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Comment Re:"Reset to factory settings" button (Score 1) 150

A good idea in theory, but that "unmodifiable" version will quickly become out-of-date. What happens when the showstopping bug is discovered in that rushed-to-market-we-can-issue-updates snapshot? Revert to the snapshot and then update from the internet? The hole so neatly plugged by having a ROM copy is now reopened by the update process.

Comment Re:Horrible English Makes for Bad Math (Score 1) 77

I'm inclined to agree with you in part: Both period and frequency are absolute measures and can be used reciprocally. However, "short" and "slow" are comparative, not absolute ("slow" does not mean "time over distance"). "Short" by itself is meaningless. If Bob is "half as short" as Ann, is Bob taller or shorter than Ann? Is Bob half Ann's height? Twice Ann's height? 150% of Ann's height? Without any additional information, it's up to the hearer's interpretation of what "half" of a comparative measure means, and all three absolute conclusions could be considered correct.

It's the same with "young," the misuse of which is gaining popularity when stating age (and really grates on my senses). "I'm 25 years young." No, you aren't. You're 25 years old. "Years old" (the two words together) are an absolute measure of the duration of someone/thing's life. "Years young" just doesn't mean anything at all.

To conclude, you can't have something "100 times less expensive" unless you know what "less expensive" means. If Solution B is a penny less expensive than Solution A, you can say Solution C is 100 times less expensive than A compared to B, and that would mean Solution C is $1 less expensive than A. But without a common reference, it's meaningless. 100 times what?


Comment Re: What does this mean? (Score 1) 55

your question is in the area of: "you claim the sun is bright. show me your sources!!!"

No, his question is in the area of "you claim the sun illuminates this patch of ground better than this 12kW arc lamp. show me your sources!!!" Sure, the sun is bright. So is a 12kW arc lamp. Making the claim that one illuminates an area better than another requires supporting evidence in the form of luminous intensity measurements.

Since you put it another way, I will too:
"Water is wet." Sure, but is water wetter than alcohol? Ferrocene? Sodium laureth sulfate? His claim is that it's the best, which is, as the saying goes, an extraordinary claim which requires extraordinary evidence.

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