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Comment Why that's a real issue (Score 2) 391

That law puts decision making burdens on the wrong people and there are no end of debatable cases.

The police department of a nearby city told an employer that the picture of a young boy in his underwear on an employee's computer was actionable.

On the other hand, if an "IT technician" gets too sensitive, people with bathtub photos of their kids are going to have their lives ruined.

Then there's the issue of whether it's even safe to report things. Right here on Slashdot, someone who runs a porn hosting business said that the first time they found a customer running underage porn, they contacted the authorities. The authorities then threatened to prosecute the hosting firm. When that firm finds child porn today they silently fire the customer and delete the content.

Comment Re:Deniers? (Score 3, Insightful) 507

When all else fails, watch the way the parties debate and assess their credibility from their actions.

On one hand, there are scientists who tell you what their error bars are, talk in terms of probabilities, and tell you where they need more data to offer firmer forecasts.

On the other side I have heard
o The planet is not warming up, satellite measurements prove it
o The warming, which isn't happening, ended in 1998
o The warming, which isn't happening, which ended in 1998, is caused by carbon dioxide from volcanoes
o The warming which isn't happening which ended in 1998 which is caused by CO2 from volcanoes has nothing to do with CO2 but is caused by solar output changes

There's more.

Some of it is honest backlash against people who go beyond the evidence. I dismiss anyone who talks about "saving the planet". The planet was just fine with palm trees growing in Antarctica.

Most of it is cynically calculated intentional disinformation. See the book "The Climate Coverup" for examples of how talking points were tested in focus groups without any investigation into whether they were true.

Then consider, if you don't believe the scientists, that they could be wrong in either direction and things could be worse than they expect. There's actually some data to suggest exactly that. See the book "With Speed and Violence", from a science magazine editor who has excellent BS filters.

Comment Re:Easy to follow guide (Score 1) 308

This isn't a theory, this is speculation.

Biologically, men are constitutionally weaker than women. Their infant mortality rate is higher. In environments with the same lifestyle and stresses, women live longer (studies have compared nuns with monks).

You could even argue that having only one X chromosome is a dangerous genetic defect.

Speculation #1, then, is that mental illness is in the same lump of phenomena as hemophilia and color blindness, disproportionately affecting males.

Speculation #2 is that men get better health care than women and are diagnosed more often as a result.

Speculation #3 is that there's no such phenomenon at all, given that women are diagnosed with depression more than men are.

>They are just as dangerous

You might be falling into a common mistake there. OCD people, depressed people, most schizophrenics, and most other mentally ill people are as safe to be around as anyone else.

Comment Re:Oracle's open license is viral (Score 1) 215

For the most part, Microsoft CLR users already don't care. Have you heard of IKVM? They're already yo-ho-ho-ing code like Zookeeper libraries and other stuff at a prodigous rate. And given that the CLR has versioning that lets it update its binary engine without deprecating the entire universe that came before, they're doing it with a language with features at least 5 years ahead of what the Java working groups are even considering.

Given the open sourcing and license of the .NET core libraries, CoreCLR and compiler... Quite frankly the community would be better served if Google used the CLR. Microsoft actually doesn't need a lot of buy-in. They're already leading one of the top 5 most deployed binary platforms in the world. What they want is developers to recognize their platform is actually the technically superior and most open option.

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 72

There is nothing more inhetmrently wrong with "WYSIWYG" editors than there is with C++. Judicious, appropriate use is implied. I think the industry over-relies on unmanaged code, appealing to "performance" as a crutch for bad designs and algorithm selections. The results speak for themselves.

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 72

See: I'm saying that if you're splitting it, you're wrong. You did it wrong at the start and now you have no choice but to keep doing it wrong.

So I guess we agree to disagree, since you can't offer anything other than bland arguments and appeals to a largely ineffective status quo.

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