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Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 1) 205

"experiencing a rural lifestyle"

If you're experiencing a rural lifestyle, that's not the suburbs. I'm talking about the vast suburban wastelands where every house has ugly vinyl siding, the HOAs freak out if your grass isn't within a .1 inch tolerance of accepted standards, and the kids spend their nights hanging out in the 7-11 parking lot huffing paint because there's nothing else to do.

Comment Re:Geometry is hard, as is geography (Score 1) 319

Yes, I was taught in 1970's HS that all maps are a compromise in geometry and that Mercator's projection (and cylindrical projections in general) are popular because they have the useful navigational property that a straight line represents a true bearing. If you don't want to compromise, you want a globe, not a map.
The most common map in western schools is a variation on Mercantor (the axis of the cylinder is different), it has the added feature that the "Land Hemisphere" (where most of the land and people are) is "magnified", so you can fit in more detail. Sure there is less detail in the "Water Hemisphere" but it is 90+% water. Water doesn't really have any details of interest to someone reading a map.

The notion that it was drawn/chosen for political/propaganda purposes is "historical revisionism" from people with an axe to grind. They, not Mercantor are the ones engaging in (not so subtle) political propaganda.

Comment Re:Open source projects are some of the worst. (Score 1) 299

"You may be joking, but the reality is that open source projects often have some of the worst management around"

I find that hard to believe. I mean, just because open source programmers are overrepresented by the socially maladjusted loners with chips on their shoulders demographic, you think that translates to bad management?

Comment Suing everyone is SOP... (Score 1) 407

In a civil liability suit, you sue everyone involved, from the part manufacturer to the installer to the operator to the owner of the space being leased to the guy that printed the sign out front...

Why? Because, if you don't, the easiest oath out of liability is for all of the parties of the suit to point to the unnamed party and snow a jury. You sue everyone so they do their due diligence to demonstrate a lack of fault in deposition and then get you pointed to the party at fault. This is not new or unusual. It's sadly necessary.

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