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+ - US Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide ->

westlake writes: In a ruling that is the court's most important expansion of marriage rights in the United States since its landmark 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia that struck down state laws barring interracial marriages, the US Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
In the background of an unexpectedly liberal turn in Court, as seen by conservatives, is the growing power and influence of "the technocrat," by which they mean the dominant economic forces of the 21st century, Hollywood in entertainment, Silicon Valley in tech, Amazon in retailing, and so on.

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+ - Why Don't Software Developers Use Static Analysis Tools to Find Bugs?->

An anonymous reader writes: Using static analysis tools for automating code inspections can be beneficial for software engineers. Such tools can make finding bugs, or software defects, faster and cheaper than manual inspections. Despite the benefits of using static analysis tools to find bugs, research suggests that these tools are underused. The research explains why developers are not widely using static analysis tools and how current tools could potentially be improved.

P.S. This article has earned more than 80 points at Hacker News: https://news.ycombinator.com/i...

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Comment: Pardoned in 2017? (Score 2, Interesting) 671 671

The only way home I can think of for Snowden is if someone like Rand Paul ends up as President (not ideal, but there are worse choices):
1) He seems to genuinely care about civil rights (is against the Patriot Act, use of drones, government surveillance etc), and this would be an opportunity to put his money where his mouth is
2) Only a Republican would snub President Obama in such a way

Fat chance of that happening, though.

Comment: The Real Thing (Score 5, Insightful) 411 411

So many other logical characters function as the butt of the joke. They're always the ones who "don't get it", or "lack compassion", or seem "out of touch".

Mr. Nimoy, through Spock, showed how such characters can be more than just socially awkward, how through logic one can derive strong ethics, compassion, and integrity.

A literal inspiration.

Comment: Game Worlds (Score 1) 121 121

If you happen to live in central Texas, Game Worlds runs Summer Camps in Austin that teach kids how to make games: http://gameworldscamp.com/

The kids mostly use Construct2 ( https://www.scirra.com/ ), though we also introduce them to Stencyl and Unity.

Full Disclosure: my wife is the owner and director of Game Worlds, and I've developed and taught a lot of the programming curriculum

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