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Comment Re: Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 1) 459

Abortion rights are granted to women because they are the ones that must bear the burdens of childbirth. Historically men could always run off and despite laws to the contrary, many still do. My best friend had a deadbeat dad who died still owing him child support the he never paid. And owing it to 6 other kids he fathered by other women and also ran off. So you have no idea what you are talking about.

If a man really doesn't want kids its actually pretty easy thing to do. No one is forcing you to have unprotected sex.

Comment Best of Luck (Score 1) 1310

I hope we regain some good reasons for me to bother logging in...

Used to read this a lot, have account from like 1995 or something. Lately its just people complaining about stuff I think is way less important than it really is, although maybe I'm just getting older and all the things you young-ins care about is meaningless to me :)

Comment When we can trust the Gov't... (Score 2) 111 not abuse the powers we granted it in good faith for the common defense and the public good we can have this discussion about how to deal with legally granted search warrants in pursuit of a legitimate and well targeted crime. Until then I feel for these people in criminal justice trying to do what I am sure is a hard job, but its a non starter. This situation is a direct result of abuse and corruption. You broke it, you bought it.

Comment Who is the project lead? (Score 1) 325

"I have been programming in Python for quite a while, but so far I have not used a version control system."

Don't mean to be a pain but if you have no experience with versioning, not sure why you seem to be the one making critical choices (like dictating the language the team uses or what version control makes sense...)

Short answer is just use git. Its dominate. Its got some weird alien brains but there's going to be plenty of help and good examples. I find smart people manage and also its sufficiently well designed that if someone really screws up you can usually fix stuff. Also your existing programmers will learn a skill they find valuable when they start applying for jobs somewhere else (usually the first thing people do when they are told to change languages)

Best of luck with the company decision to force all your existing programmers to flush their current skills in favor of some other language ;)

Comment Re:Why stay away from Perl (Score 1) 163

I don't think this is insightful, its just a repeat of the same criticisms I've heard for 15+ years. Sorry you had to work on a crappy project, but Perl can be written in a modern manner that addresses the issues you've brought up. That being said I am glad you are happy with Python. Can't you just let me be happy with Perl?

Comment Perl6 has nothing to do with Perl5 (Score 2) 163

"It might be a 30- or 40-year language. I think it's good enough."

No, actually Perl6 is not 30+ years old. Its not a replacement for Perl5, no matter how much Mr. Wall would like it to be. There's a lot of working Perl5 programmers that wish the community calling itself Perl6 (which is totally distinct from the Perl5 community for all practical purposes, despite some attempts be leaders to force coordination on us) would acknowledge the fact that Perl6 is Perl Not at all, and call this language something different.

I don't know if Mr Wall realizes how much harm he's done to working Perl5 programmers by continuing to insist on calling this thing he's worked on "Perl" at all.

Comment Re:Can the enemy actually shoot down the F35? (Score 1) 732

...With other nations closing the technology gap the US is increasingly vulnerable to the shear size of potential adversaries forces.

Because it would be just so easy for China or South Korea to ship millions of soldiers across the Pacific ocean (I assume we'd just sit there and watch it for weeks, doing nothing). And then we'd sit around while they established a beach head in California, landing all those millions of troops and getting them organized after all that time at sea (seasick, questionable food etc makes soldiers ill).

You know what, I bet we could even just do that. We probably could utterly ignore them until they got all good and solid setup in California, ready for the big march to the Atlantic, and still every soldier and American with a gun (a lot of us) would rush to the front and push them back into the ocean...

Don't be silly, those big number armies are nowhere capable of hurting mainland USA. The issue is more about flexing regional power on the Korean Peninsula, in Taiwan, and Japan. Right now the USA is the only nation capable of projecting power as we do in Asia, halfway around the world. Its going to take a huge effort by the Chinese to get even close (they've spent years and billions and still can't even really challenge the US in their own backyard...) and just forgot about North Korea. They will never project power beyond the edges of their border and maybe a bit into South Korean (however far those SCUDs missiles can fly really).

Comment I paid mine (Score 1) 1032

It did take 16 years though, and I did make some significant life choices based on that. LOL, now I have a mortgage, I think the last time I was totally free from debt was like 1992. It probably could be seen as a social control tool, but on the other hand my ability to buy things on credit against future earnings has helped me more than hindered. Although 10 years ago when I was paying the loan and living in a crappy tiny apartment I might have felt otherwise. Its one of those things that more life experience has given me an expanded perspective on.

If you default on these loans, I think you should make a philosophical choice to never try to benefit from credit in the future.

Comment Power? Control? (Score 1) 260

I just assumed it was about controlling even more of the stack, and helping to bring about the time when they control it all..

As an older programer sometimes I am cynical and assume they created a new language that no one knows so they can hire the cheapest, youngest labor (since only young people not currently working or paying a mortgage have time to master a language).

That being said, Go is not too bad (although I find I have a hard time with the dependency management tools). Swift feels like a language aimed at broadening the programmer base. Cognitively I feel reminded of Python when I play with it, which is a bit of a barrier since I never liked python much myself.

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