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Comment Re:So, is this the end of the vi/emacs flamewar? (Score 1) 252

Emacs and Vi are different - actually everything that can be done in Vi can be done (or implemented via the creation of a lisp function) in Emacs. The thing is, Vi loads quickly, and its search/replace, line number based commands and (relatively new) syntax highlighting makes it the preferred choice while working in a terminal for rather quick and small changes. While Emacs is more of an application that remains opened from start to end of a user session, loaded with a number of files, directories, lisp functions (thanks to .emacs), libraries (site-lisp etc...), and even sql / shell sessions.

Comment Re:Well, that's cool and all, but.... (Score 1) 252

Emacs and its Lisp extensions are great, unbelievable it was made more than 30 years ago with no successful "competitor" (not only editors, but almost everything else: something with that level of customization thanks to a clever "scripting" (lisp) integration). To realize how Emacs is good, just look at Gimp: they tried to implement a similar Lisp based architecture (script-fu) and is, unlike Emacs, all but practical and convenient (eg macros like "C-x (" in Emacs?). I use Vim to do quick changes, but long edits or complex changes are always made through Emacs.

Comment Re:Unrelated to 2012 DA14? (Score 1) 409

Actually, meteors hitting the earth's atmosphere is a very common event. It happens almost every night. The only difference is that this time the meteor was large enough to be visible and have this result. The big 45m piece of asteroid passing by isn't that uncommon either, it's just passing by relatively close compared to other asteroids. In short: we're not talking about two uncommon events (certainly not "very rare"). You're falling for the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy here.

Where does the logic stand here?
Obviously,
- Big 45m asteroids wandering in the solar system: common event
- Meteors hitting the earth's atmosphere: common event
But
- 45m asteroid passing by, closer than the moon and even closer than the geostationary satellites: very uncommon
- A meteor falling on Earth big enough to make 500+ injuries: very uncommon
And... in the same day we have these two very uncommon events!
very uncommon x very uncommon = very very uncommon!

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