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Comment: Life on Mars? (Score 5, Interesting) 265

by Prien715 (#47420109) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Being the largest climate controlled dome of its kind, perhaps the engineering "lessons learned" could be applicable to creating a self-sustaining space colony -- one of the chief challenges being climate control. ..or else, I've just been playing too much Kerbal Space Program and reading too much Heinlein;)

Comment: Conspiracy Theories (Score 1) 95

by Prien715 (#47409567) Attached to: Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

There's evidence about a number of consipiracy theories in these documents:
* That Lee Harvey Oswald didn't kill JFK
* The story that the AIDS virus was manufactured by US scientists at the US Army research station at Fort Detrick
* Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination had been planned by the US government

Of course, the real conspiracy was the disinformation campaign by the KGB to spread these false rumors. Which makes me wonder: what theories does a certain former KGB agent turned dic^H^H^Hpresident want spread now?

Comment: Re:Citizens United did **not** say corp are people (Score 1) 1318

by Prien715 (#47362273) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

In the Citizens United case the US Supreme Court did **not** say that corporations are people.

Can you explain to me what the difference between a coorpation and a person is, legally speaking, if they have the same rights? I'm sure even Scalito would concede their difference (i.e. not having noses or toes), but legally speaking, we ought to treat them the same. When someone makes the statement "Coorpations are people", they of course don't mean that it in the "soylent green" context -- and you know this; you're just being pedantic.

Lastly (and because I'm curious why people represent views that are clearly not in their interest), are you a paid coorporate shill or merely delusional (from my perspective, of course)? If you're going to promote the rights of corporations, you may as well get paid for it.

Comment: Re:vim and C++ (Score 1) 359

I used to use vim, but then switched to Qt's Creator even for non-Qt projects. VIM is nice when you're just writing a simple program, but for anything complex, I need to be able to find function definitions, jump through several function calls in a few seconds in files I've never seen, and still be fast.

Advantages:
* Autocomplete for functions, variables, classes, etc. (ctrl+space)
* Jump to definition for variables, functions, classes (F2)
* Keyboard-centric searching (search by class, method, filename, etc) (ctrl+K)
* Visual debugging with GDB (attach to sessions, change complex variables, switch threads, etc)
* Has a FakeVIM module;)
* Very fast and rock-solid stable
* Free (both in beer/libre)
* Cross-platform (used it on Linux/Mac/Windows. I prefer it to Visual Studio which is far too slow and has really wonky keyboard shortcuts)

Disadvantages:
* Have to use a windowing system. I still use VIM on remote systems.

There's just so many advantages of having an editor which understands your code model. Forget whether the function you're calling is camelCase or uses_underscores is a thing of the past for me resulting in most of my code compiling the very first time -- and when it doesn't, inline errors!

You can get your OSS fix here.
(For a generic project, just click New->Import Project->Existing project.)

Comment: Re:Do more with less! (Score 1) 710

by Prien715 (#47318053) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Dear Upper Management,

One of our primary focuses this quarter has been "right-sizing" our teams to fit within the new budget constraints. As you'll be pleased to note, I've achieved a 30% reduction in expenses -- well under our target of 25% -- while actually increasing the size of our engineering team. Moving forward, we have a much stronger team with a better attitude to complete the goals that lie before us.

My success has not gone unnoticed -- Bain Capital (Gotham City) has offered me a senior position in their M&A department where I will lead efforts to cut costs while maintaining an efficient workforce.

It was an honor working with you,
PHB

Comment: Do more with less! (Score 5, Funny) 710

by Prien715 (#47311241) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Dear team,

After coming back from my vacation in Aruba, I've decided that in these times of trouble we need to do more with less. We're in a troubled economy -- do you realize how much yacht gas has gone up in the past year? In addition, the Affordable Care Act has made it cost ineffective for our FTNE (Full Time Non-Employee) initiative to continue.

Moving forward, we'll need to tighten our belts and take on other responsibilities. Some of you will work longer hours than usual. My performance bonus is based on how much money we can save, so I'm simply going to let go anyone who refuses to comply with this iniative -- I'm sure I can find someone to replace you.

Cheers!
PHB

Comment: Re:Anyone who knows street parking in San Francisc (Score 1) 404

by Prien715 (#47311185) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

It's city's fault for not designing streets for both residents and expected number of visitors

No, it's the visitor's fault for not taking public transit. San Francisco has some of the best public transit in the country. BART is ~$4 round trip, runs past 1 AM and parking at the stations is free on the weekend. And now the rent is higher than NYC, any spare space should be devoted to housing.

It's vastly more efficient use of space to park your car outside the city and make the city navigatable with transit (see Tokyo, Berlin, Prague, etc).

Comment: Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense (Score 2) 276

by Prien715 (#47311043) Attached to: Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Thank you!

It's not the first time I've heard it, but the from an ontological view it's important to declare the rights exist independent of the government in power to enforce or restrict them....

Then I learned that rights always come from a perspective. "Property rights" was a crowd-favorite from the Dred Scott decision.

Comment: Free Drone Strikes (Score 1) 371

by Prien715 (#47302053) Attached to: Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Good new everyone!

All you have to do to claim your FREE drone strike is to simply mention the word "Allah" and criticize US policy in a comment below! It's that easy! Here at the Homeland Department, we've reduced the amount of government red tape you need to get a drone strike on your house. Annoying procedures like "trials" and "juries" have been removed -- saving you time and money!

But wait, there's more! Reply in the next 10 minutes, and we'll even throw in a 2nd drone strike for your family! That's right, two drones strikes for one comment.*

* Offer can only be redeemed in the Middle East. Offer void in Saudi Arabia. Some terms and restrictions apply. Must be 18 or older unless your parents signs up for the "family plan".

Comment: Thank You Dr. Lessig (Score 2) 308

by Prien715 (#47299495) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

I've followed your work on behalf of free culture for years sir, and let me just say "Thank you".

The importance of your current campaign cannot be overstated; no country can be truly "free" it is in fact owned by a few tyrants. Corruption was bad before Citizens United and it's almost uncontroversial to say it's the worst in our history. Aside from donating money, how can individuals help? I'm sure you know this crowd has no shortage of technical skills and I'd be happy to volunteer myself.

Comment: Perfect vs the Good (Score 3, Insightful) 209

by Prien715 (#47283341) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

Until politicians stop being bought by the highest bidder, there can be no political progress in this country. While not everyone may agree with Lessig representing them, you may want to take some time to research the terrific things he's done as lawyer for the EFF.

For example, many /. may dislike the "unlimited copyright" rule where companies essentially own a copyright forever. Lessig fought the good fight in the Supreme Court.

Unless politicians represent actual people and not the Supreme Court's idea of people, corruption won't end in our political process.

Comment: Why is a mileage tax better? (Score 1) 619

by Prien715 (#47277229) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

much higher mileage of gasoline cars (33mpg vs 28mpg) ...and in 1993, most Fords got ~22 mpg

Wear and tear on roads is largely based on vehicle weight and time. I used to work in the Delaware Department of Transportation and we'd use wear rates based on usage and its observed current state to calculate when maintenance was needed. One of the main ways vehicles have gained mileage is by reducing weight which also reduces road wear and tear.

many more trucks used for shipping (70% more in 2007 than in 1997) ...and trucks weigh a ton more (quite literally) and thus have a lower MPG (and pay more in gas taxes).

If anything, our gas taxes are probably the most "fair" tax in the country. If hybrids become too big of a problem, it's probably pretty easy to make electric vehicles pay an "road fee" whenever you get your license plate renewed.

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