I'm not in the US. I live in the UK and my comments are based on my observation of it.
It puts you into cannon, not "canon".
This is why we should always fight to keep libraries open. It's all very well fast food restaurants having free wifi, but you have to provide the device yourself.
Libraries, with a few PCs you can use are the answer. Where libraries are closed, we should look into re-opening them. If the buildings are not available then we can "re-purpose" church halls maybe a few nights a week as internet centres for the poor, using donated PCs.
So I haven't written a journal entry for a while (9 years) so I thought I'd update it.
I'm currently looking forward to the 7DRL event in March. I wanted to enter the 2012 one but my programming skills had become rusty. I therefore spent the last year getting back up to full strength in preparation for this year's event. A year of fun, spent on #rgrd on quakenet, programming roguelikes and other experiments in ruby, scheme, c++, SDL, irrlicht, libtcod, gosu...
The reverse half-life of Half Life games is 521 years: After 521 years, half of Half Life 3 will be complete.
Therefore, much like shooting a tortoise at a tree, Half Life 3 will never be finished.
I think it would be nice if Canonical gave some proportion of the proceeds to a charity that helps conserve the animal of the current release. It's a shame though that if they did so it would come too late to help bankroll "Efforts for the Saverization of the Pangolin".
Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.