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Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

Entrope Re: Just for a browser? (240 comments)

Qt has a lot of overhead that can be useful for writing desktop apps but requires extra work for a web browser. Qt wants all apps to be web apps, except you get your "choice" whether to write layout and logic in Qt Quick, C++ or overhead-added HTML; this gives you some degree of interop with the other two, but web browsers don't need that or the overhead it brings. Qt also pointlessly reinvented lots of the C++ standard -- witness QString and all their container classes -- making it hard to integrate with libraries written in non-Qt C++. People who use Qt are mostly allowing themselves to be locked in to a dead vendor's proprietary library.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Entrope Re: Makers and takers (676 comments)

Look, if someone complains that their time is worth more than they are getting for it, there are three options:
1) They produce enough economic surplus that they can capture (significantly) more for themself, in which case they should try to do that, either by asking for a raise or looking for a new job.
2) They produce significantly more surplus than they get in pay, but somebody else can do the job basically as well, so they can't get a raise; this means their time is in fact not worth more than they are getting paid.
3) They don't produce much more economic surplus than they get, in which case anyone who gave them a raise would start losing money.

When somebody complains about their pay rather than look for a different job, my money is on option 2 or 3 rather than option 1.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Entrope Re: Makers and takers (676 comments)

Oh, your position is that they are delusional rather than just whiny?

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Entrope Re: Makers and takers (676 comments)

Warren Buffett pays a lower marginal tax rate than his secretary because he uses dishonest math -- he lumps the tax that his company pays for her into her tax number, but excludes most of the tax that Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries pay for him. (If he wants to claim that the employer part of payroll tax really comes out of the employee's pocket, fine, but the same logic applies to corporate income tax.)

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Entrope Re: Makers and takers (676 comments)

Two things: First, your link says that health care is a slightly larger budget slice than pensions; second, approximately 92% of the pensions slice is Social Security (disability and old age/survivors benefits). You can complain about civil service pensions if you like, but they're a rather small part of this massive direct transfers problem.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Entrope Re: Makers and takers (676 comments)

If people think their time is worth more than their current salary, they should go find a new job that pays them what their time is worth. Most people don't, so we have a revealed preference: While they might like complaining that their time is worth more than they get paid, they don't really believe that.

about a month ago
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Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

Entrope Re: why does a decoder need execheap? (212 comments)

In most cases, spending a percent or two of the main CPU's cycles will have lower latency than a dedicated DSP, thanks to less communication overhead and a much higher effective clock rate.

about a month and a half ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Entrope Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

Or to women who seek "an alternative arrangement" to carrying every pregnancy to term?

Really? You really went there? Why don't you explain to our viewers why you think that's congruent, and why you're not just being an asshole. We're talking explicitly about contracts for the care of children and disposition of property, as illustrated by this example. Try to focus.

Your explanation for why the sperm donor should be on the hook for support was that it was "the default, traditional, de facto state of affairs". There is nothing in there to suggest the argument can't -- or shouldn't -- apply to pregnancy vs abortion. Maybe you should be more careful before you throw out arguments based on unthinking, blind conservatism. That is what conservatism really is: A belief that we should leave things as they are because that is how they have been. When conservatism is the only rationale you offer, don't be surprised when someone asks if you apply the same logic to other conservative bugaboos.

But there's no justification to argue that only the people who support a certain thing should be taxed for it.

Sure there is. They're the people who want the thing (government support for the children of the poor), so they should pay for the thing. That's not a new idea. Maybe you've heard of this thing called charity, where people who believe in a cause that doesn't benefit them give money to support that cause. As an added bonus, they can give as much money to the cause as they choose.

about 3 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Entrope Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

So you think a permissible, and perhaps good, policy is to impose special burdens -- including requiring third-party approval? -- on couples who seek "an alternative arrangement" to the default, traditional, de facto state of affairs of "parents = 1 man + 1 woman". Does the same logic apply to marriage? Or to women who seek "an alternative arrangement" to carrying every pregnancy to term?

The rest of your post is just arguing for a second parent to be required to pay child support, not why a sperm donor should be recognized as the second parent. You might just as sensibly -- and more fairly -- argue that the mother's parents should be on the hook for support because they clearly raised an irresponsible and marginally productive daughter, or that there should be a surtax on all the people who think that the state should be providing services to children in these cases.

about 3 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Entrope Re: Who chose to pursue this case? (644 comments)

Yeah, lesbians are really likely to have hooked up with so many men in the time period in question that they don't know who the father is....

The state hounded the biological mother to name the father precisely because "I don't know" would have been pretty implausible.

about 3 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Entrope Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

Why do prospective parents need permission from the state (or a doctor) if they are using a sperm donor, but don't need permission if they use their own gametes?

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Entrope Re: This Was Commercial (351 comments)

The most common one for contracts is being able to bill on hours spent (either T&M or a cost-plus-whatever contract structure) rather than one deliverables. Inside the government, it's career civil service with little ability to fire people who suck at their jobs (as opposed to breaking bright line rules). Fundamentally, the government itself cannot go out of business, so it lacks the basic motivation of citizens and private enterprise to do things efficiently and effectively.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Entrope Re: Of Course It's Crap (351 comments)

The Federal government cannot order states to do much, and what they can mandate must be funded. Don't blame the states for refusing to signing up to build expensive, complicated systems to meet poorly specified requirements on an aggressive schedule on their own dollars.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Entrope Re: How do I get clients like this? (351 comments)

Bit of a selection bias there, isn't there? You probably never got to take over the work products from a successful contract -- either the contract was extended (or the work continued under a different contract) or it worked well enough that government developers were hardly involved in continuing support. You would end up spending most of your effort on the ones that failed.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Entrope Re: healthcare.gov or Nieman Marcus (351 comments)

What is the minimum income required to qualify for subsidies? I have heard lots about the step function at the maximum (4x Federal poverty level) but have not heard of a minimum.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Entrope Re: Government! (351 comments)

You haven't done much contract work, have you? The government illegally exempted this web site from the usual security checks and procedures, and prioritized some aspects of development so it would "meet schedule" with a less-than-fully-working site. They very much did direct the contractors how to spend resources, and security and quality were nowhere near the top of that list.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Entrope Re: This Was Commercial (351 comments)

No, you smell a variant of the "government is generally incompetent because it tries to do a lot of things where it builds in incentives that encourage shitty performance" mantra.

about 3 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

Entrope Re:Not exactly (479 comments)

Is this what makes American healthcare as affordable as it is today? Between Medicare and private insurance, the intermediaries who pay for most of the care pretty effectively control the prices that they pay.

about 3 months ago
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How Reactive Programming Differs From Procedural Programming

Entrope Re:Spreadsheets are lousy programming models (186 comments)

I would guess because a spreadsheet makes dealing with variables -- both scalars and arrays -- easy, where "dealing with" includes data reduction, visualization and editing. Derived values are updated automatically, you can trivially pull up at least a few common visualizations, and the software includes a solid library of basic statistical and other mathematical functions. I am a professional programmer, proficient in GNU Octave in addition to various compiled languages, but the reasons I listed are why I use a spreadsheet for most of my one-off analyses of small(-ish) data sets.

about 3 months ago
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Smart Toothbrush Aims For Better Brushing Habits

Entrope Re:This is getting ridiculous (102 comments)

ALL tooth problems are caused by having teeth, as simple as that. There is only one sure way to avoid having tooth problems!

about 3 months ago

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