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Comment: When does a P becomes a D? (Score 1) 667

by bidule (#49264939) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

There's no "proper" English, but there are many "improper" ones. If your P becomes so misshappen that it can be seen as a D, you aren't communicating anymore.

It's the same thing for words: u, m8, w8, pwn aren't proper per se but have a clear and unambiguous mapping to the proper word. Even when using misspellings like seperate or convinsable, you are still communicating clearly enough.

It's only when you use the spelling of a different word that you screw up. Errors such as board/bored, hoard/horde, straight/strait send a sentence straight into damnyouautocorrect, if not Alice's Wonderland. You cannot "evolve" a word by having treasure and army become a single concept, unless you want to speak Smurf. And even then, they can smurf which smurf means smurf.

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 550

Likewise, there's no way multiple electric or gas companies could compete with an incumbent who had already wired/plumbed a neighborhood. When cities deregulate gas/electric service, they do so by transferring the wires to one company, and forcing that company to sell transit to all comers at regulated rates. If you want to see competition among ISPs, nationalize the coax, copper and fiber, and let the ISPs rent bandwidth to subscribers' homes and manage their access.

IOW, same as electricity, no?
The city infrastructure is owned by a carrier that only does transport. The client pays a provider, which is separate from the carrier. And every producer (Google, Disney Channel, MaBell) pays another provider to reach the carrier.

The only non-neutral thing (in spirit maybe) would be if the producer had a box at the client site and therefore paid a different price to feed its box with its products.

Comment: The internet is for real (Score 2) 164

by bidule (#49055575) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?

There's enough news, blogs and documentation on the internet to cover my non-fiction needs.

I would say my book reading is 100% fiction but for Guy Gavriel Kay pseudo-historical fiction or RPG splat-books that describe real locations and History such as Ars Magica.

If I'm using books, it's because I don't want to stare at a screen before bed.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 677

by bidule (#49043777) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

if ! (doSomethingThatMightFail() &&
  doSomethingElseThatMightfail() &&
  doMoreFailingStuff() &&
  yepMoreFailingStuff()) {


do {
  if ! doSomethingThatMightFail() break;
  if ! doSomethingElseThatMightfail() break;
  if ! doMoreFailingStuff() break;
  if ! yepMoreFailingStuff() break;
} while (false);

Utterly tongue in cheek!

Comment: Re:Shrug, yawn. Have you read it? (Score 1) 224

by bidule (#48955321) Attached to: Nuclear Safety Push To Be Softened After US Objections

You should dig up a 2011 Associated Press article about tritium leaks at nuclear plants across the country.

Since tritium has to be ingested and its half-life is short, I thought this wasn't a risk for humans.

Hell, there have been 2 nuclear plants that SCRAMed recently.
One on Christmas and the other last week, during the big north east blizzard.

Wasn't it shutdown because the powerline were gone and they could not "export" electricity out of the plant? That's how I read it anyway.

Comment: Re:Crunch all you want... We'll make more! (Score 1) 136

by bidule (#48853143) Attached to: Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

So is he saying that doctors should keep prescribing antibiotics for illness where they are unnecessary, and that prophylactic application of antibiotics in agriculture should continue? That is, the only thing that needs to be fixed is the manufacturing leakage?

The biggest joke is that if we were to reduce prescription, we would reduce leakage by the same factor if not more.

Comment: Re:And in the name of Jihadists... (Score 1) 509

by bidule (#48785561) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

There was a clear chain of command and structure of authority to decide who gets to be a priest and who doesn't, and set rules as to what areas priests may have authority over with procedures for dispute resolution.

Simony was a big problem in the Middle Ages. HRE Henry IV fought against Pope Gregory VII over who would name the bishops. There was still only 2 players who could name priests, which kept it relatively safe.

And there were Cathars and Bogomils who got written off as heresy by the victors. Much closer to us (10-20 years or so), there were some (swiss?) traditionalist priests who got excommunicated for saying the mass in latin.

All that does not stop some random Westboro Church or fake Caliphate from sprouting, but it might keep them from surviving a century or two.

Comment: Re:Religions codify survival info ... (Score 1) 755

by bidule (#48702547) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

True enough. I always note that people make God in their own image, as their God just so happens to hate the very same things they do. So the zealots do their evil in the name of their God who happens to, well you know the rest..

"What God wants, God gets! God helps us all!" (from Radio K.A.O.S.)

Comment: Re:As a former muslim (Score 1) 880

by bidule (#48600875) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Remember that in the middle, and late middle ages, the Islamic world was the advanced, progressive, cultured and tolerant civilization, far ahead of western Europe. Christian Europe was a place of endless war and bickering and of religious zealots.

From 700 to 1400, roughly. Then they fell into obscurantism. We should be good for another 100 years before we fall too.

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds