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Solo Explorer Begins Bicycle Journey To South Pole

jlarocco Re:A bike to the South Pole? (144 comments)

Have you considered she might enjoy doing it? Seems like a good enough reason to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Free Software Activists Take On Google Search

jlarocco Meh (254 comments)

I downloaded it and gave it a try, but I'm going to stick with DuckDuckGo. In my experience the results have been as good as or better than Google and if I don't find what I'm looking for, it also gives links to do the search in Google or Bing.

more than 2 years ago
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Java 7: What's In It For Developers

jlarocco Meh. (338 comments)

As a developer I could care less about Java itself. It's the new Cobol.

It's in an awkward spot. For anything high level I'd rather just use Python. And for the few cases where Python's not fast enough, it's easiest to jump down to C++ and write a module I can call from Python.

The best thing about this new release are JVM improvements for dynamic languages, which should help out projects like Jython, JRuby and Scala.

more than 3 years ago
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Bookstores May Boycott New Amazon-Published Books

jlarocco Re:Can't blame them (210 comments)

I don't think that makes sense.

The youth of tomorrow will never buy physical books like the youth of today have never bought cassette tapes. That doesn't mean they won't read or buy ebooks.

more than 3 years ago
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Perl 5.14 Released

jlarocco Re:What about Perl 6? (187 comments)

So trivial that 2to3.py, which comes with Python 3, will do it automatically.

more than 3 years ago
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IRS Nails CPA For Copying Steve Jobs, Google Execs

jlarocco Re:The Joys of employeehood.... (509 comments)

What skills? Setting up an LLC requires filling out a questionnaire and paying a $50-$100 (depending on state) processing fee. Most states let you do it over the internet. It takes like 10 minutes.

FWIW, there are situations where an LLC (or corporation) doesn't shield the owners from liability. I don't remember all the details, but it wouldn't surprise me if tax fraud was one of them.

more than 3 years ago
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An Interview With C++ Creator Bjarne Stroustrup

jlarocco Re:Too little and too much, way too late (509 comments)

I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a new language, but IMO Qt is what the C++ standard library should have been.

The C++ standard library and STL are terrible compared to the standard libraries of any other modern languages. Qt actually makes C++ programming fairly painless.

more than 3 years ago
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Estonian Economist Suggests Abandoning Cash

jlarocco Re:Abandon all your cash (454 comments)

So instead he's just going to sit back and demand that somebody else put in all that effort so he can take advantage of it?

about 4 years ago
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Estonian Economist Suggests Abandoning Cash

jlarocco Re:Abandon all your cash (454 comments)

Any takers? Maybe this is an opportunity to create a new startup. Maybe this is a niche that can challenge Paypal. Take it. Run away with the idea. I don't care who implements it, as long as it gets implemented.

If you think it's such a good idea, implement it yourself.

about 4 years ago
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Google Asks Users To Complain Against Facebook

jlarocco Re:Suck it up Zuck (218 comments)

Is that a joke? There are a bunch of ad blockers for Chrome. My favorite is AdThwart. But the regular AdBlock works well also. They're at least as good, if not better, than the ad blockers available for Firefox, Opera, and Konqueror.

about 4 years ago
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Alaska To Export Billions of Gallons of Water

jlarocco Re:Prior art? (290 comments)

The funny thing is, it's not even about the scarcity of water. It's basically a marketing gimmick.

If they just wanted water, it would be cheaper to desalinate and purify ocean water. But purified ocean water wouldn't be fresh from an Alaskan glacier, in eco-friendly bottles, constantly kept below 42 degrees.

more than 4 years ago
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"Pre-Crime" Comes To the HR Dept.

jlarocco Re:Credit should go to Phillip K. Dick (554 comments)

Most people will get the point after seeing the title "Minority Report," regardless of who it's attributed to. So they might as well give credit to the right person.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Migrating Live Spaces Users To WordPress

jlarocco Re:Gotta say, they picked a good one (145 comments)

Because WordPress gives you a comment system, plugins, themes, indexing, tags, categories, an admin page, and a bunch of other stuff that you no longer have to take care of yourself.

It would be a nightmare trying to add any of that stuff to HTML generated by Word or WordPerfect.

more than 4 years ago
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Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

jlarocco Re:And this is a bad thing? (276 comments)

Not nearly as much. Average people have little to no power of large corporations.

You're so greedy you don't even realize it. If you don't like a corporation, don't buy their products. How do you think large corporations get so large?

I never said that such a system would be easily achieved. Due to the stupidity of much of the human race, it likely never will. I do, however, think it would be a good system.

Great. Everybody is an idiot except for you. I can't imagine why you're not getting more support...

more than 4 years ago
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Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

jlarocco Re:And this is a bad thing? (276 comments)

My first point was referencing to the fact that giant corporations often exploit the average person in order to get richer

And average people exploit giant corporations every time they do business together. If they didn't think they were coming out ahead they wouldn't have done business with them.

My second point was referencing the fact that the rich are often able to lobby the government into doing their bidding

If society elects a government that sells them out to the rich, who's fault is that, really?

My third point was referencing the fact that often people will neglect to help others because the only way they believe that they can be helped is if they give them money.

And by getting rid of money you think they'll give something else? What's stopping them from giving something besides money right now?

I was more so talking about the system proposed by The Venus Project, sorry.

Good luck with that...

more than 4 years ago
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Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

jlarocco Re:And this is a bad thing? (276 comments)

By only allowing those with worthless money (the people that don't have it don't necessarily not help society) to have possessions? By putting artificial limits on the amount of resources that could otherwise have been consumed? Odd.

That doesn't make any sense. If money is worthless then how did they use it to get possessions? Sounds worthwhile to me...

Second, if other people (aka society) really find those people helpful, then they (society) wouldn't mind voluntarily giving them money. The guy who fixes my car helps me out, so I give him money. The clerk at 7-11 helps me out, so I give him money. How is being a jobless bum helping me out? How is it helping anyone out?

Capitalism is convenient for the elite who want to get richer at the expense of everything else, convenient for corporations who want the government to do their bidding, and convenient for those with the power to help others in need to say "I can't help you, I don't have any money!"

Can you even explain what you mean or is it just mindless babble?

I also wasn't really talking about bartering at all.

I guess I don't really know what you're talking about then.

more than 4 years ago
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Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

jlarocco Re:And this is a bad thing? (276 comments)

That's a straw man argument. Getting "bailed out" is the polar opposite of capitalism. And I agree, that shit needs to stop.

Funny thing, though - if you're against the government giving money to companies and interfering with businesses then you're probably pro-capitalist.

more than 4 years ago
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Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

jlarocco Re:And this is a bad thing? (276 comments)

That is quite a stereotypical statement. Well done. I merely feel that money itself is (and especially will be in the future) useless, as it merely artificially limits the amount of resources that can be consumed. A society without money wouldn't necessarily let people leech off of their work for no good reason.

Wow.

Are you really claiming money limits resources? Are you sure it's not the other way around? Or do you honestly believe that I could grow an infinite amount of wheat and feed the world, but money is somehow limiting how much wheat I can grow? And in a world without money, we could produce an infinite number of cars, computers, houses, and everything, because none of the resources required to produce them would be limited by money, either? How would that work?

That's clearly ridiculous. Resources are limited. Scarcity is a fact. Money, prices, and the market system are just a method of dealing with scarcity.

Money is a medium exchange. It's easier to use than bartering. Can you imagine a software developer having to say, "I'll write some software for you in exchange for some of those apples you're growing?" And you'd have to do it everywhere you wanted to buy something. Interesting idea, but I think I'll stick with money.

As for leeching off society... money is convenient for doing that, too. If I walk into a store and say, "I want to buy a pound of apples, here's $5" the clerk doesn't have to look me up in a database to know I've done my fair share. Presumably I earned the $5 by providing something of value to somebody at some other time, but the store clerk doesn't have to worry about it. All he needs to know is that I have $5.

more than 4 years ago
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Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

jlarocco Re:And this is a bad thing? (276 comments)

Funny how I never see capitalists whining that people aren't giving them free shit.

Makes me wonder who's the real "greedy pig"?

more than 4 years ago
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Programming Things I Wish I Knew Earlier

jlarocco Re:The hard way is more fun (590 comments)

Trolling?

apt-get install imagemagick

Was that so hard?

more than 4 years ago

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