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Comment Re:Not excited (Score 1) 181

That's very similar to my 'bcc' function:

bcc() { echo "$*" | bc -l; }

Great minds, huh? :)

The advantage to -l is that it defines things like s() and c(), sine and cosine. It also sets the scale to be long. Passing all the arguments makes it easier to do things like:

bcc 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5

without having to put it in quotes. The only time I have to use quotes is if I want to use parenthesis in the expression, since the shell would otherwise interpret those. You do have to be careful not to have any bare * arguments, though, since the shell will interpret that, too.

Comment Re:Same in North Korea and China (Score 1) 130

This isn't a government mandated block. A private company took the largest ISPs to court and got an injunction requiring them to block a long list of web sites.

Isn't the court a part of the government? And doesn't it interpret laws passed by the government? Just because the mandate didn't come from the Prime Minister (or the Queen) doesn't mean it isn't government mandated. Those ISPs wouldn't be blocking any sites just because a private company told them to.

Comment Re:Why emojis/emoticons are in Unicode? (Score 1) 262

Because every font created would have to (or is at least supposed to) support all of those glyphs! Not only is that more work for the font designers, it increases the size of the font files themselves. Throw in kerning tables which have to pair every glyph with every other glyph, and you have a O(n^2) increasing size.

Clearly not all glyphs are supported in all fonts (which is why I see boxes with hex characters in them all over the web). And there are probably ways to leave out kerning entries, too. But still, every additional glyph added causes more work for fonts. Essentially, instead of having a Wingdings font, we have put Wingdings into ALL fonts. That's why it is bad.

Comment Re:More bad (Score 1) 43

This news will have Canadians rioting in the streets for more expensive dairy products

Sounds like a joke, but a coworker of my ex had a miscarriage because she drank milk that had too much antibiotics in it.

That doesn't sound like a joke, but it does sound a lot like the people here in the U.S. that think vaccines cause autism becuase they heard about a case where a child developed autism after getting a vaccine.

Correlation != Causation.

Comment Re:This about project management, not security (Score 1) 62

That's just seletion bias. You hear about the multibillion dollar boondoggles, but not the quietly working projects. Kind of like how people think kidnappings are up because they hear about them on the news when in reality children are much less likely to be abducted now than they were 40 years ago.

And I've spent several years working on a software project for the government that stayed within the budget and delivered multiple releases on time. There are many projects like this. But the failing ones get all the press.

Comment Re: He chose Democrat because reasons (Score 1) 281

If we had only state funded candidates, what would happen when someone like Donald Trump wanted to run for President? Would we give him tax payer money to spew his misinformed and occasionally hateful opinions? What about someone from the KKK? Would we give that person money? And if not, who decides who is allowed to run and who is not?

Also, keep in mind that keeping money out of politics inherently gives more power to the mainstream media to endorse (or suppress) candidates. They might not do it conciously (by and large the MSM is pretty dumb and easy for some to manipulate), but they are a major factor in what people know about the candidates they are voting for. Any campaign finance reform should take this into account.

Comment Re:Crossed lines (Score 2) 166

IANAGeologist, but I don't think earthquakes work like that. If anything, a large quake is more likely due to the lack of a buildup of small quakes since a large quake is caused by a large slippage on the fault. Lots of small slippage causing lots of small quakes would prevent a larger slippage and a larger quake.

Of course, this is based on the normal earthquake cause of plate slippage. Quakes caused by fracking might be caused by something else. Maybe underground caverns that used to have oil in them collapsing? But without knowing the cause, we cannot really know if more 3.0 level quakes would mean more devastating quakes or if there is some limit to the power of a fracking caused quake.

Comment Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (Score 1) 458

The US budget is something like 4 trillion dollars. But let's say we run a defecit or get money from other sources, and only need 2 trillion from this gas tax. There are about 250 million cars in the US. If they each average 12,000 miles/year at 30 miles/gallon, that's 400 gallons/year on average. To meet our 2 trillion dollar goal, we'd need a tax of (2 trillion)/(250 million)/(400 gallons) = $20/gallon. That doesn't sound too unreasonable until you see that it would be a 1000% tax on the price (about $2/gallon currently) and would make a 12 gallon fill up go from $24 to $264. No one, anywhere, would agree to that, even if it works out about the same, because the income tax is a hidden tax -- the money is taken before you get it (part of the brilliance of the system).

Besides, sales taxes like this are inherently regressive, and hurt the poor much more than the rich.

Comment Re:I wish they'd fix the missing functionality (Score 1) 148

That's funny - I ran into the opposite problem just this week when I tried to open a Calc spreadsheet in Excel. The spreadsheet used the Calc function DAYSINMONTH, which Excel apparently doesn't have an equivalent for.

I also found out that Excel cannot open two different files that happen to have the same base filename at the same time. Apparently this is a long standing issue with Excel. You have to rename one of the files. So Excel isn't the bastion of perfect usability either. Excel has some nice features, but on balance, I'll take the Free one. Though it's not like there's a version of Excel that runs on Linux.

Comment Re:just swap the buttons (Score 1) 431

I could be wrong, but I believe the original article described a 3 button mouse where the button physically in the middle sent the "right click" signal and the button physically on the right sent the "middle click" signal. Then the poster's xmodmap would reset those meanings to be what people would expect from a three button mouse.

Looking at the picture of the G600, though, it appears that the third button is kind of hanging off to the right side of the mouse. The button that sends the right click signal is in the place where you would normally expect a right mouse button on a standard mouse, so I can see why the designers did what they did.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 431

"middle button = "paste selected text""

Didn't work in firefox or word, so i doubt it works in all applications.


I remember when /. used to be a tech site with many Linux users. Clearly you are unaware that middle click is the standard paste opertation in X windows, the primary GUI on UNIX systems.

The other things that middle click is good for (depending on platform):
* Opening links in a new web browser tab
* Closing the clicked web browser tab
* Depending on your window manager, middle clicking on the task in the task bar may close the app
* Various window managers let you setup other neat functions for middle clicking in places (window titles, desktop, etc).

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 437

Considering my Nexus 7 tablet (2012) hasn't gotten an update yet, no, Google isn't doing quick updates. If Google's own devices don't get updates, whose would?

Though reading the other comments, maybe it's a good thing. I have enough stuttering and crashing on the tablet as it is. I wish I could downgrade to older versions of things like Google Calendar and Maps that worked and looked decent.

Comment Re:More like Chrome? (Score 1) 248

Forced? No one's saying that. The suggestion was about saving MS money! Instead of spending tens of millions of dollars developing their own browser, they would spend some lesser amount of money to include someone else's. It's not like MS sells copies of IE. The only thing they get for it is searches directed to Bing and headaches (and black eyes) from security vulnerabilities.

Basically, from a purely business standpoint, what is the ROI of MS developing a new browser? Would they ever earn back their investment? I say the same thing about all the resources MS poured into making Windows versions after XP. Windows 7 might be "good", but is it really that much better than XP plus incremental updates? Did Microsoft ever sell enough extra copies of Windows to justify the hundreds of millions or possibly billions of dollars spent on Windows Vista, 7, and 8? It's hard to know, but considering how much corporate customers hated moving from XP to 7, I'd guess they would have kept on buying XP for a long time.

The same argument holds true for IE. Why pour resources into a product that you don't make much, if any, money on? Sure, Windows needs a browser, but if more than half your customers are already going out of their way to install a different browser, why not just work with that browser maker to make it the default? It would (presumably) save money, make most customers happy (because now you're saving them time), and thus increase profit.

It won't happen because of egos and pride involved, and the numbers might not work out anyway (i.e., if Google and Mozilla want more money than it actually costs to make a new IE), but it's a good idea from a business standpoint.

Comment Re:I'm not complaining (Score 1) 75

And those of use who just used SW using the API are just SOL. One day I came into work and found that my calendar integration between Thunderbird (Lightening) and Google Calendar was no longer working. And I couldn't upgrade the Google Calendar provider addon because the new version required a new version of Thunderbird, which I cannot install because it doesn't work on RHEL5 (they are slowly upgrading to RHEL6).

I was able to get it to "work" by switching to ICS, but that is read-only (apparently). So at least I can see my personal calendar along side my work calendar, but I cannot edit it. But I'm sure turning off the old interface allowed them to make the rest of the product "better". Like changing the month scroll direction and make it not continuous. Or breaking the calendar widget in Android so that it occasionally gets "stuck" showing events from previous days until you reboot. Google has definitely become the next Microsoft. They have way too many developers for their own (or anyone else's) good.

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