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+ - IRS Deleted Hundreds of Back-up Tapes Containing Thousands of Lerner Emails

RoccamOccam writes: According to new information from the House Oversight Committee, the IRS deleted hundreds of backup tapes containing thousands of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the conservative-targeting scandal. The tapes were destroyed nine months after a congressional subpoena was issued to the agency demanding they be preserved and turned over.

Comment: Re:trick question (Score 2) 263 263

Well, I can certainly understand a preference, but you're going too far to imply that Python is not a "reasonable" language.

Avoiding hard tabs in your code is all that you need to do and that's quite a simple thing for anyone able to actually write useful code. I've been coding in Python for years and years and have only run across that problem a handful of times, many years ago. Once the official guideline became "no hard tabs", the problem went away even for newbies.

Python doesn't make you guess 'should "10" + "15" == "1015" or should it be 25'. It is a strongly-typed language.

If you absolutely need a compiler, then Python is not a fit for you. You missed on all of your other complaints, however.

Comment: Re:trick question (Score 4, Insightful) 263 263

No, you're missing the point. It's not acting as a nanny, it's merely removing the redundancy of having both reasonably-indented code and start/stop tokens. That's it.

One of the interesting things about Python is that very few new programming languages use required-indentation, probably due to fear of backlash by the narrow-minded. I suspect that this tends to help keep the Python community (for whom this is a great feature) from dribbling away to the "new hotness" and may be why Python keeps getting stronger and stronger (in contrast to old competitors like Ruby and Perl).

Comment: Slashdot should follow suit (Score 1) 172 172

Slashdot should get in on this game - take over "unused" user IDs for the purpose of posting comments ("secondary" opinions) to articles such as this. They could even monetize it by putting in endorsements and links to product.

I jest, I jest - Slashdot is easily my favorite website. Hoping they keep it that way.

Comment: Email Headers and Metadata (Score 2) 231 231

I don't know the answer to this, but I suspect I know the answer: does Hilary's printed email dump (which is all that she will provide) include the email headers and associated metadata that comes with an electronic copy of an email?

I rather doubt that she has; but, I ask because she claims that she has fulfilled her obligation by providing printed versions of the emails. So, even if we were willing to concede that incredibly dubious claim, has she really complied with the law by not providing the entire electronic record?

Obviously, this part of the email can be quite important (just ask the NSA), so if she isn't providing that, what is her justification for not doing so?

If the law doesn't specifically make an exemption for that, then it can't be omitted. When she received an email, the header is a part of the email that she received. Therefore, it is part of the official record.

Comment: Re:A conspiracy of academics? (Score 1) 525 525

Having worked in academia for some time, I'd like to call bullshit on many of your points.


Actually, though a minority, there are many Republicans (usually leaning more Libertarian) in academia.

Interestingly, this article was in the news just a few days ago: Report: Harvard Faculty Supports Democrats a Whopping 96% of the Time

Comment: Re:All aboard the FAIL train (Score 1) 553 553

Sure, because that is what happened. I'm not using "anointed" as a criticism of Hilary, I'm using it to refer to the lack of credible Democratic contenders. It's a term that is used to show that possible contenders have stepped aside and have ceded the field to one player. It very much described what has happened to the Democrat's nomination process.

I suspect, however, that you really don't have anything to say about the substance of my post, so you choose to try to make an issue out of the way that I said it -- "it tells me to to ignore the person using it". And then, you go on to say that was my only serious critique - when that wasn't my critique at all. How droll.

Comment: Re:All aboard the FAIL train (Score 1) 553 553

Insightful? This is hilarious. The Democrats had practically anointed Hilary, who should be on trial for a felony for her email scandal. Now, even the NY Times is trying to get someone else credible to run for the Dems, as the extent of her corruption has been revealed to be truly enormous.

Comment: Re:Left-handed sugar (Score 2) 630 630

Responding to myself, I guess the original article that I had read was talking about tagatose

Tagatose is a low carbohydrate functional sweetener, very similar to fructose in structure. It is naturally occurring and can be found in some dairy products. Tagatose has a physical bulk similar to sucrose or table sugar and is almost as sweet. However, it is metabolized differently, has a minimal effect on blood glucose and insulin levels and furthermore provides a prebiotic effect. Tagatose is especially suitable as a flavor enhancer or as a low carbohydrate sweetener.

I wonder why it's not more popular.

Comment: Left-handed sugar (Score 1) 630 630

Many years ago, I read in Omni Magazine (a source to be trusted, for sure) of a breakthrough that was dubbed "Left-handed sugar". The claim was that some lab had produced a compound that was essentially the same as regular sugar, but in some fashion, it's molecular arrangement was a mirror-image. The trick of it was that the taste buds thought it was sugar, but the digestive system would ignore it.

For years, I expected to hear about some real product; but I guess that I was fooled.

"It takes all sorts of in & out-door schooling to get adapted to my kind of fooling" - R. Frost