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Comment: legacy platforms and software subscriptions (Score 1) 166

by Edgester (#49059739) Attached to: Vint Cerf Warns Against 'Digital Dark Age'

This has already happened to some university researchers who used proprietary software for research that required yearly licensing or platforms that are no longer supported by university IT staff. Even better, the company may have gone out of business or the software has been discontinued.

Comment: Example of U.S. Gerrymandering (Score 1) 413

by Edgester (#48479005) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Here is a prime example of gerrymandering. It's the 12th congressional district of North Carolina:

The district was deliberately drawn to increase the odds of getting a minority congressman. The district follows the Interstate 85 highway.

Comment: Re:So that's what the model is based on (Score 1) 228

by Edgester (#45829037) Attached to: US Requirement For Software Dev Certification Raises Questions

What? What planet are you living on? There is no insurance requirement to get a drivers license, and no requirement for a drivers license for that matter. Most states will require you to have insurance in order to register your car, but that is not the same thing as having Drivers License or State ID.

Care to retract your fabrication and start over?

Insurance requirements vary by state.

You are required to have liability insurance to get a driver's license in the state of North Carolina, USA. This is a requirement even if you don't own a vehicle. You may get a state ID card without insurance. The liability insurance follows the person, not the car. For example, if person A drives persons B's car into person C's car, then person A's liability insurance covers C's car, but not B's. Person A & B's insurance companies would have to figure out who covers the damage on person B's car.

Documentation is the castor oil of programming. Managers know it must be good because the programmers hate it so much.