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Comment URL or Url? (Score 2) 299

I assume the dog's name is pronounced "Earl" and not "You-Are-El" so it probably shouldn't be all caps (unless his name is actually "Uniform Resource Locator" which actually would be clever since he locates "resources" for people in uniforms).

Comment Re:Bracket war (Score 1) 391

Technically, they are all brackets. You can subdivide them into round brackets (AKA parenthesis), curly brackets {AKA braces} and square brackets [AKA crotchets]. There are also angle brackets <used commonly in HTML>, as well as other types of brackets used less commonly such as corner brackets and double brackets (which Slashdot won't display correctly). The word 'bracket' by itself may refer to any or all of these but shouldn't be assumed to refer to a specific type.

Comment Bracket war (Score 1) 391

Obviously we must place the starting brackets in the function definition as you have done, because:

1) if the bracket starts on the following line then it might accidentally line up in the same column with the closing bracket and make the code block too easy to visually identify.


2) there is a world-wide shortage of carriage returns and they must be carefully rationed.

Comment iPhone: Proudly Designed in California (Score 3, Interesting) 410

Built in China (to avoid labor and environmental laws)

Headquartered in Ireland (to avoid tax laws)

Since more and more countries are closing those loopholes, I hear rumors they're building a giant ship to move their entire operation to the lawless libertarian paradise of international waters; manufacturing slaves on the lower decks, one percenters soaking up the sun on the upper decks.

Comment Thanks Penguin!! (Score 4, Insightful) 44

Penguin Random House created a special platform to offer subway customers free access to five full-length e-shorts, including F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic short story, The Diamond As Big As The RitzThe Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe.

Wow! Thanks so much for giving me "free" access to five whole stories including two that have been in the public domain for decades!

Comment Infowar equivaltent of M.A.D. (Score 1, Troll) 272

On the contrary, I think this may be a positive development. Back in the cold war, neither side could use their nuclear weapons since they knew the other would instantly retaliate (Mutually Assured Destruction). It appears we've now reached that phase in the infowar. Both sides know what each other is up to, but they know if they reveal what the other is doing, their own shenanigans will be exposed.

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