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Comment: Re:Same old American Xenophobia (Score 1) 323

by Prien715 (#48143757) Attached to: How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Isn't it odd that no matter how much progress America makes, the Left is always ready with a cutting criticism? How welcoming is Egypt to new people? Nigeria? China? Thailand?

Yeah, it's stunning that some of us aim higher than Egypt, China, or Thailand as the aim for our moral compass. It's like aiming for bug-free code: we may never get there, but even incremental progress is still progress.

Comment: Re:Quality of life in Sweden (Score 2, Insightful) 346

That a person who chose to not buy health insurance goes bankrupt when he gets sick, is hardly grounds for mandating such insurance for everyone.

Since you clearly have no idea how hospitals the rest of the world work, allow me to explain. You get sick. You go to the doctor. You go home. There is no "copay" or "insurance you choose to buy into".

I know it's hard for you to understand that "not dying from preventable illness" is considered a basic human right in most other countries or how you can have a healthcare system that works efficiently without the invisible hand jerking off a group of plutocratic shareholders. The US has the highest healthcare costs as a % of GDP and the a life expectancy between Qatar and Cuba -- and there's the reason for that: it turns out people will pay a lot of money not to die if you force them to.

Comment: Re:Money money money (Score 1) 346

And government is necessary to increase the wages of workers. At least according to this communist:
"When the regulation, therefore, is in support of the workman, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favour of the masters." ~ Adam Smith Wealth of Nations

Comment: Re:Quality of life in Sweden (Score 4, Insightful) 346

those demography, social and cultural characteristics

Like a superior educational system (free public universities), a healthcare system where people don't go bankrupt, better transit, and free childcare?

You get what you pay for -- divorcing higher taxes from the services those taxes provide is moronic at best.

Comment: Re:And some say Obama isn't a Republican (Score 4, Insightful) 425

by Prien715 (#48078635) Attached to: Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

There's a false dichotemy. Everyone's moved to the right to the point that Mitt Romney's quite successful healthcare program is considered "socialist" if you attach Obama's name to it (actual socialized medicine is quite different)

There is no left any more. Obama's continued warmongering is the best evidence.

Comment: Windows should go 64-bit exclusively (Score 1) 554

My first 64 bit chip was the Athlon64 back in 2003 -- over a decade ago. If you're a developer in a compiled language, you presently either must (a) make a 32 bit version and ship it for both or (b) make separate versions and make yourself a support/testing nightmare. No surprise -- most developers opt for (a).
...but in a way, that makes using x64 Windows moot. Since there's no software for it (other than the OS itself a web browser or two), why switch? From extra registers, to more available memory, to the no-execute bit -- there's many good reasons to be using 64 bit software.

The real reason, of course, is that many business run ancient 16-bit applications that won't run under a 64-bit OS. This could be fixed with an emulator, but MS, unlike Apple, doesn't have a history of making backwards incompatible moves tha ultimately improve its platform.

Comment: Related work? (Score 1) 192

by Prien715 (#48023243) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

Perhaps the flaw is identifying the "deliberate practice" as the only dependent variable. For example, I play guitar. I'm probably better than other people who have put in the same amount of practice time than I have, since I've put in 10 years on clarinet. Those ten years of music experience, give me an ability to interpret rythym, understand some music theory, read notes quickly, hear pitch, etc. than someone who is "just picking it up".

Similarly, I know some quite good chess players who play Go as well -- one of whom is the champion of a small Nordic country. A player of Shogi recently switched to chess -- and he's quite good. Or perhaps, a good COBOL programmer could be a good Swift programmer with less effort?

There's very little in the article discussing the role of "related skills" -- and perhaps this can help explain the gap.

Comment: Re:This has nothing to do with wasting food (Score 1) 385

by Prien715 (#47986607) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

I'm happy when there's a good discussion of huge political issues here on /. -- I remember reading on 9/11/2001 and recently when we decided to bomb another country in the Middle East and enjoying the information and perspective this community brings. I would even argue having more of it is better. However, those are stories which are important and warrant attention from everyone -- regardless of which OS is your favorite (i.e. "Stuff that Matters"). It's good to hear from a self-moderated community rather than a bunch of suits claiming to be experts on cable TV.

This summary is just self-serving political propaganda.

Comment: Re:I agree, 100% (Score 1) 478

by Prien715 (#47970145) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

You have no idea about Shaw do you? If you put together a bunch of Stephen Colbert quotes, it's clear that Colbert loves totalitarianism as well.

Shaw was advocated for such revolutionary ideas as equal rights for women and was against eugenics. "Shaw often used satiric irony to mock those who took eugenics to inhumane extremes and commentators have sometimes failed to take this into account" I guess you are one of those idiots?

...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. - Fred Brooks, Jr.