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Comment Re:Get Microsoft out of the free OS market. (Score 3, Interesting) 291

I don't believe that Microsoft considers itself to be part of any "Free OS" market at all. Maybe they should be. I can't speak for all linux users, but I hardly consider myself to be a pirate. I use a legal OS: GNU/linux. But, alas, I'm certain that Microsoft would hasten to point out how the license code for the copy of XP that resides in a Virtualbox guest is actually the license code that came with the copy of XP which was OEM'd onto the laptop that hosts that guest and that the EULA was for XP to run on a real laptop, not a virtual laptop. Which makes me already a pirate in their eyes.

Comment Re:Lets colonize! (Score 1, Insightful) 179

The claims look as spurious as cold fusion, and despite obvious violations of the laws of thermodynamics the idiots love to talk about how "hydrogen fuel cells" are recharged from "tap water" as if releasing hydrogen from water to use in a fuel cell didn't consume more energy than it makes available. So, you're right: water as an energy source doesn't make sense. But I'm still surprised that we're not already talking about using it as such.

Comment Lets colonize! (Score 0) 179

First the Moon, and now Mars. We're finding water on both bodies. All we need now is an atmosphere, and maybe a little bit of heat. I'm a bit surprised we're not already talking about tapping that water as an energy source and oxygen source for a colony dome.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 553

-Striking a pedestrian on a limited access highway where they are not allowed will usually result in both parties being held responsible.

I don't think this is a solid rule across the country.

I'm familiar with incidents in my locale where a pedestrian has attempted to cross a "limited access highway where they are not allowed", been struck and killed, and the driver not faulted (unless he/she fled the scene, which is a different crime entirely).

I can think of one recent incident where a panhandler was struck in the middle of an intersection by a vehicle that had the right-of-way as the panhandler was walking back to the curb after collection a "donation" from a vehicle that had previously stopped. The panhandler walked across a turn lane, which was green, at night with dark clothing, and the only fault credited to the driver was that he/she fled the scene.

I can think of another incident several months ago involving a divided highway, not pedestrian accessible, and construction on an overpass above it that made it temporarily inaccessible for pedestrian traffic, and a minor who defied all of the signage to attempt to cross the highway on foot. She was struck, killed, the driver stopped as required, and no fault was attributed to the driver.

Seriousy, if someone pops out of the dark and winds up directly in the path of your 65mph car it cannot reasonably be the driver's fault. We don't blame trains for killing someone who hangs out on the tracks, against all warnings and common sense.

As I'm fond of telling my own kids, there are laws of the land and laws of nature and laws of physics. The laws of physics trump them all. You can violate the laws of the land and do things that are crimes against nature without violating the laws of physics, or you can be perfectly legal and in harmony with nature but an F150 still trumps a bamboo bicycle every day of the week.


Scala, a Statically Typed, Functional, O-O Language 299

inkslinger77 notes a Computerworld interview with Martin Odersky on the Scala language, which is getting a lot of attention from its use on high-profile sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn. The strongly typed language is intended to be a usable melding of functional and object-oriented programming techniques. "My co-workers and I spend a lot of time writing code so we wanted to have something that was a joy to program in. That was a very definite goal. We wanted to remove as many of the incantations of traditional high-protocol languages as possible and give Scala great expressiveness so that developers can model things in the ways they want to. ... You can express Scala programs in several ways. You can make them look very much like Java programs which is nice for programmers who start out coming from Java. ... But you can also express Scala programs in a purely functional way and those programs can end up looking quite different from typical Java programs. Often they are much more concise. ... Twitter has been able to sustain phenomenal growth, and it seems with more stability than what they had before the switch, so I think that's a good testament to Scala. ... [W]e are looking at new ways to program multicore processors and other parallel systems. We already have a head start here because Scala has a popular actor system which gives you a high-level way to express concurrency. ... The interesting thing is that actors in Scala are not a language feature, they have been done purely as a Scala library. So they are a good witness to Scala's flexibility..."

Comment Re:Still Sounds Guilty to Me (Score 1) 440

Essentially, he was found guilty of not reporting the $250K gift of home remodelling. Which he hadn't been billed for, and which was not supposed to be a gift because he expected to be billed and pay the bill, and had in fact received AND PAID interim bills for services. There may have been some botched paperwork from Stevens' office, but not to the level presented by the prosecution, and the majority of it was tainted by Bill Allen's dirty fingers.

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