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Comment Re:Why shouldn't this be public anyway? (Score 1) 28

Because people are stupid.

HIV is pretty much non-contagious as long as you don't exchange some sort of body fluid. Now, I don't know how you go about in your everyday life, but I don't routinely have people spill blood, semen or other stuff coming out of their body into mine.

But people are stupid.

Remember the H1N1 craze? Swine flu? Or any other of the sky-is-falling pandemics? SARS anyone? Yes, they are contagious. How many cases did we have around the US and Europe? Was it more than a dozen combined? People went apeshit over that crap. Mostly because they didn't have the first clue about it other than "oh it's killing people, watch out!"

And now imagine these people should interact with people who actually carry a deadly disease. No matter that there is no sensible way they could get infected, they WILL go bananas over it.

HIV is already a disease that puts a terrible weight on your psyche. Making these people outcasts for no reason whatsoever doesn't really help it.

Comment A relevant programmer koan (Score 1) 345

(shamelessly copied from the jargon file)

Tom Knight and the Lisp Machine

A novice was trying to fix a broken Lisp machine by turning the power off and on.
Knight, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: “You cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong.”
Knight turned the machine off and on.
The machine worked.

Comment Yes you do. (Score 1) 345

Sorry, but the line "or it has been done by someone else" alone is enough to dismiss what is said as rubbish.

There is a lot of things this world needs desperately. Another batch of cargo cult programmers is not among them. You needn't invent the wheel twice but you should know what makes it turn so you don't install it sideways. If you do not understand WHY you do the things you do, at the very least you will end up with very inefficient code. At worst with very insecure code.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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