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Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 251

by david_thornley (#46769155) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

The Philippines had cost a lot to pacify, but that was in the past. Their defense was costly, but it was part of US geopolitics. The US wanted to maintain a forward fleet base in Manila Bay no matter what. The Philippines were let go because they were ready. I don't know enough about Cuba to say, but I don't remember its annexation as being a war aim.

Comment: Re:is this seriously (Score 1) 251

by david_thornley (#46768963) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

The reason he compared it to Nazi Germany is that it bears a striking similarity. Large power army occupies area, holds plebiscite, gets a very high percentage of the vote for annexation. It immediately reminded me of the Anschluss.

If Putin wants to not get compared with Hitler, all he has to do is not act like Hitler. Seems simple to me.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 595

by david_thornley (#46768801) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Not necessarily. The government might pay money to a minor child by sending it to the parent or guardian, and might make an overpayment. Apparently, that's the principle here. It sucks to have money taken from you because of something you never actually saw that happened 40 years ago, but it still can be your debt.

Comment: Re:Flat tax - IRS severely downsized (Score 1) 595

by david_thornley (#46768289) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

The other nice thing about a flat tax is that the rich get to pay it. Right now, my wife and I are in the highest bracket for Federal taxes, with our individual incomes near but not over the FICA cap, and negligible income from anything other than working for a living.

Comment: Re:Ex Post Facto Law (Score 1) 595

by david_thornley (#46768159) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Nope; they're not going to jail you for destroying evidence that you had no reason to believe might be evidence. Of course, having destroyed the records, it's going to be harder to convince the judge and/or jury you had them in the first place, and they said what you claim they said.

Comment: Re:The vessel matters (Score 1) 580

by david_thornley (#46766939) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

As a species, we're going to survive any new series of pandemics, or other global disaster that doesn't just wipe out the planet. We've got genetic diversity and a lot of neat tools, including rational thought. We're not at risk of extinction given a standard extinction event. In such an event, what's going to determine survival is not basic health, but wealth. What we would be selecting for in event of plague is availability of good medical care in a major crisis. What we would be selecting for in a climatic disaster is structurally sound houses, the ability to move somewhere else, resources to counter the effects (like air conditioning), stuff like that.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 283

by mrchaotica (#46766807) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

("Fiscally optimal" meaning the amount where the marginal cost of building another parking space (MC) equals the marginal revenue from building it (MR).)

Surely that calculation would include the externalized cost of more competition for on-street parking the developer would be imposing on the neighbors... right?

Yeah, I thought not.

Comment: Re:Subtle attack against C/C++ (Score 1) 175

by david_thornley (#46766727) Attached to: The Security of Popular Programming Languages

I never used Cfront that much; I'm taking the the compiler designation from Stroustrup's "Design and Evolution" book. I never used PRO*C (my main experience with interfacing is OCI and OCCI), but in the case of Cfront you'd have to parse to determine which parts of C code you could let through. What would be a function call in C could be a member function call in C++, perhaps a virtual function call, and maybe it could be passed through and maybe not. Operator overloading meant that every expression had to be parsed by Cfront. If you're taking source code, parsing it, and producing somewhat different target code based on the parse, I'm going to call it a compiler.

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