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Comment: "USDA Organic" defined (Score 1) 540

by tepples (#46829197) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science
A product bearing the USDA Organic certification mark "has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used."

Comment: Drop to PS1/N64/DS graphics (Score 1) 277

by tepples (#46822409) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Budget problems? For parts of a map that need to look plausible but whose precise arrangement isn't critically important to the story, try something procedural. Don't design a hotel room; make a program that designs hotel rooms. It worked for the space trading sim Elite, the shooter .kkrieger, roguelikes, graphical dungeon crawlers inspired by roguelikes, and Orteil's Nested tech demo.

Tech limits? Why can't the game just drop everyone to 1997-class graphics when it detects that what the players have chosen to do has hit fundamental limits of popular video gaming platforms? If it was good enough for GoldenEye...

Comment: Re:Political reasons for URIs to change (Score 1) 72

by tepples (#46822065) Attached to: 404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

Or a site deciding to use a different URI schema because it it better for SEO and not caring about compatibility?

Search engines count inbound links as one of the factors in the rank of a particular document. Keeping old URIs working alongside your new URIs keeps your old inbound links working, which can only improve the placement of the documents on a site. When I moved Phil's Hobby Shop to a different shopping cart package, I had the 404 handler try to interpret the old cart's URI schema and route requests to product search.

Comment: Political reasons for URIs to change (Score 4, Interesting) 72

by tepples (#46810723) Attached to: 404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

I always thought that URIs were supposed to handle precisely this - that they were supposed to be unique, universally accessible identifiers for contents and resources - identifiers that, once assigned, wouldn't need to be changed to access the same contents or resources in the future.

That's the intent: cool URIs don't change. But in the real world, URIs disappear for political reasons. One is the change in organizational affiliation of an author. This happens fairly often to documents hosted "for free" on something like Tripod/Geocities, a home ISP's included web space, or a university's web space. Another is the sale of exclusive rights in a work, invention, or name to a third party. A third is the discovery of a third party's exclusive rights in a work, invention, or name that make it no longer possible to continue to offer a work at a given URI.

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