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Comment Re:Justice? (Score 1) 302

- is this what passes for 'justice' today?

Prosecutors and police enforcing the laws passed by your democratically elected representatives? Yes, I should hope so.

Government may have a function, that function being enforcing contract law and dealing with fraud. That is all that any government should ever have any power to do. Everything else is oppression, not justice.

That's democracy for you. Sometimes the 51% passes laws that the 49% doesn't like. I'm sorry you don't like it.

Comment Re:Markdown please (Score 2) 546

2. It should make it easier on your end to sanitize input.

How? By sticking your head in the sand and pretending that since it's a text-based format, you don't need to parse it, you can just shove it into whatever library came up as the first hit in a search for "convert markdown html perl"?

markdown is a DWIM syntax, and that sort of thing is always extremely complicated. HTML is simple and predictable to parse. markdown is anything but. If you disagree, show me an EBNF for markdown.

I do agree that better support for posting snippets of code would be nice. But then they could just implement <pre>.

Comment Re:Target audience (Score 1) 223

They have a group of people who appreciate their site so much that they bought an app to improve the experience. It stands to reason that the same people - at least some of them - might be prepared to pay for a subscription.

I'm sure this business model will work out for you in the long run.

I don't see why not. It's not like the "customers" they lose are bringing in any revenue.

Comment Grey text on grey bg. Missing/inconsistent chrome (Score 1) 53

I really appreciate how the designers have gone out of their way to make me hate it on sight. With just a few choice usability bloopers on the first screenshot I see, they've ensured that I will never, ever consider it for anything. I am spared any ambivalence, spared from wasting any time trying it out or even reading reviews.

Thank you, KDE designers! I am in your debt!

Comment And the butchering of language continues (Score 3, Informative) 39

When they created stereoscopic 2D technology, they marketed it as "3D", even though it was nothing of the sort.

So now, when they're creating actual 3D technology, they have a marketing problem, they can't call it 3D movies even though that's what it is, because then people will associate it with the earlier, inferior technology. So now they want to call it VR??

It's not VR. It's a movie format with a fixed viewpoint. Sure you can look in all directions from that viewpoint, but you can't move around in this "world", because there's no actual virtual world to interact with. It's just a movie, not VR, don't call it VR.

Comment Dawson found a bug in gcc 4.3 as well (Score 2) 239

Dawson points to an 'optimisation' in gcc 4.3: constant folding is done using the higher-precision MPFR library. At least the gcc developers seem to think it's an optimisation, but unless it's disabled by default, it is actually a bug. In the absence of undefined behaviour, optimisations must not change observable behaviour. And, as Dawson demonstrates, this one does.

If you need MPFR precision, you should use MPFR explicitly.

Comment Re:Safety vs Law (Score 1) 475

If you bump into something at 90MPH, there's a significant risk that you will get into a swerve and lose control. That doesn't happen at 45MPH, you just brake. But at 90MPH it takes 4 times as long to brake, and your braking distance is 8 times as long.

That's essentially what your patrol officer observed: Slow moving vehicles recover, fast moving vehicles crash. That holds regardless of who caused the accident; physics doesn't care about that.

Also, you should know that a 89/90 impact is 2.01 times as hard as a 44/45 impact. Twice the speed is four times the kinetic energy.

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