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Comment: Re:yeah, California is falling apart (Score 1) 224

by mvdwege (#49241687) Attached to: California Looking To Make All Bitcoin Businesses Illegal

California's debt at the state level is many times larger. Even Gov. Brown estimated it at $354b last year, and that's likely far too low.

Still a trifle on a 2.2 trillion GDP. And I noticed you glossed over the fact that static debt numbers are meaningless, it's the debt service that counts.

You have to add to that even larger local debts.

Nope, you don't get to do that. Local debts are the responsibility of the local authorities, you don't get to add them to the state debt. And If they have enough tax base to carry the debt service, the debt the local authorities run up is again, irrelevant.

And who, pray tell, "shackles" California's tax raising powers anyway? The state is entirely in the hands of Democrats.

Here's who and what:

  1. The Republicans, because California requires a two-thirds Assembly majority to pass a budget, and they won't budge on tax increases.
  2. Proposition 13.

Seriously, if I know this from an ocean and a continent away, then it is rather obvious who the illiterate is, now isn't it?

Comment: Re:Write-only code. (Score 1) 757

by mvdwege (#49240273) Attached to: Was Linus Torvalds Right About C++ Being So Wrong?

I was not arguing that Lisp has taken off or should have taken off, so you can take that strawman and stick it up your arse.

Secondly, since all but one of your points are factually untrue, that can't be why Lisp hasn't taken off. You are making points that do not support your argument, leading credence to the conclusion that you are merely trying to rationalise a personal dislike of Lisp. Nothing wrong with not liking a language, but at least do your audience the courtesy of being honest about it.

Lastly, it is the height of stupidity to double down on a position when you have already proven that you do not know what you are talking about. No amount of impressive sounding words is going to hide your basic lack of knowledge of the development of Lisp since McCarthy's time.

Comment: Re:Also EU law is more important (Score 5, Interesting) 38

by mvdwege (#49239965) Attached to: Court Overturns Dutch Data Retention Law, Privacy More Important

It is in fact a rather surprising decisions, since Dutch judges have no tradition of ruling in 'contra legem' procedures; they are in fact forbidden by the Constitution to do so (article 120 says judges shall not judge the constitutionality of laws and treaties).

Now, the loophole here is that treaties are considered higher law than the Constitution, so judges can rule local laws in violation of a treaty[1]. They don't tend to do that in mere district court though.

Apparently the case made by complainant was compelling enough, and the governments argument weak enough, that a mere district judge felt they could safely make that ruling.

[1] On the gripping hand, the principle of subsidiarity means that if a case is covered by the Constitution as well as a treaty, judges are supposed to use the Constitution as the basis for their decision, once again invoking art. 120. But of course if the Constitution and the treaty align enough, appealing to treaty law wouldn't work anyway.

Comment: Re:yeah, California is falling apart (Score 1) 224

by mvdwege (#49239939) Attached to: California Looking To Make All Bitcoin Businesses Illegal

I'm sorry, but a debt of 130 billion on a Gross State Product of 2 trillion hardly counts as 'deeply in debt'.

As most economic illiterates, you confuse debt with interest. Debt is irrelevant. What is relevant is being able to service that debt; California has had its troubles in that area, but mostly because idiots like you managed to shackle the government's tax-raising powers.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 331

by mvdwege (#49194633) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

And as I mentioned, the corporations and state-appointed unions (which of course are not real unions) are subordinate to the State. It's a combinations about as much as you can call an army a combination of officers and enlisted men. It's obvious where the power lies.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 331

by mvdwege (#49191533) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

No. Fascism is all about the supremacy of the State. Below the ultimate power of the State a hierarchy is formed of those who may wield power on their own, with business and finally State-appointed and -controlled unions as you go further down, but it is State power that counts.

Comment: Sign of the times (Score 1) 233

by mvdwege (#49162913) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

I think the optimism is sorely lacking in AbramsTrek because of several reasons. Most people have already touched on his deficiencies in storytelling, but I think there might be another reason that gets comparatively little attention.

We must remember that by the standards of today a lot of nerds would sneer at Gene Roddenberry for being an "SJW". Since Abrams has already thrown out the old nerds with his take on Khan, he cannot afford to rile up the very vocal minority that might take umbrage at Roddenberry's push for equality and inclusion.

It's speculation, and I don't afford it more credibility than mere possibility, but I do think it is possible that Abrams or someone in the studio marketing department might have been thinking on those lines, even if unconsciously.

Make it right before you make it faster.