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Comment Re:My what? (Score 1) 32

The place where News Corporations money went to die?

It's the place where every company that's bought them, went to die. News Corp is just one of many...the vultures already circle the building, and the managers can be heard screaming "bring out your dead programmers..."

Comment No... (Score 1) 367

These are examples of really really dumb people not paying attention. if your GPS says, "drive 250 miles" to the hotel near your airport, and you blindly do it... you are an idiot.

Drive 2 days away... again, idiot level.

The problem is that all technology requires the user to have a modicum of intelligence. The examples in the story are of people that should not be allowed to drive a car let alone use a GPS.

Comment Re:Control Over What You Get to See (Score 1) 46

Yep, and they're starting to hemorrhage users. Lot of theories floating around on financial forums and blogs that Jack is doing this deliberately to tank twitter so it can be bought out by someone. There are a few problems with that idea for twitter in general, there have been no takers. The tech market bubble is now popping...again...and there are a lot of people in the SF tech triangle that are no longer getting VC money, and they're worried. It's all dried up in the last few weeks as the stock market starts to enter into correction territory.

Comment Re:First Name Basis? Rude. (Score 1) 531

Grammer ignorami. Proper nouns should NEVER be preceded by articles.

Oh, the definite article is very commonly used before proper nouns, most often place names or geographical features (e.g. "The Mississippi (River)").

Sometimes "the" is used purely customarily (particularly in names translated from other languages like "The Ukraine" or "The Maghreb" ), but its primary function is to distinguish between nouns referring to specific things a speaker is expected to be aware of, and generic things that are just being introduced into the discourse: "a ball [which I haven't mentioned up until now] broke Mr. Smith's window; Mr. Smith kept the ball [which I just mentioned]."

In particular proper nouns which sound like they might be generic will sometimes customarily get a "the" tacked on to indicate the audience is expected to picture the well-known thing rather than some unknown one ("The United States", "The Great Lakes", "The Big Easy"). "The Donald" is a definite article usage of this type, with an bit of ironic deprecation mixed in.

By the way the plural of "ignoramus" is "ignoramuses", not "ignorami". That is because "ignoramus" was never a noun in Latin; rather it is a conjugation of the verb ignorare (to be unacquainted with, to ignore). "Ignoramus" entered English as a legal term to mean "we take no notice of" (e.g. a witness whose testimony is irrelevant because he has no firsthand knowledge).

Comment Re:Django killed Ruby on Rails and Node.js. (Score 2) 19

Django's upgrade/deprecation policies are pretty well documented, but if a project is going to be unmaintained for a long time, and you're trying to, say, upgrade a Django 1.6 app to 1.9, you're going to be in for some pain, as in three versions a feature will go from supported, to quiet-deprecation to noisy-deprecation to absent. If a project is not going to be maintained to track the "latest" Django, it should target one of the LTS releases - 1.8 currently - which will have support till 2018.

That will give you security and data-loss-bug updates, but won't give you new features. If you wan't those, then you need to track the current version. If you really are stepping through 3 or more versions (or fewer, if it was already using a deprecated feature) then the best bet is to go through the deprecation documents and convert things over... or just re-write. Sometimes that IS simpler. And, of course, target a LTS if that's appropriate.

Comment Re:Insanity (Score 1) 592

No. By the time I'm relying on the white line to see my lane, I'm already driving at half-speed.

And the lines are absolutely invaluable to people with certain visual issues, like poor ability to see color contrast (like along the edge of the road) or less than stellar night vision. Having the line means people with imperfect depth perception or imperfect space relations don't have to GUESS where they should be on the road. It prevents them from becoming a hazard to others when they can't decide where their space begins and ends.

(Cue the elitists who'll say such people shouldn't drive in the first place.)

Someone mentions driving on snowy roads where you can't see the lines anyway as evidence that they're not needed. This sorta neglects to notice that on such roads, unless there's an obvious obstacle, people tend to drive right down the middle, as if it's a one-lane road. I've seen this produce collisions (even at very low speeds) at blind corners.

Another issue that comes to mind is legal liability. If a vehicle takes its half outta the middle, hey, there's no lines saying they can't. So now who's at fault when you have a head-on or drive off the road because two drivers disagree (and YOU might be the wrong one here) on what constitutes their fair "half" of the road? "I thought that WAS half the road" will become the go-to legal escape.

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