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Comment: block indenting = visual (Score 1) 876

by kisrael (#46202189) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

I'm probably coming at this too little too late, but:

for C-looking languages (C, Java, Javascript) etc that use curly braces and block, there's usually a strong visual element: no one wants to look at code that's not "properly formatted". So while language is super awesome and powerful (almost any programmer is going to have a hard time expressing himself or herself in, like, that block language that came w/ the original Lego Mindstorms), the graphical element is still present

Comment: advertising on faulty assumptions (Score 2) 120

by kisrael (#45650047) Attached to: Twitter Will Track Your Browsing To Sell Ads

Man, there's an err of pathos to when similar strategies are applied elsewhere, somehow Youtube noticed I went to a standing desk site, now half my adverts are from there. And also, they don't notice when I've actually bought a damn thing, so more advertising is just down the drain... I guess advertising is such a small % game that they'll take whatever "bump" they can get, no matter how stupid they look.

Comment: Re:Much like Gold (Score 2) 121

by Kosmatos (#44793153) Attached to: Bitcoin Kiosks Coming To 5 Canadian Cities

Help me understand. You bought gold, to protect your capital. But do you have the actual gold? Or do you just have a receipt that you own a certain amount, trusting that this document will be recognized?

Even if you do have the actual gold, I'm skeptical about how much you can actually use it in times of need.

Comment: the idea that it loops and we see old stuff-- (Score 2) 94

by kisrael (#41364439) Attached to: Australian Study Backs Major Assumption of Cosmology

So, isn't there a concept that the Universe is closed, and we're just seeing older versions of the same stuff, but kinda repeated? (but hard to recognize because of the time lag involved)

Is this still considered a possibility, or have they figured out a way of ruling that out?

Comment: Re:so uh why they'd support it? (Score 2, Interesting) 356

by Stradenko (#38491948) Attached to: Go Daddy Loses Over 21,000 Domains In One Day

The recipe for getting corporate influence out of government is to reduce governmental power in corporate behavior. I'm sorry you hate Rand, but that's the gist of it. If the business isn't controlled by government, then business has no interest in government and we can all go about our lives. If you don't like what company does, please found company and change the industry, or at least your small part of it. The problem with regulation and subsidy is that it obfuscates the costs of delivery, so nobody can tell what makes sense and what does not.

Comment: Re:Really now? (Score 5, Informative) 451

by Stradenko (#38299164) Attached to: Iran Shuts Down US Virtual Embassy

USA isn't as bad as X, therefore USA is good?
I hit my wife with an open's okay, 'though, because this guy I know hits his wife with a baton and at least I'm better than that.

I am an American and I live in the USA. Don't forget that "the courts" are also part of the government. The federal government often and egregiously oversteps the specific privileges granted to it by the constitution; the courts, supreme and otherwise, often allow this to happen. Our government, the judicial part of it included, have made great strides in the restriction of personal freedom, including the field of censorship.

Don't get me wrong, the USA is pretty cool, and our government is definitely an open-handed beater, but just because Iran's government sucks more, that doesn't mean that our government doesn't suck quite a bit on its own.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.