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Obama Looks Down Under For Broadband Plan

typidemon Re:Don't follow us (387 comments)

If we make up some numbers, and insist on the network paying for itself immediately then it doesn't look financially impressive. WOW I'M SHOCKED!

more than 4 years ago
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Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

typidemon Jagged Alliance 2!!! (1120 comments)

With the 1.1.3 patch included just a new sexy engine.

more than 5 years ago
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ASCAP Wants To Be Paid When Your Phone Rings

typidemon You live in a fantasy land. (461 comments)

You have 10 years to cash in on your ideas. You want to screw the whole world over in a fit of selfish "VIEW ME AS THE ARTIST I AM!" tantrum, enjoy your 10 years, but the government should not support you after a decade of your decadence.

The number of people who earn enough money through their patents to be considered decadent is quite small. Patents are supposed to protect people like you, who come up with a great idea, from companies like Microsoft who can steal it and cost-lead your product until you go out of business.

Also, you're living in some sort of fantasy land where you think that all projects can go from early prototypes to final polish release in 10 years. I've worked on projects where the earliest (patented protected) prototype is more than 10 years old, and it's worth hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars and your argument is (apparently) "tough shit you should have sold it sooner!"

The real problem with patency isn't that it protects the inventors monopoly. It's that it's possible to patent practically anything, including ideas. Patency should protect the method of creation, not a concept.

more than 4 years ago
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Wind Could Provide 100% of World Energy Needs

typidemon 40 times what we currently use? So what? (867 comments)

Is it just me or isn't that very impressive? If global power consumption continues growing at 7% p/a then in just 50 years we'll the wind power that we're talking about here will be almost tapped out.

more than 4 years ago
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Java Gets New Garbage Collector, But Only If You Buy Support

typidemon Re:Garbage collector? (587 comments)

Everything that is in a program is stored in memory. Some bits of information must be allocated and stored for a long time. One common error is that programmers forget to free that memory when they no longer need it. The outcome of this is called a memory leak. Garbage collection is basically a process where the demigods of java inspect every group of memory that it can find and checks to see if anything needs it. If nothing is looking at that block of memory it frees that memory for other purposes.

The bonus for programmers is that it simplifies the use of memory dramatically. However, it does this at the cost of speed because some part of Java is going through and checking this memory. A common response is "why don't programmers just clean up there own memory?", well we would, but it's just not that easy to catch all of the memory. Almost all applications that you use today use an event model (e.g. you click the mouse and it fires a mouse event), so it's hard to understand when who what part of the program is responsible for freeing memory. Even worse, many applications have multiple processes running simultaneously with each process responsible for different aspects of the program.

more than 5 years ago
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Twenty Years of Dijkstra's Cruelty

typidemon Choose a different line of work? (727 comments)

Computer Science is larger than understanding how computers work. How about understanding how people work with computers?

more than 5 years ago
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Poll Finds 23 Percent of Texans Think Obama is Muslim

typidemon And even if he was (562 comments)

What does it matter you bigoted, hateful bastards?

more than 5 years ago

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