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Comment: Meh. (Score 1) 338

by jlarocco (#37201396) Attached to: Java 7: What's In It For Developers

As a developer I could care less about Java itself. It's the new Cobol.

It's in an awkward spot. For anything high level I'd rather just use Python. And for the few cases where Python's not fast enough, it's easiest to jump down to C++ and write a module I can call from Python.

The best thing about this new release are JVM improvements for dynamic languages, which should help out projects like Jython, JRuby and Scala.

Comment: Re:The Joys of employeehood.... (Score 1) 509

by jlarocco (#34978716) Attached to: IRS Nails CPA For Copying Steve Jobs, Google Execs

What skills? Setting up an LLC requires filling out a questionnaire and paying a $50-$100 (depending on state) processing fee. Most states let you do it over the internet. It takes like 10 minutes.

FWIW, there are situations where an LLC (or corporation) doesn't shield the owners from liability. I don't remember all the details, but it wouldn't surprise me if tax fraud was one of them.

Comment: Re:Too little and too much, way too late (Score 1) 509

by jlarocco (#34843884) Attached to: An Interview With C++ Creator Bjarne Stroustrup

I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a new language, but IMO Qt is what the C++ standard library should have been.

The C++ standard library and STL are terrible compared to the standard libraries of any other modern languages. Qt actually makes C++ programming fairly painless.

Comment: Re:Prior art? (Score 2, Interesting) 290

by jlarocco (#33854054) Attached to: Alaska To Export Billions of Gallons of Water

The funny thing is, it's not even about the scarcity of water. It's basically a marketing gimmick.

If they just wanted water, it would be cheaper to desalinate and purify ocean water. But purified ocean water wouldn't be fresh from an Alaskan glacier, in eco-friendly bottles, constantly kept below 42 degrees.

Comment: Re:Gotta say, they picked a good one (Score 1) 145

by jlarocco (#33718862) Attached to: Microsoft Migrating Live Spaces Users To WordPress

Because WordPress gives you a comment system, plugins, themes, indexing, tags, categories, an admin page, and a bunch of other stuff that you no longer have to take care of yourself.

It would be a nightmare trying to add any of that stuff to HTML generated by Word or WordPerfect.

Comment: Re:And this is a bad thing? (Score 1) 276

by jlarocco (#33636006) Attached to: Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

Not nearly as much. Average people have little to no power of large corporations.

You're so greedy you don't even realize it. If you don't like a corporation, don't buy their products. How do you think large corporations get so large?

I never said that such a system would be easily achieved. Due to the stupidity of much of the human race, it likely never will. I do, however, think it would be a good system.

Great. Everybody is an idiot except for you. I can't imagine why you're not getting more support...

Comment: Re:And this is a bad thing? (Score 1) 276

by jlarocco (#33631960) Attached to: Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

My first point was referencing to the fact that giant corporations often exploit the average person in order to get richer

And average people exploit giant corporations every time they do business together. If they didn't think they were coming out ahead they wouldn't have done business with them.

My second point was referencing the fact that the rich are often able to lobby the government into doing their bidding

If society elects a government that sells them out to the rich, who's fault is that, really?

My third point was referencing the fact that often people will neglect to help others because the only way they believe that they can be helped is if they give them money.

And by getting rid of money you think they'll give something else? What's stopping them from giving something besides money right now?

I was more so talking about the system proposed by The Venus Project, sorry.

Good luck with that...

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.

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