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Comment Re:Banks vs Manchester. Law, no. Indexes by publis (Score 1) 292 292

Plus, it doesn't solve any known problem. Fraud didn't go down in the places that required IDs. There were just fewer Blacks voting.

Well, for the one state that I happen to have read anything about this matter (Georgia), black voting participation increased after the voter ID law passed (source: Atlanta Constitution). So, you're wrong.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 1) 434 434

She redacted the contents of each and every email that she provided by not printing the email headers (here's an example - https://twitter.com/davelevint...). As to the binary attachments, did she print a hex dump? Because, that's about the only way to completely reconstruct a Word document from a printout.

Comment Re:Poor choice (Score 1) 434 434

There is no way that Trump will survive the primary. His negative ratings are just awful. The only thing that he has going for him is name recognition. Once the field narrows, the other candidates will easily pass him by. I'm actually surprised that he didn't run as a Democrat -- he could have shared time with Hillary at the debates. They are rumored to be friends, so this may be why he's running as a Republican. In fact, in 2004, he stated that he self-identified as a Democrat.

Comment Re:What bothers me (Score 2) 434 434

Furthermore, she only turned over printed versions of (a subset of) her emails and then claimed that was sufficient. I bet that she didn't print out the email headers, which are an important part of the email. Also, what about binary attachments (Word documents, etc)? Were those even included? There is a lot of potentially important information in a Word document that won't show up in a printed document.

So, in short, even if you play by her rules as to whether she satisfied her record-keeping requirements, she almost certainly didn't. I'd love to see these questions asked.

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 3, Interesting) 265 265

Astounding as it may seem, but the Democrats are clearly positioning former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (that's right - Mayor) as their VP pick. http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/04/...

Of course, that's not as astounding as the fact that the Democrats are hell-bent on nominating Hillary, in the first place.

Submission + - Taxpayers Have Now Spent $3.5 Million to Find Out Why Lesbians Are Obese->

RoccamOccam writes: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has now spent over $3.5 million to determine why the majority of lesbians are obese.

The project, now entering its fifth year, received another grant worth $658,485 this summer. The total funding for the research is now $3,531,925. Funding has more than doubled since the study was first revealed in 2013.

The study is examining why three-quarters of lesbians are obese, but gay men are not. It has survived sequester cuts, and continues to produce results such as the discovery that gay men have a “greater desire for toned muscles” than straight men.

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Submission + - 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).

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