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Comment: Tune in... (Score 1) 425

by sootman (#48973395) Attached to: One Man's Quest To Rid Wikipedia of Exactly One Grammatical Mistake

Tomorrow on Slashdot: one editor's quest to rid Slashdot of mixed-tense constructions: "... he'll then go in and manually corrects..."*

Interesting fact: he initially was on a quest to rid wikipedia of "should of" and "could of" but the database crashed under the weight of the results. So we went with "comprised of".

* Just kidding. Slashdot editors don't actually edit. But a boy can dream...

Comment: Re:track record (Score 2) 293

by sootman (#48936973) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

Thanks for the perfect setup for this old joke...

On a four-engine plane over the Atlantic the pilot announces on the intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've just lost an engine, but there's nothing to worry about. This plane flies perfectly well on three engines. It just reduces you speed a little so we'll be about a half-hour late."

A few minutes later, another announcement: "Ladies and gentlemen, we've lost another engine. We'll still make it, but that'll slow us down a little more. We'll be about an hour late."

Soon there's yet another message: "We've just lost power on a third engine. I think we'll be OK, but plan on being two hours late."

One of the passengers turns to his neighbor and says, "I hope the fourth one doesn't quit. We'll be up here all day."

Comment: Wow (Score 5, Interesting) 313

And yet somehow we survived with these 10,000 people with connections to subversive organizations roaming freely in our midst. Amazing.

Dear ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES: *THIS* is why we don't want you to have infinite surveillance. Because those 10,000 people you had files on did EXACTLY NOTHING. You want to wiretap someone, go get some ACTUAL FUCKING EVIDENCE. Not just "he read this book and knows this guy and likes to encrypt his files."

Comment: Re:why the fuck (Score 1) 101

by sootman (#48876887) Attached to: Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

... the distant third and fourth place competitors in a four-horse market.

1 - Verizon Wireless - 125.3M subscribers
2 - AT&T Mobility - 118.7M subscribers
3 - Sprint Corporation - 54.8M subscribers
4 - T-Mobile US - 52.9M subscribers

The upper two are about 2x larger than the smaller two. Significant, but I wouldn't call it "distant". Distant to me would be something like a 10x difference. The market is about 1/3, 1/3, 1/6, 1/6.

A formal parsing algorithm should not always be used. -- D. Gries