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Comment Re:Free Speech is an Absolute (Score 4, Insightful) 849

As much as I'd like to agree with you, the Supreme Court has found that free speech is NOT an absolute. And it's not just "indecent material" and hate speech. You also can't yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater (to use the typical example). And you can't say untrue bad things about somebody else without being vulnerable to defamation law suits. There are exceptions.

With that said, this proposal is appalling. Who ever thought Demolition Man would become a reality.

"You are fined one credit for violation of the verbal morality statute."

Comment Re:Design Patterns (Score 1) 517

Yes, both of these.

Also, as a practitioner's guide, Agile Principles, Patterns and Practices in C# by Robert C. Martin is one of the best books I've read. You don't have to be a C# programmer to appreciate it (the examples are in C#, but could just as easily be in any other OO language), but if you're turned off by C#, look for the earlier edition which, I believe, uses C++ for the examples.

Also, The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas should be on every programmer's bookshelf.

SCCS, the source motel! Programs check in and never check out! -- Ken Thompson