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Comment: Re: and... (Score 4, Insightful) 196

by dmbasso (#46521929) Attached to: Python 3.4 Released

There are plenty of good reasons to use Python 3, it is way more elegant and consistent. The way text and binary data is dealt with is incomparably better. I doubt that anyone who ever had done any serious coding in Python 2 escaped from the mindfuckery of mixing unicode and ascii.

The problem for a wider acceptance continues to be the libraries... for instance, Twisted. It is good that there is an async module in the standard library now, but too bad that my code already relies heavily on Twisted.

And about the GIL: if you are complaining about it, you most probably are not using the right language for the job.

Comment: Re:The danger of commonality (Score 1) 273

by dmbasso (#46474311) Attached to: Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Your argument is based on the assumption someone will only learn what is in the program, which is not necessarily the case. Students are free to go beyond what is given to them. For instance, decades ago when I was in school there was no programming classes, nevertheless I learned it by myself.

Comment: Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (Score 1) 367

by dmbasso (#46200345) Attached to: EA's <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Whenever I can, I take the opportunity to raise awareness to the initiative to limit the influence of money in politics: http://www.wolf-pac.com/
As a foreigner (from an American point of view) that's what I'm able to do. You US citizens should go at least one step further, and contact your representatives, or at least sign the petition, or support the movement with money.

So I partly agree with you. Regular politics impact your everyday in a thousand ways, but usually the complexity of the issues hinder choosing a course of action, and frequently requires investing a lot of time. But complaining about beta is much more clear cut... what's being proposed does not offer any value, on the contrary. And it doesn't take much time to voice your opinion here. In an analogous, political case, take the Keystone Pipeline... it seems pretty much everybody sees that it has a lot of corruption and environmental risk (risk? I would say most certain negative impact, given the other pipeline already in use), but how can you make your voice be heard in order to stop the thing?

But yes, you should take action in both cases.

Comment: Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (Score 1) 367

by dmbasso (#46200241) Attached to: EA's <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

As I said in a post above, if you come for the comments, you should worry they'll mostly disappear after the beta becomes the only available version. I will certainly not use slashdot anymore in that case, and a lot of folks have been expressing the same intention.

Comment: Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (Score 1, Insightful) 367

by dmbasso (#46200213) Attached to: EA's <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Ok, so one off-topic comment about your sig: if you expect the relevant, informative, on-topic comments you regularly read here on slashdot, join in against the new beta. If they decide to just ignore our requests, be sure this place will drastically reduce the quality of the comments. Unless you come here to read the "nigga this", "faggot that", "goatse" trolls that are all too common. Then by all means, support beta.

Comment: Re: BETA NEEDS TO BE RAPED BY HORSES (Score 1) 255

by dmbasso (#46192431) Attached to: Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

someone has to pay for drug research. (Of course, a true communist would reply: it will be free, because taxes will pay for it.)

Indeed, someone has to pay for gram-negative antibiotics research urgently. Gee, I wonder why no big-pharma company is researching it.[/sarcasm]

Comment: Re:BETA NEEDS TO BE RAPED BY HORSES (Score 5, Insightful) 255

by dmbasso (#46191725) Attached to: Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

The reason is pretty clear, it is about Imaginary Property (IP). The same pixie dust that makes copyright, trademarks, and patents.

And they're bullying a poor country like "hey, all these medicines that we were not going to sell because you can't afford, you are not allowed to make them yourselves; tell your population to just die." Yeah, pretty nice.

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