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Comment It's rough going (Score 1) 381

I made it through V1 and half of volume 2 a few years ago, and found myself frustrated.

For myself, Godel Escher and Bach feels to me to be more useful as a programmer mindset book (or is that just me) or Unix Power Tools for practical guidelines,

And yeah - a lot of it is above my level of mathematical sophistication - I topped off at modern algebra, and I concede I fin it frustrating that I can have a reasonable grasp of number theory, encryption, and matrix arithmetic, and still be going "Wait, whut?" in these.

Comment Re:Decline public money (Score 4, Insightful) 143

NPR/PBS leans leftwards ... somewhat.

However if you're claiming 'Far from fair' you're discounting how many conservatives they have on air, entirely conservative based shows like Tucker Carlson, The Editorial board of the WSJ, the 60%-80% conservative panel of the McLaughlin group, Religious programming, local politics, et al. And that's before even talking about the number of conservative guests and think-tanks on the 'Liberal' shows.

So
A) NPR/PBS bends over backwards to make sure conservatives have a voice
B) When's the last time you heard NPR/PBS cut someones a conservatives mic because they were winning the argument?

Comment Coding *is* Easy. (Score 2) 158

Coding is Easy.

Coding in the workforce, with a company guide that specifies language X in coding environ Y, remembering to put in remarks for the guy that has to maintain it that are both useful and not in iambic pentameter, with an object-oriented styleguide for a functional program that was determined by a middle manager who last coded in Basic and thinks "Goto" is bad without ever having understood why (and occasionally why not) and once suggested simply using an un-returned function instead ... is hard.

But yeah - Coding is easy.

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Comment Re:Ninth, mofo. (Score 3, Interesting) 258

Yeah that was the first thing that went through my mind - Under current planetary evolution theories, despite it's size it has almost certainly not cleared it's neighborhood.

Which is of course the *exact* problem many people had with the definition, and I really hope this turns out to be real and they have to deal with a 'Dwarf Planet' ten times Earth Mass.

Comment Re:Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 2) 157

This is particularly bad in consideration of the fact the the (right wing of) Supreme Court has severely weakened the 'Fruit of the Poisoned Tree' Doctrine.

I obtained this evidence illegally, but this evidence pointed to evidence I could have found legally, can I use *this* Evidence?

The answer used to be a flat 'No'. However Several cases of late have shift that to a 'Well, did you have a good faith belief it was obtained legally?' (Because it turns out Ignorance of the Law *is* an excuse, if you're a professional! Only Amateurs can be held liable for not knowing the law!). Indeed, even the illegally obtained evidence itself can be introduced now, as long as there was 'Good Faith'.

To Paraphrase J.R. Ewing: 'Good Faith', if you can fake that, you've got it made!

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Comment Well that was esoteric (Score 1) 250

Whatinthehell did I just read?

I've reread that post three times, and although I think he came down in favor of the GPL, that doesn't actually match what little I could get out of the meandering stream of consciousness of that post.

Why is that here?

Comment Re:Perspective (Score 1) 277

Horrible policies like listening to scientists, letting people control their own bodies, keeping the government out of the bedroom, and providing better healthcare to more people for less money.

What horrors will they visit upon us next!

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