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Comment Re:Translation: (Score 1) 356

Where the heck did you get the idea that I think git stores diffs? All I'm saying is that Git's merge support is useless for binary files, because it doesn't know anything about them. It'd be great if I could have git show visual differences in STEP files, but it doesn't do that, so merging is at the file-level, not content-level, so it becomes no better than what subversion has.

Now pray tell how much will I pay and how long will I wait when I want to check out 20 megabytes worth of drawings at customer's site, running through a 3G wireless modem - a common scenario for me. The repo is a couple gigs large in the current revision, and has the overall size of about 100G.

Comment Re:Translation: (Score 1) 356

git is not the end-all, be-all. Where you don't need massive distribution or you work with binary files (say, a CAD repository), git and mercurial just get in the way. They still doesn't have sparse/partial clones where you could just download selected subdirectories. That's the make-or-break feature of SVN in some of my projects. Our CAD repository is over a gigabyte. When I work on a project, I only need our parts library and the project folder. git and mercurial are great for software, but software is not the only thing version control systems are used for.

Comment Re:Donations support an organization's services (Score 1) 443

Good luck trying to get a chargeback on your card if you use it for a donation. When the word "donation" is heard by the rep, they'll end the conversation right there. Donations with credit cards are like Western Union money transfers. Once you pay, the money is gone.

Note that a kickstarter contribution is not a donation, it's a payment for service, and you can certainly ask your credit card company for a chargeback if your backed project doesn't deliver.

Comment Re:Surprise! (Score 1) 443

nobody with any smarts at all would dare give their credit card info to a random merchant they have just found on the internet

Why would you care? It's trivial to get it fixed with your credit card company.

Comment Re:The only cheap international way to do transfer (Score 1) 443

Paypal does not really work internationally. I've tried. You can't use a credit card in an account that's not in the same country as the card's issuing bank. If you have got credit cards in banks in ten countries, you need 10 different paypal accounts. It's insane.

Even worse: eBay somehow, by default, blocks foreign PayPal accounts from paying for purchases even if the seller ships internationally. I've tried to buy an iPad 2 for my sister living in Europe, using her credit card on her paypal account. 30 different eBay sellers would refuse to accept the payment.

Comment Re:slow news day (Score 3, Interesting) 168

very little life can survive being frozen

On the contrary, and Samantha Wright please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'd think a whole big hunking lot of single-cellular life can in fact survive being frozen. I mean, come on, human fucking sperm even does. Never mind that frozen life is well, frozen. While the DNA repair mechanisms are dormant, so are the copying mechanisms. Bacteria can live quite deep within porous rocks. I'm not exactly sure if it's really necessary for ejecta to be always heated up to sterilization. Now I'm not saying that this little life-from-Mars theory has got any legs to stand on just yet, but your arguments don't really do much to discount it, I don't think.

Comment Re:The emperor has no clothes (Score 1) 526

Must have never heard of prosecutorial discretion, then. Nobody, neither personally nor at any level of government, has any obligation to uniformly enforce all laws. I'd have hoped that people who think otherwise are just happy drug users - to my bewilderment, it turns out not to be the case :(

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