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Comment: Re:This is what I HATE! Misunderstood by no-coders (Score 3, Interesting) 158

by digitig (#46205645) Attached to: Non-Coders As the Face of the Learn-to-Code Movements
I learned almost entirely from books. I've no idea what Kernigan and Ritchie were like in front of a class -- I was in the wrong country to find out -- and for all I know they might have written The C Programming Language in their moms' basements. Ditto Knuth, ditto Booch, and so on. Sure, there's no reason for a programmer not to be a great presenter, but there's no reason they have to be for us to learn from them.

Comment: Re:Kill capitol punishment! Kill it dead! (Score 1) 1038

by digitig (#45997857) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Since you didn't post AC, I'll bite. As a forward, I believe in the death penalty (as it should be, not as it is), but am willing to see it discontinued for several reasons. I'm not fanatically in love with the idea.

I am against the death penalty for one simple reason. It gives the government more power than I trust the government with,

Comment: Re:How is this (Score 2) 903

by digitig (#45838057) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Plus there is the nasty trick of the Morning After Pill which is considered a contraceptive but is in reality an Abortion Pill.

Wrong (almost certainly). The best evidence is that "morning after pill" works by preventing fertilisation, not by inducing abortion, as you'd know if you'd read the RA (though of course this is /, so there wasn't much chance of that).

Comment: Re:ONE independent demo, please (Score 1) 207

I suspect the biggest issue isn't technical. At the moment, if a driver drives full speed into a line of kids crossing the road it's the driver who ends up in court. If it's an autonomous self-driving vehicle, it's likely the vehicle manufacturer who ends up in court.

I don't expect the lawyers to allow these vehicles on the road in my lifetime.

Comment: Re:Mandela has died (Score 1, Informative) 138

by digitig (#45617515) Attached to: Patent Troll Bill Clears House With Huge Majority

Punctuation is applied within the quotation marks, so this should be written as "then."

In US English, true. But in British English the sentence was correctly punctuated as it stood, and putting the stop inside the quotes would be seen as a blunder (or resented as a creeping Americanism).

Comment: Re:Oh noooos! (Score 5, Insightful) 509

by digitig (#45589729) Attached to: The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'
Susan Pinker's The Sexual Parodox refers to the observation that as women's rights improve the number of women in traditionally men's professions keeps rising and then goes into reverse, settling at a lower level than the peak (but far higher than in the society with poor women's rights). The effect seems to be tat a desire for "equality" means that women are pushed into jobs they don't want to do because they're assumed to be socialised to the point of being incapable of deciding for themselves (what Pinker calls the "infantilisation of women"). Eventually, women get enough liberty to resist that. So both sides have a measure of truth. Those concerned for women's rights are correct that there can be social factors excluding women from certain professions, but the opponents are right that the search for numerical equality can lead to an overshoot and press individual women into unsuitable jobs. The challenge is to find out which side of that line we're on.

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk