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Comment: Re:do opposites mean the same now? (Score 1) 510

by voutasaurus (#35702760) Attached to: Google's Driverless Car and the Logic of Safety
Do you fill out a form, or fill in a form? Is hydrogen gas flammable or inflammable? What's the difference between the roots of the words "terrific" and "terrible"? Natural language is full of stupid things like this, but meaning is contained largely in context, so we can live with it.

Comment: Re:They need to speak more clearly (Score 2) 117

by voutasaurus (#34971816) Attached to: Euler's Partition Function Theory Finished
I imagine most mathematicians would argue that anything that can be said in a single sentence in isolation is imprecise enough that they don't really care. I imagine the published paper will be more precise, and I encourage you to read it if you are interested in specifics. Otherwise, the point of the article is that fractals are useful, number theory has interesting and unsolved problems, and that mathematics requires more than sitting at a desk calculating things (as vague as these ideas might be).
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+ - Latest Ubuntu (Maverick Meerkat - 10.10) available->

Submitted by teeks99
teeks99 (849132) writes "The latest version of Ubuntu — 10.10 called Maverick Meerkat has been released. This release contains new improvements like an update Ubuntu One online service (with music streaming), Shotwell instead of F-Spot, the new Unity interface (for netbooks), and an upgrade to just about every piece of existing software. The announcement e-mail (https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2010-October/000139.html) has more details."
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In Court? Be Careful What You Post On Facebook 147

Posted by timothy
from the post-only-pics-of-your-favorite-caskets dept.
mbone writes "Going to court? Seeking damages for injuries? Be careful what you post on Facebook (and, presumably, elsewhere). In the first case of its kind (analyzed in the Courtroom Strategy blog), a Suffolk County, NY Judge allowed a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit to obtain access to the Facebook profile of the plaintiff suing them, saying 'Plaintiff has no legitimate reasonable expectation of privacy.' You have been warned. I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice, but I would expect this to become common." Readers might be reminded of the Canadian case reported last year of a woman whose cheerful Facebook pictures led an insurance company to yank coverage.

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