At the same time, at every major lawfirm: Quick, call Competitor and ask them if they would like our services for 5% of the award!
At the same time, at Apple and consumer rights societies: Quick, issue a press release!
David Gay, who spent a lot of time programming his Amiga 1000/2500...
David Gay, scarred by Pascal "strings"
PS: I've often wondered the same about that other decried C feature, the preprocessor.
Fallacy of composition, people. Its like making the argument "This chair is of wood, which came from trees, and you can't patent a tree, therefore you can't patent this chair!". Just because all software is reducible to math doesn't mean you can't patent some of it. This is as likely to open the door to patenting mathematics as making chairs will open the door to patenting trees.
Actually this just shows you don't understand programming. The inherent nature of a chair is not a tree. The inherent nature of a program/programming language IS its semantics, which is defined mathematically if you have any desire to be rigorous (and aren't patents supposed to be precise?). The only rigorous definition of a program is a mathematical equation.
PS: Lookup axiomatic, denotational or operational semantics for details.
*: For ambitious definitions of success.
[...] so that we can check for proper spelling?
Spoken like somebody who has never paid any attention to the difficulty of transliterating (not translating) Cyrillic.
As an example, from wikipedia (and note that the first letter of Tchaikovsky is the same as the first letter of Chernobyl...):
His names are also transliterated "Piotr" or "Petr"; "Ilitsch", "Il'ich" or "Illyich"; and "Tschaikowski", "Tschaikowsky", "Chajkovskij" and "Chaikovsky" (and other versions; the transliteration varies among languages).
There are valid reasons not to want to get vaccinated, and people have the right to decide for themselves and their children. Am I saying it's the right decision not to vaccinate yourself or kids? No, not generally - but there are times where it may be, and people need to make that decision for themselves.
I'm sorry, but no. Vaccination is not effective if it's not sufficiently widely used. So arguing for arbitrary opt-out is arguing to be allowed to let other people die. You may think that that makes you a worthy person, but the rest of us will disrespectfully disagree.
They tried (*). It didn't stick. You're welcome to try again, though (but less blood, please).
*: not SI, the people who gave you the meter and the kilogram well before SI came along.
One of the sillier comments I've seen on slashdot... (weird yes, but bodybags is ridiculous)
David Gay, who did use the internet in 1993, and met people IRL in 1994...
We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"