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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

beelsebob Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (313 comments)

Poor white people are not nearly as violent as poor black people. Check the stats yourself. Blacks are about 13-14% of the population but they commit 50% of the murders alone (usually they murder other blacks).

As much as your racist mindset would like that to support your conclusion. It simply doesn't. Being 13-14% of the population does not imply being an even distribution within the demographics of the population. If all 75% of that 13-14% is poor (not unreasonable), but only 10% of the white people are poor (also not unreasonable), then that would give you pretty much the exact same number of poor people of either race. The result - an unsurprising 50/50 split in crime rates too.

Ever wonder why things never change?

No, because it's clear.
1) They do change. We've gone from blacks, women and gays (amongst many others) being ostracised, to many of them being productive members of society, and people like you being frowned upon. That's great!
2) The change is slow, exactly because of people like you, trying very very hard to make sure that these people get held back as much as you can. Thankfully idiots like you are getting rarer and rarer.

At one time it was not politically correct to advocate heliocentrism either. But it was still a fact.

That's an interesting comparison. You seem to be suggesting that we generally go from poor understanding of the situation, to more enlightened understanding of the situation. That our knowledge of the situation improves. One way that this has improved is that we've realised that the earth is not the centre of the universe, and then even realised that neither is the sun. Another way is that in the past, we thought that blacks, women and gays were somehow inferior, and not just normal human beings who happened to have a different pigmentation, sexual organ, or preference. Thankfully we've advanced past that point now.

Black men can start by seriously trying to parent their children instead of leaving them to be raised by single mothers in broken homes in bad neighbourhoods.

This is almost as laughable as "The poor just need to stop being poor, then they could afford health care."

yesterday
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

beelsebob Re:PHP IS the worst (179 comments)

Yes... and as I said, this is completely missing the point. Holes in language implementations can be fixed as they come up. Bugs that are caused because of bad language design, and lack of the language helping the developer hold all the necessary concepts in their head at once, those can not trivially be fixed like language implementation errors. Not only that, but they'll be several orders of magnitude more common.

An example. A language with a decent type system can completely eliminate SQL injection attacks, and invalid pointer dereferences. A language with a dependant type system can completely eliminate buffer overruns.

There are huge classes of security holes and bugs that can be prevented from happening entirely by the language.

yesterday
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

beelsebob Re:BS (313 comments)

That's a bit of a straw man.

The point is that not too long ago, property values were only around 4-4.5 times the value of a normal wage. Now, even on a very high engineer's wage (around 150-200k) in the bay area you're looking at about 6-8 times the value of your wage. On an more average wage, more like 10-15 times.

Prices really have got very out of control.

yesterday
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

beelsebob Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (313 comments)

s/black/poor/ and you might have a point.

Unfortunately for you, creating ghettos for the benefit of the rich has had a history of being a pretty amazingly bad plan. SF needs to figure out how to deal with this properly and fast (generally, the answer is, build more houses, faster).

yesterday
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

beelsebob Re:So basically... (283 comments)

Not when they're in NYC they don't. And people doing the jobs listed above get paid far less than the salaries listed above when they're not in NYC.

yesterday
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

beelsebob Re:Completely missing the point (179 comments)

Yes... That's my point. This is exactly what they should be testing for - does the language allow you to do dumb things, or does it moan at the first sign of something that could be insecure? This is what they should have tested. Not whether the implementations were any good.

yesterday
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

beelsebob Re:PHP not the worst!!!! (179 comments)

php is not the worst because they measured completely the wrong thing. They measured how many bugs they found in the implementation of the language, not how many bugs a programmer using that language would introduce that the language would not catch for them.

yesterday
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

beelsebob Completely missing the point (179 comments)

They shouldn't be looking at the number of bugs in the implementation of the language. They should be looking at the bugginess (or not) of the code written in it. That's the important thing.

yesterday
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

beelsebob So basically... (283 comments)

If you want to earn 1/3 as much as an engineer, and barely enough to survive in NYC, then don't get a degree. Otherwise, go and fucking learn something.

2 days ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

beelsebob Re:The CA should not revoke the certificates, (151 comments)

Yes... That's the entire point of a CA, to certify that a person really is that person. If the certificate is bad, they can no longer make that certification, so it really really really is their job to do that. It is in fact their only job.

2 days ago
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Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

beelsebob Re:Shut up and take my money (85 comments)

Honestly, I like the fact that they put a penalty on expanding too much too quickly. Early Civs had the issue that the roll your war machine over everyone approach by far dominated other paths to victory. Civ V balanced that out nicely.

You're right though, the way that culture worked (as opposed to just happiness) was completely broken, and completely impossible to win in a multiplayer match, and yes, the expansions sorted that out.

The city state mechanic I felt worked well though –it stopped the AI playing by elimination of dominated strategies, and just always voting for itself, making diplomatic victory impossible.

3 days ago
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Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

beelsebob Re:Shut up and take my money (85 comments)

Honestly, I have no idea how you can not enjoy Civ V. I've owned all the Civ games except for II. Enjoyed all of them, but V is by far the most tactical, and interesting to play. The hex based system, and the fact that you can only have one unit per tile makes attacking cities much much much trickier than it ever used to be.

4 days ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

beelsebob Re:Fuck Obamacare (720 comments)

Actually, in the UK, it really does work like that. Even if you're only visiting the UK for a 2 hour period, and manage to become seriously ill in that time, you'll get free treatment there.

5 days ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

beelsebob Re:Abolish marriage solves the problem. (562 comments)

Yes, it is. In much the same way as we had to have a culture war to prove that women were not second class citizens, and a culture war to prove that blacks were not second class citizens. Unfortunately, these wars (including the one proving that gays are not second class citizens) are on going.

about a week ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

beelsebob Re:Abolish marriage solves the problem. (562 comments)

Because lots of people who are not religious (or of other religions) feel that "marriage" is an important thing in their life, and "civil union" is not. The bottom line is that the church can not, and does not have a monopoly on the word. The government shouldn't give to them.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

beelsebob Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

No one is stopping him saying anything. They're simply saying they don't like what he's saying, and what he's doing. They're saying (freely too), that they disagree so strongly that they feel that they don't want to interact with him. That's their right too.

about two weeks ago
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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

beelsebob Re:Ukrainian hackers? (148 comments)

Unlikely... More likely it's them checking their (not announced) scrambling works, ready for an invasion.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

beelsebob Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

This doesn't need any redefinition. The marriage system is already part of law, and because of separation of church and state, that means not part of religion. Marriage is a purely legal thing.

about two weeks ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

beelsebob Re:Free market (353 comments)

That's the key though – taxi services are required to be licensed (and with good reason), so these are not operating under the same constraints.

about two weeks ago

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Apple Switches (Mostly) to OpenStreetMap

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple have started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple are currently not applying the necessary attribution to OSM; they are using an old (from April 2010) dump of the data; and they are not using the data in the USA. Fingers crossed apple works through these issues quickly!

Apple are now one of a growing list (including geocaching, and foursquare) to Switch2OSM."

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OpenCL 1.0 Ratified and Released to the Public

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "The Khronos group announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 1.0 specification described as the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices."
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Apple drops iPhone Developer NDA

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Today Apple dropped the iPhone developer NDA.

We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don't steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others.

However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone's success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released."
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Squirrelfish takes a bite out of performance

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "We all recently heard that Google Chrome had introduced a new Javascript engine called V8, that made all the other engines out there look like toys. Today the WebKit team announced that their Squirrelfish engine has been optimized a lot more, to produce Squirrelfish Extreme. The improvements are enough that WebKit now runs Javascript faster than Chrome. The competition between browser makers seems to be paying off for us consumers with some major improvements in performance now."
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beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Very well known is the iBook G3 logic board failure issue, however, less well known is that iBook G4s have been failing with the same symptoms almost as regularly. The G4 variant of the laptop is not covered by Apple's logic board repair program, thus if it dies, it's dead. Or so we thought, until recently. An enterprising guy has posted a fix for the problem that works simply by sticking a tiny bit of plastic under a chip."

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