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Comment Re:That may be. (Score 1) 502

My ancestors were Irish. Not only were the Irish discriminated against when they first came to the US, but every March 17 our culture is appropriated by clearly non-Irish people drinking green beer, eating corned beef and cabbage, and wearing green clothing. Where are the protesters? Where are my reparations?

Comment Re:What does this have to do with Slashdot? (Score 2) 832

If you look at the comment counts, posts like this get a lot more response than any tech post. In fact, it seems that the more a post is purely about technology, the fewer responses it has. Although the purists come out with their predictable "what-is-this-doing-on-slashdot" comments every time a political topic comes up, there is obviously a lot of interest. Someone had a good suggestion... just create a "politics" tag, and those who aren't interested can filter it out. Win-win.

Comment Re:He's Not Qualified (Score 1) 235

Modern humans have existed for about 2000 years and there is exactly one human institution that has lasted for more than 1% of that time: the monarchy of Japan.

What? 1% of 2000 years is 20 years. Even my homeowners association has been around longer than that. Not to mention, say, the Catholic Church.

Comment Re:Collusion? (Score 1) 399

This should actually make it easier to distinguish genuine reports from collusion, because many people reporting at the same time will be even more suspicious and difficult to explain.

And it would take nearly thirty seconds for anyone wanting to game the system to realize they should spread out their reports rather than reporting all at once.

Comment Re:Defensive action (Score 1) 549

There is more to defensive driving than taking evasive action to avoid an imminent accident. True defensive driving is an ingrained habit of thinking and an experienced driver does it constantly with little conscious notice. It is staying out of other drivers' blind spots; it is letting up on the gas a little when it appears that a driver pulling out of a side street might not see you; it is taking a quick glance both ways when the light turns green just in case someone else is trying to beat the red light. It is not just tricky maneuvers to get out of a tight spot -- it is thinking ahead to reduce the risk of getting in a tight spot in the first place.

Comment Re:Perfect summary of Perl from Larry himself (Score 2) 133

I couldn't have said it better myself. I have been programming in Perl for 20 years and my mantra has always been "It's better to be clear than to be clever." There are two types of coder that are a curse to the Perl language: beginners who write stupid code because Perl lets them do it, and "elite" coders who delight in obscure difficult-to-read idioms (which often cover up poor basic logic). Saying that someone's Perl code looks like C is meant in a derogatory way by some Perl coders, but I think Perl would have a better reputation if more people coded in such a clear, straight-forward manner instead of trying to show everyone how clever they are.

Comment Inaccurate, inflammatory summary (Score 1) 445

I read The Fine Article twice just in case I missed it, but it does not in fact claim that "creationists [are] manipulating search results" and it presents zero evidence that this is happening. Mr. Laden's panties are chafing him because the inscrutable wizardry behind search rankings has put a web site that he doesn't like near the top of the search results. He then invites his readers to manipulate the search results with their feedback.

Comment Re:One web site. (Score 1) 445

I read The Fine Article twice just in case I missed it, but it does not in fact claim that "creationists [are] manipulating search results". Mr. Laden's panties are chafing him because the inscrutable wizardry behind search rankings has put a web site that he doesn't like near the top of the search results. He then invites his readers to manipulate the search results with their feedback.

Comment Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 2) 1094

Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage: 38 comments threshold 4 or higher.
Google Offers Cheap Cloud Computing: 3 comments threshold 4 or higher.
AMD Details High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) DRAM: 2 comments threshold 4 or higher.
Robotic Space Plane Launches In Mystery Mission This Week: 7 comments threshold 4 or higher.

You thought wrong.

Comment Re:It's the devil (Score 2) 108

I can't defend the appalling behavior of your street-corner preacher, for "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" and "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

But C. S. Lewis had a good answer to your question about the square circle (or the more often heard question of "could God make a rock so large that he could not move it.")

"His Omnipotence means power to do all that is intrinsically possible, not to do the intrinsically impossible. You may attribute miracles to Him, but not nonsense. There is no limit to His power.

... meaningless combinations of words do not suddenly acquire meaning simply because we prefix to them the two other words, 'God can.'

It remains true that all things are possible with God: the intrinsic impossibilities are not things but nonentities. It is no more possible for God than for the weakest of His creatures to carry out both of two mutually exclusive alternatives; not because His power meets an obstacle, but because nonsense remains nonsense even when we talk it about God."

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