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Comment: Re:Unless (Score 2) 94

by Your.Master (#49502825) Attached to: Joseph Goebbels' Estate Sues Publisher Over Diary Excerpt Royalties

60 million is the number now?

Yes, 60 million is the number "now". Are you implying that at some point in the past almost 70 years, fewer people were thought to have died in WWII?

Let me guess, if I don't believe your statements

There are 5 references to the original crime, and a sixth to the definition of the actual definition of the crime committed. You gave 0 references.

Here's some more references for the specific number of 60 million deaths broken down by country:

If you want to propose your own number, cite or shut up.

I should be thrown in jail?

Quit being a drama queen. You are literally the only person on this thread to mention jail or prison in this entire thread as of the time of writing. We get it; you're offended that people aren't neutral on the subject of Joseph Goebbels. You can get over it.

If you don't care about him orchestrating war crimes, maybe you will accept he's a criminal due to him murdering six children (his own children) before his sucide? Cite: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.... Those were by his own hand.

Here's a philosophical question. What's worse, murdering your own children by your own hand, or intentionally causing the deaths of 60 million people (the vast majority of whom should be presumed innocent of any crime), but at arm's length? I'd go with the latter, but they are both pretty damned bad.

The only reason he wasn't tried for war crimes was he was already dead:


The IMT decided not to try them posthumously so as not to create the impression that they might still be alive.

It's not like it's unusual to not press charges on dead people. It doesn't do much good to anybody. Pretty safe bet he'd have been convicted.

It's not like this was an accident, that he couldn't have known what he was doing. It's certainly not thought crimes. We don't know Goebbels' thoughts, we know his actions.

Comment: Re:Decent (Score 2) 471

From the images on their web it looks like they have about 40-ish employees. If the average salary before was around 50k then this alone would be sufficient to cover that.

You don't need to infer from images. This article tells you there are 120 people on staff, and that aside from the CEO salary cut, 75-80 percent of the company's current projected profits are being transformed into salary: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04...

Comment: Re:Decent (Score 1) 471

Or he could just halve all his existing employees pay and hire double the people, for the same result! It's not nearly so straightforward as you're saying.

The article says the new minimum pay is 70k, and the old average was 48k. It *also* says that it's going to happen over 3 years, so it's not effective immediately.

I do not know the market for payment processors well, but I'm really doubtful you can just hire another 40% of staff and suddenly have revenue increases. It might not have 0 effect, but then again, I'm pretty sure this will be amazing for employee retention which helps the expense side of things.

Comment: Re:Don't we already have conventions? (Score 1) 165

by Your.Master (#49455661) Attached to: UN To Debate Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Dilemma of determinism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

I'm going to say that any reasonable definition of Free Will that is incompatible with determinism is a definition for a thing that doesn't exist, regardless of how deterministic or non-deterministic the environment is.

I will however accept that reasonable definitions for Free Will can be made that are compatible with determinism (and non-determinism). I feel that the difference between Compatibilism and Incompatibilism is, at that point, simply a matter of the semantics around "free will", which has never had a simple, universal, well-posed definition.

Comment: Re:Sticking makeup on a pig. (Score 2) 892

It's not that men are better negotiators, it's that they are more likely to try to negotiate in the first place, when an offer is not explicitly described as negotiable.*

I thought this was really well known. It is scientifically recorded -- one citation is here: http://www.nber.org/papers/w18...

It's actually often cited as a big reason for the gender pay gap, especially when you consider that negotiation isn't just about salary but also about position.

* There are also further possibilities, not fully proven, that can compound that. One you've already identified: perhaps women are just worse at it, either biologically or through socialization. Another is that people on the other end of the negotiating table might be better at negotiating against women, again either biologically or through socialization or other economic factors.

Comment: Re:So they want sub-par employees. (Score 1) 892

That only makes sense if negotiation is a core competency of your job.

It *will* bias the company away from hiring people who are good at their jobs and *also* good negotiators...but at the same time it should tend to bias them toward hiring people who are good at their jobs and *bad* negotiators.

Comment: Re:Tabs vs Spaces (Score 3, Insightful) 427

by Your.Master (#49426213) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

Spaces are unquestionably useful in some cases. Tabs need to justify their existence.

I can virtually guarantee if you were inventing the first character set today, with no backward-compatibility constraints and no knowledge of the real world's history of keyboarding, you would not include a tab key. It's a relic of the typewriter era, and it's redundant. You *would* probably have a "change the currently focussed element" key, but I suspect it would be related to the arrow keys and would be positional rather than linear. Word processors would have a different affordance for "indent bulleted list".

Disk space for source code tabs vs. spaces is irrelevant.

To me, the tab character causes problems and the only real problem it solves (different tastes for how much width to indent) are better solved by an IDE which is already solving the same problem in so many other contexts, like syntax highlighting in different colours etc.. An IDE could easily say that a line that starts with a string of X consecutive spaces should be represented as Y consecutive spaces. Y may even be a fraction, or a function if you choose to have tab mean "align to previous", but 2, 4, and 8 fixed-width spaces are pretty common. Personally I like 3, but at my workplace the standard is 4 and that's just fine.

Comment: Re:Bring on the discussion of fair sentencing... (Score 1) 230

by Your.Master (#49406819) Attached to: 'Revenge Porn' Operator Gets 18 Years In Prison

You should go argue with the other AC who claims that your side is the side of feminists abusing the term rape.

At *best* this is a conflation. The guy used the same word, rape, to mean two completely different things in that sentence. Once about forced sexual intercourse and once about an invasion of privacy (albeit with a sexual component).

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