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Comment: Now who's crazy? (Score 1) 163

by MikeBabcock (#47571573) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing

Where's all the pro-science crowd who keeps telling us to blindly trust medical science when the stories of people (mistakenly) avoiding certain well-tested drugs come up?

The rhetoric does nothing but defeat their actual viewpoint and this is why -- bad science is being done, and it needs to be accounted for to the sceptics, no matter who insane they may seem. Bad science is the enemy of good science because it undermines trust in the system.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 728

by MikeBabcock (#47549555) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Oh quit whining. Asking incredibly gifted people to continually stifle their feelings because of everyone else's is just as unfair.

The GCC people don't have to care what he thinks, but if they do, now they know. Nobody got berated in person, nobody got flogged, nobody got fired (yet).

I for one hate dealing with people who tiptoe around their feelings. If I ask someone what they think of something, I want to know what they think, not some edited version they prepared to spare my feelings.

Comment: Re: Not France vs US (Score 1) 309

So you think Amazon should know exactly how many books its going to ship in advance so it can divide a known quantity (bulk shipping costs) by an unknown (total shipments)?

Or maybe you think Amazon should retroactively bill people for their shipping at the end of the year?

Amazon can charge you $50/book for shipping if they want, or $0.01 ... so long as they're paying the shipping company what the company expects to be paid, it can't possibly matter.

Comment: Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 1) 415

by MikeBabcock (#47412377) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

What problem have you ever had with indent-based parsing?

Many many people have a problem reading other peoples' C and C++ code because of how it is not always enforced and allows some incredibly poor legibility.

You may not personally have this problem *writing* code but you've almost certainly had it when reading code.

Not all Python is readable, but forcing programmers to use good style is one of the first problems in a braces-based parsing environment. Python just formalized it.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?