Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on Gods and genre
    They're not "making Thor a girl." They're making some woman be the Thor. (As in, "the captain.") There is a large difference between those two statements....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Most app shops are one or two people. Maintaining different versions of servers and protocols is beyond their limited ability to support. It's not rocket science; it is janitorial, and it's a lot of work. Do you work on adding...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Er? iBooks on the Mac syncs new books to my iPad, so I'm not sure what you're describing? Note that I don't buy books from the iBook Store; I get them, and add them as ePubs. So I don't have...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    In no particular order: The upgrade thing was a major feature of it. It allows security upgrades and feature upgrades to be rolled out for free, and painlessly. If an update is optional, then the support costs -- for apple...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I do find myself wondering how much of this is to help the movie arm. Actors have to be replaced, for a whole bunch of reasons. Being able to have Thor XVII: The Gerrymandering replace the 65 year old Chris...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Being able to buy an amazon.co.uk ebook is difficult, if you are not in the UK. It's not impossible, but neither is removing the DRM. It's simply difficult enough that most people won't do it. (And I think setting up...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    I thought Charlie had covered this elsewhere, but publishers began demanding electronic rights quite a few years ago. It's very difficult to get a contract with a publisher that doesn't include electronic rights, and most authors are simply not in...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Huh. It just occurred to me that you have, in fact, set things up such that all of humanity could be destroyed due to CNG, and Bob could still document and narrate it. Clever of you....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    There are very good reasons that most computer systems can't support that much memory: physical space and heat. Having large amounts of memory means you have to have space for them. If the lines are too long, there's delay (even...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Greg, I have removed three comments of yours. You think you're being funny; I think you're bordering on offensiveness and insults. Stop doing it, please, at least unless and until Charlie says I am a stick-in-the-mud Colonial who ought to...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    I just refer to them as stupidsports. E.g., "We can't go downtown, because the traffic is screwed up due to stupidsports."...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Use of basilisk cameras is not appropriate for personal Zen rock garden, no matter how much your wife's chihuahua annoyed you. [Just to make it clear, I am not entering the competition, just participating in the fun.]...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Where you live and what your political orientation is not required; those may help others understand your biases, but you should not feel required to proffer them. (Mind you, I think you're wrong, but I don't know enough to participate,...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    Do pre-orders help you in any way? (I pre-ordered it anyway, through B&N, because of AMZN.)...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    All of the epub sellers did that. I got credit from both Amazon and B&N....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Multiple things. First, a lack of interest in ebooks initially. (Baen was an exception here.) Second, an insistence on DRM, which made it harder to just have a distribution network, you needed to have an entire ecosystem. (Baen was an...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Please stop....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    This is not a forum for debating the merits of one economic system over another. Please do not continue. (Applies to graydonish and everyone else, as well.)...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Also, hey, what happened the last time publishers attempted to do something about Amazon's monopoly? It's right on the tip of my tongue....
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    "sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That’s what sin is." -- Granny Weatherwax (Carpe Jugulum, Terry Pratchett)...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    Well, in all honesty, you and Leckie are currently bubbling back and forth for the #1 vote on my ballot. (I'm presuming both of you will take that as a compliment :).)...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    You are demonstrating a willful ignorance of how publishing and copyright laws work. Stop: you do not get to do so again. Authors can, and do, give away free copies of their books; they even sometimes hand out electronic copies,...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Correct. Note that there are in fact programming languages in which programs can be formally proven to be correct. But they are hardly ever used, mainly because the first part of it is to generate a specification for the program...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    No. As I said originally: with a lot of effort, you can work to make C code better. You cannot do anything about the lack of exception handling; you cannot do anything about the namespace issues. valgrind is a specific...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    C is a stripped-down language, offering few of the features of other languages. Let's consider a small bit of code, to sum up the elements of an array of integers. The functions are passed in an array, and a length,...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    No. Usually what is meant by "cloud computing" means simply keeping storage in a network-reachable environment; usually this means that your local copy is a cache, updated when it changes. (There is also the situation where machines [usually virtual] are...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    I also agree with OGH that the Von Neumann architecture is one of the leading root causes in the insecurity of computers. Security is always a trade-off. In this case, without that, you'd have computers that were incapable of...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    The NSA is not magic....
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Null-terminated strings in C and similar languages rather than using a couple of extra bytes to record the length of the string properly The real problem is no bounds-checking in C. Pascal-style strings are unpleasant for a lot of...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    to improve battery technology a lot requires a wholesale reform of the periodic table of elements, or maybe magic. Making an electric battery "just" involves moving electrons from one place to another. Making incredibly-dense memory "just" involves moving electrons...
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