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Comment: Middle East [Re:Um, what?] (Score 1) 389

by Tablizer (#48469905) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

I bet he's going to make the Middle East stable...

The best way to deal with the M.E. is to bud out. Our tinkering has made it worse far more often than better. I wish the Office of the President was split into a domestic prez and a foreign policy prez.

I'd vote Ron Paul for foreign policy prez in the heartbeat. I just don't like his domestic plans.

Comment: Re:Whats the alternative then? (Score 1) 253

by Tablizer (#48469015) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

If you master its "different" framework, perhaps you are right. But the problem is that the learning curve is too high. A master swordsman can probably beat a generic cop with a gun in a urban environment. However, it takes a heck of a lot of training to reach that point. Cops with guns are cheaper and easier to find and train.

Comment: Re:If it's losing steam it's because (Score 1) 253

by Tablizer (#48468893) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

Ruby will probably fail to go mainstream for the same reason Lisp has. It's wonderfully flexible in that it's almost a meta language that allows you to shape your "language" into just about any construct you want.

The downside is that everybody thinks different, and shaping a language to fit your head de-fits it for other heads. Standards are often preferred because they provide consistency between individuals and teams even when they don't perfectly fit a specific situation in terms of parsimony and compactness of expression.

The lesson of the market is that inter- and and intra-team communication trumps parsimony economically, in most cases.

Comment: Re:Well, not to go all Godwin, but ... (Score 1) 1080

by gmhowell (#48465905) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Reminds me of a story my grandfather told me about his experience in the South Pacific. Punchline was "You're a dumb kid, that Japanese guy is a dumb kid, and you both stumbled upon each other. You've got nothing against each other, but because of something people thousands of miles away decided, only one of you was going to walk away that day."

For every bloke who makes his mark, there's half a dozen waiting to rub it out. -- Andy Capp