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Comment: Re:Slascode "asciifier" (Score 1) 533

by Memnos (#46003445) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?
I'm fairly sure that "asciifier" is an indecent term that should never be used on our wonderful series of these intarweb tubes. Don't you think of the children? Are you being an Insensitive Clod, or are you just smart? Oh, sorry, my bad, you're just smart. Shall we shake hands, or bump fists, or duel in the morning. (I have a prior engagement in the morning with a girl named AsQui, so I suggest the shanking hands thingy.)

Comment: Re:Patents need to describe significant inventions (Score 1) 150

by Memnos (#44979325) Attached to: Martha Stewart Out To Exterminate Patent Troll Lodsys
And all too many patent applications are crap for reasons of prior art or obviousness, but examiners at the USPTO don't have nearly the time to research all, or even most of them. BUT, if you hear of a patent application (or patent) that is just BS due to prior art, you can just go to the Ask Patents website (run by StackExchange and free) and ask if it's a valid one based on prior art or obviousness. Anyone can also provide answers to the questions asked, and the answers will be crowd-ranked according to correctness and reasoning. Bad patent apps will be forwarded to the USPTO and the examiners actually do listen.

Comment: Re:But... (Score 1) 745

by Memnos (#38332684) Attached to: Is the Earth Special?
Basically, the minimal things that life requires are,1) an energy differential into which it can pump "work" and create an environment where entropy can locally decrease, 2) mathematical combinations of participating elements (which may be amino acids, or shit that we don't have a clue about) that can exploit these energy potentials and 3) the likelihood that they will at some point reproduce themselves and eventually exhibit selection for better forms of what they reproduce. We should not presume to know all of the forms that that can take, because the math says that we don't know even a small part of it.

Comment: Re:He... (Score 1) 948

by Memnos (#37962890) Attached to: No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube
I beg to differ. The example that I meant to portray is that any man, any father, with any sense, does not beat his children. Most fathers have no desire to do so anyway, 'cuz your kids are the best thing you ever did. I meant that that child abuse is not acceptable within society, and it might be met with one's own severe punishment, despite one's arrogance and vitriol. And "within an inch of your life" does not mean that you are beaten to death. It does mean that you know not to beat your kids again.

Comment: Re:He... (Score 2) 948

by Memnos (#37960982) Attached to: No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube
I am from the South. When someone crosses the line into plain cruelty like this, regardless of the folly of their kids, there is no statute of limitations, and there is no court of law. They get beaten to within an inch of their life by those who they thought were friends, and they never ever do it again.

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