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Comment: Re:It's on youtube (Score 1) 356

by PJ6 (#49205179) Attached to: Indian Gov't Wants Worldwide Ban On Rape Documentary, Including Online

Here is the link.

BBC Full Documentary- 'India's Daughter' on Nirbhaya Delhi Gang Rap | Jyoti singh | HD | Banned

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxkMzBqjgw8

I got through 10 seconds, then page the refreshed and it was blocked from my region (US) on copyright grounds.

Really, what's the point of that?

Comment: Re:cant lie (Score 1) 234

by PJ6 (#49159163) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

when we all found out who was taking over the FCC, I was terrified. Former cable lobbyist, now in charge of the group intended to regulate the same people. But it really looks like wheeler may be the right man for the job

Don't tell me you think he voted his conscience. He can be bought, and one side bought him off harder than the other.

Comment: The word "framework" is often a big read flag. (Score 1) 158

by PJ6 (#49159069) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome
Programmers are sensitive to taking a stance that might bring into question their intelligence, so this is a tough idea to convey sometimes - if a thick book and months of ramp-up are involved to get productive, chances are it's not worth it. The fear of someone saying "you're just not smart enough to use it properly" gets in the way of seeing the truth; generally, the more complicated the tool or framework, the more likely it's crap. I have seen great sins of architecture committed in the name of maintainability that wildly achieved the opposite. And those with the highest degrees were the worst offenders.

Comment: A "glut of code" means needing more (Score 1) 266

by PJ6 (#49101933) Attached to: The Robots That Will Put Coders Out of Work
developers, not less. Author is under the mistaken impression that more is better. It's not. Code is liability. The more you have, the bigger your problems. Nothing will change that without strong AI, which would be a much, much larger matter.

I see InfoWorld is also the same site that gave us the useless "Java vs. Node.js: An epic battle for developer mind share" article.

It's a constant irritation, reading articles written by so-called science and tech journalists that don't know what they're talking about.

Comment: I don't get it. (Score 1) 412

by PJ6 (#48988291) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements
If an individual did this, they'd be arrested and dragged into court (correct me if I'm wrong, this is just what I would expect if I did that myself). Multiply the scale by 10,000 though, and the businesses involved get not even a fine but... a cease-and-desist letter?

Could someone please explain to me - omitting the-world-is-going-to-hell screed - why we tend to prosecute small crimes so much more aggressively than the large ones?

Comment: Read The China Study (Score 1) 958

by PJ6 (#48973379) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness
We already know what we should and shouldn't be eating, courtesy the largest study of its kind ever conducted. It's stupidly simple but for some reason nobody wants to hear it.

Summary: Eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet, and get no more than 10% (better, 5%) of your calories from animal protein.

Comment: Re:Energy is not conserved in General Relativity (Score 1) 231

by PJ6 (#48878641) Attached to: The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

As a simple example, imagine a photon traveling through an expanding universe in a region with no other matter or energy (dark or otherwise). The expansion of space stretches the wavelength of the photon (cosmological redshift, which is distinct from Doppler redshift), causing it to lose energy. The photon loses energy with nothing around it gaining. Energy is lost because spacetime itself is changing, so Noether's theorem doesn't apply.

I wonder if we could add a scale-invariant component, and make the lost energy just a property of measuring it in a non-inflating reference frame.

Or, I should say, I wonder what contradictions that would lead to.

Comment: Re:Stop it. There is nothing wrong with VB.NET. (Score 1) 648

by PJ6 (#48858639) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
I think it's poor form to respond to AC's, but you were reasonably polite if a little snide.

If you took the time to read the post, you would see that I didn't say I use VB.

Java itself isn't much different from C# so it's not the syntax that's the problem. Its developer community has the worst case cargo-cult engineering and misuse of GoF design patterns I have ever seen.

Overengineering is unnecessary complexity, and that is IMO is the worst sin you can commit in design. Cleaning up that special class of wreckage is much worse than rewriting simple newbie ineptitude. And at least the newbies can be corrected. The others can take months to come around, and it's always kicking and screaming.

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