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Comment: Not in Tesla's favour (Score 1) 156

by The Evil Atheist (#47941797) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

This leads to the question of whether there will be some sort of sweeping federal action in Tesla's favor.

I'd say that's a poor choice of wording. If any such action was taken, it would be AGAINST dealers. It won't be in favour of any single company. It should be fair for all.

Comment: Science is never value free (Score 1) 937

by The Evil Atheist (#47899175) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
Science requires all the things that religions purport to be interested in: honesty, trust, humility, even a measure of self sacrifice, but it does it better than religions because of interpersonal accountability.

My response that atheists needs something to believe in: believe in the future of humanity.

It doesn't actually exist. It has psychotic tendencies. It may reward or punish us on a whim, but we can hope that it will work out okay.

Comment: Re:Shame (Score 1) 102

by The Evil Atheist (#47724865) Attached to: Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions
C++ has inheritance, but it is not virtual inheritance by default. Then you have templates, which give you polymorphism without inheritance, which is what makes std::vector and std::sort even faster than C in a lot of cases.

I've been spending a lot of time in C++11 and I can tell you short script programs are almost as easy as python to write. The only thing lacking is standard library support for networking, graphics and databases. C++11 does have type inference now, which is one of the reasons why it's now faster to write C++ than ever before. Actually, C++ has had type inference when templates were introduced, but it just wasn't available outside of templates like auto does now.

Comment: Re:Nicatoids and bees (Score 1) 152

by The Evil Atheist (#47720765) Attached to: China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn
Did you even read a word I wrote, or do you think anyone who doesn't agree with you must be siding with the Chinese government?

There have been other protests and troubles since Tiananmen, and they have been largely avoiding another incident. Even the mess with the Uighurs right now. Where do you see the tanks rolling in? Do you realize parts of the country continue to open up in terms of economics AND freedom? Why did you ignore my example of Bo Xilai?

And speaking of Tiananmen, do you even understand why that even happened? They weren't doing it because they were being classical dictator villains hell bent on bending people to their will. They did it because the leaders were actually scared the protests could turn into real rebellions that would topple their power. Especially Deng Xiaoping, who was purged twice before due to the Cultural Revolution, which was in its own way a rebellion.

You need to understand Chinese political history before making assumptions that it works like a European nation. China never had the mentality of a divine right of kings.

Comment: Re:Nicatoids and bees (Score 1) 152

by The Evil Atheist (#47718985) Attached to: China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn
It doesn't have any checks and balances to prevent corruption. However, those who are corrupt enough to cause trouble for the government can expect to be executed.

The firewall, I think even the Chinese government knows it's ineffective, and it certainly knows people can get around it easily enough.

As for "bend them to its will", no government can do that. It can suppress, and the Chinese government can do that quite well. But it knows well enough that if it suppresses too much, there would rebellion. The threat of rebellion runs all through Chinese history and there's always the millennia old cultural inheritance of the concept of righteous rebellion that not even the Chinese government can ignore. This was the case even during the Cold War. Why do you think they went after the Gang of Four over the Cultural Revolution?

Comment: Re:Nicatoids and bees (Score 2) 152

by The Evil Atheist (#47718117) Attached to: China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn
The ruling party has a lot of engineers and technical people, but the corner cutting happens mostly in the construction and manufacturing industries. No, what the higher ups do is not cutting corners, but filling those industries with people they think they can get bribed from. And the mass suppression before protests get out of hand (ie, start being effective).

Comment: Re:Shame (Score 1) 102

by The Evil Atheist (#47717169) Attached to: Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions
No, because in Java you declare variables to have types. In JS, you only get var. Seriously, if you used any JS heavy webpage, you'd know it slows down to a crawl. You can't heavily optimize JS arrays, for instance because you can't be sure of their member types until the last moment, no matter how much analysis you do.

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