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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.

Comment: Re:What a crazy situation (Score 1) 149

Something seems really, really off kilter if so many of us see the federal government's law enforcement agencies as the enemy.

Floods can help to irrigate land and forest fires clear away deadfalls, but I don't think many would say the positives outweigh the negatives.

Comment: Re:on behalf of america (Score 1) 625

by XxtraLarGe (#47283215) Attached to: EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Yes, yes it was. It was an accident of circumstance and genetics.

Guess what? ABG's right, you're wrong. I'm fat, and it's my fault. I'm a victim of my own decisions, not a victim of circumstance and genetics. I drink too much pop/energy drinks, eat too much fast food, and don't exercise enough. But that's my fault, not anybody else's.

No matter what your genetics -OR- your circumstances are, you are ultimately in control of what kinds of food you shovel into your mouth and what kinds of activities you do. Making obesity a disability is only going to encourage more people to become fat so they can get on the gravy train. If you want to truly see an obesity epidemic, this is a great way to cause one.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder