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Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 3, Informative) 136

>Why is some local county councilman being stupid news?

Not sure if you're being rhetorical, but there's an answer.

In Maryland, the county is the primary local government. There is one "independent city" (Baltimore), and a small number of "incorporated cities" that have a limited amount of "home rule", primarily zoning.

States like New York and New Jersey, you have the State, the County, the Town, and the Village, all providing different levels of services and different levels of government.

In Maryland, you have the State and the County.

Comment: Since you asked... (Score 1) 421

by hymie! (#48731099) Attached to: What Isn't There an App For?

My employer keeps the time in a specific format: YYYY-DDD-HH-MM-SS UTC

I would really like an app that would

1. Display the current time in both YYYY-DDD-HH-MM-SS UTC and YYYY-MM-DD-HH-MM-SS local time (which for me is EST/EDT but nice to be configurable, since I have machines also in MST/MDT)

2. Allow me to enter a time, in either format, and convert it to the other.

I wrote a GTK program for my Linux machine, that I can't get working on my Windoze machines. But having it on the iPhone/iPad would be great.

Comment: Re:sigh (Score 1) 190

by hymie! (#48659595) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

Your robotic, do-everything catbox would've cost substantially more if the company were not figuring on a continuing revenue stream. In fact, it might have cost so much that nobody would've bought it.

It is not my job to provide you with a "continuing revenue stream". It is your job to convince me that your product is worthy of receiving my money.

Comment: It's now just a parody of itself (Score 1) 186

by hymie! (#48563751) Attached to: NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

I enjoyed NetHack a lot in college during the 3.low-numbered-X days. It slowly increased its complexity to the point where it stopped being fun for me. It started becoming more about the meta-game -- how to test your gems, how to mix your potions, how to identify your scrolls -- and less about the dungeons. I gave up on it when they added the Sokoban levels and I switched to Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, although I'm playing that less and less these days as well in favor of Larn. At least Larn has a clearly defined goal and a clear path to get there.

I will fully acknowledge that it's the standard and the baseline. It's just not fun for me anymore.

Comment: Re:The name (Score 1) 204

In a civil lawsuit, all the filing costs are paid by the plaintiff, not the defendant. If you know you spoke the truth, and you have solid evidence to back that up, then you really don't need a lawyer. So your monetary costs are this much: $0. Discovery can be time consuming if you are disorganized, but if you already have your evidence documented, as you should have before mouthing off, then it will be no big deal. No more than a few hours.

This is the funniest thing I've read in a long time.

I was the defendant ("respondent", actually) in a civil suit. My legal fees exceeded $6,000.

Never go to court without a lawyer unless you've decided that you want to lose.

One good suit is worth a thousand resumes.