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Comment Re:Before I needed 12 different cables (Score 1) 286

Huh, I'm down to three, and one of those is only used with some fairly old devices I have. (Actually, I've only got one of those old devices left in service.) Other than that, I just have full-sized and new-phone-standard minis.

I do have a fairly extensive collection of old cables with a wide variety of sizes and shapes, though. So I feel your pain. :)

Comment Re:Enhanced, but not replaced. (Score 1) 286

You should know that Unicomp, which bought the rights to the model M keyboard design (the original gigantic clacky PC keyboard), still makes true model Ms with a variety of connectors including USB. My aunt swears by them. They're not cheap, but as you have clearly noticed, they also last for ages. So if the one you have does give up the ghost, you've got options.

Comment third of three? (Score 4, Insightful) 71

One of the most important characteristics of a planet...

There's three characteristics, and this is probably the least important. But if you consider all three to be "the most" important, then I suppose it's one of them. That seems like a pretty silly way to express yourself, though. Personally, I'd probably just say "one characteristic".

Also note that we're talking about the IAU definition, which is not necessarily the only definition. Dictionaries still haven't accepted the IAU definition, and may never do so, because the IAU defines a planet as orbiting the sun, while science fiction writers continue merrily talking about planets around other stars, and show no signs of changing.

Comment my contribution (Score 1) 37

I've made one contribution to this game. A very minor one, but one I'm proud of nonetheless. I persuaded them to change their motto from: "Cause Civilization Should Be Free" to "'Cause Civilization Should Be Free". The missing apostrophe was just more than I could stand. :)

Comment All rules are not created equal (Score 1) 497

There are a lot of bad "rules" running around out there. There's also a lot of good ones. Some have evolved through painful experience; others are more like cargo-cult beliefs. But the bottom line is that we're all terrible judges of our own work. That's why authors need proofreaders and (frequently) editors. If you want to break something you think is a rule, for whatever reason, try checking with your cow-orkers, to see what they think about it. Yes, they may all be hide-bound idiots, but if you get hit by a bus, they're the ones who are going to be left maintaining all that code you wrote. And maybe, just maybe, they'll spot something you didn't.

Yes, I know code reviews are painful and waste everyone's time, but spotting errors and issues up-front is orders of magnitude less painful than spotting them long after the fact, when the code has evolved to become several times more complex.

Comment Re:RH buying an Ansible? (Score 1) 78

Card (as well as several other writers) borrowed the name from LeGuin.

The word ansible was coined by Ursula K. Le Guin in her 1966 novel Rocannon's World.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

I think I first read Rocannon's World around '73 or so; Ender's Game wasn't even published till '85. And in Ender's Game, the word is described as being "dredged...out of an old book somewhere." In other words, it was borrowed from LeGuin both in-universe and out-!

Comment Re:RH buying an Ansible? (Score 1) 78

Yeah, I admit I'm torn. On the one hand, it's cool that a term coined by Ursula K. LeGuin has gained such broad acceptance that it can even appear in a company or product name. On the other, it's bizarre that a company would use it for something that bears no resemblance to what it means. (Unless I'm missing something.)

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