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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

benjfowler Re:Are You Kidding? (538 comments)

In order for a Northern European to evolve fair skin and hair, there has to be something that will kill a human of dark skin and hair. Since people with dark skin can survive in Northern Europe, it is not through evolution.

Rickets.

about two weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

benjfowler Re:Qatar follows a Previous Model (402 comments)

At least the russians let the chechen population flee the bombardment.

Through filtration camps.

about two weeks ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

benjfowler Re:minutes to midnight (252 comments)

Not this basement-dweller stupidity again.

The US is ***NOWHERE*** near as bad as the old Soviet Union or it's satellites. So just STFU about the whole 'cops confiscated my spliff == GULAG' thing.

about two weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

benjfowler Re:Misleading headline (402 comments)

And also shows how Hamas are taking the moral high ground too... /s.

And claiming that "desperation" justifies behaving like thugs, and launching those unguided POS bottle rockets by remote control at civilians is somehow justified... Just got to love those good old fashioned Islamic moral values...

about three weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

benjfowler Re:Qatar follows a Previous Model (402 comments)

If that were truly the case, and if Israeli really wanted to wipe out the Palestinians, that the breathless pro-Hamas dupes posting here claim, there wouldn't be a single Palestinian alive on Earth. Given what the Russians did to Grozny in the Second Chechan War, and given how much more overwhelmingly powerful the Western militaries are, it's actually a credit to the Israelis they've been able to do so little damage and kill so few people.

Anyway, what about Syrian civilians, slaughtered wholesale by (inferior) Russian weaponry. 200,000+ dead. Don't they count?

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

benjfowler Re:How do investors react to such info? (234 comments)

The US has always been fatally weak on control fraud and white-collar crime. Dumb people are impressed by rich people, and never ask how those people got rich, nor how many dead bodies they needed to step over to do it.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

benjfowler Re:Please Explain This Crap (868 comments)

Mostly self-hating whites and Jews, as well as insane Muslim-appeasers, I'd say.

about three weeks ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

benjfowler Red notice (100 comments)

Interpol Red Notices are routinely used by oppressive regimes to harass political opponents abroad. They're not always effective; governments seem to be free to ignore these things if it appears to be politically motivated.

It's not a good look for the Russians to be so cheeky as to protest a common thief getting busted like this. I should hope that if somebody in (say) the UK ripped off a few thousand Russian pensioners over the internet, that the Russians could have him handed over (and thrown in Russian PMITA prison) quickly. Our Russian friends seem to have forgotten the notions of reciprocity.

about a month and a half ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

benjfowler Re:Java or Python (415 comments)

Too much ceremony for doing simple things. And I'm speaking as somebody who builds big Java applications for a living.

Try explaining the meaning of "public static void main(String[] args)" to somebody who's never written any code before...

about a month and a half ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

benjfowler Java or Python (415 comments)

Lots of people hate the whitespace block-delimiting, but I think Python is *way* better than Java for beginning programming classes.

I've seen the transition my alma mater made, between Modula-2 and Java. Modula-2 is trivial to pick up for anybody who cut their teeth on Turbo Pascal or Delphi, and "hello world" is quite easy to explain to anybody otherwise unfamiliar with programming. Try repeating that trick with Java's equivalent, and you'll understand why first-year dropout rates skyrocketed upon the switch. Anyway, Python has some nice goodies in the language which lends itself nicely to teaching both OO, and functional styles in the one language.

I've even seen this in non-IT specialties; at Imperial College here in London, the newbies learn Python (stands to reason, because it's the weapon of choice for many scientists, especially physicists). King's College, OTOH force their first-years to take a unit of Fortran, which actually manages to be about fifty times worse than any other language I've attempted to use.

The steepness of the learning curve is critical AFAICT -- you don't want to spoon-feed kids, but you don't want to crush them in their first two weeks at college either.

about a month and a half ago
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Wireless Contraception

benjfowler Re:Male contraceptive already in use (302 comments)

Write-in entry: Google Glass.

Being a 'glasshole' makes one look like such a complete dork, that there's no way on Earth any woman would want to copulate with you.

about a month and a half ago
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Wireless Contraception

benjfowler Re:Hmm (302 comments)

It's really easy. Stop paying people to have kids. And bring in changes to turn kids from assets into liabilities -- works everywhere.

You'll get the usual left-wing hand-wringing about "child poverty" and "overcrowding" -- but the only people who are "overcrowded", are conservative Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims who can't keep their reactionary, undereducated dicks to themselves.

about a month and a half ago
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Wireless Contraception

benjfowler Re:yes but (302 comments)

WTF? "hyper-reactionary" "liberal".

Sorry -- did I just find myself in a parallel universe?

about a month and a half ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

benjfowler Re:Insurance premiums can be reduced another way.. (353 comments)

Better yet, get yourself an NHS, and give everyone a basic health plan funded out of general revenue.

The usual corporate pigs will scream blue murder, but everyone will forget it once they realize the absolutely massive efficiency gains to be made, by having the system waste vast resources handling private insurance overhead instead of healing people.

The NHS over here is a gigantic, expensive command economy (and one of the biggest employers in the world), and it isn't quite up to Mayo Clinic standards, but it is absolutely, vastly more efficient than the colossal fuckup that is the US private health system. And it's abolished medical expenses as a cause of bankruptcy.

Not a few times, I've heard the phrase "thank God for the NHS". Americans will eventually understand the truth, and get one too.

about a month and a half ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

benjfowler Re:What's the point (353 comments)

We do that in the NHS too.

But the problem of having the NHS pay for treating useless fat chavs who eat too much, is far outweighed by relieving the entire population of the danger of medical bankruptcy at the hands of rapacious private health insurers and doctors.

And you know what? We in England **LOVE** it.

Medical bankruptcy is unheard-of in the UK, and we love it. Rich tossers who don't like having to wait for elective surgery can still get the gold-plated private crap if they really want it.

about a month and a half ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

benjfowler Cheating (353 comments)

Why not simply outlaw insurance companies attempting to cheat? Because this is basically what insurance companies are trying to do -- make a big play at getting something for nothing off their subscribers.

Or when it comes to moral hazard, is there just one set of rules for us little people, and another for the corporations?

about a month and a half ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

benjfowler Re:Kidnapping. (176 comments)

The Russians are masters of passive aggression when it comes to law enforcement when it suits them: the place is corrupt from top to bottom, and it manifests itself in a complete lack of desire to cooperate in international law enforcement. They have a convenient clause in their constitution which lets them refuse to extradite anybody, no matter what -- but is only exercised when it suits them.

Not arresting Russia's own cybercriminals is just another way for the notoriously erratic and thin-skinned Putin to poke the West in the eye and annoy us.

about a month and a half ago
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The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

benjfowler So... (162 comments)

In other words, this is basically Drools, plus a ton of billable consulting hours?

about a month and a half ago

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