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Comment: Why the assumption.... (Score 4, Insightful) 83

At least for now with this most recent situation, an online giant has found a relatively quick and easy way to regain the upperhand.

Why the assumption that it is good for for-profit companies to find loopholes and avoid the will of democratically elected governments. The French government has made a decision that will have repercussions. If this is followed, books will be more expensive in France, but they wont lose the independent small bookstalls in town high streets that so many other countries will have. It may also inhibit the ability of online companies to start in France. But, guess what, the people can decide. They can lobby for it to be an election issue, ask their representatives which way they vote, etc. If they don't like the law they can get it changed.

Why is it assumed to be better for a private company with a board who the French people ave no influence upon circumvent this decision?

Comment: I've always thought that the best way for Israel (Score 0) 227

by Chrisq (#47438799) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System
I've always thought that the best way for Israel to deal with the Muzzy threat is to send in the tanks and bulldozers. Just flatten the area the rockets came from. Offer peace if the other side stop attacking (of course in the case of the Muslims that would be against their religion) but otherwise go in with full strength.

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 2, Funny) 227

by Chrisq (#47438773) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

I worked on the beginning of Regan's Star Wars project. We viewed the problem as one in which you try to stop a bullet with a bullet. Add long range and intelligence to the bullet and the problem gets harder.The problem is hard and physics places many constraints on the solution. At one point management thought that space based defense was what we wanted until we showed that the time/distances were too great to be effective. Now we just have a scaled back terminal defense with very limited capabilities. After all these years the only value that I think that missile defense has is PR. Effective? Not really. Forget Star Wars the movie. It's not going to happen.

Except perhaps in a galaxy far, far away

Comment: Re: another language shoved down your throat (Score 1) 412

by Chrisq (#47415783) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

How is a language without personality and history any good? Natural languages are not meant to be formal.

Its not meant to be a litterary language, just an easy way that people can communicate with each-other. That's really a moot point as it has obviously failed in this primary aim anyway.

Comment: Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 1) 412

by Chrisq (#47413617) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

Could have been worse? Python is a fantastic first language to learn how programming is done, especially in the context of getting another job done (Science, Math, etc.)

I agree it's a good choice. Personally I think it would be slightly easier to start with typed languages so that you would have more appreciation of the transformations that go on behind the scenes, but at worst that will be half an hour of confusion followed by "ah that's what it was doing for me".

Comment: Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 1) 412

by Chrisq (#47413435) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

Right... so a Microsoft approved curriculum. Good for a trade school, awful for a person who wants to actually learn something.

They could have a patent lawyer in the classroom. The students could carry out an exercise like writing a tic-tac-toe game, then the lawyer could explain how they had infringed 15 user interface patents, a method of representing spatial coordinates as data, and were also guilty of trademark infringement.

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