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Comment Re:What else is in the "industry"? (Score 1) 209

Military still seems "proprietary" to me. If they meant "commercial", I could see a difference.

You're right on the denotations...but I think by connotation and common use, there's a difference. For example, there is no way the US government is reporting bugs in its fighter jet code to Coverity, even anonymously. Maybe we can call military "ultraproprietary" or "hyperproprietary" or "guys-in-black-suits-etary." I think maybe the "standard" is the old average - in past years, with no way to accurately get data, error rates were estimated at 1 defect per 1000 lines. Now they're lower - either code is getting better, or the old estimate was too high.

Comment Re:What else is in the "industry"? (Score 1) 209

There is a huge third group: the military and aerospace industries. Unfortunately, their standards are even higher, like one bug per 420000 lines of code, so they're obviously not the group we need to make this math work.

Maybe the "industry standard" is whatever buggy math it is that makes that statement make sense to the original author?

Comment Re:A true and accurate and transparent lie detecto (Score 1) 456

Now a detector of statements contrary to fact would be much more useful than a detector of statements thought to be false. Alas, it's far less likely, and would perhaps violate some things thought to be true.

This gives me a wonderful mental image of a big room full of people - one group is paid to state propositions, and the other (with lie detectors) is paid to state if they told the truth or not. You send your propositions to this group and they get back to you with true/false...they can even spend their spare cycles just like the computing@HOME projects, narrowing in on the answers to interesting scientific questions, like so:

Is there a room-temperature superconductor?

Does it contain element X, Y, Z,...;

then in combination does it include both elements X and Y, X and Z...;

and so on until we have the formula!

Comment Re:Surreal (Score 1) 115

I can totally see the editors mangling the submission type. I liked your idea a lot! I also think that most of the "no gloves" people are insensitive through acclimatization: they make stuff hot often enough that they've just deadened/quieted the nerves in their fingers. (In other words your fingers are normal.)

Comment Surreal (Score 2) 115

This thread is surreal. It claims to be a book review. Most of "TFA" is actually complaining (legitmately) about the sorry state of cooking instructions on the web, which is a tangent (in the strictest sense) to the book review. We never return to the book review. Then, most of the comments are about how the submitter's fingers are too sensitive to capsaicin!

Comment Zero! (Score 2, Insightful) 217

I won't send text messages at all. The rates are ridiculous. They're marginally free for the phone companies, since they fit them into the "hey, phone, where are you?" packets that the network is sending anyway. Send me an email instead, an email that reads "Sorry, I'm getting off your lawn!"

Comment Not SpaceChem (Score 1) 951

I've been playing a lot of SpaceChem recently (got it from the Humble Bundle a while ago) and was surprised to find out it runs much better on Ubuntu than Windows. The Windows version has cleaner sound (bugs in the Ubuntu sound drivers) but the Ubuntu version has a bunch of extra features. The big ones are saving movies of solutions, and the ability to see the action inside factories while zoomed out in the landscape view (Windows offers only waiting markers in the latter case).

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