Bah, "real geeks/nerds" use vi or emacs, neither of which requires rodentary attachments.
My mechanical Logitech lasted fifteen years (just died earlier this year), and yes, I had a cat the whole time. For that matter, I only bothered to clean it out about four times during that period, because it kept working just fine without for the most part.
Logically, I'd expect optical mice to last longer, but so far my evidence for the claim is nil...
Really? 'Cause my old Logitech roller-ball just died after fifteen years! (I'm now on my second mouse, so I'm not sure how qualified I am to participate in this poll.) Yeah, I had to clean it out every three or four years or it would get jerky, but I think it lasted long enough to justify what I spent on it.
I hope you're right though, since I now have an optical mouse. I'll get back to you in 2029...
it is very easy to spoof agent strings
Indeed. Anyone who actually thinks I'm running Mosiac v42.0 is probably very confused!
It's win-win for me. I have a prediction on file with the James Randi Foundation saying that the Supremes will agree to hear a software patent case this year (done, now), and that they will decide it on overly narrow grounds. If I'm right, I'm one step closer to winning the million dollar prize for my psychic powers, and if I'm wrong, well, my day job gets that much easier.
You're confusing ideologies. Someone's position on the right or left is not going to have any bearing on their ideological positions about patents, because patents aren't a right/left issue. It's a different type of ideology. A more idiosyncratic ideology. But an ideology nonetheless.
(Actually, I shouldn't say left/right, because dem/rep doesn't break down that way, but I'm simplifying for the sake of clarity.)
That said, because this isn't tied to their political allegiances, they may all be more inclined to listen to the arguments rather than pre-emptively voting with their preconceptions. Not guaranteed, but much more likely than in some cases.
We traditionally refer to the dishwasher as a robot in my family. (Of course, I come from a long line of science fiction fans.)
Heh, comments like this are why I haven't given up on Slashdot completely!
One, merely having a monopoly is not illegal. You have to abuse your monopoly to be convicted under anti-trust. Two, the search market still has more than two players. Yahoo and Ask are still around, among others. And MS is unlikely to simply shutter Bing. They're more likely to sell it off to someone who isn't Google--like the aforementioned Yahoo or Ask. Bing is hardwired into too much stuff to simply shut it down.
Ok, that's clearly a terrible idea, since moving the clock forward is what causes major increases in accidents every year. But how about the opposite notion. Move the clocks back twice a year, and forward never. I bet a whole lot of people would support getting an extra hour of sleep twice a year! That extra hour of sleep is the only good thing about the whole deal.
A programmer who isn't familiar with the standard libraries that come as part of the core language probably isn't a programmer who should be paid. I can't even look at the docs for time(2) without seeing mention of localtime(3) and gmtime(3). And similar for pretty much every other language I've used in the last dozen years.
And this is why I had trouble deciding how to vote. I'd prefer it to either be eliminated or extended to 100%. But I don't have a strong preference between those two.
Actually, if you go fast enough, you don't need life-extension. The stuff you left behind may be 50,000 years out of reach, but you might only have experienced a couple of dozen years.
Unfortunately, we're probably at least as far from the necessary accelerations (and cushioning) as we are from the necessary life-extension techniques, so it's probably a moot point, but I value completeness.
Then in the win[t]er it gets dark at 4pm So i go to work in the dark come home in the dark. Where as before I come home it still be light in winter [...]
You realize this makes no sense, right? DST is only in effect from March to early November. The time during winter is the same as it always was.
I'm no fan of DST, but lets try to stick to arguments that make a lick of sense, mm-kay? The fact that you used to come home before 4pm but no longer do (the only possible explanation for what you wrote) is hardly the fault of DST.