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Comment Does this mean R-Rated movies for 10 year-olds? (Score 1) 258

Accepting the court's separation of sexually explicit material and violent material, does this ruling open the door for letting small children into R-Rated movies, which carry the "Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian" text along with the rating, without the "required" "accompanying parent or adult guardian" if the film is only rated "R" for violence and not sexual content? And if so, why have the "requires accompanying parent or adult guardian" text at all. And, what about NC-17, again if rated for violence and not sexually explicit material?

And, is it really that bad, from a First Amendment perspective, that adults have the right to decide if their children can play violent video games? I understand the profit motive, by restricting sales to any demographic the company looses potential profit, but I do not understand how the ability to SELL something to someone is a First Amendment issue, or how the corporations rights outweigh the rights of the parents.

Comment A second monitor is helpful (Score 1) 1002

I believe having multiple monitors, especially for software development, is very helpful. Not only can it aid debugging graphic applications (CAD/CAM, etc...), but it also helps when using a new API. I will have the documentation on one monitor and the IDE on another. I once had a manager who believed that the developers should have the oldest and slowest computers. He thought that having slow hardware would force the developers to write faster code. It only served to frustrate us and we ended up wasting huge amounts of time during build cycles. While, when I was writing code, I always WANTED the fastest hardware, I do not believe it i necessary, but developers should get the necessary tools because, as previously stated by others here, developers are expensive and small up-front investments in processors, memory, monitors, etc... that make them more productive pay great dividends in delivery of new features and bug fixes.

Comment Isn't this just a bill against science? (Score 1) 1251

It seems that if the Texas legislature were truly concerned about discrimination, the bill would have stated "An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member's or student's conduct of research relating to the theory of the origination and development of organisms" This would then also protect those who believe in what is normally taught from being discriminated against by those who believe in the alternative theories.

Comment 2010 vs 2K10 (Score 2, Interesting) 206

I understood the possible "efficiency" gains when people your write "2K" or "2K3" for the years 2000 and 2003, respectively, but I have recently seen at least one advertisement using "2K10" for 2010. Unless you have the caps lock on, typing 2K9 (assuming that one uses the uppercase "K") still takes four keystrokes because of the shift key, but one less character. 2K10 not only adds an additional keystroke but does not save any space as even in most proportional fonts, a 0 and a K are basically the same width. Is this just the advertising companies trying to still connect with "today's youth", as they do by using abbreviations like "LOL", "ROTLF" and "OMG" in ads? Is it possible that they do not see that inserting the "K" as an abbreviation into the year no longer makes sense?

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