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Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 878

by evilbessie (#49342797) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Grammar is merely the tool which guides understanding. Language is about sharing information, so as long as the rules you are using are understood by all parties or that you can communicate the information so it is understood by others then it doesn't particularly matter too much. If you rely too much on book learning you miss the many interesting ways language is used which flies in the face of grammar, and history would be the poorer for that.

Comment: Re: Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 878

by evilbessie (#49342755) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Yes there is no reason for a government try to ensure that their people are not discriminated against for things which are legal by publicly operated businesses. Businesses are not people, so they do not get the rights of people. It's also a bizarre notion of most religions, as they don't tend to preach about division and discrimination, more along the lines of be nice to each other, so why this is being sold as a religions freedom I don't know.

Comment: Parent is right. (Score 4, Insightful) 385

by evilbessie (#49286275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?

Local knowledge is key, so it'd be better to find out what everyone else uses and get the same. Research packages are quite often poorly written and documented, so having people who've fixed the problems already is helpful.

Note: I work at a research university doing IT support.

Comment: Re:Better Arguments Needed (Score 1) 1081

by evilbessie (#49260957) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

There is no perfect justice system, they are all flawed. Capital punishment is the ultimate in the state saying that it is right, do you trust your government that much? It also points to a larger problem where society seemingly wants to avoid the notion that criminals are people who should be treated with respect, because they are people.

If you look at reoffending rates in countries which believe in rehabilitation of prisoners rather than just punishment you'll find lots of data which suggests that treating people like people they will for the most part become like people (it's also cheaper). Yes there are some people who have done such horrid things that they should not be free, but that is punishment enough, the state should never assert that it has the right to kill it's own citizens.

Comment: Re:So does this mean... (Score 1) 264

by evilbessie (#49110439) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

They make more sense than most, as you get a new version every 3 months or so, which either increases the minor version number or occasionally as in this case the major version number. Patches come with the 3rd number. This easily makes more sense than almost all others, Java's numbering scheme seems like it was designed by Kafka, who knows where nvidia generate their driver numbers from.

So you don't get particular milestones in minor or major version number changes, you get a degree of stability when new will exist and a reliable, predictable change. It makes more sense than the 2.6.xx scheme.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 289

Wow, some people would like the same rights as you have, they are not reducing your rights, not forcing you to be nice to anyone, just that they want to be equal. There are morons in the world in all parts of it, if it doesn't affect you and your so precious rights I don't get why you care.

Next you'll be saying that shops shouldn't put ramps in, because fuck anyone who can't walk up 2 steps. It's shameful that you can't see why what you have said has been interpreted how it has.

Comment: Re:The same way many global warming papers got pub (Score 1) 109

No, you seem to not understand how English works, there are many correct spellings for things, for the most part ignoring diacritics. Dictionary's are a record of how a language is used not a unchanging tome (French excepted). If that's how people spell the word and others understand it, that IS the correct spelling.

Comment: Re:That's a risk you take investing (Score 1) 120

Bad analogy. Say I buy a freezer, which the manufacturer advertises as being -20C using 10W but it's only a -10C freezer and uses 20W. I would be entitled to my money back if I notify them I am not happy with the goods within a reasonable time, or after a period a part refund as I have had some use of the device.

It's just trade descriptions and sale of goods not investment. That the device is a magic money machine isn't actually relevant at all, someone sold a device saying it could do X, purchaser has found it does less and X, purchaser should be entitled to a refund for the cost of X not for the lost magic money the purchased device could have made if it has been to spec.

I doubt America has anything as sensible as the Sale of Goods Act or the Trade Descriptions Act.

The issue is fundamentally the sale of hardware, unless you can show this caused you material harm (not enough gain is not harm) you should not be entitled to compensation.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 4, Insightful) 263

by evilbessie (#46476515) Attached to: Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

Is fraud not specifically doing things against regulations? Without any form of regulation at all it wouldn't be fraud. The SEC are the police but they are paid by the people they police, if not actually being the same people. Bad policing of regulation isn't a problem with the regulations and to draw such comparisons hides the nature of the problem.

Comment: Re:Get up early if you want (Score 1) 462

by evilbessie (#45354281) Attached to: Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

Well that's lovely, other than at above about 50 degrees the winter sun is maximum of 8 hours but in the summer you get 16 hours, actually moving it in the summer makes sense so you make more use of the available light (you could change your wake up time by 1-5 minutes a day, or move the clock once, most people tend to get up at the same time each day). But it not getting light until 10am in the winter (with DST still applied) just so it can get dark at quarter to five seems really silly. It makes a lot more sense to then have mostly continuous systems countrywide to ease any confusion.

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