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Comment: Re:Why is science to blame for the holocaust? (Score 1) 905

by XxtraLarGe (#47909615) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

My understanding is: without religion, there would have been no holocaust.

Your understanding is mistaken. There were Christians who supported Hitler, and there were Christians who opposed him. There were Christians who hated Jews, and there were Christians who hid them & helped them escape. Hitler hated Christians, and would have eventually done the same thing to Christians as he did to Jews. Wikipedia actually has a pretty good description of his religious upbringing and the influence it had on him.

Comment: Re:Do We Want Our Gov't to regulate the drones? (Score 1, Insightful) 94

by XxtraLarGe (#47896709) Attached to: Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

Regulation is a word that bristles the hair about your neck, but there are enough flaws in the human condition that we pretty much need some rules to protect us from each other.

This may be one of those times.

So basically what you're saying is humans are flawed, so we need some flawed humans to make rules for the rest of the flawed humans? If the people can't be trusted to make decisions for themselves, then how can we trust that they made good decisions when they voted for the current set of elected officials?

Comment: Homeland Security FTW! (Score 0, Troll) 94

by XxtraLarGe (#47896697) Attached to: Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

If businesses and individuals can have drones, then the terrorists have already won. Sadly, the terrorists won right after 9/11 when the Federal government ballooned into a never before seen size, with the passage of the unPATRIOTic Act. Any time the government gets more power, the people lose.

I hope you guys are enjoying the government you've elected. It doesn't matter if you voted for Bush, Gore, Kerry, Obama, McCain or Romney, the result would all be the same. We kept hearing over and over again "Things like this won't happen when Obama is president!". But guess what? They do happen, and they're happening more often.

That's the end of my libertarian rant. Now start with your straw man attacks.

Comment: Finally! (Score 4, Insightful) 474

by XxtraLarGe (#47488423) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use
This is one of the most messed-up issues in the history of humanity. Hopefully we'll see an end to the insane war on drugs in our lifetime! Drugs are made more dangerous by being illegal, I don't know why so few of us in the United States didn't learn the lesson from alcohol prohibition.

Comment: Re:Your Results Will Vary (Score 1) 241

by XxtraLarGe (#47488253) Attached to: Math, Programming, and Language Learning

But I took nothing past Calculus (and have never professionally used even Trigonometry), and I'm a successful programmer, so I think math is unnecessary.

What sort of programming do you do? You can write code without doing any trig or calc, but I don't think you can do anything REALLY interesting without *some* math.

Comment: Re:Python for learning? Good choice. (Score 1) 415

by XxtraLarGe (#47417737) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

I'm a C++ programmer by trade but there's no way I'd wish that language on a student

Agreed. Its not a learning language.

I learned to program with C++, you insensitive clod! And we had to write our own stacks, heaps and vectors without using the standard library, and that's the way we liked it!

Comment: Re:$300 for a GPU (Score 1) 210

Meanhile, the end result doesn't look THAT much better than the PS3, with its measly GeForce 7900 series.

I actually bought it for my PS3, and the graphic quality seems pretty good to me. Of course, I'm more about the game play than anything else.

It's pretty fun, but a lot more driving & gunplay than I was expecting, and there's no real feeling of consequence.

It's easy to get good karma simply by catching criminals, and if you accidentally kill a bystander, it's a minor hit to your karma. I'd expect it to tank, but it doesn't. Hacking people's bank accounts seems to not have any effect, which seems like it should. It would be nice if they had offered a white hat/black hat path that you could take.

Also, if you want, it's pretty easy to level up right away by simply doing the criminal detections and hacking everyone in site in order to buy 5-star weapons from the get go. There doesn't seem to be an XP cap on the criminal investigations, and they're always worth the same.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson