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Scotland Votes No To Independence

The Evil Atheist Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

You have to give him some credit for supporting same sex marriage.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

The Evil Atheist Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

They already allowed Scotland's previous demands for their own parliament. Why would they renege?

about 2 months ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

The Evil Atheist Not in Tesla's favour (156 comments)

This leads to the question of whether there will be some sort of sweeping federal action in Tesla's favor.

I'd say that's a poor choice of wording. If any such action was taken, it would be AGAINST dealers. It won't be in favour of any single company. It should be fair for all.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

The Evil Atheist What does fear driven development lead to? (232 comments)

Fear driven development leads to anger driven development. Anger driven development leads to hate driven development. Hate driven development leads to buffering (and security defects).

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

The Evil Atheist Science is never value free (937 comments)

Science requires all the things that religions purport to be interested in: honesty, trust, humility, even a measure of self sacrifice, but it does it better than religions because of interpersonal accountability.

My response that atheists needs something to believe in: believe in the future of humanity.

It doesn't actually exist. It has psychotic tendencies. It may reward or punish us on a whim, but we can hope that it will work out okay.

about 2 months ago
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

The Evil Atheist So what? (110 comments)

So they admitted to doing business in Poland, Russia and Mexico. Big deal.

about 2 months ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

The Evil Atheist Re:Welcome to Australia, Ferengi. (139 comments)

Or they can just make a complaint to the relevant authorities and the matter will be settled in their favour.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

The Evil Atheist Re:Shame (102 comments)

C++ has inheritance, but it is not virtual inheritance by default. Then you have templates, which give you polymorphism without inheritance, which is what makes std::vector and std::sort even faster than C in a lot of cases.

I've been spending a lot of time in C++11 and I can tell you short script programs are almost as easy as python to write. The only thing lacking is standard library support for networking, graphics and databases. C++11 does have type inference now, which is one of the reasons why it's now faster to write C++ than ever before. Actually, C++ has had type inference when templates were introduced, but it just wasn't available outside of templates like auto does now.

about 2 months ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

The Evil Atheist Re:Nicatoids and bees (152 comments)

Did you even read a word I wrote, or do you think anyone who doesn't agree with you must be siding with the Chinese government?

There have been other protests and troubles since Tiananmen, and they have been largely avoiding another incident. Even the mess with the Uighurs right now. Where do you see the tanks rolling in? Do you realize parts of the country continue to open up in terms of economics AND freedom? Why did you ignore my example of Bo Xilai?

And speaking of Tiananmen, do you even understand why that even happened? They weren't doing it because they were being classical dictator villains hell bent on bending people to their will. They did it because the leaders were actually scared the protests could turn into real rebellions that would topple their power. Especially Deng Xiaoping, who was purged twice before due to the Cultural Revolution, which was in its own way a rebellion.

You need to understand Chinese political history before making assumptions that it works like a European nation. China never had the mentality of a divine right of kings.

about 3 months ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

The Evil Atheist Re:Nicatoids and bees (152 comments)

It doesn't have any checks and balances to prevent corruption. However, those who are corrupt enough to cause trouble for the government can expect to be executed.

The firewall, I think even the Chinese government knows it's ineffective, and it certainly knows people can get around it easily enough.

As for "bend them to its will", no government can do that. It can suppress, and the Chinese government can do that quite well. But it knows well enough that if it suppresses too much, there would rebellion. The threat of rebellion runs all through Chinese history and there's always the millennia old cultural inheritance of the concept of righteous rebellion that not even the Chinese government can ignore. This was the case even during the Cold War. Why do you think they went after the Gang of Four over the Cultural Revolution?

about 3 months ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

The Evil Atheist Re:Nicatoids and bees (152 comments)

Uh, no. You don't know how China works. Look what happened to Bo Xilai. China's ruling party has real problems, so there's no need to keep pandering to Cold War era myths about how the Chinese government operates.

about 3 months ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

The Evil Atheist Re:Nicatoids and bees (152 comments)

The ruling party has a lot of engineers and technical people, but the corner cutting happens mostly in the construction and manufacturing industries. No, what the higher ups do is not cutting corners, but filling those industries with people they think they can get bribed from. And the mass suppression before protests get out of hand (ie, start being effective).

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

The Evil Atheist Re:Shame (102 comments)

I don't doubt they improve performance. But they can't improve above the performance of code that has no need for that.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

The Evil Atheist Re:Shame (102 comments)

No, because in Java you declare variables to have types. In JS, you only get var. Seriously, if you used any JS heavy webpage, you'd know it slows down to a crawl. You can't heavily optimize JS arrays, for instance because you can't be sure of their member types until the last moment, no matter how much analysis you do.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

The Evil Atheist Re:Good questions - interesting answers (102 comments)

Yes we can. With auto and lambda and implicit move semantics, you can write a lot of C++ in interesting ways without shooting yourself in the foot. You can almost get down to python's simplicity for really common tasks.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

The Evil Atheist Re:Shame (102 comments)

MOC compiles to standard C++ code. Without MOC, Qt's signals and slots can still be implemented in C++, and now it has support for lambdas.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

The Evil Atheist Re:Shame (102 comments)

My point is how can a Javascript compiler be confident of type specialization. It may be able to do so in restricted circumstances.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

The Evil Atheist Re:Shame (102 comments)

And that happens in Javascript?

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

The Evil Atheist Re:Questions we forgot to ask (102 comments)

1. What would "entirely in C++" look like? It would look a lot like C. And there will always be some necessary assembler stuff.
4. I would say look at Qt. You can write pretty complicated graphical applications in fewer lines.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

The Evil Atheist Re:Good questions - interesting answers (102 comments)

C++ now has a deprecated attribute and it allows you to provide a reason string. And there's also static_assert for other errors.

about 3 months ago

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