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Comment: Re:Oblig ... (Score 1) 216

by LQ (#48624151) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

"Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."

-- Nixon

Ah, yes, that wise old leader. I think his best quote was

we will bomb the living bejeezus out of North Vietnam and then if anybody interferes we will threaten the nuclear weapons.

Comment: Re:Really? .. it comes with the job (Score 2) 772

by LQ (#48562779) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Torture is useless as an intelligence tool. It is also counterproductive for any reason other than a "sense of vengeance".

Sure, it satisfies that, but then you lose the moral high ground. And that shit is actually important.

It doesn't matter if it is effective. It doesn't matter if they lied about it. What matters is that the USA tortures people and torture is wrong.

Comment: Re:Is Already Happening (Score 1) 574

by LQ (#48507687) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

The crux is there are a billion more people in the next ten years. There will not be enough jobs for these people. Yes, yes, we already know no one gives a damn about the bushmen in the middle of nowhere, but we are talking about Americans

From where I stand most Americans in the middle of nowhere and no one gives a damn about them either.

Comment: Re:Gay? (Score 1) 764

by LQ (#48276469) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

I don't see why it should be a reason to be "proud". Gay is the way he is rather than something he has chosen but it does not confer some form of superiority on him. If he was a paedeophile though, that definitely *would* be a reason to be "unproud".

Whatever, see if I care.

Some people are even proud to be American even though there are lots of heterosexual American paedophiles.

Comment: Re:Intelligence is.. (Score 1) 306

by LQ (#48258811) Attached to: We Are All Confident Idiots

Intelligence is knowing that everyone around you is full of shit. Wisdom is knowing you are, too.

The flip-side is imposter syndrome where you live in fear of being found out as an idiot. You wonder how long you can keep on winging it doing your well paid job when you know you're not really that good at it. So maybe if you feel that, you should be less hard on yourself. This, of course, does not apply to me as I'm actually brilliant.

Comment: Not going to happen (Score 1) 549

by LQ (#48035507) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
Despite being raised on a diet of inter-galactic sci-fi, I don't believe we will ever escape our gravity well in any numbers. There are only two things that get humans worked up - short term profit and religion. One won't motive space travel. And if the other does, bog help us.

Comment: Re:Who cares about succinctness .... (Score 1) 165

by LQ (#47984789) Attached to: Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate
We don't usually supply a proof of correctness with every program. The program itself must stand as an argument for its own correctness. Sometimes breaking it down into more verbose steps is a way to clarify to future maintainers what your intention was. Also densely packed code is much harder to modify later.

Comment: Re: they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 981

by LQ (#47930013) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Nice straw man.

White countries are rich, because they have a large amount of social and cultural capital, which we maintain by having rules and norms that we enforce.

Third world countries are poor because of their lack of culture, lack of law and contract enforcement, lack of morals and respect at street level, and because of general filth, shittiness and decay.

Whitey didn't make you rape and rob each other, or throw rubbish in the streets, or rip each other off. This is readily apparent when you see the filth in Third World areas of major cities like London. The difference is like night and day.

Poor countries are poor _despite_ the influence of evil Whitey, not because of him.

White countries are rich because of geography. Try reading Guns, Germs and Steel.

"If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?" -- Lily Tomlin