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jest
  {jester} {at} {panix.com}

Largely unskilled but enthusiastic JAPH. In my other life I hack the Oxford English Dictionary.
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  Comment: iPhone, same deal (Score 1) on 2009.09.18 12:45

by jest on 2009.09.18 12:45 (#70624)
Attached to: Dear Yahoo! Mail

Nothing surprising about this sort of thing. My iPhone can play some games, but it very often doesn't let me make or receive phone calls.

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  Comment: Joining in... (Score 1) on 2009.04.01 12:43

by jest on 2009.04.01 12:43 (#67985)
Attached to: She said yes!

Congratulations!

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  Comment: a better sentence (Score 1) on 2009.01.07 8:11

"Like most modern programming languages, R is capable of performing a variety of tasks, but it specializes in powerful statistical analysis."

The target reader for this article has never heard of C or Perl, and probably not Java; doesn't know the phrase "Turing-complete"; doesn't think that Haskell is cool; doesn't know why one would choose one language over another.

What is this reader supposed to make of "by giving them access to various commands"? I guarantee that if I read that to my father, who is a smart man who has read the NYT for his whole life, he would not know what this means.

What does "helps people perform a wide variety of computing tasks" mean? "Helps"?

It's unbearably bad. And I'm not saying from a geek standpoint--it's not that it glosses over some fine distinction that only we care about. It's bad from the standpoint of anyone trying to get information out of it.

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  Journal: Worst sentence ever written about programming in the MSM on 2009.01.07 5:58

Journal by jest on 2009.01.07 5:58
User Journal

"R is similar to other programming languages, like C, Java and Perl, in that it helps people perform a wide variety of computing tasks by giving them access to various commands."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/technology/business-computing/07program.html

Oh. My. God. I just don't even know where to begin.

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  Comment: Agreed, it's a huge problem (Score 1) on 2009.01.02 20:05

by jest on 2009.01.02 20:05 (#66709)
Attached to: No Perl 5.10 FreeBSD port...kinda sucks.

There was just a thread about this on the freebsd-user list:

http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-questions/2008-December/189389.html

I'm a longtime FreeBSD user and promoter, but it really blows me away that getting 5.10 into Ports wasn't done ages ago, that it isn't a really big priority. This state of affairs does not reflect well on the OS.

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