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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

stephenmac7 Re:Oh god why. (115 comments)

He said: or a man in the middle.

3 hours ago

State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers

stephenmac7 Re:Whoa, UNCALLED FOR, dude! (32 comments)

Either I'm missing something or there was nothing political in there.

4 days ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

stephenmac7 Re:What's so American (525 comments)

Social Security isn't evil but it is certainly 'bad', in principle that it forces me to pay for others' retirement and my own. Other side effects include debt, redistribution of wealth, corruption, and laziness.

about a week ago

Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

stephenmac7 Re:On what timeline? (409 comments)

Solar panels and wind turbines don't tend to live very long, so increasing the timeline won't really help. Plus, if it was a small timeline, nuclear would look more expensive as it would include all the initial costs (nuclear power the first year is much more expensive than nuclear power subsequent years, until decomissioning).

about three weeks ago

CNN iPhone App Sends iReporters' Passwords In the Clear

stephenmac7 Re:Waiting.... (40 comments)

Those "vetting eyeballs" seem to be incompetent if they let through an app sending passwords in plain text. They're probably just making sure you're not making a web browser (without webkit) app or something else Apple doesn't like.

about a month ago

Researchers Create Origami Wheels That Can Change Size

stephenmac7 Re:Um, here's a simpler way (52 comments)

Yes, but it can also get smaller, to be able to squeeze through small spaces. The point is not being able to climb over things, but being able to adapt to the current situation. Depending on the size of the thing it need to climb over and how fine it's movement needs to be, it can adjust the wheel size.

about a month and a half ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

stephenmac7 Re:No public drug use (474 comments)

Drug use is not OK for many reasons, just as tobacco use is not okay. It's bad for you health, addictive, expensive, and effectively useless. It also makes people more likely to get hurt by doing stupid things like operating machinery. Concentrations of drug use will have a serious negative impact on the local community by draining it's money (people will be paying for drugs rather than for local services, etc), making the people unhealthy, putting a bad name on the community, repelling people from moving in, and making it a worse place to do any other business, due to the drainage of money.

about a month and a half ago

Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

stephenmac7 Re:Simple answer is (180 comments)

AngularJS was also created by Google.

about 2 months ago

NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

stephenmac7 Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

It actually works out. Idiots vote for people like Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, who make laws that make them seem less idiotic, if you're following. This leads to a place tailored toward that type of person, which leads to an increase of them, which puts your back at step 1. Eventually, you get a nanny state.

about 2 months ago

The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses

stephenmac7 Re:normally id be all for this. (58 comments)

We might spend more money on defense than other countries (which happens to be the most important part of our budget, though I'm not saying it's not a tad large), but it helps to look at the budget as a whole. Only 16% of the said budget is spent on defense. Our problem is that the whole pie is too big ($3,900,000,000,000 or $3.9 Trillion).

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

stephenmac7 Re:It's too slow. (254 comments)

No, it's not.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

stephenmac7 Re: Two languages (466 comments)

The self parameter increases clarity, especially for beginners. Concerning automatic code generation: I don't think python was built for that. Maybe something like Lisp might be better for the job than say, Python or Groovy. So, categories are like monkey patching in Ruby?

about 2 months ago

Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

stephenmac7 Re:Doesn't this already happen? (248 comments)

No, the important part is that it's the global index.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

stephenmac7 Re: Two languages (466 comments)

Enforcing style isn't a bad thing. It's not like they're telling you what type of indentation to use. If you don't indent, then you shouldn't even be writing code anyway.
What's wrong with calling the first parameter 'self'. Is that just bothersome? If you don't want to call it self, call it whatever you want. Python does not force you to name it that.
I'm not sure what categories are, so I can't refute that.
Groovy being simpler to read and write is highly subjective.

about 3 months ago

Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

stephenmac7 Re:Annoying. (347 comments)

Yes, but the question is whether it's a good idea to buy out the backbone companies. Internet, which is similar to other utilities such as water and electricity, should not go down the path of those two, which are much more expensive where they have been nationalized (like where I live), both in price and government spending (taxes).

about 3 months ago

Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

stephenmac7 Re:I don't get it (158 comments)

However, it seems Deutsche Telekom AG only has 67% of T-Mobile shares (see this article for more details).

about 3 months ago

Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

stephenmac7 Re:I don't get it (158 comments)

I don't know about the 67%, but T-Mobile is owned by Deutsche Telekom AG, which could get the 15% share of the merged corporation.

about 3 months ago


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