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Comment: Re:The Heartland Institute (Score 1) 552

by gronofer (#47465627) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

lolololololololol, were you expecting anything else?

"libertarian think tank Heartland Institute". I'd like to know why libertarian organisations even have an opinion about climate change. From what I've seen, their opinion is always hostile to the idea that it's actually happening. It seems to be completely off-topic to their mission, which is purely economics. If they want to be climate scientists, why don't they do it properly and publish their research in peer-reviewed journals?

Comment: Re:Could it be Micro$oft ... (Score 1) 112

The previous poster was me... For some reason it came through anonymously. Sorry about that. But, while I'm at it, I'd like to clarify that there are separate systems at play for 1) tracking votes and 2) tracking vote results. These are separate problems and you do not want the same system doing this. Why? Because there's something uncomfortable about a system that tracks who you are, where you are and how you voted. :)

So why do you think they are so strongly resisting the release of the code? It sounds like having extra people examining it for errors could only be a good thing, assuming accuracy is all you care about.

Comment: Re:Will local rights holders sue? (Score 1) 153

by gronofer (#47405393) Attached to: New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

Geo-locking content has been declared illegal in New Zealand, thus the rights holders don't have any stand to sue.

I'm surprised the studios haven't forced technical counter-measures by now, i.e., making Netflix et. al. blacklist the proxy servers / VPNs from access to their streaming servers.

Comment: Re: OR (Score 1) 250

Not to mention all those home and small business routers that don't support IPv6. I know mine doesn't, but then it's at least 10 years old. The last time I looked, maybe 2 or 3 years ago, it was actually hard to buy such a router with IPv6 support. Maybe things have improved since then.

Comment: Re:Or maybe... (Score 1) 309

by gronofer (#47227673) Attached to: Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages
But there are so many languages, most of which seem to give little or anything new. The developers claim that they are better than C or C++. However C and C++ are hardly state of the art in language design. I'd be more interested to know how they compare to OCaml or Common Lisp, and whether perhaps improving one of those languages would be an easier option. Each new language seems like so much work in new frameworks and libraries and developer migration effort that they should be put into wide scale use quite sparingly.

Comment: Re:Minimum wages create unemployment (Score 1) 1040

by gronofer (#47160521) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Government statistics don't tell the whole story. You are counted as employed if you work 1 hour per week. Add up all the part time people who would prefer to be full-time employed and all those who are retired or studying or whatever but would prefer to be employed, and you'd get a much higher number.

The $16 minimum wage doesn't even tell the whole story in Australia. There are legally mandated "award" rates for most occupations that are somewhat higher.

I live in a regional town, where the local economy apparently can't copy with the wage rates set in the large cities, and unemployment is more like 12%.

Comment: Re:Minimum wages create unemployment (Score 1) 1040

by gronofer (#47160457) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
You have a point. However I still think it's a stupid system. If the government thinks that the low paid don't receive enough money, then it should just give them some more, not put them out of work and then give them a benefit that's probably even lower than they'd have been receiving in a job. I think the benefit is less than half what the minimum wage would be for working a 40 hour week.

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