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Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 520

Sorry, I realized I got a little testy there after I clicked "submit" and would have preferred to tone that down a bit. Fucking Slashdot: I've been bitching for *years* that they should allow editing of posts. Even if it was within a 5-minute window, that'd be a huge help while preventing people from radically changing posts after they've been replied to. (Or, just lock them down as soon as they get replied to.) Maybe these new owners will *finally* fix this.

Anyway, I stand by my recommendation for the FX-888d for most use. It doesn't have all the fancy features of the others (though the 30-minute inactivity timer sounds really nice; I've left mine on overnight accidentally a few times), but as long as you don't need to change tip temperature regularly it works great. I've soldered thousands of joints with mine. But I do admit the UI is pretty lame.

Maybe I'll upgrade to that 951 later.

Comment Re:Seat switch? (Score 1) 520

Huh? That Kaiser, Willys, AMC, etc. stuff is all ancient history. Patents only last 20 years. Maybe if they've come up with some new patentable stuff since 1996, sure, but anything older than that is public domain now. And I have a hard time believing anything really all that new and valuable has been done with 4WD since 1996. AWD is a different story; there's been a lot of advances there, but that hasn't been with Jeep, that's been with the Japanese and Euros, especially Subaru. Mazda's even got some new on-demand AWD system in their CUVs which they claim doesn't even have a fuel economy impact, aside from the added weight of the system.

Comment Re:Geez, it's like clamydia (Score 1) 67

> Speedy trial doesn't have anything to do with length of the trial itself.

It certainly can. Lengthy delays in the court proceedings can be very prejudicial to the defendant. There are many interesting analyses of the trade-offs to ensure the defendant has the right to a speedy trial, but also has the time to examine the charges and prepare a meaningful defense. The results have often been unfortunate, as we can see in the USA with the number of young black men arrested and incarcerated on minor drug charges, awaiting their day in court for _years_.

Comment Re:First Name Basis? Rude. (Score 1) 333

Grammer ignorami. Proper nouns should NEVER be preceded by articles.

Oh, the definite article is very commonly used before proper nouns, most often place names or geographical features (e.g. "The Mississippi (River)").

Sometimes "the" is used purely customarily (particularly in names translated from other languages like "The Ukraine" or "The Maghreb" ), but its primary function is to distinguish between nouns referring to specific things a speaker is expected to be aware of, and generic things that are just being introduced into the discourse: "a ball [which I haven't mentioned up until now] broke Mr. Smith's window; Mr. Smith kept the ball [which I just mentioned]."

In particular proper nouns which sound like they might be generic will sometimes customarily get a "the" tacked on to indicate the audience is expected to picture the well-known thing rather than some unknown one ("The United States", "The Great Lakes", "The Big Easy"). "The Donald" is a definite article usage of this type, with an bit of ironic deprecation mixed in.

By the way the plural of "ignoramus" is "ignoramuses", not "ignorami". That is because "ignoramus" was never a noun in Latin; rather it is a conjugation of the verb ignorare (to be unacquainted with, to ignore). "Ignoramus" entered English as a legal term to mean "we take no notice of" (e.g. a witness whose testimony is irrelevant because he has no firsthand knowledge).

Comment Re:Heh Heh (Score 1) 42

This smells like the kind of thing you might leave behind if you were departing Amazon, perhaps not on the best of terms.

It's also possible the employee responsible for the Zombie Inclusion was so bored to tears writing these terms of service he decided to include a gaffe just to see if anyone noticed.


I've had to write policies and procedures that were so mind numbingly boring that I knew no-one would ever read (like Acceptable Use Agreements), so I've snuck in things like "and failure to take note of these restrictions will result in the user being fed to lions". I've only been caught out once and that was 10 months after I'd finished working there (the boss had a sense of humour about it though).

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