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Comment: Re: better idea (Score 1, Insightful) 166

by dmbasso (#49453747) Attached to: UN To Debate Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Sure, just as not long ago murder was an alternative to solve personal conflicts. Fortunately, the evolution of society made it a more costly alternative, as in you'll pay with the restriction of your liberty if you choose it.

To solve the problem of war we would need transparency and real accountability for those who command it, and to remove incentives from the war industry. In other words, remove the opportunity Dick Cheney had, when he made a fortune by making Halliburton's stock skyrocket with his crimes in Iraq.

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 5, Insightful) 1081

by dmbasso (#49258657) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

If America wants to execute people, THEY WILL.

Psychopaths sympathize with that statement.

I'm sorry you're too simple minded to understand that some people are not worth letting live

I'm sorry you're too simple minded to realize how flawed your justice system is, and how many innocents had their lives taken by it.

Comment: Re:Anonymous speech *is* the problem (Score 1) 367

by dmbasso (#49215867) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses

Westboro Baptist church is about as offensive as a literal-interpretation-Christian organization can get and they are not anonymous.

FTFY. But I bet they still eat shellfish.

[Obligatory plea for God to damn Westboro Church and I'm glad that asshole Fred Phelps is dead.]

That's what Jesus would say. You are indeed a good Christian (I mean, if by "God" you meant Yahweh).

Comment: Re:YANIH (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by dmbasso (#49212907) Attached to: Google Introduces Freon, a Replacement For X11 On Chrome OS

I don't think Bazaar can be included in the NIH set, as upstart and mir can. When they started working on Bazaar, there was no distributed VCS that was as simple and intuitive as what they had implemented. I've used Darcs before switching to Bazaar, and though I don't remember specifics, I remember feeling much more comfortable using bzr. In the end, git is the clear winner of the DVCS race (Mercurial folks might disagree with me), but you can't blame Canonical for investing in their solution (a very good one, imho). Btw, bzr was first released two weeks before git's first release.

Comment: Re:Perl is more expressive (Score 1) 192

by dmbasso (#48955537) Attached to: Perl 6 In Time For Next Christmas?

Ok, in this thread there are already C++, Ruby, and Perl 6 versions of your snippets, so I'll add the Python ones.

@Lines = sort { $a->{Name} cmp $b->{Name} } @Lines;

lines.sort(lambda a, b: a.name < b.name)
or
lines.sort(key=lambda o: o.name)

@Files = <c:/Windows/*.exe>;

from glob import glob
files = glob("c:/Windows/*.exe")

I think a good analogy would be Perl is Finish, Python is Esperanto. When you have hundreds of thousands of LoC to maintain, I guess a more direct and unambiguous language is preferred.

It occurred to me that perhaps Perl is an attempt to seduce the computer... too bad it will take some time before it can appreciate language nuances... ;)

Comment: Re:Almost all normal people realise (Score 1) 219

by dmbasso (#48838897) Attached to: European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

No, the OP does not have a point. Why are you focusing on one specific instance? Violence is widespread, and is committed by all kinds of people. Christians of all denominations in the US were quite content with the fact their government torture people (or offshore the task). The loads of innocent people that are killed in drone attacks are also not victims of muslim terrorists.

Religions are stupid and should be extinguished, but the correct way to achieve that goal is through education. With violence you'll only get more violence.

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