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Comment: Re:C++14 != C++98 (Score 1) 390

by e r (#49175483) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Classic OOP Compiled Language: Objective-C Or C++?

Auto is the most braindead addition in history, it causes bugs, loses all the advantages of a typed language, and only needs to exist because they fucked up the STL by not using proper inheritance.

You. Are. Talking. Out. Your. Ignorant. Ass.

Auto SOLVES every single one of those things you're complaining about.

Shut up. Now.

Comment: Re:More liberal than libertarian (Score 1) 580

by e r (#49069745) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities
From Wikipedia:

The overall process involves making conjectures (hypotheses), deriving predictions from them as logical consequences, and then carrying out experiments based on those predictions to determine whether the original conjecture was correct

Reproducible / empirical experiments exist or are possible:

  • - vaccines
  • - GMOs

Reproducible/empirical experiments do not exist or are not currently feasible:

  • - the big bang
  • - evolution (not the same as adaptation or micro evolution)
  • - the age of the universe / earth
  • - global warming (that is, whether it's actually a problem not whether it's occurring or not)

So you see, dywolf, it seems like conservatives/libertarians/anyone-else-who-disagrees-with-you-on-these-points is more pro-science than you are. Perhaps, in the future you should beg the question a little less when trying to make yourself sound intelligent.

Comment: Re:The sad part? (Score 1) 577

by e r (#48955451) Attached to: DEA Planned To Monitor Cars Parked At Gun Shows Using License Plate Readers
So if you read this:

Police have been informed that a local gang had plans to murder and rape 's wife and family but decided to do something else instead... for now... no word on what the "something else" is.

You wouldn't feel even the slightest bit angry, apprehensive, or afraid? Come on, what's the problem? The gang never actually carried out the plans; it simply had the plans to do so at one point.

How is it any different if our government plans to abuse us but then doesn't... for now?

Comment: Re:A quote (Score 1) 431

by e r (#48927615) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'
Sure, because Rumsfeld would allow free people to defend themselves.

His point was that if Iraq was to be truly free then we would have to take our hands off and let them pedal their own bike without our hands holding them up. Anyone who grows up and moves out of mommy's basement is tacitly agreeing with what Rumsfeld said.

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 2) 514

by e r (#48880595) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration
Everyone is biased. In fact, even your idea that someone shouldn't have preconceived notions is a preconceived (biased) notion. What is important is whether his bias is correct or not. Then the questions which remain are:
1. How do we determine if his bias is correct or not?
2. Who gets to determine if his bias is correct or not?
3. Who gets to hold him accountable for what has been determined to be the correct bias?
4. What will those who're responsible for holding him accountable do if he decides to renege or otherwise fail in upholding what has been determined to be the correct bias?

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 385

by e r (#48861549) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN
Tell that to the Syrians, the Vietnamese, the Koreans, the Russians, the French ("le muskets are useless against le mighty warships of Le Rois! C'est madness to resist!").

You have no idea how a war is fought or even what the term "Guerrilla warfare" is let alone the fact that at least half the current military would be fighting against the feds.

Comment: Facepalm (Score 1) 258

by e r (#48798265) Attached to: AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

"The question whether a machine can think is about as interesting as the question whether a submarine can swim". -- Edsger D. Dijkstra

I think anthropomorphism is worst of all. I have now seen programs "trying to do things", "wanting to do things", "believing things to be true", "knowing things" etc. Don't be so naive as to believe that this use of language is harmless. It invites the programmer to identify himself with the execution of the program and almost forces upon him the use of operational semantics. -- Edsger D. Dijkstra

The rhapsodizing and daydreaming on this subject really should embarrass the hell out of a lot of people in this thread. Aren't you all the same ones scoffing and raging over pseudoscience, creationism, and climate change denial? Then you all get hot and bothered as soon as someone mentions AI?! You're doing EXACTLY the same thing you accuse religions and those who are religious of doing.

And here's some more Dijkstra on the subject of anthropomorphising machines and other non-human things

Oh, and just to prove my point let's see how many down votes I get as soon as the trans-humanists and science worshipers read this post which disagrees with them.

Comment: Re:As a proportion of the budget... (Score 1) 287

by e r (#48756833) Attached to: Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

Now if the President, and the Congress were the same party; and a) the low-taxes hawk, b) the deficit hawks, or c) both could be convinced to shut up for 10 goddamn years and let the government pay for nice things

If we borrowed and spent like that for ten years there wouldn't be a point in having a nice space program because we'd cease to have a country. It's like you're proposing that we ignore the mortgage so that we can buy nice drapes-- we wouldn't have a house to hang the drapes in!

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley