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Comment: It's mathematically impossible. (Score 4, Informative) 736

by PseudoThink (#42879337) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?
See http://scribblethink.org/Work/kcsest.pdf and http://scribblethink.org/Work/Softestim/softestim.html

(No, I'm not being serious. The topic just reminded me of when I once jokingly justified a poorly estimated ETA on a "simple" development project by referencing the above paper.)

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 733

by PseudoThink (#36600446) Attached to: San Francisco Considers Ban On All Pet Sales
Forcing breeders out of the city and making it inconvenient to buy pets locally will also encourage people to consider the reasons that is being done. I am not familiar with any other significantly effective way at educating the masses about the pros and cons of shelters vs. breeders. It's not a black and white issue. Many shelter animals are not problem-free, and many pet owners and breeders are responsible pet caregivers. Without actually working in an animal shelter and personally euthanizing scores of otherwise-adoptable animals, I don't know how the "average" person could be convinced that shelter animals are often just as loving and healthy (if not healthier) than animals bred for purchase.

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