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Comment Re:Well, they didn't lie... (Score 1) 159

Are you using a different definition of "word" than I am? Because I've encountered "flammable" hundreds of times in technical documents and thousands of times in speech. Burden of proof is on you, and you're gonna need some strong proof.

And neither etymology nor Latin grammar has any bearing on whether a given word exists. (For example, I could look up "obtuse" and "argument" in Latin, but that doesn't mean your post would correctly be called an "argumentusus".)

Comment Re:inefficient (Score 1) 393

Your house already has several addresses. Street/st/St., Apt./Ste./Suite/Flat/#/Rm/Room, etc. Do you write the county/district? Do you write the state or omit it? What if you write the county instead of the city? Computers already handle all this when mail is processed. Same with names. You ever notice it's somehow never a problem if you omit your middle name on anything, or if you use your middle initial instead of writing out the full word? This new system is a many-to-one mapping of coordinate->residence. If you need more granularity, you can have it. "Room B, Horse Turbine Draw".

The bigger issue is the vertical dimension, which could be handled by adding extra data, if all buildings were made like in the US. They aren't. My last apartment was on "floor 6.5". And I think slums can be worse--if buildings grow together, a room could be on two different floors, depending on how you count. And the internal location won't necessarily correspond to the entrance of the building. This system seems like it's only for sparse locations.

Comment Re: Typical of those poorly trained... (Score 1) 226

"They have no respect for life"... is frequently attributed to cultures the speaker doesn't like.

I suspect you're misattributing the cause. Value of life is something you only notice when it's not high enough, and "good enough" is something you define roughly based on whatever you're used to.

In other words, it's not "us against them". The Chinese don't say life is cheap in the US. The Palestinians presumably don't think life is cheap in Israel. And nobody says "life is cheap in my country", because that's the definition of normal.

And I don't hate China, but here's another example--four book publisher employees near China were just "disappeared" for publishing books critical of the Chinese government. Every big country does illegal covert operations, but this was flagrant and obvious. You can't just kidnap all the employees of a book publisher! Unless it's not a big deal, because who cares about four people?

Comment Re: Typical of those poorly trained... (Score 2) 226

Not in China, but I can't speak for the rest of Asia. In China, drivers regularly back up to run over their crash victims again, to kill them and save money on victim compensation. Though I haven't seen any other examples that indicate life isn't valued. Rather, the other stories I've heard are all isolated incidents.

Comment Re: A great cost (Score 1) 56

You haven't saved anything. You spent less. Now you spend more. To save money you have to decrease your cost, and it has nothing to do with other options

Nonsense. You save money by spending less than you would spend if that option weren't available. For example, if you desperately need a car and you see one that's $2000 cheaper than the other options, you've saved $2000. If you don't need a car, then buying it is not saving money.

I'm not sure if this is precisely the correct term, but this is basically opportunity cost. You have $X net money, as opposed to your alternative choices, where you would have less than $X.

Comment Does it have text reflow? (Score 1) 96

As far as I'm concerned, high quality text reflow is the only essential feature in a mobile web browser. Unfortunately, that means Opera is currently my only choice. I remember a development version of Firefox had a shitty version of text reflow, but the feature was removed, presumably because if you're not gonna do it right, just don't do it.

Comment That doesn't make them less greedy and evil (Score 1) 38

How many times has GoDaddy been in the news for supporting anti-freedom or anti-net neutrality legislation?

Can anyone else remember other ways GoDaddy has abused its position as a registrar? I don't remember the specifics.

They are an evil company, and I'll gladly take my business to another registrar, whether it's cheaper or more expensive.

Comment His presidential campaign never began. (Score 2, Insightful) 309

Lessig has great ideas, and we need someone really serious to fix the corruption in our system. However, I can't imagine anybody taking his platform seriously. He wants to resign after a partial term! I think people won't want to elect someone that's only serious about doing part of the job. A specialist. Unfortunately, the US has been sick for a long time and needs a specialist.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 301

There is no spec yet, but once a spec is decided, it's unlikely they would license the spec under such restrictive terms. That said, nobody can make an alternative implementation until a frozen spec is available. For the moment, you are indeed stuck with a GPL3 implementation.

Comment Re: Waaaahhhhh!! (Score 1) 688

I get it. There are other ways of describing the situation. However, none of those are synonyms for what he actually said. There's no phrase that means "obsequiously please and debase ourselves for". (And it's kind of funny, since in real life, even this phrase ("deep-throat") has very little of that connotation.) "Prostrate oneself before" is the only phrase I can think of, and who is going to say that?

He expressed himself more thoroughly than with the phrases you cited. He telegraphed disgust, superiority, and a bunch of other emotions in one phrase. There's an argument to be made that he shouldn't have, but you can't deny he was extremely expressive, in a way that just can't be done with a more polite word.

Comment Re: Waaaahhhhh!! (Score 1) 688

I agree that that has no place in formal conversation, but can you think of another phrase that means the same thing in this context? Corporate-speak often commits the sin of not saying what it means. Can you translate this to corporate speak without sounding like a rube? "If Red Hat wants to prostrate itself before Microsoft..."?

Comment Re: That was then, this is now (Score 1) 123

I assume you are happy with the price of your devices going up 5 to 10 times

You just made that up. For that to be true, the cost of software development would have to be 100% of the cost of the device, and the current development time would need to be 6 months to one year. Realistically, if software development makes up 10% of the cost of the device, is completed in six months, and the support period is extended from nothing to 5 years (at 40% effort, since there's not always a new operating system to support, and since code can be shared with newer devices), the cost would increase by 50%. And that's being generous.

But instead, you assert that supporting an existing device costs twice as much as creating a new one every year? Fucking come on.

Comment Re:Clarification? (Score 1) 106

True but it's always safer to run security-sensitive software on a non-Windows system.

This is empirically provable because Windows is closed source...

You've got your empirical and theoretical mixed up. In theory, you can prove an open source system has no bugs. Empirically, bugs continue to be found in both open and closed source software.

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