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Comment Re: Bout damn time! (Score 2) 28 28

OSM has similar issues. People who add to OSM are often morons about what they add. Creating new types like "yes" instead of using actual types. Translators from OSM to something more useful like a file geodatabase or shapefiles often get the geometry wrong, too. For example, creating a linear lake (the perimeter) rather than a more appropriate polygon. So, OSM has significant issues when trying to use it for non-casual purposes. On the other hand, it is generally the most complete set and that can help account for its gross deficiencies.

Comment This is AP? (Score 1) 128 128

I took my AP computer science test way back in 1986 and while I don't have the test with me, I certainly remember it being A LOT harder than this. I could've finished this test in 20 minutes or so. Did I get better with age? Am I overestimating my high school computer science abilities? Or, have the standards fallen?

Comment Re:That's not all (Score 2, Insightful) 336 336

Should mod parent up and GP down. I'm with Lauren. Regarding GP, when he says "And hey, I'm not personally offended by that kinda shit - I'm a guy." I'm offended by this. I'm a guy and I'm not just offended by that behavior ("that kinda shit") but especially by that sexist comment. "I'm a guy" supposedly means that you shouldn't be offended by it? That's exactly the behavior the OP is talking about, albeit it's a generally pervasive problem and nothing to do with gaming industry. Guy or not, you may or may not be offended by it. By virtue of you thinking that "I'm a guy" shouldn't be offended by it--that's the problem.

Comment Re:Could you tell a difference at distance? (Score 1) 535 535

You're missing the point. The idea here is that a reasonable person realizes that the dude in the stormtrooper outfit isn't carrying a real gun. To fulfill the "law" the principal must report this, but she might as well do so using the non-emergency number. If the police don't actually respond, who cares.

Comment Re:Silver lining (Score 5, Interesting) 389 389

I'm thinking the same thing. Maybe it's a ploy. After the Republican president and Republican-led House (and fairly even Senate) first passed the Patriot Act into law in 2001, having Obama support it now is the best way to have the Republicans of today reject it. Hell, you can steer the Party of No around right now just by having Obama support the opposite viewpoint of what you want.

Comment Re:Should be rezoned agricultural (Score 1) 540 540

He's getting fined for it, and it could become significant. I'm not sure what my opinion is on it, either. I don't like that his usage of land was put into law by others, after he had bought it. But then again, he bought a golf course and is trying to do something totally different with it.

Comment Re:Ask and ye shall receive (Score 1) 280 280

Sometimes number crunching is simply for the sake of data gathering before making an opinion, in order to make the best, most-informed opinion. If you're making an opinion based on the 28K/arrest, then it's IMO inherently wrong, because the number is wrong. If not "wrong," then it's at least misinformed. By virtue of you reading through this article and comments, and then commenting here, I assume you're interested in the subject, as should every U.S. citizen of voting age. But, basically, my opinion is irrelevant with respect to first gather facts.

A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.