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Comment: Citation needed (Score 5, Interesting) 453

by trickster721 (#29182233) Attached to: Wikipedia To Require Editing Approval

Here's the actual policy draft. The so called "articles about living people" are actually specific heavily vandalized articles that are already eligible for semi-protection, and the "experienced volunteer editor for Wikipedia" is any account at least four days old that's made at least ten edits. Not exactly the epic failure of Wikipedia's core principles that the mainstream news media would like it to be. It's heavily ironic that that the NYT is too busy bashing Wikipedia to concern themselves with the facts of the story here.

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Software Glitch Leads To $23,148,855,308,184,500 Visa Charges 544

Posted by timothy
from the what's-the-grace-period-again dept.
Hmmm2000 writes "Recently several Visa card holders were, um, overcharged for certain purchases, to the tune of $23,148,855,308,184,500.00 on a single charge. The company says it was due to a programming error, and that the problem has been corrected. What is interesting is that the amount charged actually reveals the type of programming error that caused the problem. 23,148,855,308,184,500.00 * 100 (I'm guessing this is how the number is actually stored) is 2314885530818450000. Convert 2314885530818450000 to hexadecimal, and you end up with 20 20 20 20 20 20 12 50. Most C/C++ programmers see the error now ... hex 20 is a space. So spaces were stuffed into a field where binary zero should have been."

Comment: Re:Another disappointing discussion (Score 1) 1246

by trickster721 (#26919355) Attached to: Student Arrested For Classroom Texting

You're just reiterating "the way things are" without any consideration of right or wrong. I understand that it's normal to violate the human dignity of students. I'm telling you that it's also wrong. These are not mutually exclusive concepts.

It's this stubborn refusal to acknowledge the difference between authority and morality that necessitates the rock throwing.

Comment: Another disappointing discussion (Score 1) 1246

by trickster721 (#26913325) Attached to: Student Arrested For Classroom Texting
After seeing so many comments leaping to the defense of cops who use tasers on innocent people, I suppose I shouldn't be so shocked by the consensus here. Fine, fascism makes perfect logical sense, children should surrender their private property to agents of the state on demand or be thrown in prison, whatever. The best argument against that kind of attitude is me and people like me throwing stones at your head, and that's not really the kind of thing that can be expressed over the internet.

Real Programmers think better when playing Adventure or Rogue.

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