Propose such a "simple" perl script.
Here are some cases it should know how to deal with:
Between numbers (note that slashdot eats some of these characters; the numbers below all have different dashes or related symbols between "555" and "1000"): "Pages 555–1000 discuss this matter" (this should be an internumeral dash, which is typically an en dash, U+2013). "Her phone number is 5551000" (this should be a figure dash, U+2012). "There were actually a lot more of them than the estimated 555—1000, to be precise" (this should be an em dash, U+2014). "The teacher asked me to solve 5551000. I told him negative 455 was the answer." (this should be a minus sign, U+2212)
Between letters/words you have a similar problem: even if you know it shouldn't be a minus sign (which symbolic algebra makes tough to know for sure, but suppose you could surmount that), you generally have no idea what kind of dash or hyphen it should be turned into.
I say they're all - and I say to hell with them all.
Let me see how well behaved said neuroscientist's kids are. If their kids act like total brats, then clearly their method doesn't work.
Of course, we've all seen how well children of religious authority figures behave, as well as cops' kids.
There is nothing hypocritical about ordered social hierarchies. I can't fire my boss, but my boss can fire me. It's a natural part of society.
Typically, your boss doesn't beat it into you, though. And in situations where that is the norm, there tend to be sudden instabilities.
It probably has more to do with torturing people, blowing up innocent women and children via drones, 100+ years of interference in other governments (including supporting drug smugglers, funding violent overthrow of democratically elected leaders, funding oppressive regimes, funding death squads), domestic police murdering people, and generally being a dick that sees no wrong with itself.
How many people do you know that actually do that? Small number right? How many people do you know that just go along with that and don't question anything? Large number right? That last group is the "everyone's a winner" crowd.
And all the people who neither do that, nor just go along with it, but in fact vociferously support it in comments columns and editorials and TV "news", vote for politicians who approve it, fight any attempt to prosecute it; that apparent 50% of the population are the "everyone's a winner" crowd? Not the "small government, lower taxes, Obama's a socialist" crowd?
I don't think the reason large portions of the world don't "like us" is because "everyone's a winner". It probably has more to do with torturing people, blowing up innocent women and children via drones, 100+ years of interference in other governments (including supporting drug smugglers, funding violent overthrow of democratically elected leaders, funding oppressive regimes, funding death squads), domestic police murdering people, and generally being a dick that sees no wrong with itself.
Now, stop whining or I'll give you something to cry about!
Why do you hate America? Terrorist!
Don't know why so many people on slashdot are misunderstanding the gist of this article as sheltering or babying kids and instead are in favor of making kids suffer for the sake of suffering. Perhaps these are people who suffered so much as kids themselves and are defending this as a way to justify their own upbringing?
Because today's rightwing is all about bullying and hurting people. The government can't be trusted to regulate the environment, but they're to be trusted with the ability to lock you up and/or kill you. Sending foreign aid is a waste of money, conducting foreign wars is necessary. Sometimes prisoners need torturing, if they're innocent, bad luck. And, clearly, the authors of this piece are "liberals" and thus their point of view is just WRONG.
Exactly. Far too many children are coddled and protected far too much growing up. Kids need to learn that not every day is happy sunshine fun land while they're kids. Yeah, it's no fun being punished/disciplined for screwing up, or failing at something, but when you're a kid the stakes are low. I see far too many young people where I work (college) that are on their own for the first time and have never worked at anything in their whole life, never had someone not holding their hand and wiping their nose. What happens? They fall flat on their face and then howl that it's not fair. Better to learn early how to struggle and persevere and succeed than to coast into failure later.
Kids today! When I was a kid, your parents would shoot at you just for fun! And we loved it!
I think what they really want are children who are so unruly that their parents can't control them, and they can't function in society. They make for perfect lemmings fully dependent on the government.
If you honestly think it's a government conspiracy then you are at least a little bit "broken, psychotic, or socially maladjusted".
It's an interesting theory. Since the folks running this thing are obviously "liberal", i.e. don't want to hurt people, even their own children, then they must be secretly plotting for socialist takeover; therefore, working backwards from this conclusion, the mechanism must be that rebellious people are more easily controlled by the government. On the other hand, if they were teaching the kids not to play with guns, then the mechanism would be that compliant people are more easily controlled by the government. Either way, Benghazi! That darn Obama, am I right?
I felt the exact same way. "Oh, okay, so no spanking, no time outs. What should I do?" And finally at the end of the article they say something about teachable moments.
Ummmm...so what do I do when my 2 year old hits the cat? Most of the time he's loving and playful with the cat. But then sometimes for no reason he throws a toy truck at the poor cat. So I yell at him "NO!" and send him for a time out. Then I explain what he did was wrong, and make him apologize to the cat, and then explain that we only love and pet our kitty.
What the fuck is wrong with that? What else am I supposed to do? Let him go right on doing it and wait for some teachable moment about not hitting the cat? TFA says "what you're doing is wrong" with little explanation why and then fails to tell you what to do instead except some hippy crap about talking to your kids.
What Would Garfield Do?
So, Metro City, the movie version.
or "L. Bob Rife's Raft, a flotilla of ships circulating the in the pacific, bringing immigrants in search of a better life from the Third World to the California coast. These immigrants are known as Refus. The Raft is a lawless, sprawling, entangled mess of boats of all sizes, all connected eventually to the aircraft carrier piloted by L. Bob. Rife himself, which has only a tangential influence on the actual navigation of the Raft." https://mslinder.wikispaces.co... Crash by Neal Stephenson-Plot Summary-The Raft