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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Chris Mattern Re:Formal specifications are pretty useless for th (121 comments)

Formal language specification isn't meant to be perused with a cup of coffee in one hand. It's primary purpose is that you can use it to prove that your implementation of the language does what the language specs say it's supposed to do. Your "informal (but exact) specification" doesn't do "a much better job" at that. It can't do that job at all.

12 hours ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Chris Mattern Re:And no one will go to jail (227 comments)

Sorry, but I think this sounds like treason,

Frankly, it doesn't matter if you think it sounds like fishpaste. It may be reprehensible, it may be criminal, but in the US, treason is defined in the Constitution, and this ain't it.

12 hours ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Chris Mattern Re:Since when is... (309 comments)

No, the Pacific Time Zone (Pacific Standard Time, Pacific Daylight Time) is a specific official timezone name that uniquely identifies the timezone that includes LA. Hawaii is in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone. Guam is in the Chamorro Time Zone, as are the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa is in the Samoa Time Zone (the independent nation of Samoa is in the West Samoa Time Zone).

2 days ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Chris Mattern Re:Since when is... (309 comments)

Since interface designers faced with idiots decided "Pacific Time" was too difficult for people to figure out. They've been doing this for a while, actually.

2 days ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Chris Mattern Re:Repeat after me... (309 comments)

Of course programming language does not include markup language. They're two entirely different things with entirelly different purposes.

2 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Chris Mattern Re:Great... (571 comments)

"It's not my fault I shot him! It's his fault because he stood in front of my gun!"

3 days ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Chris Mattern Re:Earthshaking (124 comments)

Oh, but "Buss Duct" is so much more entertaining. I wonder who gets kissed?

4 days ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Chris Mattern Re:Orange? (226 comments)

What's that you say? Orange Star is the new Black Hole?

about a week ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

Chris Mattern Re:Hello Dave (102 comments)

That's good, now tell me about your mother Dave...

My mother's name wasn't Dave.

about a week ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

Chris Mattern Computer generated head? (102 comments)

Sounds more like M-M-M-Max Head-Head-Headroom, to me.

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Chris Mattern What else? (701 comments)

"Activate interlock! Dynotherms connected! Infracells up! Mega thrusters are go!"

about a week ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Chris Mattern Re:De-salination? (110 comments)

You wouldn't boil the saltwater in foam, genius. Use properly prepared and recycled water as a heat transfer fluid and use that heat to distill seawater in tanks built for that process.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Chris Mattern Re:Good. Now what about ads? (139 comments)

Or you could be like Deadpool and just realize if something costs money to make, you're going to have to pay for it one way or another.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Chris Mattern Re:Makes sense (152 comments)

The bitcoin community is highly technical. They will probably sell a lot of systems making it available as an option.

Sure, what with Dells being so popular with the highly technical community.

about two weeks ago
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More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

Chris Mattern Re:Homeland Security (55 comments)

What I am wondering is: why do they even care whether the pathogens in the vials are actually what is on the labels?

They care because anybody can write a label saying "smallpox virus" and stick it on a vial. But if the vial actually *does* contain smallpox virus, then there were flawed procedures that let that virus be sent out to East Bumfuck with no records kept. And those flawed procedures might still be in place, in which case it is urgent that they get fixed.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Chris Mattern Re:Political background (151 comments)

"Quite likely to lose"? In what uninverse? Latest polls show "Yes" trailing by over ten points.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Chris Mattern Re:Rather far north. (151 comments)

It's even more worth noting that there's a plebicite on Scottish independence coming up very soon.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

Chris Mattern I'm torn... (238 comments)

Do I make the His Dark Materials joke, or the fuligin joke?

about three weeks ago

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