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Comment: Re:C is very relevant in 2014, (Score 2) 641

by RoccamOccam (#48555821) Attached to: How Relevant is C in 2014?

"C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off".
Yes, I said something like that (in 1986 or so). What people tend to miss, is that what I said there about C++ is to a varying extent true for all powerful languages. As you protect people from simple dangers, they get themselves into new and less obvious problems. Someone who avoids the simple problems may simply be heading for a not-so-simple one. One problem with very supporting and protective environments is that the hard problems may be discovered too late or be too hard to remedy once discovered. Also, a rare problem is harder to find than a frequent one because you don't suspect it.

-- Bjarne Stroustrup

Comment: Battery capacity (Score 2) 56

by RoccamOccam (#48418409) Attached to: Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

Interesting that the battery spec isn't on par with the competitors listed on their website. Both the Nexus 9 and the iPad Mini have in excess of 50%-more capacity. I didn't see any numbers on expected battery life.

On the other hand, the price and multitasking-approach makes it a very attractive alternative, to me.

Comment: Primaries (Score 1) 224

by RoccamOccam (#48344937) Attached to: Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

Perhaps, particularly in this last election cycle, the money would be better spent in the primaries. Clearly, the American voters wanted the Democrats to lose control of the Senate and to retain control of the House. For a number of reasons, that was the overriding issue, across the board.

If Lessig's PAC had worked to get more favorable candidates into position in the primaries, they might have had a bigger return on their dollar.

Comment: Election results (Score 1) 388

by RoccamOccam (#48316505) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches
Speaking of the election, had this to say about the election results

Roughly two months ago, we explored the question of whether Republicans were headed for a "wave" election victory in 2014. The results are in, and the verdict is unequivocal: Yes. As of this writing -- in the wee hours of the morning -- Republicans appear poised to win their largest House majority in well over half a century. They have won the United States Senate by a decisive margin, netting eight seats outright, with a ninth almost certainly on the way. They will actually gain a number of governorships -- building on their already-remarkable 30-20 advantage. And they've expanded their dominance of state-level legislative chambers. A comprehensive blowout. There are many things for conservatives to celebrate. An incomplete list, in no particular order:

(1) Senators-elect Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst, and Thom Tillis are all winners of formerly-blue seats in states carried by Barack Obama at least once. Gardner tossed a perfect game in his race, beating Sen. Mark "Uterus" Udall soundly (by six points, with 89 percent of the vote counted). He neutralized the "war on women" nonsense and outperformed among Latinos. The national party should turn Gardner's win into a case study. Joni Ernst dominated Bruce Braley, winning by eight points. Adding insult to injury, Democrats also lost Braley's House seat. These 'precriminations' told the story. And Thom Tillis, who trailed in the polling average for the entire race, came from behind and ousted Kay Hagan.

(2) The last time Republicans defeated more than two incumbent Democratic Senators in one election cycle was 1980. In 2014, they've gotten four (Pryor, Udall, Hagan, Begich), with a fifth -- Mary Landrieu -- looking like a sitting duck. Landrieu garnered just 42 percent of the vote in Louisiana, compared to 55 percent for her two GOP rivals. She will need a miracle to win the December 6 runoff.

(3) The polls were, in fact, skewed. Toward Democrats. Significantly. Mitch McConnell won by 15 points in Kentucky. David Perdue beat Michelle Nunn by 13 points, easily avoiding a run-off. Tom Cotton absolutely destroyed Mark Pryor. Tillis wasn't supposed to win. The polls were way off in all of these races. And, I'm happy to add, the disgusting race-baiting failed.

(4) If the GOP takes Louisiana as expected, and if Maine independent Angus King decides to caucus with Republicans -- which he's reportedly open to doing -- the party will control 55 seats in January. Republicans were at a 60-40 disadvantage in the upper chamber as recently as early 2010. That's a breathtaking turnaround, mirroring Democrats' Senate gains from 2004 to 2008. Question: Might Sen. Joe Manchin be thinking about pulling a Jim Jeffords and switching parties, given what just happened in his state? That would be 56.

(5) Democrats insisted that Obamacare was not a big issue in this campaign. Republicans' campaigns blew that theory out of the waterand then there's this (a tally that doesn't include Begich or Landrieu):

almost half! MT @mkhammer: Damn. RT @philipaklein: w/ Hagan’s loss: 27 senators who voted for Obamacare won't be part of new Senate — Guy Benson (@guypbenson) November 5, 2014

(6) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has now beaten the Left three times in four years. And each win has built on the last. He beat Mary Burke by nearly seven points in a race that was supposedly "tied" two weeks ago. The Marquette poll nailed it again. Walker has been rewarded by voters for his courageous and successful governance in a state that hasn't been carried by a Republican presidential ticket in decades. And this perspective is just delicious:

So Charlie Crist lost as many races as Scott Walker won in the last four years. — Daniel Ehlers (@DanielEhlers) November 5, 2014

Three Crist losses, with three different parties. Good riddance.

(7) Speaking of governors, that category of races contained the night's most stunning outcomes. I thought a very optimistic projection would be a break-even hold of 30 governorships for the GOP. Nope. They gained ground, losing only Pennsylvania. They held serve in places like Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Maine (!), and Kansas (!!), while picking off Democrat-held governorships in Arkansas, Massachusetts, Maryland (perhaps the biggest shocker of the whole night), and Barack Obama's home state of Illinois. Obama campaigned for the losing candidates in the latter two states. As I write this, Connecticut and Colorado are still too close to call (both trending Dem). Both would be pick-ups for Republicans. The GOP looks like it will occupy at least 33 governor's mansions starting next year, to the Democrats' 17. Weren't Republicans supposed to be a "regional party"? John Kasich won Ohio by more than 30 points. Brian Sandoval's margin in Nevada is just silly. Kudos all around to Chris Christie and the RGA. Oh, and enjoy:

Greg Abbott got nearly a million more votes than Wendy Davis. A million! — Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) November 5, 2014

Media darling/Abortion warrior Wendy Davis lost Texas by more than 20 points. Greg Abbott won women by nine points, based on exit polls, and annihilated Davis among white women. Abbott also carried a very respectable chunk of the Hispanic vote. And Davis' State Senate seat has been won by a pro-life conservative woman. Savor that one.

(8) Republicans still have a long way to go in making inroads with minorities and young women -- and they shouldn't over-interpret this 2014 romp as a "false positive" for 2016 -- but several victories are worth highlighting. The conservative voters of South Carolina elected Tim Scott to his first full term as a US Senator by a huge margin. Scott is the first African-American elected to the Senate from a Southern state since Reconstruction. That's uplifting, and it busts some self-serving, race-baiting lefty narratives. In New York, Republican Elise Stefanik became the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, at age 30. Her race was a blowout. In Utah, Mia Love won a hard-fought victory, becoming the first black female Republican to serve in Congress. In West Virginia, Shelley Moore Capito became the first GOP Senator from her state since the 1950's, and its first woman Senator ever. And Joni Ernst is the first woman to win any Iowa election for governor, US Senate, or the House of Representatives.

(9) Harry Reid has been demoted. And despite the beat-down over which he presided, he will be running for Minority Leader.

(10) Barack Obama, unchastened:

---> RT: @peterbakernyt “He doesn’t feel repudiated,” Obama official says. — Guy Benson (@guypbenson) November 5, 2014

"Amazingly, the White House is not putting out a statement tonight congratulating Republicans" --@Acosta on #CNNElection — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 5, 2014

Over to you, Senator Obama:

Sen Obama after '06 Dem takeover: "If Pres Bush is stubborn, refuses to take signals from the election..." — Morgen (@morgenr) November 5, 2014


Comment: Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (Score 1) 739

by RoccamOccam (#48280175) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

So, which Republicans voted for the ACA?...For that matter, what Republican support was needed to overcome a filibuster?

Apparently you don't know much about this history of what you are talking about. The answer to that question (which I think you suspected had no answer): the Republican Senator from Maine, Olympia Snow.

So, the Democrats created this whole crapload to satisfy one Republican Senator? Even though they didn't need her vote and she didn't wind up voting for it? And it's the Republicans' fault? Talk about delusional!

Comment: Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (Score -1, Flamebait) 739

by RoccamOccam (#48277535) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

They opposed it because they oppose everything that Obama does. Whatever he does, they support the opposite. No one cared about Common Core originally, and it was implemented in 43 states. But as soon as Obama said it was a good idea, everyone on the started freaking out and saying it was the worst EVAH.

Funny, I remember Republicans supporting Obama on:

  • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  • The Water Resources Reform and Development Act
  • The Farm Bill
  • The Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act

  • The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

Nearly every key aspect of it comes from the GOP plan that Heritage came up with around 1989.

Right. A 1989 plan from a conservative think tank that never had enough support to even be proposed when Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency. That's a plan that "belongs" to the Republicans. That's the 11,000-page Affordable Care Act. Right.

I know Democrats are embarrassed by the plan, the plan's rollout, the plan's implementation, and the plan's deleterious effects on our country, but come on! Face the music!

Comment: Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (Score 3, Insightful) 739

by RoccamOccam (#48277351) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare
So, which Republicans voted for the ACA? Which provisions were inserted into the ACA to garner those votes? For that matter, what Republican support was needed to overcome a filibuster? Which provisions were inserted into the ACA to get Republican support in order to overcome that filibuster? Geez, just own up to the responsibility for what your party has done.

Comment: Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (Score 1) 739

by RoccamOccam (#48276967) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Are republicans so stupid that they can not see it's a Republican system?

Their memories are simply that short.

It has nothing to do with short memories. The overwhelming majority of Republicans never supported this plan. A single Republican governor of a liberal state supported a state-local version of this plan.

You know, until very recently, a Democrat President opposed gay marriage. So, does that mean that Democrats are so stupid that they can not see it's a Democrat ideal?

Comment: Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (Score 2, Insightful) 739

by RoccamOccam (#48276939) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Are republicans so stupid that they can not see it's a Republican system? Because as a Democrat I wanted a system closer to Canadian Healthcare as it works.

Because a single Republican governor implemented a similar system in a Democrat-controlled state, then automatically, this is a Republican plan that all (or even a majority of) Republicans across the nation supported? What a stupid statement! It completely flies in the face of actual facts.

Every single Republican in Congress opposed this plan. Republican voters overwhelmingly opposed (and still oppose) this plan.

The Democrats had complete control of Congress and the Executive Branch and they passed what they wanted to pass.

This clusterfuck is all on them. If it wasn't so terrible, it would be laughable that Democrats keep trying to pin the blame on the Republicans for this mess

Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"