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Comment: Re:When did an open mind become political death? (Score 0) 727

by gibson042 (#38578394) Attached to: Are Engineers Natural Libertarians Or Technocrats?

I think the issue is a little more nuanced than that. When someone publicly claims adherence to certain principles, as politicians tend to, a distinction is established between changing conclusions (acceptable) and changing foundational beliefs (strongly indicating deception).

Accusations of "flip-flopping" imply the latter kind of change, sometimes disingenuously.

Comment: Re:How is this even a fucking question? (Score 0) 204

by gibson042 (#28927929) Attached to: FCC Probing Apple, AT&T Rejection of Google Voice

Anyone with reservations about Apple or AT&T is free to avoid their products and services (as I do), and encourage others to act likewise.

The same cannot be said of the FCC. You worry about a private deal between Apple and AT&T regarding who can purchase and use Apple products. I worry about people claiming monopoly control over manipulation of electromagnetic radiation (not to mention the content embedded within it and now, apparently, details of contracts involving licensed businesses). Which is more dangerous?

Be careful of bringing in snakes to deal with your lizard problem.


Ant Mega-Colony Covers the World 359

Posted by samzenpus
from the ant-lords-demand-more-sugar dept.
Deag writes "A mega colony of one family of ants has spread all over the world. Previous mega colonies in California, Europe and Japan have been shown to be in fact one global colony. Ants from the smaller super-colonies were always aggressive to one another. So ants from the west coast of Japan fought their rivals from Kobe, while ants from the European super-colony didn't get on with those from the Iberian colony. But whenever ants from the main European and Californian super-colonies and those from the largest colony in Japan came into contact, they acted as if they were old friends."

Comment: Re:How... (Score 0) 415

by gibson042 (#22699684) Attached to: Daylight Savings Time

The main benefit to me is an increased amount of daytime between the end of work hours and sleepytime, which means more time to be out and about having the kind of fun that needs daylight. If we didn't have DST, some people could achieve this by just getting up and going to work earlier, but most of us don't have the luxury of determining when we put in our 8 hours.
And it's well-known that business owners (who do have that luxury) all hate sunlight.

The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it.