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Comment Consider the methodology (Score 2) 108

Basically the calculation comes down to counting hits for the search query "language programming"

It doesn't matter if those results are positive or negative. All that matters is the number. If you make a language and get ten billion people to post on indexed sites about how badly your language sucks, your language would take the top spot on the TIOBE Index.

So... yeah. This is about as lame of an index as you could possibly come up with.

Comment Re:Worst part... (Score 2) 171

They had other things too, though they were mostly kinda crappy because they had to be shelf-stable for at least a year without refrigeration, which translates to a lot of powdered and freeze dried foods (though they did grow some fresh vegetables to supplement). Here's a blog entry about the food from Cyprien Verseux's blog. The six legged reconstituted freeze dried turkey is both innovative and horrifying.

Comment Re: Archival grade (Score 2) 380

English is a living language, not a dead language like Latin. In living languages, the meanings of words and phrases evolves and changes over time. When almost everyone is using a particular word or phrase in a certain way, that way becomes a valid meaning.

That is what has happened with the phrase "begs the question", which means that everyone else is actually right and the pedants are wrong. In fact, the pedants who keep making this argument are actually trying to get everyone to behave as if English was a dead language in some misguided notion that they're protecting it.

So suck on that, pedant.

Comment Re:5%? (Score 1) 79

Their stock went up by more than 20% on April 29th, too, when they announced that they were being bought by Abbott Labs.

After speculation causes a jump like that, prices always tend to drop back off as reality sets in and the late-comers to the party have realized that the stock isn't going up any more and they're ready to sell quickly in order to cut their losses at the slightest hint that the price may go down further.

Comment Re:By any other name... (Score 4, Funny) 44

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Comment Re:RTFA this time (Score 3, Interesting) 264

If you haven't chopped wood in 20 years, then suddenly need to do so, you might find that there's more to it than finding and swinging an axe.

Umm... no. That really is all there is to it. Your muscles may need a few weeks to build back up if you haven't been exercising them, but chopping wood with an axe isn't a hotbed of technological innovation. It's pretty much worked the same way since the stone age, even though the tools have gotten a bit better.

Comment Re:This is why I don't consider crowd funding sche (Score 1) 84

There is no such thing as pre-purchasing a product without being entitled to the product OR a refund.

You don't understand how bankruptcy works. When a company goes bankrupt, they cannot offer refunds to one group of creditors (customers who pre-purchased) while not paying other creditors. The court decides how all assets are divided up. Customers who pre-purchased should be able to get something back eventually, but it's very doubtful that they'll get anywhere near what they paid.

Comment Re:Evidence? (Score 1) 211


You didn't ask for evidence. You literally said that the lack of evidence that temperatures were below boiling on Venus means that the theory is wrong and water was always in gaseous form. Your meaning was clear despite your attempt to rephrase it in this post.

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