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Comment: Re: Black hole? (Score 1) 277

by mwvdlee (#47472775) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Just to add my 2c. A while ago I was working on a project which could use data in WHOIS records. Ultimately this failed because the data is very unreliable and mostly unavailable, but I did come accross some laws.

Seems the U.S. is pretty much the only country that has a law on this, and it just says that it is illegal to have inaccurate information in a WHOIS record if and only if you're using that inaccurate information to scam people. So basically you can use inaccurate information all you want but if you're conficted of scamming people online, the use of inaccurate WHOIS information can be used to add some additional jailtime.

Comment: Re:As an actual, full-time chess coach... (Score 1) 128

by mwvdlee (#47446845) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

The only time an actual ruling needs to be passed is if the students can't come to an agreement. This is very rare and will usually only happen 1 in 2000 games or so. We don't need to RDIF tag all of our 16000+ tournament pieces just so that 1 in 2000 games someone who knows nothing about chess can make an accurate ruling. We'll just bring over an expert in those cases.

As an expert, what is the most difficult ruling you have ever had to make?
I'm not a chess expert but I can't imagine any situation that would actually require an expert to resolve, as opposed to somebody who just read the rules and played a couple of games once.

Comment: Re:I hate to imagine it (Score 3, Informative) 126

by mwvdlee (#47431135) Attached to: Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

GP implies stopping the drugs was the direct cause for the relapse.
The CNN article states the child was initially "functionally cured" a few months after stopping the drugs.
The facts us readers know, indicate neither correlation nor causation between stopping drugs and the relapse.

Comment: Weird definition of "normal". (Score 1) 608

by mwvdlee (#47414741) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

A normal person is a person who's good at some things and bad at others.
99.99% of programmers, including myself, are normal people who are good at the things required to be a programmer and bad at others (like social things, perhaps?).

TFA is some self-righteous bullshit. Imagine if a garbage collector wrote a blog about "the insufferable unequality in his profession because it takes somebody with rare talents such as muscle-power and the ability to withstand excruciating smells, excluding all the normal people". We'd call that guy an arrogant prick. What is the difference?

Get of your high horse, mr. Edwards. Unless you are one of these Jonathan Edwards's, you're just a normal person like pretty much the entire rest of humanity.

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