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Comment: Re:One word: Cloud (Score 1) 241

The problem is the "could". We have a system that's set up to railroad people into the system with those "coulds". "You COULD get 7 years, or plead guilty and get off after 3 months, but it's an adult charge", but then you've got a jail and your strikes started. For what is generally just a stupid juvenile mistake.

Prosecutorial discretion is not often used in a very discretionary manner.

Comment: Re:One word: Cloud (Score 1) 241

I don't think anyone was trying to get him out of punishment. I think the chorus here is calling to not treat him as an adult, as our system is wont to do. The "years in prison" line in the news blurb is what set all this off, and that is completely inappropriate given his age and his crime. It shouldn't even be an option to an overzealous prosecutor.

Comment: Re:One word: Cloud (Score 1) 241

Even if you didn't get through to him specifically, there are quite possibly other people more on the fence that don't use stupid acronyms like "SJW" as if it's somehow a pejorative, and they may be influenced by your comments to look deeper into it. We don't need everyone to admit that we've got a problem to start solving it, just enough people to achieve critical mass.

Comment: Re:Huh what?? (Score 1) 86

Yeah, it is a convoluted title, all right, and the lack of punctuation really scrambles it. But here's the breakdown, near as I can make out:

A Chapter of "Witch", Square Enix's Demo of Real-time CG system DX-12, Impresses at Microsoft Build

They're trying to cram too much into the title.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 108

by camperdave (#49591157) Attached to: Messenger's Mercury Trip Ends With a Bang, and Silence

Maybe this needs clarification - the probe was not "deorbited" i.e. deliberately smashed into Mercury in a controlled manner. They did all they could to keep it up in orbit as long as possible, but the fuel finally ran out and its orbit inevitably decayed and it finally impacted today.

Now fully out of fuel, the spacecraft smashed into a region near Mercury's north pole, out of sight from Earth, at about 20:00 GMT on Thursday.

That, to me, is the really sad part. They should have reserved enough fuel to deliberately crash it so that the impact could be seen and analyzed.

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge