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Comment: Re:Control vs. Prosperity (Score 2) 119

by Darktan (#46241561) Attached to: A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

Wait. What does Capitalism have to do with democracy? Some Capitalist countries, especially the richest ones, are democratic, but democracy is by no means a required part of the Capitalist economic system.

A better statement might be to say that central planning of economies doesn't work. While central planning is a typical feature of Communism, they aren't always the same thing.

Comment: Re:Their API's are exactly what you would expect (Score 1) 53

by Darktan (#43901741) Attached to: GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API

I find the truth is almost the opposite. The REST API is pretty good, at least compared to anything the OGC has put out. While ESRI's tools are okay for authoring maps, their server software is some of the worst crap I've ever had to work with. It's slow, and buggy. And slow. Map tile generation takes 7000 longer than on open source software, on the same hardware.

While technically all their stuff is documented, they have a nasty habit of creating a new documentation portal for every major release. And Google always takes me to the version from three releases back.

Rather than standardization, I just want a way to take a map document and turn out cartocss, or mapnik styles.

Comment: Re:Not only tech, but new cars also (Score 1) 329

by Darktan (#43624595) Attached to: Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

When buying my last dishwasher, the salesperson gave me the big list of things that can go wrong, was really going for the hard sell on the extended warranty. I put on my best concerned face and replied "Oh gosh! Is it really that likely to break? I certainly don't want to buy such a poorly made appliance."

It's always fun watching them back-pedal like mad.

Comment: Re:We need gas control! (Score 1) 1591

by Darktan (#42605321) Attached to: New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

Oddly, in Canada, the opposite is true. Rifles are widely owned for sporting purposes. Handguns associated with law enforcement and criminals. As such, it's pretty easy to get a rifle, but much harder to get a license to buy a handgun. Unless you're a drug dealer, self defence rarely enters into it.

As an aside, we tried having a registry for firearms, but that idea was so flawed I have a hard time imagining why any Americans think it would work. What does work is licensing the gun owner.

Comment: Re:Going to get modded down as sexist for this, bu (Score 1) 690

by Darktan (#42477785) Attached to: Why Girls Do Better At School

Girls aren't better students because they are thinking about their future careers, they are better students because of either biological differences and/or society norms that make them more obedient.

You're almost right. There's little evidence to suggest that women are biologically more obedient than men. More likely, women are better students because the metrics used to measure success in education are crap. In the past, they favoured boys. Currently they favour girls by a small margin.

The easiest solution is to stop using grades for inappropriate purposes, such as employment selection. GPA should be a relative number used only internally by the school. Externally distributed transcripts should show only pass or fail.

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