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Comment Re:Python (Score 4, Interesting) 339

In 1976, Stuart Feldman, the author of make(3) at Bell Labs, realized too late that using tab as a significant character (to distinguish recipes from rules) in makefiles was a Bad Idea. In an interview, he admitted, "And then a few weeks later I had a user population of about a dozen, most of them friends, and I didn’t want to screw up my embedded base. The rest, sadly, is history."

Comment Re:Surrounded? (Score 1) 336

It doesn't have to. If the houses adjacent to the panels received deeply discounted, or free power, it could make up for the lack of greenery, and balance out the loss in property value.

Perhaps, but these solar plants sell their power onto Dominion's grid; the town gets none of it. In fact, Dominion is raising customers' electric rates to pay for their conversion from coal to solar. The lease accrues rent to absentee landowners, so that doesn't go into the local economy, either.

Comment Re:Slashdot: full of bigotry (Score 2) 760

Rev. Jane Vinson Mann is pastor of the Immanuel House of Prayer.
Her husband, Bobby Columbus Mann, is a truck driver.
Both are black, in their late '60s.
It is very unlikely that they are Tea Party supporters.
It is, however, quite likely that they were educated in underfunded, segregated public schools.

Comment Grant the same rights? (Score 1) 698

The premise of the question is false. The Bill of Rights does not GRANT rights to the people. It places specific LIMITS on what the government may legislate. In addition, the Ninth Amendment says that the rights of the people are NOT limited to those that are explicitly enumerated in the Constitution and its amendments.

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