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Comment: Re:Child Gender (Score 1) 146

I can answer your question: yes, they do. You don't have to look for illegal content, you can:

1. Look for "fantasy stories" published by "child lovers". You'll find plenty that involve female adults with male or female children, indicating a - for lack of a better term - demand for that market.
2. Google "woman charged for creating child porn". You'll find at least a few cases of women who molested young children (preteens) and distributed the resulting material.

You can also look up cases like Karla Homolka, an infamous Canadian woman who was charged and sentenced for helping her husband rape and murder several young girls, including her own sister.

The depravity of the human mind is certainly not limited to the male sex.

Comment: Re:C++ is probably a little bit better (Score 1) 206

>Debugging has always been a problem. One of the other posts here suggested using CLANG because of it's better error reporting. Thats right now, after 25 years. Let's face it, C++ is legendary for the obscurity of it's compile and link time error reporting. Beyond that, it's not like the run time debugging environment is any better. All that it supports is the kind of break point debugging that was in C. No value added beyond K&R.

This is true. I teach introductory computer science using C++, and one of the biggest hurdles for my students is understanding the error messages from the compiler. Half the time they don't mean anything unless you already know what it's supposed to mean.

And that's before even getting to templates. Once you get into templates... /shudder. The error messages are insane.

I tried compiling the rather simple boost program from the "getting started" section here: http://www.boost.org/doc/libs/...

Without the proper library linked in (i.e. just doing a "g++ test.cc"), I get 38 lines of vomit that look like this: .text._ZN5boost11 basic_regexIcNS_12 regex_traitsIcNS_16cpp_regex_ traitsIcEEEEE6assignEPKcS7 _j[_ZN5boost11basic_ regexIcNS_12regex_ traitsIcNS_16cpp_regex_traitsIcEEEEE6assignEPKcS7_j]+0x22

Comment: Re:c++? (Score 1) 206

Both languages suck. I would pick C++ as it is more future proof and less niche than Objective-C.

I mostly program in Python or C though. Sometimes Java. I hate C++. C++ is the Swiss Army knife of compiled languages. It does a bit of everything but nothing well. You can always find another language that is better at it on every single aspect you look at. Jack of all trades master of none.

That post on Nim a couple of days back on Slashdot was interesting but I haven't tried the language yet.

Comment: Re:But what if they mix with the Virus Vault (Score 1) 53

If the human species needs instructions on how to plant a fucking seed, all of your above questions are irrelevant.

...so I give you a bag of seeds labelled "fwqnuiohuio", but don't tell you it's a plant that won't do very well outside of a warm-to-semi-tropical region, the plant fruits are underground but the plant itself is otherwise useless for food, it requires a *lot* of water during the latter phase of fruiting else you've wasted your time, and oh - it stands a great chance of giving a not-insignificant percentage of folks who eat the results a nasty case of anaphylactic shock.

Maybe cultural memories would help them recognize what a peanut is? Not sure if it'd help them know how to grow the things...

Comment: Re:Why is Israel not part of the NNPT? (Score 1) 46

by Ungrounded Lightning (#49167501) Attached to: Interactive Edition of the Nuclear Notebook

Because they didn't sign it.

Saying: "everyone who has them except Israel is allowed to keep them" is just plain wrong.

Which just might be why they didn't sign on - and part of why "Israel has had a policy of opacity regarding its nuclear weapons program."

Some things to remember about the NNPT:
  - Not every country in the world is a signatory.
  - Even signatories didn't permanently give up their right to develop nuclear weapons: By the treaty's own terms (section X(1)), they can drop out on three month's notice:

Article X

1. Each Party shall in exercising its national sovereignty have the right to withdraw from the Treaty if it decides that extraordinary events, related to the subject matter of this Treaty, have jeopardized the supreme interests of its country. It shall give notice of such withdrawal to all other Parties to the Treaty and to the United Nations Security Council three months in advance. Such notice shall include a statement of the extraordinary events it regards as having jeopardized its supreme interests.

Comment: Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 407

by torkus (#49167485) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

It's similar to the trick where you stare at a B&W pattern on a page then look at the wall to see the inverse of it.

Of if you wear tinted sunglasses the world looks (insert color) at first then a while later you don't notice. When you take the glasses off things look...well brighter...but the colors are a bit odd for a few minutes there too.

Or the bunch of other optical illusions where you surround a color with others and it looks different.

It's not some great big mystery for anyone who works with photography (or anything similar that deals with lighting and color). That's why monitors are calibrated to certain colors and brightness otherwise you'd never get consistency. It's why artists draw/paint/etc. under specific lighting. It's why you put makeup on in front of lit mirror with a certain color bulb. It's why home depot sells warm, natural, and cool colored lights. etc etc etc

I can't believe people are actually making a big deal about this.

Comment: Re:Storage (Score 2) 153

by HornWumpus (#49167375) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Somehow the grid copes with it. It's a solved problem.

Yep. It's solved with CTs (Combustion Turbines). Basically jet engines hooked to generators. The lowest efficiency power plants still running.

They used to be able to ramp with hydro, but that's now very limited. You simply can't put walls of water down rivers on a daily basis. The only hydro that still ramps without control are dams that cascade right into another lake.

BTW these tidal generators already have very little head (not /. 'very little head', water level differences) delaying an hour or two will kill the economics.

What good is a ticket to the good life, if you can't find the entrance?