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Comment: Re:"GRR Martin is not your bitch" (Score 5, Funny) 167

I'm sorry, it's all my fault. CSB inbound:

Several years back, I took my wife to a signing for Feast for Crows at the (now gone) World's Biggest Bookstore in Toronto.

The info said he'd sign anything he'd written, and I happened to have the first Wild Cards volume, so I grabbed it and off we went.

Well, when we got to the table, he seemed surprised to see it, and said something like 'Ah, that takes me back.'

A month later, he announced a ton of new Wild Cards stuff. So I think it might be my fault. Sorry.

Comment: Re:Congress'l approval rating near all-time low (Score 1) 666

by SuiteSisterMary (#48873983) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

If the American public truly believed, so overwhelmingly, or cared, Congress wouldn't have an incumbency rate of somewhere between 96 and 85 percent (depending on how you count.)

America doesn't have elected officials, they have an aristocratic class, and a few political dynasties.

Comment: Re:Free upgrade for one year (Score 1) 570

by SuiteSisterMary (#48868203) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Which can be rewritten as 'Microsoft specified it would only be free for the first year, which I interpret to mean that there will then be a yearly fee.'

The other, more logical, interpretation is 'After a year, even if running windows 7, 8 or 8.1, you'll need to purchase an upgrade at standard retail.'

Comment: Re:I hope not (Score 1) 489

by SuiteSisterMary (#48858241) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

As I said, good points and bad points. A single platform can be good, because every program can leverage all features of that platform. Counterpoint: maybe there's no incentive to develop new and interesting features in future versions of the platform.

Multiplatform is good, because they're all competing. Counterpoint: no point in using feature of platform X if it locks you out of all other platforms, or you're coding lots and lots of platform specific code paths. Remember when games, say, would have the software renderer, the directX 9 renderer, the 10 renderer, the NVidia openGL renderer, the ATI openGL renderer, and maybe a vanilla openGL renderer?

Comment: Re:I hope not (Score 2) 489

by SuiteSisterMary (#48851821) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Which also meant you had to code to the lowest possible denominator.

Solaris has a kick-ass new feature in it's shell? Too bad; can't touch it. IRIX has a neat library to do something? Too bad, can't touch it. You can code to C-89, maybe POSIX, and that's that.

Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages.

Comment: Re:Congress should not be allowed to use CPAs (Score 1) 450

This should be standard for quite a few things. Call it the 'eat your own dogfood' provision.

Easier to just slap on term limits, though. Members of Congress (or Parliament or any other elected representative) are supposed to be representatives, not an aristocratic subclass.

Comment: Re:Separation of Powers (Score 1) 703

by SuiteSisterMary (#48774401) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

The problem with the constitution was that it was largely a theoretical document. The Framers didn't have a lot of real-world examples to draw upon.

For example, the idea that all voting members would vote individually on each issue, and that nobody would ever form voting blocs or parties.

Or the idea that the loser in the presidential election should be VP.

If a thing's worth doing, it is worth doing badly. -- G.K. Chesterton