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

by Ada_Rules (#49378061) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains
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

by Ada_Rules (#42370551) Attached to: Ada 2012 Language Approved As Standard By ISO
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

by Ada_Rules (#39446765) Attached to: GCC Turns 25
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

by Ada_Rules (#38931837) Attached to: New Hampshire Passes 'Open Source Bill'
In addition, to the links from the parent post, there is a pretty good documentary about the FSP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEPLUQNwU6w 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

by Ada_Rules (#36556114) Attached to: Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World
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

by Ada_Rules (#35695306) Attached to: CD Ripper 'Incites Law Breaking,' Says British Regulator

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


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

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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

by Ada_Rules (#35135966) Attached to: New Hampshire Begins Open-Data Efforts
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 http://freestatenow.com/).

Comment: Re:A Dangerous, Slppery Slope (Score 2) 416

by Ada_Rules (#35055084) Attached to: New Hampshire Bill Could Lead To Adoption of Approval Voting

With no salary, NH has decided that only the rich, self or semi-self employed, or retired can hold office.

I really don't see anything to look up to in a system like that. The state ought to pay their representatives the state's median-salary wage for the months they meet, and require that there be a job available at the end of that time for anyone who has to take a leave of absence to serve.

I've got several friends who are state reps. One works in Retail at a Verizon store. Not rich. Fully employed. Still works at least 40 hours a week. Retail job (7 day potential + night availability) means he has been able to work things out just fine. Another is a full time paid EMT. Similar situation. Another owns a bar so you are correct on the self-employed in that account. I don't know any that are rich (one of my previous local reps probably fell into that category, but she was thankfully booted out last session)

I really would not be able to re-arrange my job so it is true that some people get excluded.

As for requiring a job at the end of the session...Geeze you big government types sure like to wave those guns around.

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