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Comment: Re:And the language space is? (Score 1) 34 34

Sounding sarcastic, critical, suicidal or otherwise emotional may not be authentic.

Greeks banks will run out of money next week. The positive side of this, is that there will be no more queues in front of banks, because if there is no more money in the bank, there is no point in queuing in front of it.

How would the algorithm rate that comment . . . ?

Comment: Re:Yeah, make fun of them, but... (Score 5, Insightful) 529 529

Isn't there room for other loonies too?

The problem is that the town originally had 120 normal residents. Now, 40 extreme sensitives have moved there, and have started stirring up trouble, like demanding that other residents remove neon lights in stores, etc. The original residents are not enthused with this, and fear that the loonies with drive them out of their own town.

Comment: Re:Knowing when not to (Score 4, Insightful) 345 345

I agree with your comment entirely. I would only like to add that a true C++ Master writes code that a C++ Novice can understand.

Time to get philosophical. Tomorrow, you could get run over by a bus. Take a wander around your Cubical Town. Are there enough folks there who could take over ownership of your code?

You can do some really cool things with C++. But if other folks cannot understand them, well it's best not to do it. Cool C++ features are like nuclear weapons: very powerful, but think about the consequences of using them . . .

Comment: Re:I get both sides of the argument. (Score 1) 283 283

No one wants to see a poor, single mother be unable to feed her children,

Oh, I think you are underestimating the vastness and ubiquity of porn fetishes available on the Internet. There is for sure a Tube devoted to this somewhere on the Internet.

Comment: "Murky Details . . ." (Score 1) 307 307

Well, here you go Mr. Putin; here are the tapes that you have been looking for:

Since this contains content of a . . . well . . . "confidential" nature . . . you should view this late at night, after your wife has gone to bed.

. . . and don't forget a box of tissues, and some hand cream.

Comment: Re:Timothy never learns... (Score 1) 143 143

If you do heat the universe up to the point it all explodes, the thing giving the heat will be cold enough to survive.

I'm thinking that there is a joke about Andrea Rossi and cold fusion in there, but I can't figure it out now . . .

"Hey, Herr Rossi sucht sein Glück - - - "

Comment: Re:Thanks You Dr. Nash (Score 4, Interesting) 176 176

Hey, he wasn't just a mathematician, he was also a computer geek. I used to see him back in the early 80's in the middle of the night in the Princeton computer center, wandering around with a deck of punch cards for the IBM mainframe.

I was playing Frisbee in a field with some friends, and it started to drizzle. Professor Nash walked by, and laid down on a bench under a tree. He folded his hands together, closed his eyes, and looked really placid, but we could see that he was thinking about something.

You know that saying, "A penny for your thoughts?" I would have paid a fortune to know what he was thinking about!

Comment: Re:written by the NSA (Score 1) 63 63

I've always wondered if the NSA has academics "informally" on their payroll. In East Germany, the secret police, called the Stasi, had loads of folks working "informally" for them.

The NSA would pay (or bribe?) the academics to mislead research with disinformation, and intentionally build in a backdoor.

Of course, one might think that academics would have some sense of integrity. But these days, nothing really surprises me anymore.

Comment: Re:Just hope (Score 1) 119 119


That's correct. However, one of the two main problems in Greece is that folks there don't pay their taxes. That and corruption. Both the Troika and Syriza are in agreement on that.

In order for Greeks to buy Firefox TVs, or any other foreign made products, they will need hard Euros. The Greek government will probably have to resort to paying government salaries and pensions in "Scrips":

Folks won't be able to a Firefox TV with Scrip . . . unless they pay a whole lot of them. So . . . all I can wish you is good luck!

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.