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Comment Re:Good point (Score 2) 418

I admit, my reply was particularly dickish. I'm sorry, desertrat_it if it offended you in any way. I certainly see your point, having two kids of my own. Personally I'm inclined to expose them to more of this kind of thing than their mother, within reason, knowing they will be exposed to it otherwise. The trouble comes with being able to agree on what's "within reason"!

Comment Re:Guarantee (Score 1) 716

I am currently involved in a project that involves parsing text from thousands of pages written by different people. And it's a horrendous task. Even though the pages are somewhat standardized, there are variants of wording, variants of spelling, typographical errors (those are particularly bad to deal with), etc.

Trying to create bug-free methods for parsing those into their constituent parts is a difficult job indeed.

I'm not sure if I see typographical errors in the input as being bugs in the parsing code, any more than a car ramming into a brick wall and damaging it is a fault of the wall. Both can be perfectly sound and still fail to account for all potential circumstances.

Comment Re:Town planning - lack of. (Score 2) 157

Don't get me started on the last century traffic lights on timers and no trigger sensors of any kind in sight even at the pedestrian crossings. Christmas lights I like to call them. The amount of petrol they must waste stopping scores of cars for no reason must be mind-boggling.

If they make driving too convenient, then people will drive more often and farther away, which would consume even more petrol than idling at a traffic light occasionally.

Comment Re:When will companies be held liable? (Score 1) 137

Not necessarily, credentials are often stored in plain text but in restricted access files. The Debian MySQL admin password, for example, is stored plain-text in /etc/mysql/debian.cnf This might be of some interest as well: https://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/PlainTextPasswords

Comment Re:I left them all behind for Minecraft (Score 2) 555

What exactly is the point of creating something "useful"? How do you define that? Something that makes someone's life a bit easier, so they have more time for entertainment pursuits? Seems to me in the end it's the same thing. Minecraft creations can also be shared for others enjoyment. You obviously appreciate movies and books, which are created with effort for the goal of entertainment. But ultimately, what's the point in _anything_?

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens. -- Bengamin Disraeli

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