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EMI Cannot Unbundle Pink Floyd Songs

wayland Re:So, my guess is... (601 comments)

On the other hand, EMI (via their proxy, RIAA) lobbied for stricter copyright.  Now they're getting a taste of their own medicine.  If "taste of their own medicine for bad guys" trumps "copyright freedom", there's no contradiction in Slashdot's logic.  It's kind of like how Alan Ralsky got sent a bucketload of junk mail, even though Slashdot is generally anti-spam. 

more than 4 years ago
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First Creation of Anti-Strange Hypernuclei

wayland Re:I've always wondered... (179 comments)

...but possibly indicative of the age in which we live. 

more than 4 years ago
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Appeals Court Knocks Out "Innocent Infringement"

wayland Re:Texas (232 comments)

Isn't Ron Paul from Texas? 

more than 4 years ago
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Open Gov Tracker Reveals Best US Open Government Ideas

wayland Re:drugs are bad, mmkay? (147 comments)

Not instant runoff, Condorcet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condorcet_method

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Should Use OpenGL and Not DirectX

wayland Re:I've used both (515 comments)

Sounds like what we need is something built on top of OpenGL that does what DirectX does.  Lets call it OpenGP (Open Games Platform).  Games programmers can use that, CAD programmers and others can still use OpenGL. 

more than 4 years ago
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Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

wayland Re:Just one question... (301 comments)

> I'd be fine with capital punishment for people convicted of causing an accident while driving drunk

I'd prefer to see something a little less severe than beheading (capita is Latin for head, IIRC) -- I mean, drunk driving is bad, sure, but if they haven't killed anyone yet, then beheading is a little bit of an overreaction, YKWIM? 

more than 4 years ago
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Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

wayland Re:What? No Due Process? (301 comments)

Amusing that he mentions "dink and drive", because "dink" is Australian slang for having a second person riding a bicycle (ie. sitting on the handlebars).

In addition to the "If you drink, then drive, you're a bloody idiot" campaign, there was also a "Don't fool yourself; speed kills" campaign.  I once saw a sticker that said "Don't fool yourself, you're a bloody idiot". 

more than 4 years ago
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Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

wayland Re:What? No Due Process? (301 comments)

In Australia: The police are obliged to facilitate the taking of the blood test. If the police discouraged you from getting a blood test you should seek legal advice. The driver is required to pay any fees incurred by the doctor or nurse who takes their blood - these costs are usually less than $80.

http://www.trafficlaw.com.au/drink.driving/breathtest.html

more than 4 years ago
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Does Santa Hate Linux?

wayland Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (271 comments)

> Seek professional help. Please. While I respect your right to not celebrate holidays you consider groundless I think to insist that this is a "culture of lies" is taking it to the extremes a bit. Or do you rant about a "culture of lies" when someone is superstitious about Friday the 13th or dresses up at Halloween?

While I'd agree that he needs to relax a bit, I agree with him on the "culture of lies" part.  I mean, if you consistently lie to children, they grow up to learn "Adults lie to us", or at least "Parents lie to us", and then the parent's credibility goes out the window.

My personal approach is to allow people to do what they want, but if I'm involved in a conversation with a child, and the topic of Santa comes up, I'll disillusion them if it's relevant.  At least then they know that they can trust *one* person.

All of this may have something to do with the fact that I belong to a religion of truth, rather than being eg. a dedicated Cthulhu cultist, though :). 

more than 4 years ago
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Does Santa Hate Linux?

wayland Re:kml files? (271 comments)

Sounds like an analogy for global warming, although whether you're for or against will change how you view this comment :). 

more than 4 years ago
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When Developers Work Late, Should the Manager Stay?

wayland Re:Only if... (426 comments)

As a sysadmin/developer I only stayed really late once.  The boss hung around because he had to inform the client (in a different country) when the work was done, and also in a supporting role.  Great boss :). 

more than 4 years ago
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Where Are the Cheap Thin Clients?

wayland Re:Smaller is cheaper (349 comments)

> Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government.

Bonus!  We increase the intellectual level of the political debate at the same time!

(Yes, this was supposed to be funny :) )

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Fined In India For Using "Money Power" Against Pirates

wayland Re:Too bad the US can't comprehend this concept (204 comments)

One advantage of a libertarian-type system with a proper education in civics is that people can defend themselves.

To understand why a libertarian-type system might help:
When asked why his summer vacation lasted the entire summer, Calvin Coolidge said "We have enough laws already, I don't need to sign any more".

My point is, the simpler the laws are, the easier it is for the ordinary person to understand and use them. 

more than 4 years ago
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The Perl 6 Advent Calendar

wayland Re:This has taken too long (160 comments)

> That's silly. Programming languages always were and will always be transient.

Right.  That's why no-one uses LISP any more.  http://people.mandriva.com/~prigaux/language-study/diagram-light.png

Oh, wait...

more than 4 years ago
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The Perl 6 Advent Calendar

wayland Re:Word on the street... (160 comments)

No, I think they're trying to integrate DNF with E17. 

more than 4 years ago
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The Perl 6 Advent Calendar

wayland Re:This has taken too long (160 comments)

Perl 6 is a specification, not an implementation.  Rakudo is one implementation, but there are others (SMOP springs to mind).  I guess I think that Perl 6 is "the stuff you liked about Perl 5, but more of it".  Oh, and better OO and Grammars.  Mmm, grammars :). 

more than 4 years ago
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The Perl 6 Advent Calendar

wayland Re:perl 5 versus ruby versus perl 6 (160 comments)

Wasn't it Paul Graham that said that Java was good because it took a lot of C programmers, and carried them part way to LISP?  You can say the same about Perl, but even more so :). 

more than 4 years ago
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The Perl 6 Advent Calendar

wayland Re:perl 5 versus ruby versus perl 6 (160 comments)

To me, the things that keeps me coming back to Perl 6 is that it will have built-in grammars.  That may just be because of the kind of apps I try to write, though. 

more than 4 years ago

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TreePath -- a universal tree navigation language

wayland wayland writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wayland writes "Have you ever wanted a more powerful file selection mechanism than glob? Or a less complex one than XPath? Or a way of selecing LDAP data that doesn't require that you learn a whole new language? TreePath — a universal tree navigation language could be the solution to all your problems. Unfortunately, it's only in the conceptual stages at the moment."
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HTTP Authentication: Solutions and Futures

wayland wayland writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wayland writes "wayland's Computer Stuff has a series of articles on the usefulness (or otherwise) of HTTP Authentication. Covering problems ranging from whether authentication is optional, to the poor user interface, to internationalisation, this series presents solutions to the problems listed, both short-term (technical) fixes, and long-term (RFC-changing) suggestions."
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