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Comment Re:Um. (Score 1) 59

Because almost is very useful. If a site like Amazon can kill 99% of fake reviews that's an extremely worthwhile thing to do. It doesn't have to be perfect.

And spam filtering does a hell of a lot better than 99% these days. I honestly can't remember when I last got a real email spam. It may be years.

And no, it's not my theory. You could see it as an off-shot of things like this:

Then either it's a crap theory or you are misusing it. But there's no fame in pointing out that spam filtering works. It's surprising you haven't realised it.

Comment Re:Unbeatable (Score 1) 30

The point of Inform 7 is to make writing IF accessible to writers who are not programmers. At it's best, describing the geography, fixtures and objects, it lets the game maker think in a far more literary way about the world she's creating. By contrast constructing a list of interlinked data-structures can exercise the logical brain whilst turning off the creative one.

If you're more a programmer than a writer, then Inform 6 probably is more comfortable. But hey, Inform 6 didn't go away. It's still there in the Inform 7 IDE. And there's all the other tools such as the Skein that makes the Inform 7 IDE such a massive step forward on the old text-editor approach.

I quite like their concept of credit where credit is due with extensions. Too often the public domain world is full of takers that don't even recognise the work that others have put in. If you resent having to type the name of the author of an extension, once per game you use it in, then it's fair to say you don't deserve the gift you've been given.

It's fair to say that Graham Nelson and friends did a fantastic job on Inform 7. They are due enormous credit.

Comment Re:Do Canadian Scientists respect the public? (Score 1) 197

I could still choose to keep my money in my pocket and do without whatever they're selling.

So starve to death or regress to hunter/gatherer. No everything is an optional luxury. And even if it were, your utopia is cutting down on things we can buy now, because of the monopolies and cartels. That's a bad thing not a good one.

You certainly won't be modern man driving around. No roads. And good luck keeping your property when there's no police to call in.

That's an argument for a very small, very limited government -- just big enough to prevent total monopolies.

Press a libertarian and they always reconsider. They realise that actually they DO need government. They're just small minded cry-babies who want the government to do only the things they need, and fuck what everyone else needs.

"I've finally learned what `upward compatible' means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes." -- Dennie van Tassel