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Comment: Re: Simple answer... (Score 5, Insightful) 482

by luis_a_espinal (#48633415) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Hahahahahaha you think tax money goes to pay for water and highways. No. Tax money goes to pay for stuff like this, this and this.

I know that *some* (not all) taxes go to stuff like that. If you are claiming that NO TAXES go ever to public infrastructure, then you are going to have to do better than just pointing at counter examples.

I never claimed that ALL TAXES go to public infrastructure. I claim that taxes PAY for infrastructure. That claim does not says "ALL TAXES go to infrastructure" or that "infrastructure gets funded PROPERLY by ALL TAXES."

As a result, your reply, by logical necessity, is misplaced and inadequate. Unless you can prove anywhere that I've said anything that warrants your reply, you have to admit, if you are honest, that you are simply building a strawman.

Haven't you noticed that America's infrastructure is crumbling?

Yes.

Now why is that?

Because its maintenance and expansion is not funded properly. This is no proof that taxes never go there. It is certainly not proof of the following statement:

And taxes are good, right? Not like that's stealing or anything.

People shouldn't expect not to be challenged when they post asinine shit like that without a context or at least some thought behind it.

Giving more tax income for the government is no better than giving a crackhead more money.

There is not one government. There is federal government, there is state and local government, and depending on the region, tribal government. Each operates differently, with different levels of efficiency and honesty (or lack thereof) when it comes to collecting taxes (and putting them to good use.)

In this specific context, this thread, taxation is being referred to state and local taxation. It is not accurate to describe taxation and public spending in such over-generalized terms. It is great from the point of rhetoric.

It has been a long time since the US government has made effective use of its money. Besides - all tax revenue is barely enough to cover the INTEREST on the deficit (even at these low low rates) - let alone the deficit. A few hundred million here or there will make zero difference to the ocean of pork.

Here you are properly elaborating a good point (finally). It still does not explain what states are to do with pot legalization, the war on drugs, state rights over their own taxation, their relation on that topic to the federal state, the nature of interstate commerce, free passage of citizens from one state to another to purchase an item and the arbiter role of federal government in such activities.

There are the goddamned subjects of this threat. Alcohol is already taxed with different sale taxes across the states, so logically legalization of pot by a state will imply its taxation by said state.

Inefficiency of (or even corruption during) taxation of an item by a government, be it local, state or federal, does not preclude a government, in particular a state government from exercising that sovereign power. If you oppose a state from taxing pot as a condition for legalization, you are going to have to do better than saying "taxation is bad or badly done."

Comment: Re: Simple answer... (Score 0) 482

by luis_a_espinal (#48633191) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Yeah, because shit like highways, water and land management, law enforcement and public infrastructure is self-sustained, for free, with nothing but bunnies' farts and pixie dust magically coming out of Tinkerbell's ass.

Fuck you, you wetback cunt.

I'd spit in your face if you were in front of me, and you would like it and ask for more.

I bow to your awesome 3rd grade rhetoric.

Comment: WTF happended to "small gubmint and freedom fries" (Score 4, Interesting) 482

by luis_a_espinal (#48633153) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing state-legalized marijuana from Colorado is improperly spilling across state lines

Seriously, wtf. Oklahoma is way up there among the meth'iest states in the Union, and in Nebraska, LEO's report 1 meth lab incident per 200K people (compared to 1 incident per 376K people in Colorado.) Meth is far more dangerous than pot, I would think these two states should get their shit together before trying to drag another state to federal court.

Furthermore, Colorado is doing far better in almost all indicators than these two states. Not because of pot legalization obviously, but because of a variety of reasons (many of them social).

So, Oklahoma and Nebraska, butt off. Get your shit together. Then worry about legal consequences, if any, that you might be experiencing because Coloradoans are baking brownies the type your granny used to eat back in Woodstock (yes, either she did that there or in a barn, get over it.)

Comment: Re: Simple answer... (Score 4, Informative) 482

by luis_a_espinal (#48632913) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

And taxes are good, right? Not like that's stealing or anything.

And it all goes to a good cause.

Yeah, because shit like highways, water and land management, law enforcement and public infrastructure is self-sustained, for free, with nothing but bunnies' farts and pixie dust magically coming out of Tinkerbell's ass.

Comment: Re:From a C++ perspective, writing was on the wall (Score 1) 156

by luis_a_espinal (#48616839) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

From a C++ perspective, the only lately useful articles are from Andrew Koenig, but how the release of the articles is done has pissed me off so much I removed it from my feeds. His most recent article series, is at part 9: Abstractions for Binary Search. How about write an article that can be released in a single piece and consumed as such. Trying to consume parts of something every few weeks is an ineffective learning tool. There doesn't seem to be any more single articles. The interesting ones are broken up into multiple parts released every week or two. FUCK THAT. Give me an article that I can read, start to finish. Don't make me come back next week. I'm a developer. I'm already being torn six ways to sundown by various issues, I don't need a publication compounding that. Give me single, solitary articles that have all the content in a single page and I'm happy (it also makes the googling easier).

I am of a different opinion. I prefer to see complex topics broken down into segments. Yes, it is sometimes advantageous to have the entire enchilada. But I don't have much of a problem digesting pieces on a weekly basis (even though, like you, I'm pulled in all directions on a daily basis.)

Comment: So long... however... (Score 1) 156

by luis_a_espinal (#48616821) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

I will miss it. I've been a fan of it since I got into CompSci back in 92. I remember fondly going through its articles. I had a subscription for it (alongside Windows Development Journal and others.) One would learn really nice stuff in these old school magazines. Hell, even catalog-like productions like "PC Shopper" would have great articles on software and hardware.

One thing, however. Couldn't Dr. Dobbs have adopted a model similar to InfoQ (which seems to be doing rather well)? I wish they had (but maybe it wouldn't have been Dr. Dobbs anymore.) Regardless, I will miss Koenig et al articles.

Comment: They Dropped The Ball (Score 3, Insightful) 440

by luis_a_espinal (#48611053) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Even though police did not have a warrant,

And that deserves a Darwin award. Seriously, couldn't they have gotten one in the first place? I seriously doubt, if they had well documented reasons to believe something was up, that they wouldn't have been able to find one.

This case was in the bag (or would have been in the bag), but authorities dropped the ball. I've been on jury duty, and I've seen this before. Cops drop the technical ball, and we in jury duty have to say "not guilty" even though we know deep in our guts that the guy on the stand did it.

It is annoying, but this is how the law is meant to operate in a civilized country. This just stresses the point that authorities need to do their shit better, all the time.

Comment: u r ignrant (Score 1) 440

by luis_a_espinal (#48610999) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

This has been my argument since my first exposure to the American "Free Movement" propaganda in the 4th grade. Teachers didn't like that. Especially when I made statements on the order of "the U.S.S.R doesn't have checks on their people moving from providence to providence either." Hell, even to go into Canada, I remember having to pass through a checkpoint where they reviewed my dad's license before permitting access (passport wasn't required back then).

If you made that statement, you were idiotically wrong, since there were checks in place to move to certain "special" regions, not to mention the wholesome deportation of ethnic groups within the USSR during and post WWII from their homelands to the other side of the union (without permission until many decades later to return, or even move from their new "homelands".)

Comment: Indeed (Score 1) 307

How about you just let these "seasoned programmers" test out of the introduction classes and jump directly into the non-intro classes? Can't have that, though, as that would promote inequality further by giving them a chance to take sophomore level classes as freshman. Oh the humanity...

Indeed, I was thinking the same. If a student already has some CS background, he/she should be allowed to skip intro courses. We already do that with college assessment and AP programs for subjects such as Math, Chem, Physics and English Writing. So why not with CS? Put CS students through a comprehensive series of tests, and depending on the results, they should be allowed to skip intro-level courses (either granting full credit, or letting them take more advance courses for those credits).

Comment: Re:Spreadsheets? (Score 1) 567

by luis_a_espinal (#48575985) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Good luck using a portrait monitor to look at spreadsheets - it'd drive you mad by the end of the day.

Not just spreadsheets, but also side-by-side diffs. With my two monitors, I keep one portrait and one landscape. If I have one, I simply flip back and forth depending on the task (trivial on Windows, sometimes not so trivial on Linux, but still.)

Comment: Making a case out of this? (Score 1) 567

by luis_a_espinal (#48575967) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

I have two monitors, one portrait for code view, one landscape for all other kind of shit (in particular to look at side-by-side diffs). And when I work with three monitors, I keep two protrait and one landscape. Basically the formula is one landscape, and everything else portrait.

For anyone who cares to work with code on a daily basis, this is just common sense. I cannot believe that developers have to make a case for it.

This is like "making a case to wipe your crack after taking a dump, and not before" kind of thing.

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