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Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"

davidgay Re: Scare tactics (407 comments)

Well, you might notice something similar with pork vs pig, and beef vs cow... (there's also pullet vs chickhen, but not in widespread use)

about a year ago

Microsoft Can Remotely Kill Purchased Apps

davidgay Re:This better not be misused... (389 comments)

Competitor: Wow! Call the lawyers! Open the champagne! We're set for life!

At the same time, at every major lawfirm: Quick, call Competitor and ask them if they would like our services for 5% of the award!

At the same time, at Apple and consumer rights societies: Quick, issue a press release!

more than 2 years ago

Hyperion Promises An AmigaOS Netbook

davidgay Re:Not British (258 comments)

AmigaDOS was the shell / file system component of the whole AmigaOS, not the core of the OS. Not sure what fraction I'd call that (maybe 10%?). And yes, that part was based on TRIPOS. The core was Exec (message passing, threading, scheduling, memory allocation, etc), which is the bit written by Carl Sassenrath.

David Gay, who spent a lot of time programming his Amiga 1000/2500...

more than 2 years ago

Global Warming 'Confirmed' By Independent Study

davidgay Re:Which side of the bread is buttered? (967 comments)

Universities and academics who value their reputation for open, unbiased research do not accept grants that allow the funder to control publication of the results.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Disables 3G Web Browsing For New 3G Kindle Touch

davidgay Re:heh (206 comments)

Indeed! The result is you won't evolve, as a result of spending the next 30 years in a dark room!

more than 2 years ago

The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake

davidgay Were nul-terminated strings essential? (594 comments)

The real question nobody has addressed here: if C had gone for length+characters for its string, would it have succeeded?

David Gay, scarred by Pascal "strings"
PS: I've often wondered the same about that other decried C feature, the preprocessor.

more than 3 years ago

Google's Schmidt Says He 'Screwed Up' On Social Networking

davidgay Re:Yeah Right.... (252 comments)

Somebody needs to look up the Apple II / Visicalc / MS-DOS timeline before they confuse more young readers...

David Gay

more than 3 years ago

Patent 5,893,120 Reduced To Pure Math

davidgay Re:not relevant if reducible to mathmatics. (323 comments)

Fallacy of composition, people. Its like making the argument "This chair is of wood, which came from trees, and you can't patent a tree, therefore you can't patent this chair!". Just because all software is reducible to math doesn't mean you can't patent some of it. This is as likely to open the door to patenting mathematics as making chairs will open the door to patenting trees.

Actually this just shows you don't understand programming. The inherent nature of a chair is not a tree. The inherent nature of a program/programming language IS its semantics, which is defined mathematically if you have any desire to be rigorous (and aren't patents supposed to be precise?). The only rigorous definition of a program is a mathematical equation.

David Gay
PS: Lookup axiomatic, denotational or operational semantics for details.

more than 3 years ago

Senator Wants to Tax Internet Shopping

davidgay Re:Have you been to the U.S., at all - ever? (705 comments)

You only see the differences with California or Ohio because you don't have an external reference point to see the similarities (similarly, most English people don't see the similarities with the US as well as, e.g., French people who know both the US and England).

David Gay

more than 3 years ago

Oracle Claims Intel Is Looking To Sink the Itanic

davidgay Re:The processor that sunk HP's UNIX line (235 comments)

You may have long argued that, but if you actually looked at its history (how the architecture was defined, etc), you would actually understand that Itanium(ic) is a not-very-successful(*) joint HP-Intel project.

David Gay
*: For ambitious definitions of success.

more than 3 years ago

US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

davidgay Re:You are aware, aren't you... (580 comments)

[...] so that we can check for proper spelling?

Spoken like somebody who has never paid any attention to the difficulty of transliterating (not translating) Cyrillic.

As an example, from wikipedia (and note that the first letter of Tchaikovsky is the same as the first letter of Chernobyl...):

His names are also transliterated "Piotr" or "Petr"; "Ilitsch", "Il'ich" or "Illyich"; and "Tschaikowski", "Tschaikowsky", "Chajkovskij" and "Chaikovsky" (and other versions; the transliteration varies among languages).

more than 3 years ago

Bill Gates Says Anti-Vaccine Effort Kills Children

davidgay Re:Bullshit. (832 comments)

There are valid reasons not to want to get vaccinated, and people have the right to decide for themselves and their children. Am I saying it's the right decision not to vaccinate yourself or kids? No, not generally - but there are times where it may be, and people need to make that decision for themselves.

I'm sorry, but no. Vaccination is not effective if it's not sufficiently widely used. So arguing for arbitrary opt-out is arguing to be allowed to let other people die. You may think that that makes you a worthy person, but the rest of us will disrespectfully disagree.

David Gay

more than 3 years ago

Google Buys Manhattan Office/Telecom Hub

davidgay Re:Only Americans have square feet! (87 comments)

Why didn't SI fix our idiotic time system?

They tried (*). It didn't stick. You're welcome to try again, though (but less blood, please).

David Gay
*: not SI, the people who gave you the meter and the kilogram well before SI came along.

more than 3 years ago

Washington's IT Guy

davidgay Re:I have a story (65 comments)

Good times. In those days, there was a rule: never meet anyone from the internet IRL. That used to be condsidered a good way to end up in a bodybag.

One of the sillier comments I've seen on slashdot... (weird yes, but bodybags is ridiculous)

David Gay, who did use the internet in 1993, and met people IRL in 1994...

more than 4 years ago

Amiga Demonstration Helps Win Against Patent Troll

davidgay Re:Amiga demos rocked! (239 comments)


Steak Tartare

Time for another overrated comment.

David Gay

more than 4 years ago

How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

davidgay Re:Very easy, and very easy to get caught (684 comments)

through MOSS (the canonical code plagiarism detector, hosted at [and perhaps developed at?] Stanford)

Hint: it's hosted on its author's web page (surprise!), and the next-to-last link should make it clear where it was developed...

David Gay

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Step Down After CRU Hack Fallout

davidgay Re:Politics (874 comments)

I've had professors in school that were effectively forced to buy new computers for their grant work because they were told that the money HAD to be spent.

If you haven't heard similar stories about industry, generally revolving either around the end of a quarter or the end of the year, I can only assume you've never had a job...

David Gay

more than 4 years ago

Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

davidgay Re:I'm sure it didn't help. (1040 comments)

No border checks in Switzerland anymore - they just joined Schengen...

more than 4 years ago


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