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Comment Re: Get over it (Score 2) 182

If it's fair use, then we're talking about re-implementing the API being fair use, not how it's used after the fact. How that re-implemented API is used is not part of the discussion of whether re-implementing the API is fair use. The copyrighted elements were solely the API method signatures, and not any source code. If this had been a court case over patents (which is a whole other level of ridiculous, when talking about software, so thankfully it wasn't), then how the APIs were used and what they did would be at issue. The fact that Chrome has the ability to execute android application bytecode doesn't impact that argument.

Comment Re:'Carcinogenic compounds'. (Score 1) 312

Also

...I would say, that may be true for certain users -- for example, long-time smokers that cannot quit -- but the problem is, it doesn't mean that they're healthier. Regular cigarettes are super unhealthy. E-cigarettes are just unhealthy...

Not that I'm an advocate for smoking (full disclosure: I quit cigarettes 4+ years ago and I don't vape), but would that not by definition mean that they're healthier, or does "super unhealthy" not mean less healthy than just "unhealthy"?

Comment Re:The magic algorithm (Score 2) 43

Which would be great, if it would actually show posts in chronological order by post. It doesn't. It shows things in chronological order by last comment or some other ridiculous measure, ignoring the fact that facebook notifies you about replies and comments already, and always has.

Comment Perl's place in the world... (Score 5, Insightful) 281

Perl used to be central to so many things (the 'glue' language for the internet), but seems to be slowly falling out of use in deference to javascript, java, python, vbscript/powershell, etc. It's the language I used in my first job as a system administrator (back around the time you gave your first interview), and I loved it.

With so many years between the announcement of Perl 6 and it's completion, many people moved on to other solutions or technologies. Perl 6 is here now, but why should I use it?

Comment Re:dampened? really? (Score 1) 117

That's an answer to my question that makes me very sad. Apparently, the misuse has become common enough in this context that it's now in the dictionary, so the answer to my question is "yes, we've given up".

The article was talking about acoustic vibrations (sound). Lessening vibration is called damping. Dampening has connotations related to emotion that do not apply in the same way, but the words are similar enough and dampen misused enough that now it doesn't matter, apparently.

Comparative graph for usage of "acoustic damping" and "acoustic dampening" since 1920

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