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Comment Re:Resources that make it easy to follow (Score 0, Redundant) 173

That's an interesting point, and I'm going to try take it a little farther:

Perhaps the reason most people think of "legalese" as something that is nigh unintelligible is because the vast majority of legal matters that ordinary people deal with are the sorts of law that are well-established, and have been for decades or even centuries, which means that the language used for these matters is often boilerplate from long, long ago.

When you get to novel issues of law, such as what the Supreme Court deals with (usually), or the cases considered important enough to be reported, you will still have to deal with (1) weird language when it comes to the procedure that lead to the case being in front of the court, and (2) the fact that a complicated set of facts often leads to complicated sentences.

But otherwise, the opinions are usually fairly clear. They are written in modern language, by a person who probably grew up in circumstances similar to your own. There is the occasional bit of jargon, but it's not like trying to read a different language.

As for the common legalese that people encounter with boilerplate language... I don't really know if there's a good solution to that.

And of course, I'm sure there is some truth to the idea that lawyers use their jargon to stay exclusive, but I think that's true of any profession.

Comment Re:Competes with WoW's own TCG (Score 1) 79

I think the difference in all of these cases is that your example products are all being sold by the same overall company, while Cryptozoic is different company from Blizzard, so the competition, to the extent that there is any, can and will hurt them.

But I don't actually know anything about Cryptozoic. I'm just basing this entirely on a careful reading of what grandparent post said.

Comment Re:Documentation Shitty so Developers Turn to Web (Score 1) 418

I think one of the big culprits here is generated documentation.

Imagine writing some code... you get through a couple hundred lines of code detailing what Wangles are and what you can do with them.

No matter how on-the-ball you are, you're still going to be writing comments and documentation from the position of someone who can see the whole tamale. You know what Throbbing does, and you know why you would want to do it, because you just have to hit page up and *duh*.

Then the doc generator passes through, slurps up the comments (but obviously not the code) and plops it in to some template that was designed to fit the lowest common denominator, and all of a sudden it's completely out of context.

Maybe this isn't how MSDN actually generates its docs, so maybe I'm way off base here, I don't know. But it sure looks that way to me.

TL;DR: closed-source bad, open source good. Come on, mod points!

Comment Re:"Tens of metres" (Score 5, Interesting) 40

I'm a surveyor, and I use GPS to locate points to within a few hundredths of a foot (a couple centimeters, if you will). So, I don't know if my interpretation is exactly what the article intended, but I saw "tens of meters" and immediately thought "really really bad" and didn't even consider the possibility that the range of variation in "tens of meters" would be significant...

It's interesting how our minds immediately write things off like that... In most other circumstances I think I would have went exactly where you did and asked about the precision.

Something like... if you or I heard that it would cost "several billion dollars" to buy out a particular company, we'd just go "whoa, that's a lot"... but there's a select subset of people who would perk up their ears and say "umm, how much is 'several'?"

Comment Re:What do you do with this speed? (Score 1) 165

Yeah, I'm getting that vibe too... He asks "what would you use this bandwidth for?" then when people answer, he says "well that wouldn't be useful to me" in a way that implies it would be *wrong* for it to be useful for anyone else.

To continue your car analogy, he's like those assholes who go 45 in a 55, then speed up to 70 when you try to pass them, because he thinks the world would be a better, safer place if we all drove 45 or under.

Comment Re:No, it's not drug abuse. (Score 1) 955

Are alcoholics not "alcohol abusers?" It seems to me that they are defining "abuse" as falling outside of medically approved use, not legal standards.

And again, I don't think that "use and abuse" were being used as lexical replacements for "legal and illegal," but rather "healthy and unhealthy." (In the sense that the current medical establishment has fiat to determine what is and isn't healthy.)

Your connection of the evils of the U.S. legislature to the use of the phrase " drug abuse" by a British science publication is tenuous at best.

A Look at the Compiz and Beryl Merger 250

invisibastard writes to mention that Linux Tech Daily has an editorial on the merger between Compiz and Beryl. "This state of affairs was a shame. Something that was finally getting the general public excited about Linux, the 3D desktop, was wasting time with duplication of effort and fighting. There were concerns about the long term viability of Beryl. The perception in the community overall was, Compiz = old and stale, Beryl = fresh and exciting. This despite the feeling in the Compiz community that the "real work" was being done by David Reveman and Compiz, and there were exciting things with Compiz core (like input redirection, etc...) on the horizon."

Kids 'Unaffected By Game Violence' Says Study 101

Via Game|Life, an article in the Syndey Morning Herald discusses a new study indicating most children are unaffected by videogame violence. Though the study did indicate that children already predisposed to violence or neurotic behavior were over-stimulated by these games, most children showed no difference in behavior as a result of game play. "The study monitored the behavior of children from 10 schools in eastern and southern metropolitan Melbourne before and after playing the violent video game Quake II for 20 minutes, Swinburne's Professor Grant Devilly said. Prof Devilly said only children predisposed to aggression and more reactive to their environments changed their behavior after playing and of those only some showed more aggression."

Submission + - Hitachi develops RFID powder

Dolda2000 writes: "Hitachi recently unveiled their newest RFID product: a 0.05 x 0.05 millimeter "powder type" RFID chip (for you barbarians in the west, 0.05 mm is roughly 2/1000 inch). From the article: "Like mu-chips [...] the new chips have a 128-bit ROM for storing a unique 38-digit ID number." and "But since existing tags are already small enough to embed in paper, it leads one to wonder what new applications the developers have in mind.". It seems they hope to get them to market in 2-3 years."

Submission + - More Martian Water Evidence

tubapro12 writes: NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected light-toned bedrock on Mars occurring in an alternating pattern with darker bedrock within a rift valley. Researchers at the University of Arizona point to this as a product of a liquid, probably water, passing through the rocks.

"On Earth, bleaching of rock surrounding a fracture is a clear indication of chemical interactions between fluids circulating within the fracture and the host rock," Okubo and co-author Alfred S. McEwen reported in the paper. The researchers also said that layered outcrops can indicate cycles with materials deposited by regular episodes of water, wind or volcanic activity.

Submission + - How do you hire a programmer if you're not one?

NewMediaBlogger writes: "I'm a geeky business guy — I know basic SQL/Linux/PHP, but am definitely not a programmer. I have a software idea I want to develop, but am not confident enough in my own skills to determine whether or not a programmer is "good". I don't know a elite programmer I can hire to build a team for me.
How do you judge a programmer if you are not one yourself?
Is there an external consulting service you use? Skill testing in the interview process? "Trial" work contracts? Other?"

Feed Russian Judge Dismisses Any Penalty In Piracy Case (

MOSCOW, Feb. 15 — A Russian judge convicted a provincial school headmaster on Thursday for using pirated Microsoft software in school computers, but declined to impose any penalty, saying that Microsoft’s loss was insignificant compared with its overall earnings.

Submission + - Is Homebrew coming of age?

An anonymous reader writes: I saw this on Evil Avatar today. A blog called the pensive gamer has taken a look at how close we are to having homebrew readily available without hacks and modchips on all three consoles. While today's post looked at Xbox 360 (xna coding), they also looked at the Wii (web) and PS3 (linux and web). 7/02/here_comes_home_2.html

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