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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

micahraleigh worms eye view (115 comments)

I know a lot of people who get CS gigs after school. It pays their bills. They do well.

The stats people I know are really, really rich. And there are a lot of them.

That's in Raleigh.

about a week ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

micahraleigh Re:Growing pains. (233 comments)

Prosperity never had its origins in the agitation of individuals blended together under the illusion of society.

A single voter who authentically represents his beliefs at the ballot box is greater and more powerful than the highest office of the land, the entire electoral process, and even, yes, democracy itself!

The "Public" can beat its chest about a great many number of things, but that is very different from any one actually caring.

The pitchforks and the guillotines proposed by the philosophes of yore yielded nothing but the Reign of Terror. You can see the same thing with the Great Leap Forward.

You are proposing a deceptive power in numbers. The day is coming when you, yourself with breath your last, and there isn't anything society or your buddies will be able to do to undo that. In the dreams that you come you will explain yourself nakedly ... separated from the herd.

But the question for today is do you understand who you are?

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

micahraleigh Re:Growing pains. (233 comments)

Society affects me? So if I see people picking gum off the bench and eat it, I'm going to do that also?

Unlikely.

Special by itself doesn't mean anything. It has to be special to some one. There is no such thing as intrinsic worth or objective value.

I choose to value myself the way I am, and I choose to value you just the way you are. There is no justification for this. Society hasn't compelled me to do this. The commissars of the USSR have not sanctioned this.

My identity is not dictated by external circumstances, political context, socioeconomic balances, DNA, the supremest dictates of The View, etc. etc. My identity is a matter of my own making out of nothing by the power entrusted to me by the Almighty himself.

My claims don't make sense *to you* because you are looking on the surface.

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

micahraleigh Re:Growing pains. (233 comments)

"Social stabilization" is just a way of saying "the direction of the herd."

Unless you are running with the herd it shouldn't matter.

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

micahraleigh Re:Growing pains. (233 comments)

Their standard of living isn't the same. They cost *more* because their governments require more.

If by "developing the middle class" you mean, letting the earners keep what they earn, then, yes, China & co have a looong way to go.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

micahraleigh Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Link didn't work for me.

You *are* allowed to challenge me on my beliefs, and I thank you for doing so.

What you are arguing for is policing what people like and don't like such that people are not allowed to like what they want to like.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

micahraleigh Re:Sigh (748 comments)

From the opposing side, I agree: let's abandon this fatalism stuff.

When I hear fatalism I usually see people who are having trouble owning up to their views, and I think you are right to say this undermines your cause.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

micahraleigh Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Everything you say here rests on your claim that homosexuality is OK and pedophilia isn't.

I completely disagree with your premise, so all of the implications you describe mean nothing to me.

I would say that we are at an impasse, but your side is saying these views need to be policed.

Let people have their own opinions! Everything is crazy politically correct already !!

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

micahraleigh Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Or "I just don't like AmiMojo" or myself or abstract ideas ... etc.

Government should not be forcing people to like or dislike things.

To paraphrase Kerry: it's not against the law to be stupid.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Record Quantum Behavior of Electrons Via Laser Lights

micahraleigh Re:By definition, isn't this impossible??? (33 comments)

Someone won a nobel 2 years ago for using a laser to "observe" the electron vector without influencing anything.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

micahraleigh Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

You are right, although not on the level you perhaps intended.

To me there are the people who make software that contribute to people's lives and receive funds roughly commensurate to that.

And then ... there are the software afficionados. The people who blow smoke around about what such-and-such a version of gcc used to be like and how they would never commit a faux pas like calling Application.DoEvents() or not return a method immediately when the answer is arrived at.

These are the people who polish their publicly funded government forgotten-ware and then bloviate to their students about their arcane little successes that have some kind of inherent meaning disclosing their intelligence to the universe but really don't do anything for, well, you know, ordinary human beings ... who don't know about all the SW ettiquettes and posturings, etc.

Yeah, I've spent a lot of time with scheme people. I don't think it's a persuasive case for lambdas. It was part of the reason I quit my job and started doing C#.

Getting rich is a sad goal that devours peoples' entire lives, but at least you can say it involves doing something people will pay money for (at least in the private sector). The index you mentioned is interesting. I've looked at a few, and I'll have to check it out, but here's another one: dice.com. If a language is on a job posting it means people are paying money for it, and the only people getting rich off schemes are the ones who are into the government/university's back pocket.

All of that is to say ... yeah, I can't give you my geek card because I never had one. So, on some level, you are correct.

JavaScript is a pretty good example (not very polished, I might add). I should have brought that up since it is older.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

micahraleigh Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

No one was successful with lambdas until C#.

Unless you count the government/university software revolution that never happened.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

micahraleigh Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

That is exactly what I think the s-expressions are trying to say to me.

I thought Java and C# were more of a winning case for lambdas.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

micahraleigh Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

Right. I didn't say lambda's were born/invented with/etc C#.

When I think of Lisp I think of a lot of government forgotten-ware.

Not something that is going to reveal the hidden value of lambdas.

about three weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

micahraleigh Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (207 comments)

Taxing capital gain as income means you lose your shirt in a bad investment and lose your profit to taxes if you succeed.

And so the investiment capital (which creates jobs) goes under the mattress -exactly what Keynes didn't want!

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

micahraleigh Re:also: (427 comments)

More routine promotion of eugenics at slashdot.

And the qualitative difference between this and the 3rd Reich is ..?

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

micahraleigh Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (368 comments)

What's crazy is giving the federal government unilateral control to stack laws on people for its own political purposes.

about three weeks ago
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Patents That Kill

micahraleigh Re:Figure, Figure, Figure (240 comments)

FACT: The Roberts court has issued more unanimous decisions that any other court in US history.

And they were all AGAINST the White House.

The death of democracy is the IRS agitating against people for their political beliefs.

about three weeks ago

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