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Comment Re:Usage changes meaning (Score 5, Insightful) 71

If the soldiers grossly underperformed, the commander would line them all up and order that every tenth man be beaten to death by the nine men around him.

Can we adopt that policy for GOP presidential candidates? It would make the debates more interesting and the base would love it.

Comment Re:Just (Score 2) 175

Side note: the guy that installed our new furnace a couple years ago said he runs solar in his home with no battery pack, at night he just switches over to the utility power (actually I think it switches automatically).

Assuming that guy is doing the standard grid-tie configuration, it's not that the house "switches over" at night, so much as that all power generated by the solar array goes out to the local grid (and causes the electric meter to run backwards), and all power used by the house comes from the grid (causing the electric meter to run forward). The actual electric bill is therefore calculated by subtracting the amount generated from the amount used during each billing cycle.

Comment Re:Bugs mistaken as features? (Score 1) 132

Features like that wouldn't be so bad if there were a way to isolate their use. For example, ordinary Perl files could be .pl and not allowed to change the language. Perl files that mucked with the language in various ways would be required to have a .pld (Perl Language Definition) suffix. That way you could make rules like, "No PLD files in this project" or "only Joe has permission to change the PLD and you'd better have a damned good reason for asking him to change it".

There are legit reasons to modify the language, create DSLs and code in them, etc. It's just like how there are legit reasons to have Howitzers in the army, but you don't just turn them over to PFCs straight out of boot and say, "here, figure this out".

Nothing recedes like success. -- Walter Winchell