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Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 381

Ronald Reagan would not be the first President to be deified.

Look at the monuments in Washington DC to various Presidents. Washington (Obelisk), Jefferson (Pantheon), Lincoln (Parthenon).

All of these are designs used by previous cultures in the worship of their Gods.

We just don't call it that because most of our citizens are nominally monotheistic.

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 381

Governments can accomplish a lot.

That's not the point here. It's a fact that governments always do their best to cover up their mistakes and self-aggrandize.

Holding up whatever public administration is in place at the current time in scorn for doing that is political gamesmanship at best, and demagoguery at worst.

It's inherent in the system (cf Monty Python).

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 3, Insightful) 381

> BTW, this is emblematic of the Obama administration

It's emblematic of EVERY administration going back thousands of years. Right wing present that this is something new but their world view seems to be completely uninfluenced by an appreciation of human nature or history.

For example:

Augustus was a shrewd and effective manager of his own public image. Itâ(TM)s now easy to take for granted that images of political leaders decorate our currency â" Augustus was among the first rulers to widely disseminate images of his own face on coins.

Itâ(TM)s hard to imagine even the most ardent Democrats supporting the literal deification of Barack Obama or erecting small shrines in his honor throughout Washington DC. By contrast, after Julius Caesar was posthumously declared a god, Augustus, as his adopted son, became known as the son of god. Along with the other gods, he received dedications at small crossroads shrines throughout Rome.

Comment: IPO prices (Score 2) 190

by the eric conspiracy (#47951801) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

> Some critics do say that Alibaba's share price will plummet from its current value of $93.60 in the same way that Facebook's and Twitter's plummeted

The vast majority of IPOs are lower in price 6 months after the issue date. Usually what happens is that company owners have some restrictions on when they can start selling stock - and those are typically 6 months or so. So on the day of initial sale supply is very constrained. Later a lot more shares flood onto the market.

For example Facebook went from $38 to $19.

Purchasing IPOs on day of issuance is a sucker move.

Comment: Re:Just what we needed... (Score 1) 72

by Capsaicin (#47942765) Attached to: A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift

Another attempt by a vendor to try to lock in software development and make cross platform development incredibly difficult by introducing a new language.

... because writing Objective-C Apps using the Cocoa object framework is the very model of cross-platform development.

What surprises me is that it Apple until now to "make cross platform development incredibly difficult."

Comment: Low Power (Score 1) 283

by the eric conspiracy (#47942093) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

For my always-on machines I have a couple of Atom 525's with perhaps 30 TB of data storage. The OS for those is Scientific Linus 5.x (someday to be Centos 6.x).

These are plenty powerful enough for the services I use them for - files storage, light duty web serving, personal IMAP, DNS caching etc. and sip at the electrical supply.

They are good enough for light duty web browsing as well.

For more challenging applications (like games, photo editing etc) I have a couple of machines running 4 and 6 core I7s with 24GB of RAM. These only get turned on when I need them.

Comment: Not necessarily a bad thing (Score 1) 111

by the eric conspiracy (#47940851) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Killing most projects early is considered a good thing in some circles because it weeds out the garbage and makes more resources available to the more worthwhile projects.

Often you can tell how good a company is at managing R&D by how quickly it kills bad projects.

When I was working in R&D portfolio management we found that a bunch of small projects was much less likely to return something worthwhile than a more limited number of big projects.

It really boiled down to the idea that there is a non-linear relationship between resources devoted to a project and the likelihood of success.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 952

by the eric conspiracy (#47933839) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Conflicts between sects is not unknown in other religions too.

For example look at the European wars between Christian sects just prior to the Enlightenment.

I think the key thing here is that Islamic countries for one reason or another never went through a similar transition towards rationalism and individualism. They are still ruled by a way of thought that western culture started abandoning 350 years ago.

I hope we don't get dragged back that way. Fundamentalism is ultimately I think the greatest enemy of human progress.

Comment: Re:If you're paying for a job... (Score 2) 183

by the eric conspiracy (#47932243) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Really this isn't so dissimilar to the racket now being perpetrated by colleges and universities in the US in conjunction with employers looking for cheap skilled labor.

The end result is generation saddled with crushing debt and wages that are failing to keep up with inflation. Assuming they are employed.

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.