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Comment Re:sigh (Score 2) 209 209

Men who already piss everywhere aren't too worried about a little splashback.

Ok, nice generalization.

You're ignoring some key points; this has been tried in Germany (this is where San Francisco got the idea) and it seems to be completely successful. And as a man who lives in SF neither me, nor anyone I know, has ever peed on a wall in a public place in the city to the best of my knowledge. The behaviour is really relegated to the homeless, whom I have seen doing this. For all the talk about piling on the poor homeless they really don't appear to give two f*cks about other people. There is a huge problem in San Jose, which is at the other end of Silicon Valley where homeless encampments sprout up, and wherever they do they create a huge trash/fire problem. The police come and shut them down, and they sprout up elsewhere. It would be one thing if they set up and were respectful of the environment and other people, but they never are; drugs and crime (rape) are the order of the day in these encampments.

Lastly, we need to do something. A friend of mine was here last year during the summer and his remark was "Beautiful city, too bad it smells like pee." Could have been the bay, or maybe it was the pee. Either way, it would be nice to not have people peeing like animals all over the place.

Comment Re:Not sure whats more impressive... (Score 1) 150 150

Thomas; your web site mentions LLVM as your development language environment. Can I assume C/C++ is the main language? Is your tool chain highly customized? Would seem to be necessary to support a highly parallel machine with a new architecture. Are there any details on your tool chain you might be willing to share, or do I need to apply, get hired, and then find out?

Comment Re:Why not just use English, and only English? (Score 1, Informative) 196 196

I think Chinese is the only language we need, it's already the most spoken language in the world.

Only in head count, not by region. If the world was populated only by the Chinese, which seems to be their goal, then yes, Chinese is the most spoken language in the world. However, if you break that fact down by dialect, your statement is really weak. Mao's goal to have the entire PRC speak Mandarin really failed.

It's a democratic language that will draw from other languages where necessary and useful.

Not really. Mao tried to force all Chinese to speak Mandarin, and he failed miserably. Kinda the exact opposite of "Democratic". But of course that's not the fault of the language per se...

It's a language that has proven it can adapt to changing circumstances.

Chinese may be, but if Japanese is an example, and Japanese is adapted from Chinese by Han explorers to Japan in the Iron Age; its not very adaptable at all. The Japanese have developer THREE different writing systems to cope with with some shortcomings of the language (only two tenses, underdeveloped pronoun system, etc). That may be a shortcoming of Japanese, but Japanese is just a symptom of a language root that isn't very forgiving. I will say however that a language that can be nuanced such that 9 different meanings from changing the tone of one word may be more flexible than I give it credit for,

Comment Re: Why not just use English, and only English? (Score 2) 196 196

English is the official technical language for flight. ALL international pilots, military and civ, MUST know enough English to pass flight school and to fly international commercial flights. Its also the official language of sea navigation, but to a lesser extent. I don't think you need to be as proficient. And English with a number of loan words from Greek and Latin are used in international Engineering. But yeah, English is spoken by the majority of technical people around the world as a common information exchange language.

Comment Re: Why not just use English, and only English? (Score 2) 196 196

I'll buy that, but even native Sinolanguage speakers have told me the learning curve for an alphabet is much shallower. Like, MUCH shallower. And since most modern technical terms have Greek and Latin roots, sometimes its simpler for them to just use the Latin words, otherwise they have to convert the terms to native sounds using bizarre and difficult to use conversion systems. I do agree however that it would have been nice to use a system similar to Kanji right from the beginning had we had one.

Comment Re:Mandarin dependency and homophone confusion (Score 1) 196 196

Something I've always been curious about though; my understanding is that a Japanese speaker can understand written Chinese, to a certain extent. Is that not correct? I know that the reverse isn't really possible due to the Japanese use of Kana. But if the text is written using Han glyphs Cantonese, Mandarin, Hunan, Kan, Taiwan, etc, and Japanese speakers can sort-of understand each other's written stuff, or is that just nonsense?

Comment Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 170 170

I wouldn't say that video gaming influenced me much, of course in my day (I'm an old fart) video games were arcade games. But no, not much influence. I write mostly business logic anyway, graphics are not really what I do. As for Mark Zonkerboyd, he can eat my hat. I don't care much for the boy and he can get stuffed.

Comment Re:narcissistic spectrum personality disorder (Score 1) 206 206

NO, he was offered the deal and REFUSED it, as he didn't want ANY criminal record. Faced with either a crim record or 35 years AND a crim rec, he chose. Still, I don't think I would have chosen death, but I'm not him.

Comment Re:Here's a better idea (Score 1) 678 678

Um, rolling brown-outs? Not lately. We did have some of that early 2000's, because of a TEXAS business.
California is the 5th largest economy in the world, and grows most of the food in the country. But yeah, your right, we're water pigs. I hope you don't mind paying $10 for a small basket of strawberries.

Comment Re: Not resigning from Debian (Score 1) 550 550

...English is "stupid" because there's no consistency to it.

English is a living language, and that's its strength. The debate among French speakers for French language purity is still going on becuase Frnech is an old, arcane one. They have great difficulty coming up with new words to describe new technology terms becuase they try very hard to stay within the rules of French. Coming with with new words for new ideas using old roots is destined for failure.

I think Debian's, or any distro's strength, comes from the maintainer's willingness to try new things. Sure, the swtich to systemd may have been a little heavy handed, maybe they should have forked rather than forced. But lets face it, many of the popular distros have code older than God. Ubuntu knew this when they started the Wayland effort. They blew it but they are right about X. An occasional house cleaning is sometimes in order.

Comment Re:So no one has used it yet? (Score 1) 82 82

Tons. I don't really need to trot out some project names for you, do I? But what I can point to: do google search on variations of "google code", "google projects", "google api", search for various apis on github, and you may be startled by the number of those projects that are written, some times in part but often whoally, in C++.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce

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