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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Jaime2 Re:Atheism offers no values - you have to add them (866 comments)

And of course the excesses of the church pale into insignificance compared with the horrors of Stalin and Mao - which is not to argue we Christians haven't committed some appalling crimes, but that all need to be given the right to condemn some of those flying the same flag.

OK, so ambition is the #1 evil in the world and religious zealotry #2. That does not diminish the horror of killing someone who believes in a different invisible man. Stalin and Mao didn't kill to advance the cause of Atheism.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Jaime2 Re:Golf logic (866 comments)

I don't believe in god because I see no evidence.

If you need evidence, then it isn't belief, it's research. Most people that believe in god don't claim to have any evidence, just faith.

3 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Jaime2 Re:A Billion Dollars? (149 comments)

Unemployment benefits are paid from a pool that is funded by employers.

Getting a few thousand people off Medicaid is going to save them money, but a billion dollars is a huge amount of money. Show me some math that shows they will even come close to that.

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Jaime2 Re:A Billion Dollars? (149 comments)

To make their billion dollars back in sales tax, they would have to generate an additional 20 billion dollars in local sales. That's $20K for each of the 100,000 workers, which is six months of the Nevada average gross wage. If the payoff is longer than ten years, then it would be a poorer investment than doing almost anything else with that money. To put it in perspective, Nevada collected less than $20 billion in total taxes in 2012. This one business would have to grow the economy of the entire state by 5% to hope to break even.

One thing they do have on their side is that most of the batteries manufactured at the plant will be sold outside Nevada, so it will surely pump money into the economy. But, I doubt it will pump enough money in to make up for the billion dollar tax break.

On a side note, Nevada has neither personal income tax nor corporate tax, so it's puzzling what the billion dollars in taxes would have been that they are exempted from.

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Jaime2 Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

The Federal government already has a model to fight this. They just raise federal taxes and send piles of money back to individual states as long as those states fall in line. Once federal taxes are raised and a portion on the state's budget is covered, the only choices are to lower state taxes or lose people. They already did it for highway and education funding. Of course, this has done more harm than good, so it's probably better to just leave states to make their own decisions as the Constitution says they should.

Technically, elections are supposed to be how to make people accountable. However, elections seem to be about gay marriage and religion nowadays.

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Jaime2 A Billion Dollars? (149 comments)

How could it possibly be worth a billion dollars to Nevada? It won't bring very many new people into the state because Nevada already has a higher unemployment rate than surrounding states. It won't generate direct tax revenue due to exemptions. Their only hope is that it creates a geographic area where an industry collects, like SIlicon Valley or the Research Triangle. But, that is just an arms race against other states, so it just wastes money from a macro perspective.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Jaime2 Re:Stackoverflow's got a list (727 comments)

Apparently, that StackOverflow page is the source for the article. Even many of the comments that are in the article come from that page.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Jaime2 Re:+ operator for string concat? (727 comments)

Also in VB, although they have recently changed it to &.

Recently, as in 1995 (it was introduced in VB4)? Having a distinct string concatenation operator has been a strength if VB for a very long time, however it does the same type coercion that JavaScript does. But, at least you don't look at it and assume it's doing addition.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Jaime2 Re:UX can only go so far (199 comments)

You can't make UX the documentation because it doesn't cover all of the use cases. UX is great for answering the question "What does this button do?". You need independent documentation to answer questions like "How do I mail-merge?". This goes double for processes where the industry standard term is trademarked, so you can't actually use it in your product.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Jaime2 Re:When every feature undocumented (199 comments)

Some of that is intentional. For example, they make using a debit card as a credit card difficult because it saves them money. Walmart is the only store I know that labels the button to do so. Sometimes I ask how to do it just to give back a little of the frustration.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Jaime2 Web 2.0 (199 comments)

It's much more Web 2.0 to create a user interface that's minimal to the point of being cryptic, and to call users that can't figure it out idiots. It also helps to have a complete lack of standards.

about a month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Jaime2 Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

There's a lot of room for improvement in programming languages. New features aren't just novelty. The database/language impedance mismatch is still pretty big, language feature to support multithreading are still weak, strongly typed languages still need to handle "dynamic-ness" better. Microsoft has done a great job of introducing new features that people actually want while still maintaining backwards compatibility. Oracle is being way too conservative here and it does matter to their customers - even the big ones.

I spent a lot of time recently working at a fortune 20 company. Java was the official programming language of the company, but the Enterprise Architecture group was starting to lean closer to .Net when I left.

about a month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Jaime2 Re:JAVA EE is not dead. (371 comments)

For a language which forced Microsoft to up it's game with C#

Java has been playing catch up with C# for almost ten years. Attributes, generics, and lambdas were all added to Java long after they were added to C#. Also, Microsoft made them part of the runtime, while Java only made them part of the compiler (for the most part), so the features work a lot better in C#.

The point of this article is that Oracle has been slowing down the pace of innovation to an even slower pace than Sun was at, and Sun had already lost a five year head start to Microsoft very quickly.

about a month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Jaime2 Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

"runtime and a language with a huge install base" describes a future where Java just coasts. By contrast, Python, Ruby, and .Net are all runtimes and languages (several languages in the case of .Net) with a huge install base that are actively introducing new frameworks, development tools, and feature on a regular basis. I'm calling an interpreter a runtime for the purposes of this conversation.

about a month ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

Jaime2 Re:Put in a separate table (62 comments)

The number of possible valid credit card numbers is so small that any hashing solution can be brute forced very quickly, even if each record has its own salt. The only protection would be to make the algorithm secret, but then you've just reduced your system to security by obscurity and as soon as someone figures out the algorithm, you're toast.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

Jaime2 Re:pdf.js (132 comments)

I wouldn't recommend Office Automation on a server if there is any alternative. For beginners, there's too many gotchas and for advanced users, there's plenty of alternatives that will do what you want without too much difficulty. Office with .Net is especially problematic because the COM components run as out-of-process servers and due to .Net's garbage collection and COM interoperability, they are difficult to get to shut down properly.

about a month ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

Jaime2 Re:Put in a separate table (62 comments)

In the payment card industry, this is called a token, not a hash. The difference is that a hash can be algorithmically generated from the source material, while a token cannot. Because there is no forward link outside the entity that generated the token to go from card to token, the tokens can be different at each merchant, making a loss of token much less of a problem than a loss of hashes would be. It's also 100% infeasible to break the token generating algorithm since there isn't one. In my experience, tokens are simply generated sequentially (skipping those that don't pass Luhn check). Another beauty of tokens is that they can pass validity checks for credit card numbers, so they can be handed to third-party software and treated just like card numbers, but without the risk of breach.

about a month ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

Jaime2 Re:In the industry... (62 comments)

They implemented it the way they did so they can sell it as a drop-in solution that requires no coding changes. Unfortunately, a security technologies don't matter as much as processes do, so this product, like all other silver-bullet products, will never be all that good.

about a month ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

Jaime2 Re:Is the target "hackers"? (62 comments)

You mean regular DBAs like the next Edward Snowden? Inside threats are important and are one of the reasons this feature exists. LitchField did what he does best; he showed that the product doesn't quite live up to the marketing material.

about a month ago

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