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Comment Re:Let's not jump to conclusions, people (Score 1) 269

Two wrongs don't make a right.

She already agreed the home server was a bad decision on her part. But so far it's not illegal nor a clear violation of policy at the time (pending unknown details).

As a general observation, the rich get rich by driving at the absolute edge of permissible law. And if you don't get rich, you cannot practically run for office. Therefore, if you want to be a viable politician, you have to stretch the limits. If you want to win, you have to play "the game".

Trump openly admits he butters the system, and takes full advantage of existing laws (such as bankruptcy).

If you want to fix this in a general sense, then find a way to take the money out of politics.

There are rare cases where people get rich yet are fully honest, but I doubt they'd have to skills to battle their slimebag political competition. It's hard to outwit a slimebag without having some experience in slimebaggery.

(Rather than push for STEM in schools, perhaps they can push for slimebag courses. It may be less outsourceable.)

Comment Let's not jump to conclusions, people (Score 1) 269

She is supposed to be so smart yet she did not think that the Secretary of State would be handing confidential / secret / top secret information via email?

The "office" server she should have been using was ALSO not designed for confidential/secret info. Thus, the "home" thing is NOT the issue here (yet).

So far we don't know if anything she sent/received was secret at the time it was sent. That's still an open issue. We only know that some of it has since been classified (or should have been classified).

And if somebody did send her classified info, she still may not be culpable for it. Unless it's an obvious "special" message, it may not be her to job to determine classification categories anymore than it's her job to check server ports.

If somebody sends you a bad email, is it your fault or the senders?

If it's obviously a bad email, then the receiver should report it. But if it's subtlety bad (or secret) such that the determiner-of-badness is a specialized skill, then we wouldn't expect the receiver to also have that specialized categorization skill.

There's a lot of potential work-flow and responsibility paths here. The devil's in the details, which we don't have yet.

Comment What are they COMPARING it to? (Score 1) 269

The "office" email server she should have been using may have also been poorly configured. We know it was poorly backed up because it crashed and data was lost.

If it was poorly backed up, it was likely poorly configured also because this suggests support in general was slack. At least her own server lasted longer.

We may be comparing a Ford Pinto to a Yugo here, except the Yugo has since died and been scrapped so that we cannot examine it (unless somebody kept an old scan record.)

Comment Web Languages of the World, Unite! (Score 1) 74

I don't know why we have 3 different client-side languages: CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. Why not unite them? HTML (or XML) can define styles, and even be a scripting language, similar to ColdFusion (but with better use of attributes). We could then use some programming to get better factoring or control of styles etc.

Some suggest Lisp, but I have to agree Lisp is just too hard to read if the author is not really careful. (Some seem to be born with "Lisp eyes". I'm not one of them.) XML can be verbose, but is generally easier to read than Lisp for most. The block end marker having the same name as the block starter seems to help readability and make it easier to fix textual mistakes.

Comment Gray versus grey (Score 2) 74

In 1988, X11R2 arrived with the addition of three colors, including the identical shades "gray" and "grey." According to Austin-based developer Alex Sexton, discussing the colors at a JavaScript Conference last year, programmers at Hewlett-Packard couldn't remember the proper spelling (which was originally with an 'a'). Including two names, it was thought, would prevent errors.

I looked into this once, and found that one is a UK convention and the the other a US convention (gray).

Comment It *is* a science, but a hard one (Score 1) 358

Economics is a science, or at least would be if done right.

Science is about predicting, modeling, and understanding the real world. Economics is the real world.

The "problem" is that it's a messy science with lot of variables, including human behavior. It's also difficult to get something close to controlled studies, as each situation is a different combo of factors. But this is also true of cosmology where we can't reboot the universe to try different things: we have to observe just the one we got.

Just because it's a difficult science does NOT make it a non-science. Nobody said science has to be easy to be science.

Comment Re:Article also misses a major point (Score 2) 263

...based on a deterministic view of the universe - one without quantum mechanics. This viewpoint is false.

A deterministic model may be a sufficient emulation even if not a perfect emulation.

After all, a lot of people take drugs, caffeine, alcohol, get smashed in the head in football or a swimming accident, get diabetes, and still are usually more or less themselves. The brain is designed to handle a degree of "noise" and damage, and this could very well include the "noise" of an imperfect model of itself. How much is "good enough", we don't yet know.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen