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Richard Stallman's Solution To 'Too Big To Fail'

smug_lisp_weenie This would force big corps to flee the US (649 comments)

RMS' idea sounds kind of neat, but it suffers from a fatal problem: All that happens when you force crazy high taxes onto big companies is that they leave the US. This is exactly what's happening in France right now, with their recent tax reforms.

The correct solution, as others have already pointed out, is to simply let these companies fail. Funnily, the "experts" who said "if we let Citibank/MorganStanley/etc fail society will turn into a Mad Maxian nightmare where we'll all be forced into cannibalism" are the exact same people who would have lost a lot of money without a bailout.

about a year and a half ago
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Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

smug_lisp_weenie Re:Lol (949 comments)

The bureaucratic bullshit _is_ the hard task :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

smug_lisp_weenie Re:College isn't Intellectual Enough (949 comments)

No, I think going to an elite school, assuming it is affordable to you, may be worth it. I don't know, because I didn't have that opportunity.

more than 3 years ago
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Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

smug_lisp_weenie Re:College isn't Intellectual Enough (949 comments)

Fair enough- I meant that colleges are insulated from the kind of market forces that lead to high achievement.

Instead, they are affected by market forces filled with perverse incentives that have little to do with achievement.

more than 3 years ago
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Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

smug_lisp_weenie Re:Lol (949 comments)

The reason companies like Google give priority to people with degrees is because a degree is a signal that you're the kind of person that can complete a hard task (finishing college, in this case.)

They care less about the knowledge you attained at school.

more than 3 years ago
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Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

smug_lisp_weenie Re:College isn't Intellectual Enough (949 comments)

I disagree. I think colleges are under pressure to give the _appearance_ of "teaching skills that will get students jobs".

more than 3 years ago
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Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

smug_lisp_weenie College isn't Intellectual Enough (949 comments)

The reason geeks look down on college is because the vast majority of colleges/universities set their bar too low. College professors and students are insulated from market forces and over time this has eroded the system.

BTW, I worked 40 hours a week as a video game developer in college, and still pulled out an A- average at my crappy school (USF) for a Biology degree, even though I skipped most of the classes to go to work.

I think I learned about 10x from my job, where we had to deliver a marketable product on a tight deadline, than I ever learned at my college. Wish I would have skipped that colossal waste of time.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

smug_lisp_weenie Re:AAPL (471 comments)

Agreed. It's important to note as well that he's planning on staying on as CEO during the leave, involved in strategic decisions. He's _probably_ expecting to be in pretty good shape during the leave- If he was getting another transplant or some other serious surgery I think the statement describing the leave would _probably_ be worded differently.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

smug_lisp_weenie Re:AAPL (471 comments)

It's down about 10% now in Frankfurt- This seems like too much to me. Steve's health issues are already priced into the stock.

I bet it will be down more around ~6% when the US stock opens. I'm tempted to buy some stock on the Frankfurt market.

more than 3 years ago
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Land of Lisp

smug_lisp_weenie Re:Hi- I'm the Author (330 comments)

i also love clojure. rich hickey is an amazing designer.

more than 3 years ago
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Land of Lisp

smug_lisp_weenie Re:Hi- I'm the Author (330 comments)

i've used that name for a long time- Not sure who was first.

  i think it's from the "jargon file".

more than 3 years ago
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Land of Lisp

smug_lisp_weenie Re:Hi- I'm the Author (330 comments)

It's a lot of work to write a book. I'm a big fan of Scheme, but this isn't in the cards at this very moment.

more than 3 years ago
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Land of Lisp

smug_lisp_weenie Re:Hi- I'm the Author (330 comments)

For some reason, mopi and epub files take a couple extra weeks to make. They should be appearing on nostarch.com and amazon in a couple of weeks.

more than 3 years ago
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Land of Lisp

smug_lisp_weenie Hi- I'm the Author (330 comments)

Pay no attention to my user name- I promise to respectfully answer any questions you may have, about Lisp or the book!

more than 3 years ago
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IT and Health Care

smug_lisp_weenie IT and Medicine are a Bad Fit (294 comments)

One thing everyone seems to be missing here (including the author of the article) is that medical data is an odd duck that just doesn't fit easily into a digital record. (I'm an MD, a medical informatics guy and CTO at a medical software company)

If you're running a McDonalds you can easily computerize everything: You have a fixed menu your customers can choose from, and every purchase can easily be stuffed into a relational table. Medicine isn't like that.

Trying to enter a patient encounter into a contemporary medical record system is an extremely unsatisfying experience: Humans are just weird and idiosyncratic and every time you treat someone there will be parts of the patient visit you can't represent symbolically in a piece of software. This is still largely an unsolved problem- If you read the literature on Description Logics you'll see that even PhD logicians have a hard time symbolically storing this kind of abstract data into a piece of software, let alone a doc with little computer training.

Because of this, most current record systems use a lot of "free text" for storing medical info, which is a pretty ugly hack and everyone realizes this.

I think this is a major reason for the problems people have with digital records: They don't work very well right now for fully capturing a patient encounter in a rigorous, symbolic fashion.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

smug_lisp_weenie Re:First thing I thought about... (3709 comments)

Obama wasn't part of MLK's dream...

...but for us to have a country that could elect someone like Obama probably was.

more than 5 years ago

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Learn Lisp with games, comics, and a music video.

smug_lisp_weenie smug_lisp_weenie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

smug_lisp_weenie writes "Hi, I'm a longtime slashdot user and just finished my book "Land of Lisp", a graphical odyssey into Lisp programming. The recent interest in multicore chips is bringing functional programming and Lisp languages, such as Clojure and Common Lisp, back into vogue. But who wants to read all the dry, academic texts on these subjects? I hope my book and website (http://landoflisp.com) makes it easier for people to learn this stuff."
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Picnics by Supercomputer

smug_lisp_weenie smug_lisp_weenie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

smug_lisp_weenie writes "Why not use the power of web 2.0 to organize your next picnic? To this aim, I've put together a little art experiment called picnicmob.org- Picnics actually have certain unique properties (Many people + open spaces + time spent eating) that make them ideal for building social maps of communities in real-life. The benefit is that your "neighbors" will be those people most similar to yourself, calculated with a simulated annealing algorithm. Sign up by answering some questions if you want to join in."
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