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Comment Confidence in their government (Score 4, Insightful) 111

So, we'll keep locking people in rape cages for growing plants, pulling guns on unarmed teens and going through security theater in air ports with a 90% detection failure rate....But finally I can do to vote on a bogus petition with no effect. My confidence is restored thusly.

Comment Root causes, poverty, smaller brains, etc (Score 3, Interesting) 324

While there are almost certainly multiple factors at play (nutrition, environment, etc) it would be nice if we could all stop pretending to not understand one of the root causes of negative impacts on brain development - specifically spanking.

There are no studies that show spanking has any long term positive outcomes. There are plenty of studies that show negative correlation with long term negative outcomes. Just as is the case with this study, it is fair to call into question correlation and causation but if there were some food additive, fertilizer or herbicide that had even 1/10 of the correlative impact on children, the public would be freaking out and protesting around some multinational business but when it is parents damaging their own children we get relative silence.

Studies have shown that poor parents are more likely to spank their children. Studies have shown a correlation in spanking with smaller brain sizes, lower IQs, lack of self control. Studies have shown a high correlation between lack of self control and poverty. Again we don't have great data on cause v.s. effect but there are good indications that the early violence is causative in this chain.

Comment Re:Anybody using Ada? (Score 1) 165

I use it all time The complexity assertion is a bit confusing. I am not sure by what measure you'd rate it more complex than languages like Java. I've hired lots of engineers out of college and none has ever had a problem learning it. There are certainly some bad habits from other languages that carry over in their early work but generally not that big of a deal.

Comment Thank you gnu (Score 5, Insightful) 192

I remember the first time I built gcc in college on an decstation (probably around 1990) I was thrilled to have a free compiler with source code. It almost seemed like magic. Several years later when the GNAT project started and promised to bring Ada programming to GCC I was even happier but I never really expected it would turn into the high quality Ada compiler that we have today. While HURD never really worked out, the GCC project alone (never mind the vast quantity of other software covered by the GPL) has been transformational and I think many of the younger generation take the existence of this stuff for granted.

Now, get off my lawn.

Comment C.C++,Java Strongly Typed? (Score 1) 575

Wow. Now that is some drifting of the (english) language. While it is true that over the years, the weak typing of those languages has been slightly strengthened and it is true that some languages such as Javascript are even more weakly typed, it is really a stretch to consider C,C++ and java as 'strongly typed'. Of the bunch I suppose calling Java strong typed is probably somewhat fair but really, you've been swimming in a weakly typed pool your whole life and are just wading down a little bit more into the deep end and this point.

Ada is strongly typed. C is not.

But in any case the advise for living with Java script is the same advise I give people that are used to C++ and trying to get used to the 'strong' typing of Ada. You really need to work on thinking in your new language and not cling to first thinking of the solution in your old language in your head and then translating. There is not really any magic to doing this other than writing a lot of code AND trying to not let emotion get in the way.. Once you've picked up the tool, use it.

Comment Re:Ugh. PC Comes to the PC (Score 1) 260

In addition, to the links from the parent post, there is a pretty good documentary about the FSP. Not really a cross section of all/most Free State Project participants but worth a watch. I am not an FSP participant, but I am glad they are here.....Even Seth ;)

Comment Go with Ada (Score 1) 510

I've never met a programmer that did not end up being better at their craft after spending time writing Ada. Some did not like it and shun it but even they seem to be better programmers in their language of choice after using it. (Though of course it is not magic and if you are not cut out to be a software developer, it is not going to fix that).

Comment Re:Technically true (Score 1) 204

Format shifting is illegal in the UK. Fixing this, and adding explicit fair use provisions, are both things that David Cameron has proposed. Whether they'll actually be done is another matter. It's quite ludicrous that, as it stands, we have a law that pretty much everyone in the UK has violated.

"Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against - then you'll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now, that's the system, Mr. Rearden, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." - Atlas Shrugged


Submission + - Intel CEO: Nokia should have gone with Android ->

nk497 writes: "Intel's CEO Paul Otellini has said Nokia made a mistake choosing Windows Phone 7, and should have gone with Android — but admitted the money on offer may have been too much to ignore. "I wouldn't have made the decision he made, I would probably have gone to Android if I were him," he said. "MeeGo would have been the best strategy but he concluded he couldn't afford it." Otellini said some closed mobile platforms will "certainly survive," but said open systems will "win" in the end."
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Comment Re:An outcome of the Free State Project? (Score 1) 164

The slashdot summary is not particularly well written and leads with a statement that is neither relevant to the bill nor present in the full article. I love the free state project. I like the bill. I just don't think this submission is particularly good.

In an case, the Free State Project does not officially support or propose legislation. Representative Seth Cohn is the primary sponsor of the bill. He is a Free State Project participant. (See here

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