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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

XcepticZP Re:The problem is not... (876 comments)

Programs are getting too complex for humans to understand

We need more powerful tools to manage the complexity

You are the tool. We are the tools. Our job as programmers is to "manage complexity". To take a complex problem and mangle it away into a layer of abstraction so that we can comfortably work with it. Of course, some programmers take that too far and make 50 gazillion layers that shouldn't be there, but that's a different discussion entirely.

about 7 months ago
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Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

XcepticZP Re:This is missing critical information (268 comments)

Or pretty much any news site or network. Make no mistake about it, they will try hide as much as they can in order to drum up outrage/page views.

about 7 months ago
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Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves

XcepticZP Re:Eh... (72 comments)

Case in point: I went to http://science-beta.slashdot.o... and control-f'd your name and found this very comment.

I tried that too. And all I got was an empty comment section that read:

"Shazbot! We ran into some trouble getting the comments.
Try again... na-nu, na-nu!"

Sigh.

about 7 months ago
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Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

XcepticZP Re:Still not good enough. (357 comments)

You silly neo-cons/tea* make lance armstrong and richard nixon look like boy scouts that tell simple white lies.

And this is what's wrong with society. Some people supposedly lie/exaggerate the truth/say something objectionable, and immediately some douche from who knows where decides that they only did it because "they must be neo-cons/tea*" Or however the fuck you interpret that positively awful sentence of yours. That's as bad as a racial/ethnic/religious stereotype being attributed to some random trait or action.

But then again, I don't blame you because I know you're doing it as an act of intellectual desperation. You, and people like you, will use any opportunity or example to try to reinforce your ridiculous partisan politics and the hatred that comes along with it. People like you are why we can't have nice things as a society.

about 7 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

XcepticZP Re:Just goes to show... (505 comments)

I thought that was long ago proven by PHP? If you even want to call it a programming language, that is.

about 7 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

XcepticZP Re:jscript (505 comments)

The javascript project is not my primary target, so I don't have, nor do I wish to have, special tools specific to JS.

That's just silly. "This is my only project in language A. Therefore I won't get any tools that help me program in language A". If you're too lazy to download a free IDE and install it for the single project you are working on, then you deserve to suffer trying to use that programming language. Right tools for the right job, and if you can't bother to work smarter then you're just screwing yourself over.

about 7 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

XcepticZP Re:Impeachment (383 comments)

Because he's part of the ruling class. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can have the "free and just" society that statist people incessantly drone on and on about.

about 7 months ago
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The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

XcepticZP Re:It'll work if you want to suceed (397 comments)

How about you add a disclaimer to the top of your post? "Warning: Post contains my anecdotally-proven religious and racial stereotypes."

about 7 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

XcepticZP Re: even a broken clock... (523 comments)

There are other alternatives. Some of us can recognize the value of government spending that doesn't directly benefit me, but benefits society in ways that may benefit me or my decendents(sic) in the future.

Of course... But to me that sounds like "spend more on things that I think will benefit me/society/my descendants." You can sugar-coat what you say with all the good intentions in the world, but it doesn't change the fact that what you think and what others think could be two completely separate things because they're based on opinion. And the only way to resolve that is by forcing your majority will, or special interest group powers onto the rest of us who happen to be part of the minority.

about 7 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

XcepticZP Re:There are two parties, just not the ones you th (523 comments)

It would be nice if I could find a non-statist, who is *also* not a corporatist. Unfortunately all the non-statists I've ever heard of are devout corporatists.

Ah yes, that old re-hashed tripe. Bet you think you sound all hip and cool using the word "corporatist", huh? Channeling the inner hippy, eh? I suggest you go and re-read your statist manual on "how to dismiss those pesky free-thinkers before they convince enough people of their own inherent rights".

On a more serious note, here is an actual definition of "corporatism": "the control of a state or organization by large interest groups." By that definition, you could say that society is already controlled by large interest groups. And the state then gives them power to wield their beliefs over the rest of society.

about 7 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

XcepticZP Re: even a broken clock... (523 comments)

The problem is that most of the people who claim to want small government really mean: spend less on everything except the things that benefit me.

And that is better than those that say "spend more on things that benefit me"? That's a race upwards; to add bloat. Whereas the other one you mentioned is more of a race to the lowest amount of funding possible. What I'm trying to say is that it's all too easy to "spend more on what benefits me" because the cost of that is spread across the entire population and no thought is required. But it's a hell of a lot more difficult to justify and prove the need for items that require us to take away funding from other items, or to simply justify a reduction in spending on a certain wasteful/unneeded item. And that's one of the big traits of the political system: practically no one dares to be the bad guy that rocks the boat by saying or trying to reduce unnecessary funding. Because _some_ group, doesn't matter which one will proceed to tear that politician a new one in the media. This is democracy, this is populism.

about 7 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

XcepticZP Re:The candlestick makers did the same thing... (692 comments)

So they're idiots for not wanting to live surrounded by skyscrapers.

No, I'd say they are idiots for blaming others for the things they themselves are partly to blame for. I'm referring to the building and property zoning laws. Hell, you know democracy, I'm sure. If majority rules, then everyone shares blame. That also means not singling anyone out, like these cretins are doing to some random engineer who happens to work for a company that they currently find fashionable to hate or are be jealous of.

about 7 months ago
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Marc Andreessen On Why Bitcoin Matters (And A Critique)

XcepticZP Re:The Problem (332 comments)

I know inflation is seen as the tool of the devil today - but if you have a 200,000 BTC 30-year loan (for example) on a house that you're paying back over time then, as I understand it, it becomes in *harder* to pay it back (in 30 years the remaining value will be worth more than it was when you started rather than the other way around).

If the value of the currency was rising, then yes you could say that the "value" that you have to pay off is increasing. However, you can't look at it in isolation. The interest rates will be different, probably higher. Not to mention people will be less inclined to borrow money precisely because of what you mention. It may make a lot of economic sense in a deflationary scenario for people to rent + save until they can buy their own property. As opposed to borrowing + living in the same apartment as they slowly pay it off.

In the end it's up to the individual people to decide what their priorities are, how risk-averse they are and what course of action to take as a result of that.

about 7 months ago
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Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

XcepticZP Re:Allow it... (340 comments)

What an absolutely ridiculous way to butt in your opinions of "stand your ground" laws. Completely off-topic to both the article and the AC comment you responded to when you initially brought it up.

about 7 months ago
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BitTorrent's Bram Cohen Unveils New Steganography Tool DissidentX

XcepticZP Re:tool? (124 comments)

I wasn't talking about the "inefficiency" of the code. There's more to code than just how fast it runs. That has it's place, but most of the time, it is dwarfed by more important factors to consider.

about 7 months ago
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BitTorrent's Bram Cohen Unveils New Steganography Tool DissidentX

XcepticZP Re:tool? (124 comments)

I had a look at the rest of the code. Granted, it's a tad better than what you posted, but it is still ridiculously amateurish... He should definitely submit some of it here.

about 7 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

XcepticZP Re:Math, do it. (1043 comments)

Therefore we should simply kill them. Afterall, it would improve productivity and enhance cash flow.

I never said that. Geeze, way to overblow and misconstrue things to get your opinions heard. I'm not going to bother trying to have a discussion with you next time. Any old idiot can take single sentences out of context to make their point. Good day.

about 7 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

XcepticZP Re:Math, do it. (1043 comments)

I tried to explain that this is not the case to this guy I know who makes well into 6 figures (he'll never let anyone forget that). He thinks anyone on welfare should die on the streets because they are just sub human leeches, and there should be no such thing as welfare in the first place. "It's everyone's responsibility to go out and get a good job and make lots of money. Anyone can do it! If you don't you must be dumb or lazy or both and should just shoot yourself to make room for hard working people" he says.

I'm not sure what your friend is really like. But I've heard this sort of rabbid commentary before, and it is really not all that hard to trigger.

about 7 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

XcepticZP Re:Math, do it. (1043 comments)

Frankly, it's been known since biblical times what poor diet does to people... it's just that we haven't been able to describe exactly how it happens until recently thanks to advancements in medicine. We want the poor to eat badly... because it keeps them poor, and exploitable.

Why would we want that? Here we are talking about a welfare program that costs productive members of society money. The poor/dependent classes are just that, poor, dependent and unproductive. You make it seem like we do it to get benefit from them, when in actual fact we don't get anything from them besides crime.

Perhaps you were talking about how the dependent class is easily manipulated to gain votes. That I can agree with, and it makes a whole lot more sense than the "slavery" idea. No wonder I keep hearing politicians calling for it, and my peers denouncing it as unfair as they already give to charity in local institutions.

about 7 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

XcepticZP Re:This is the AP Comp Sci exam (489 comments)

It's really simple: There are times and places where it's acceptable to try to get laid. There are times and places where it's not acceptable. Work (and work-related activities like professional conferences) fall into the second category.

That is your opinion, and you're welcome to follow it. The rest of us will listen to the actual women around us in an open and honest context. Now take your man-bashing elsewhere, buddy.

about 7 months ago

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Obama's Half Brother Arrested for Drug Possession

XcepticZP XcepticZP writes  |  more than 5 years ago

XcepticZP (1331217) writes "United States President Obama's half-brother, George Obama, has been arrested in Nairobi on charge of marijuana possession. According to CNN:

He is being held at Huruma police post in the capital of Nairobi.
Speaking from behind bars, Obama denied the allegations.

George Obama, the US president's half-brother hasn't gotten as much media attention as his grandmother. It's only recently that he's been the subject of media publicity, notably a piece by Vanity Fair that claimed he was living for less than a dollar a day. However, he does not seem to be bothered by it and has said:

"I'm proud of how I live,"[...]"(The media) are tarnishing the family name."

"

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