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Comment Re:Cause meet Effect. (Score 1) 47

I don't think the article means that there is a causal effect to decreasing mistakes. It is looking at the correlation between points and number of mistakes from the viewpoint of the rating graph. I would agree with your statement as to the cause (half the mistakes leads to ~600 point rating increase).

Comment Re:It's about time, too (Score 2) 236

Relating to your point #3. There have been two studios who have had a market on the three major OS (Windows, OS X, Linux) who have left. This is id Software (Rage is Windows only) and Epic (still no Linux client for Unreal Tournament 3). When Valve finishes porting the Source engine, they will have the engine with most reach and since they are also delivering the distribution network, they will probably be on the throne for a very long time.

Comment Re:Jeff Goldblum (Score 4, Informative) 368

I believe these were some of the older crops before they were rendered sterile. It has happened though. GM-crop companies (Monsato, I believe) have sued farmers under the DMCA for using the produced seeds of plants which Monsato sold seeds for. There was a case where a farmer was sued even though the neighboring farmer used such plants and pollen from those plants got carried over. Here's a recent one:

Comment Re:Waste of Time (Score 2, Insightful) 933

How is ~55 million votes out of a ~280 million population, 50.1%? Does not compute. Population as of 4/1/2000 (, Voting numbers (,_2000 and,_2004). Also, feel free to correct numbers on Wikipedia, aparently, they are wrong with 48.3% for Kerry.

Comment Re:So (Score 1) 1105

I am pretty sure most things we do (short of actually building a bomb to blow ourselves up along with the planet) will not bother the planet at all. It has been here for over 4 billion years. It has seen dinosaurs come and go. I am sure we will be long gone before the planet becomes sick or dead in some way.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 755

My professional title is "application administrator." If you have java code running on a java app server, I support it. Problem is, over my 2.5 year experience in this position, there are a lot of "OutOfMemory" issues that occur. There are also a lot of issues related to lazily configured hibernate causing database performance issues. And of course, the fixall comes from Windows ... "just restart it." Only very few Java developers could actually support the infrastructure they code for, that includes database, messaging and ESB backends.

If I had a shotgun to point at some developers, there would be an extreme shortage of developers.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson