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Comment: Re:Totally excellent exchange! (Score 3, Insightful) 175 175

Linus has seemed to have weathered many storms and has gathered some wisdom and perspective missing from his earliest pronouncements. This was one of the best /. Q&As ever.

I agree. This is one of the better/most-on-topic things I've seen on /. for quite a while. :)

Comment: Re:If you're using GPL code, you have no choice (Score 1) 167 167

Well, I forgot to add that your Mickey Mouse Protection Act doesn't even apply here anyway. Unfortunately determining the details of what is/isn't public domain is still difficult: http://www.digitalnz.org/make-...

but none of that means that it's a myth.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 330 330

Well, in NZ the drivers have to have both a passenger license, and a private hire license, which is more than a taxi driver needs. The main issue is that you can either be paid by the hour, agreed before-hand, or you charge using a licensed meter. Uber does neither.

Comment: Re:What Wu does not write: (Score 1) 133 133

> Then users will slowly realize that the Google's search results are not trustworthy and they will move away from Google as the search engine. The market will correct itself.

And that's why we need people questioning what they're doing, so that people have more information available to determine whether they should trust Google or not.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 330 330

Its the same here in Melbourne with taxi licenses and newsagent licenses. To sell newspapers you needed to front up with 200 kAUD for the license. Unfortunately the newsagent licenses are worth next to nothing now and a lot of people got burned.

Comment: Insufficient control authority (Score 0) 49 49

SpaceX are trying to do this with a barely throttlable ascent engine pushing a very light first stage. It can't hover before landing because thrust is too high. It has to steer by rotating the entire vehicle, which puts tight constraints on the landing timeline. I doubt that reliable landings can be achieved with this configuration. They may get one in 4. Something like that.

Comment: Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067 1067

I mentioned the +/- zero thing in another comment elsewhere in this tree, actually! So we're all on board there.

It's not really that signless infinity is a contender for 'consensus' inasmuch as number systems which use signless infinity have utilities different from systems that have signed infinities, just like integer math continues to exist despite the 'improvements' of fractions and decimals.

Comment: Re:Exceptions in Python list comprehensions (Score 1) 1067 1067

Same reply: Python is not fully functional, and so list constructors like that cannot be counted upon to work elegantly in all situations. This is a completely normal thing common to basically every imperative language, and it's just something you have to accept—and write a special-purpose function for.

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