## Comment: "first, unmanned, lander, targeted for 2018," (Score 1) 74

I think you can fit at least two more commas in there.

I think you can fit at least two more commas in there.

It's still a shitty comparison. The whole point is to give the reader an intuitive sense of an otherwise unimaginable quantity. It should be a red flag when you've replaced the number 500 with 40,000.

I was unsure about this, too, but now I know it's about 1/40,000 of a 500 mile road trip. Thanks, Slashdot!

I don't think the text of the Aereo ruling was "nobody is allowed to use loopholes anymore."

Me too. I hope it hurts.

I did. Happiest thought I've had all year.

they have used a cheap, well-known material to create the most heat-hungry thermoelectric so far

Did they do it with one weird trick discovered by a mom?

And your orthography is original.

That is so obviously not what the GP meant.

Or you could just knock him out and take his wallet, amirite? Stupid eggheads with their book-learnin'.

Obviously it's a long-time average. The chance of deviating from 50% by any given amount goes to zero as the number of trials becomes arbitrarily large. The summary doesn't spell this out in iron-clad logic, but anyone who spends time thinking about math, stats, or especially game theory knows the score.

Meant to mod parent funny, misclicked "overrated", posting to undo.

Parent and GGP are right, and GP is mistaken, as TFS clearly states. The issue is "a new earned-incentives and privileges scheme", i.e., control.

I suspect he meant "consistent".

Saved me from writing the same thing. The GPS code I've seen, written by engineers and not programmers, was an incredibly hacked-together, barely-functional set of kludges to implement a lot of very elegant mathematics.

Yeah. If you want elegance, you should probably just go straight to the math. As soon as you put it into a computer with its pesky limitations of finite time and space, elegance goes right out the window.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981