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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

ShanghaiBill Re:I feel sorry for rich people, (145 comments)

what with the rabble's concerns boiling over and impinging on the fringes of their attention.

The "rabble" just elected the most Republicans to Congress since 1952. I don't think the rich are too worried.

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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

ShanghaiBill Re:Money *needs* to be removed from Politics ... (133 comments)

One solution is run-off voting

That is the way it works in Louisiana. It is generally considered to be the most corrupt and worst governed state in America.

Plenty of other countries also use run-off voting. There is no evidence that it leads to either better government, or a more satisfied electorate.

http://xkcd.com/661/

6 hours ago
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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

ShanghaiBill Re:Money *needs* to be removed from Politics ... (133 comments)

We chastise China, Cuba, N. Korea etc. for not having democracies, but neither do we

Yes we do. Democracy doesn't mean we get the government we want, just the government we voted for. The people in congress were elected in free and fair elections.

I know, technically we were a "republic", not a "democracy"

I don't know where this idiotic meme, that a "republic is not a democracy" started, but repeating it doesn't make you look intelligent, it makes you look stupid. Please stop doing it.

10 hours ago
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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

ShanghaiBill Re:Money *needs* to be removed from Politics ... (133 comments)

In other words, only the popular opinions get to be heard and the unpopular ones have no chance at all.

Yes. And the candidate with the least need for funding is the incumbent. It takes more spending to get into office, than to stay in office. Public funding is a job protection racket for incumbents.

10 hours ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

ShanghaiBill Re:Urban legend? (245 comments)

Did you actually find that somewhere or just make it up?

I just made it up. But it sounds plausible. As more and more people know a secret, the probability of a leak will increase more than linearly, because people are more likely to believe the leak cannot be traced back to them. But I don't really think it would be quadratic. More likely something like 1/(n*log(n)).

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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

ShanghaiBill Re:Simple solution (288 comments)

NHTSA studies have consistently shown that driving slower then the flow of traffic has a WAY higher risk of causing of accidents then driving the same speed faster then the flow.

Can you provide a link to these "studies"?

12 hours ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

ShanghaiBill Re:Simple solution (288 comments)

I always said let them put their money where their mouth is and give all the money to the state. No dice - they want the money.

So where do you live? What jurisdiction allows police to keep the money from tickets? The laws nearly everywhere put that money into the general treasury.

12 hours ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

ShanghaiBill Re:Then there was War Plan Red (245 comments)

Although a war with Britain/Canada seems implausible in hindsight, it was not always considered so unlikely. A decade prior to WW1, many British strategists considered rising American naval power to be the biggest threat to their empire. And they assumed that in a 20th century conflict with America, they could always rely on their historically ally, Germany.

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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

ShanghaiBill Re:Urban legend? (245 comments)

The govt can actually keep secrets sometimes. Crazy, right?

The probability of a secret being kept is proportional to the reciprocal of the square of the number of people that know the secret.

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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

ShanghaiBill Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (371 comments)

Not all unemployed people are "welfare bums". Unemployment exists.

Also, unemployed people and "welfare bums" are the least likely to vote.

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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

ShanghaiBill Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (371 comments)

The United States is not a democracy, it's a constitutional republic.

1. The article is about Britain, not America.
2. The US is not a direct democracy, but it is still a democracy.

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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

ShanghaiBill Re:Shame (78 comments)

Comparing Edward Snowden to Kim Philby is absurd. Philby was a murderous traitor. Snowden is a patriot.

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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

ShanghaiBill Re:Modula-3 FTW! (463 comments)

What do you use perl and php for that wouldn't be better in python or one of the others?

PHP is a horrible language, but it integrates well with Apache, and can be embedded in HTML.
Perl is mostly legacy code. Small scripts for random tasks. It is maintained, but new stuff is done in Python.

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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

ShanghaiBill Re:Insurance (202 comments)

the requirement that people in control of public health (which includes barbers) complete a half-day training on basic sanitation methods

Nope, not half a day. In California it is a full year of formal training, or two years as an apprentice barber. If you go the apprentice route, there is NO requirement for training on basic sanitation methods. Most other states have similar requirements.

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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

ShanghaiBill Re:Shame (78 comments)

Spying is not inherently bad

Indeed, spying is generally good. When leaders are ignorant of their enemy's capability, they tend to overreact. A century ago, the world bumbled into a world war because of secret treaties, and severe misjudgements about the intentions and constraints on others. Better spying may have prevented that. The cold war was also a result of each side escalating out of precautions driven by ignorance. Looking back, the Soviet Union was never as strong as we feared, and was motivated more by paranoia than by aggressiveness.

Voluntary mutual transparency would be the best solution, but spying is still better than secrecy.

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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

ShanghaiBill Re:Modula-3 FTW! (463 comments)

Is Pascal better suited to some tasks than those languages? That is what the OP is really asking.

That is also the question I was asking. I believe the answer is "no". Or at least close enough to "no" that it doesn't matter.

Where I work, we have code in C, C++, Java, Python, Perl, PHP, and JavaScript. All of those language incur a cost, and we would love to eventually pare down the list (Perl is the most likely to go). If you want to write code in yet another language you would need a VERY good justification. I just don't see any place for Pascal in a modern professional programming environment. The theoretical advantages are minimal to nonexistent, and the practical disadvantages, in tools, libraries, maintenance, integration, talent pool, etc. are substantial.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

ShanghaiBill Re:Modula-3 FTW! (463 comments)

You felt Pascal was less readable than C ?

Yes, for someone experienced in both languages, C is definitely more readable. It is less verbose. For instance, "++i" is a more immediately recognizable idiom than "i := i + 1". You don't have to slow down to notice that the same variable is being both referenced and changed. By using brackets instead of "begin ... end", the structure of the program is easier to read in C.

Pascal is easier to learn for someone with no previous programming experience, and it has fewer "gotchas" that trip up newbies. But those are separate issues from "readability". C would not be a good introductory language, but I certainly would not want to write a device driver in Pascal.

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Fish Found Living Half a Mile Under Antarctic Ice

ShanghaiBill Re:By diving in it (77 comments)

Since the site only has scientific value because it has been sealed away for millennia ...

The site is connected to the open sea. It is not sealed. There are other bodies of water under the Antarctic ice, such as Lake Vostok, that really are isolated. Greater precautions are taken for those, and it would really be a surprise if anyone found fish living in Lake Vostok.

2 days ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

ShanghaiBill Re:Where Does He Stand On the Issues? (119 comments)

"No experiments. Leave people alone. And don't spend money that you don't have."

It seems to me that governments should do more experiments, gather data on whether programs are actually working, and base future policies on empirical evidence.

"Leave people alone" sounds great in theory, but where does he draw the line? If someone is robbing a gas station at gunpoint, should we leave them alone? What if they refuse to pay their taxes? What if they are dumping methyl mercury into a creek that flows into Louisville's water supply?

"Don't spend money that you don't have" is already the law in Kentucky. The state government is required to balance the budget every year.

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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

ShanghaiBill Re:foods that contain DNA (119 comments)

Why can't we know if there are genetically modified organisms in the food supply?

You can know that. Just look for packages that say "No GMO", or "Organic", as thousands of products do.
You are free to exercise your phobias. Just don't impose them on other people.

2 days ago

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