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Comment: Re:They tried this already. (Score 1) 248

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#36756416) Attached to: Scientists Breeding Super Bees

Thinking that nature thinks, and that if it does it cares at all about our survival, is pretty much the stupidest thing I can imagine.

IMO, reification is generally pretty stupid, and has no legitimate place outside of literature and poetry, where it's called "personification". It doesn't make sense to treat nature, society, government, or any abstraction as if it has a concrete existence and can think, plan, know, desire, or do anything on its own.

Comment: Why should Amazon do the states' job for them? (Score 1) 949

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#36753126) Attached to: Slate: Amazon's Tax Stance Unfair and Unethical
Sales taxes are supposed to be paid by consumers to the states. If consumers aren't paying the taxes they're supposed to be paying, then it's the state governments' job to enforce their own laws and collect the taxes. The states have no business demanding that Amazon act as their tax collectors.

Comment: As an RPG fan, I say it's too little, too late. (Score 2) 223

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#36622004) Attached to: Nintendo Trying To Win Back Core Gamers With Wii U

I had a SNES as a teenager, and I loved it. It had Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Axelay, Cybernator, Megaman X, Shin Megami Tensei, Wizardy V: Heart of the Maelstrom, Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Super Mario RPG, Super Metroid, Castlevania IV, A Link to the Past, etc.

I skipped the N64 because the only RPG available was Quest 64, and I didn't give a shit about Ocarina of Time.

I bought a GameCube, but the only games worth playing were Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2, Eternal Darkness, Tales of Symphonia, and Viewtiful Joe.

I bought a Wii, and it collects dust unless I feel like replaying Trauma Team, No More Heroes, or Muramasa: the Demon Blade.

I'm not buying a Wii U. Since Nintendo of America has no intention of releasing games like Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower in the US, I have no further use for Nintendo.

Comment: Who does that idiot think he is? (Score 2) 651

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#36449490) Attached to: Obama: 'We Don't Have Enough Engineers'

The US is a country where people with an interest in STEM disciplines are mocked as nerds, geeks, and losers.

The US is a country where American engineers and programmers not only have to compete with offshoring, but with H-1B visa holders.

The US is a country where engineers and programmers get a crappy salary unless they work in finance.

With these facts in mind, I find it surprising that Barack Obama has the temerity to go on record as saying "we don't have enough engineers", while saying that "private sector companies will promote science, technology, engineering and math education, offer students incentives to finish degrees, and help universities fund their programs. The participating companies intend to double their internship hiring." It's going to take more than that to get more engineers, and we have to start in grammar school.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"