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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

the grace of R'hllor Re:How many years could he be charged with? (289 comments)

There's law, and there's international diplomacy. If they yank him out of an embassy, every embassy is at risk of wanton search, and you can say goodbye to diplomatic immunity. If, at some point, Sweden extradites Assange to the US and there's a bit of outcry, they'll say "Oops, maybe we shouldn't have done that", and there will be no repercussions (except for Assange).

I haven't heard Sweden state that they will categorically not extradite him to the US, though.

2 days ago

Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

the grace of R'hllor Re:Pauses my 16 GB desktop working on 4K program (371 comments)

I can write a one-liner script that will bring a Unix machine to a crunching slowdown. Stupid in, stupid out.

If your little editor / mini-IDE craps out your machine, it is poorly written. Noticeable garbage collection will only be triggered if your Old Gen memory space is too full, which means you're maintaining references in memory which you should not (circular references are fun-- in someone else' code). Also possible is that it's simply not updating the UI while running a compile script, which is definitely bad programming. Blaming Java for that is idiotic.

Disclaimer: I write high-performance Java applications using Spring. Also maintaining a pile of spaghetti that has grown over the past ten years, that still performs adequately.

about two weeks ago

Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

the grace of R'hllor Re:Slaves of Dubai (265 comments)

I'm sure many unemployed black people would like being slaves for rich folk again, since they'd get to serve in the kinds of houses they couldn't afford. </sarcasm>

about a month and a half ago

Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

the grace of R'hllor Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (93 comments)

If the system you're going to harvest has a usable, replenishable worker pool you only need to send a small colony ship.

about 3 months ago

Gigabyte Brix Projector Combines Mini PC With DLP Projector In a 4.5-Inch Cube

the grace of R'hllor Re:I'd just assume keep the two separated... (44 comments)

I don't disagree with your main point, but computers don't depreciate as much as they used to. You can still do good work on an 8 year old machine running a fairly recent version of your favorite OS. Hell, my gaming PC is only now beginning to show its age of about 5-6 years, and gaming PCs definitely depreciate faster.

about 3 months ago

Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

the grace of R'hllor Re:Don't be so simple (131 comments)

No, he's saying that you can choose between the guy who's going to take your right to know what's in your food because money, or the guy who's going to take your right to know what's in your food. Because money.

Y'all have a de facto two-party system. That means that neither party has any reason to make drastic changes to their intended policy. They just have to slag the opponent, and 4-12 years later they've got the presidency again. Why bother listening to people?

about 3 months ago

US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

the grace of R'hllor Re:Not terribly surprising (306 comments)

I'm disinclined to have to disagree with whoever denies that you aren't incorrect.

There is a more obvious way of writing the above sentence, and it should be employed. Even though none of the words are terribly complicated, the whole cannot be understood at a glance.

The same goes for simpler things like operator precedence rules. Code should be understandable upon scanning it, unless it's black magic, heavily optimized code.

about 3 months ago

U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

the grace of R'hllor Re:Drone? (151 comments)

Luckily, irresponsible amateur enthusiasts never pump vast quantities of money into their hobbies.

about 3 months ago

It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

the grace of R'hllor Re:Enough "world days" (116 comments)

World world day day.

about 3 months ago

You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

the grace of R'hllor Re:Oh well (499 comments)

You'd have six times the mass of food, but you're not going to be too healthy if all you eat is pig feed.


about 4 months ago

Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

the grace of R'hllor Re:a modest proposal of sorts (466 comments)

Your statement being corny notwithstanding, we are not truly what we eat...

about 4 months ago

Google May Be $1 Billion Behind In Tax Payments To France

the grace of R'hllor Re:So few (199 comments)

For much of the 20th century, the United States has had >70% tax on the wealthiest as well, with at some point >90%. Apparently, that did not seems to hurt the US.

Not that various American ultra-rich folks are calling for higher taxes on the wealthy too. Instead, they get tax breaks.

A few rich people being a bit upset that their income from labor gets taxed heavily, which they don't feel because the vast bulk of their income comes from investment, won't hurt them. It's the desire to spend spend spend that really gets Hollande. Actual socialists do more harm than good.

about 4 months ago

Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen Say Google Data Now Protected From Gov't Spying

the grace of R'hllor Re:Safe just from prying eyes? (155 comments)

"They wouldn't dare" is not a long term argument with a government that is increasingly using the methods of totalitarian states.

about 5 months ago

How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

the grace of R'hllor Re:Wouldn't opening the helmet clear the water? (144 comments)

I doubt you'd be able to reseal the helmet once you break the seal, so you can't just "open it enough". Once you open it, it would depressurize the suit to a vacuum, which is not where a person wants to be.

about 6 months ago

Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

the grace of R'hllor Re: Why? (269 comments)

Citation needed for your claim that eggs are unhealthy.

Eggs are good food, containing lots of animal protein and useful fats, and very few carbs.

If you're still on the fat = bad bandwagon, that seems to have been a dead-end line of reasoning. Literally, in many cases.

about 6 months ago

Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

the grace of R'hllor Re:When I hear "I work 60 hours a week"... (717 comments)

In the 1800s we also sent toddlers into chimneys and down mines because they were small.

You're an idiot. But if you're happy with yourself, who am I to poop on your parade? Enjoy yourself.

I work 36 hours a week, and am looking to drop down a bit. Friday afternoons I'm with my friends, having a life. I do sports in the evenings before dinner. I spend much of my free time working on my hobbies, getting good at them and enjoying the hell out of them. This makes enough money for the company I work at for them to want to pay me, for me to pay for the things I want. Sure, there's lots of other work, housekeeping related, helping friends or neighbors, but that's just life.

Sacrificing that life so you can provide 'value' for someone else? No thanks.

about 6 months ago

Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

the grace of R'hllor Re:Another type that is interesting... (717 comments)

You want me to respond to emergencies because our software is crappy? Fuck you, pay me.

about 6 months ago

Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

the grace of R'hllor Re:Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

Poverty is relative.

Apparently there were 1.5 million households (including 2.8 million children) in the US living on less than $2 a day before government assistance. That's not 46 million, but still quite a lot, and actual poverty. That said, the US government maintains that poverty is not having enough money to clothe, feed and house yourself. And that's quite a few people.

about 7 months ago

Cameron's IP Advisor: Throw Persistent Copyright Infringers In Jail

the grace of R'hllor Re:In all honesty (263 comments)

"R&D is the cost of doing business. It should never be passed on the customer."

Uhm, absolutely ALL costs are passed on to the consumer, otherwise you're operating a business at a loss.

An example:
Right. So I spend my life's savings. I build a smart thing, and show a compelling reason why it works. You want it. So I sell it, at a price that will replenish my life's savings and make me some money, ie materials cost + R&D cost offset + profit.

Then Eve comes along, sees my idea, figures out how it works by spending a few afternoons tinkering, since she has a working prototype at marginal cost. She has no R&D costs, and can immediately start undercutting me.

You don't give a monkey's toss who made it, so you buy from Eve, and I end up poorer than I was for being foolish enough to invent something.

Knowing this in advance, I'll save myself from researching it and making myself poorer.

With patent law, I know I have, say, 12 years to make money off the patent. So I know that if I spend $12000 on R&D, I need to make at least $1000/yr margin just to break even from sales, plus some actual profit. If I license the tech out to Alice, Bob and Carol, and I don't want to set up manufacturing, I can license it for $4000 and be in the clear and still sell the product. Each of them has an R&D investment of $4000, so the product becomes cheaper (in a more crowded marketplace).

about 7 months ago

Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

the grace of R'hllor Re:Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

First of all, the extreme wealth inequality in your country means that 46 million people are living in poverty. People are using food stamps for fuck's sake, and it's not even actual war time. Using money as a reason to not live a life is hardly realistic.

Second of all, as far as I can tell the parents aren't the ones fucking over the donor, it's the state of Kansas.

Thirdly... I got nothing, you're right on that one.

about 7 months ago


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