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Comment: Re:and dog eats tail (Score 1) 393

by bidule (#49720043) Attached to: Feds Order Amtrak To Turn On System That Would've Prevented Crash

No, your comment is what is misleading.

Well, "turn on" seems pretty misleading. Is the system already installed and programmed? Does it only needs the flip of a switch? Is this a case of pot: kettle?

Infact, the only reason I am here is because the headline seems shady and nothing in the summary details how close from active the system was. Could you enlighten us, please?

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!

Kiss your keyboard goodbye!