xyz.edu and then 3 years later aj93@myhome.com and then changed again a couple of years, it might be fun working with those emails over the Gmail or any IMAP interface. Think also about your "sent" folder, not only other folders.

1. How is it different from any email provider that you POP you mail? You don't think they're keeping a copy? Or at least the logs to rebuild one?
2. So?
3. What's the problem with that? I have 6GB of Gmail from 7 different accounts and I don't have a problem with working with any of it.

more than 4 years ago
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WikiLeaks Calls For Assange To Step Down

tha_mink Re:the man has boundary issues (565 comments)

Maybe he's a sleeze. Maybe even criminally so. You have no evidence of this, however. And fortunately, I live in a society where you are presumed innocent.

You're innocent in a court of law, but not in the court of public perception. IN many countries, perception is reality, and as such, some people think he should step down from his "Spokesman" role at Wikileaks. It's a perfectly sane request, that would serve to help the quell the perception that Assange *is* Wikileaks, which is so false.

more than 4 years ago

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