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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

machineghost Re:This is so silly (288 comments)

You seem a little ignorant of recent history. Have you heard of America's rendition program? Have you heard of all the EU countries which participated? Here's a map to help:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

2 days ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

machineghost Re:How many years could he be charged with? (288 comments)

I don't think anyone on the left (well, very few) would defend him if an arrangement could be made where he would just face the misogynistic charges. Sweden is a democratic country with a faire legal system, and I think most people would be happy to see Assange go through that system.

The problem is that the moment Assange steps on Swedish soil (or even outside the embassay) he's got a very good chance of being put on a one-way ticket to America to face much worse charges, in a court which is much less fair.

2 days ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

machineghost Re:This is so silly (288 comments)

The people involved in common sex scandals aren't enemies of the most powerful state on Earth.

2 days ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

machineghost Re:We only use JS now? (291 comments)

Yeah, it only runs the front end of EVERY WEBSITE IN EXISTENCE (which includes tons of "serious" SaS applications, and more and more "thick client" sites where the bulk of the code is in JS and the server is just used for database work). But yeah, other than that nothing mission critical at all.

about a week ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

machineghost Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (291 comments)

Other than the "this" misfunction, which is rememdied by the hack defining "that", what are the terrible misfeatures of JS?

It's not like C/Java/COBOL/FORTRAN/whatever other language someone is used to using.

about a week ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

machineghost Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (291 comments)

To you, someone who obviously isn't a Javascript programmer, maybe. To someone who writes Javascript code every day, like myself, nothing at all is "broken" with the language (though obviously, like any language, it could use some improvements).

But I'm sure if I started writing COBOL I'd think plenty was wrong with it ...

about a week ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

machineghost Re:Which company is next in line? (353 comments)

Again, I nice simplistic response that's very easy to say when you're not the one paying the costs.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

machineghost Re:Which company is next in line? (353 comments)

Freedom has a cost. And part of that cost is that some people will get hurt that otherwise might not have been hurt. But it's a cost worth paying, because otherwise millions more pay far more, even if it's only a little bit every day. Eventually that turns into a lot every day. That's not paranoia, that's history. Over and over and over again.

Easier to say when you're not the child getting molested. Which isn't to say you're wrong, but all too often the "FREEEEDOM!!!" crowd misses the very real costs that hurt very real (and very helpless) people. Its not as simple as all freedom all the time, we really do need a healthy balance.

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

machineghost Re:minutes to midnight (252 comments)

... and? Fredom of speech protects your ability to say what you want without reprecussions from the *government*. It doesn't protect you from all possible consequences of your speech from anyone else (nor should it).

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

machineghost Re:Samsung: so sue us (83 comments)

Wait, since when did ethics have anything to do with IP law?

about three weeks ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

machineghost Re:That means new privacy laws right? (266 comments)

False: Feinstein is only against spying when she is forced by circumstances to be publically against it. If this had all happened in private I *highly* doubt she'd do anything about it (except pat the NSA on the back and help their head find new consulting gigs).

about three weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

machineghost Re:Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Well, but the computer science major at my college required six other math classes (including two calculus classes beyond the first that I completed). For many programmers (obviously not all) that math is a complete waste of time.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

machineghost Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

The problem with all the articles like this is that they're either written by people who did take math or didn't, and in either case both believe their side is right. The article is clearly written by someone who took a lot of math so, surprise, he thinks math is good for programmers. But I took nothing past Calculus (and have never professionally used even Trigonometry), and I'm a successful programmer, so I think math is unecessary.

Until someone actually does a study on this, it's all gonna come down to "the way I did it was better" ... and that's just noise.

about a month ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

machineghost Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

er RTFA

about a month ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

machineghost Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

RTFM. Thor does not become a female (and neither does Obama). The only thing that changed is who the comic book "Thor" focuses on (its now a different mortal who has Thor's hammer than it was in the past). It's like if a woman put on a cape, took the batmobile out for a spin and called herself Batman. If the comic book called "Batman" focuses on her then for all intents and purposes she "is" Batman ... but it doesn't mean Bruce Wayne got a sex change.

about a month ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

machineghost Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Thor is a male god.

False. In the Marvel universe Thor (as in "the character staring in the comic book called "Thor") started out as male god, but then switched to being a mortal who got ahold of Thor's hammer. I know this because the first comic book I ever read featured this incarnation of Thor.

Now another mortal has taken over the role of hammer-holder/comic-book-star. It's completely consistent with the past mythology, doesn't in any way change the past mythology (Thor doesn't "become" a girl) and nothing at all like changing Han to shoot second.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

machineghost Re:Give me a break. (109 comments)

That "97%" BS argument has been debunked over and over.

Great, so you got a link to that survey of climate scientists where they all say it's a scam?

And it's repeated ad nauseum by people that should know science is not about consensus.

Of course it's not, but when idiots like you ignore science no matter what facts are presented, the only way to even try to have a dialogue is to reference an impartial source like a survey of a large numbers of scientists. Also, if 97% of scientists all believe something, they *could* all be wrong ... but they probably aren't.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

machineghost Re:Give me a break. (109 comments)

Really? Saying (in a sarcastic fashion) that "liberals" might be motivated by something other than latent evil is trolling?

about 2 months ago

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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

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machineghost (622031) writes "It's one thing to make predictions about the future of tech; that happens all the time on Slashdot. But it's quite a different thing to put money on the line to back up those predictions, which is exactly what this British bookie has done. Think you know whether Google Glass will beat the iPhone, or whether we'll be ready to go to Mars and back by 2020? Now's your chance to capitalize on those predictions!"

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