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Comment Stop kidding me (Score 1) 133 133

Larry, let's get real, fifteen years is a stupid amount of time to work on a single point release of a piece of software. People forgot about you and Perl 6 in 2003. I sure did. I've used a little Perl since then, but I haven't given any consideration to release 6.

Comment Re:Irrelevant (Score 1) 122 122

I don't think so. I use JavaScript on pretty much every webpage I visit. But I have plugins disabled (click-to-play) so I know when I'm dealing with content that requires a plugin. I can't think of the last time I clicked-to-play without it being a video. If I ever use Java at all it is showing me a moving picture.

Comment Re:2nd Amendment (Score 1) 423 423

That's a weird take on it. As if all laws are void, unless they appear in the Constitution? That's not how it works.

The Constitution says that some things must happen and other things can't happen; everything else is left up to statutes. There is nothing in the Constitution that says you must be able to procure weapons, nor does it prohibit the legislatures from restricting procurement of weapons.

Now, I don't think that would fly politically or in most courtrooms, nor would I support it myself. I bring it up merely to shit on the asshats who try to claim they are "textualists". Those people are hypocrites and jackasses unless they agree that there is no right to procure or manufacture arms, and if they did agree then they would be ridiculous. Because textualism is ridiculous.

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 674 674

Indeed:

Electricity sockets on Overground trains are clearly marked with the words: “cleaners use only and not for public use”.

On a forum dedicated to the London Underground, members have pointed out that plug sockets on the trains are for cleaning equipment deployed when trains are in depots. They recommend not charging electronic equipment as there is a risk of power surge: “If something was directly plugged into it (for example a standard computer, or a laptop without a battery in) the equipment would probably be damaged at any section gaps where the power supply changes from one substation to another!”

Comment 2nd Amendment (Score 1) 423 423

The Constitution gives you the right to keep and bear arms.

It doesn't give you the right to acquire or manufacture arms.

A strict constructionist would have to concede that it would be Constitutional to bar anyone from ever acquiring any new weapon, and after a century or so all gun possession would be illegal.

See, textualism goes both ways. This is why I'm not a strict constructionist or textualist.

Comment Good feature (Score 1) 95 95

I like this feature and I use it. It has saved me from many typos and a few reconsidered emails. But I think it's a poorly implemented feature. It should be a side-effect feature of a generally implemented send-later feature. The default timeout would be 20 seconds, and you could choose from a popup any longer wait period or a specific time. I would love that feature: send my brother's happy-birthday email tomorrow morning, for instance.

Comment Question Answered (Score 1) 529 529

"People would walk towards [one woman] with concealed electronics, in an effort to provoke a reaction."

And there was no reaction. Therefore the claimed illness is total bullshit.

Live in a cave if you want, believe bullshit if you want, make nutty claims if you want -- and meanwhile, the rest of us will laugh at you and make fun of your stupidity by doing things like standing near you with concealed electronics. That's freedom.

Next question, please. This one is answered.

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