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Comment: Re:Completely unrelated... (Score 1) 474

In fact, there are times where the broken window fallacy isn't a fallacy. WWII was the biggest window-breaking of modern times, and even in the US we spent a tremendous amount of labor and resources on things that, even if they didn't get broken, were basically consumer goods, and got out of the Depression.

Comment: Re:Education versus racism (Score 1) 474

Common sense says you are cooperative with the police officer, since doing otherwise can get you beaten and/or arrested. The fact that you are legally entirely in the right isn't going to help when the officer says he had to subdue you because you got belligerent.

Suing after the fact is a much better outcome than having a murderer be put on paid leave while Internal Affairs whitewashes the case.

Comment: Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 474

IIRC, you are required to identify yourself to a police officer. You are not legally required to show ID. You do not have to consent to any search. (You may find it convenient to show ID, and you certainly don't want to try to physically stop an officer from doing something. Just calmly make it clear that you do not consent to any search while they're patting you down.) Stay polite and calm.

Comment: Re:Untie the bonuses from the schedule... (Score 1) 185

by david_thornley (#48437807) Attached to: It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Programming is not construction. Programming is design. It's always going to be fuzzier than actual production.

Manufacturing, in software, is trivial. This apparently leads people to think that software development is something like manufacturing, because they want a visible step there.

Comment: Re:We've been doing it for a long time (Score 1) 367

It's possible to explain it in a variety of ways, including simple and complex. It's entirely possible to explain atmospheric warming by listing one variable. Modeling is another matter, and all the halfway decent models have tons of variables.

Comment: Re:the NERVE of them swedes! (Score 1) 243

by david_thornley (#48437561) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Is it your opinion that somebody should be immune from questioning until convicted? The Swedish courts have decided that there's enough of a case to go forward.

Nor do you give any shred of reason why it would be harder to get Assange from Sweden than the UK, if the US in fact has any plans concerning him, which seems to be baseless (if not entirely implausible) speculation.

Comment: Re:Swedish Puppets (Score 1) 243

by david_thornley (#48437499) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Do you really think a foreign embassy would keep the CIA out? They might try, but if the US wanted to do any extraordinary rendition they wouldn't let a little thing like that stop them. It's only Ecuador, after all, not a country the US has to respect. As far as extradition to the US goes, the US could have filed that while Assange was in the UK and before he headed for the embassy.

Comment: Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here (Score 1) 243

by david_thornley (#48437473) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

The impression I got was that both women were planning to have sex with him, but on their terms. This doesn't mean they can't be raped.

Rape and sexual assault victims vary widely in what they will do after the crime. Some victims in fact deny to themselves that the assault ever occurred, and try to go on precisely as before. I don't think this is a healthy reaction, but it happens.

As far as Assange goes, in what way is he being treated oddly? There were credible allegations of sex crimes, and he was undergoing due process through the Swedish justice system. They have asked for his extradition from Britain, and that has been granted. What's unusual about this, aside from Assange being somewhat notorious and having some extra resources to evade the legal process?

And why do you think there's a real threat of being imprisoned in a US gulag? Why do you think any such threat would be worse in Sweden than in that notorious US lapdog, the UK? If Assange was concerned about being extradited or special-renditioned, what would be the sense in going to the UK?

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