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Comment: Re:Lame duck (Score 5, Interesting) 185 185

Confirmation bias aside, he's actually been far better than many we've had in decades.

That's confirmation bias. The first thing he did was hire bankers to solve the banking crisis. Instead, he should have listened to wise people like Paul Volcker, who said, "Any company that is too big to fail is too big to exist. If a company needs government bailout money, it should be broken up and sold off in pieces."

ACA was a step in the right direction if you ideologically favor government control of healthcare, and it did help some people without healthcare, but it would have been cheaper to just buy those people healthcare (also, the law was so poorly written it took heroic interpretations from the supreme court to save it).

He favored gay marriage.....once it was politically expedient.

He got us out of Iraq......then back in, in a worse situation than when we left.

He started a war, then messed around in another war, and stuck his foot into situations he didn't understand, making a mess of things (Egypt, Honduras).,

He promised transparency........of all the things he promised, that was the one I most hoped for, because it could have the biggest effect. Fail on that point.

He failed to get his trade bill, which is either good or bad, depending on your ideology, but it shows his lack of competence for working with congress.

He did do some good things.....I would say he helped improve race relations, and personally he seems like a great guy; but overall, we haven't had a competent president in over a decade. It's depressing enough that I am voting, not on party, but entirely on competence. Right now there are a couple candidates from either party who I would be willing to vote for.

Comment: Re:Terrifying. (Score 3, Insightful) 67 67

Then why would they blog about it... and then submit an article to Slashdot describing and linking to their own god dam blog.

Because other people like to see it, and it's really cool. Specifically, if you don't like this kind of thing, you shouldn't be on Slashdot. See also this.

Comment: Re:Terrifying. (Score 1) 67 67

When people find skills they are jealous of, they often try to discourage it and cover it up with phrases like:

* Don't you have a life?
* What a nerd
* You have too much time on your hands
* There has GOT to be a better use of your knowledge and skills
* There's something wrong with you

Ignore those critics and do what you want anyway. Your life will be better for it.

Comment: Re:Terrifying. (Score 4, Insightful) 67 67

If only the people who want to take on challenges like this put their skills to something actually useful....... There has GOT to be a better use of your knowledge and skills.

Sometimes people do things for fun........not because they want to please internet critics.

Comment: Re:C++ metaprogramming is just like functional pro (Score 4, Insightful) 67 67

metaprogramming is like functional programming in these senses:

1) Uses lots of recusion
2) Has no variables, only constants. Nothing is mutable.
3) Has functions

Because of 1 and 2, it helps to think in terms of functional programming if you want to do anything substantial.

Comment: Syntax (Score 3, Interesting) 67 67

Once you get over the syntax, C++ metaprogramming is just like functional programming.

No, the syntax is the entire thing wrong with C++ metaprogramming. It clearly wasn't designed for things like this. To clear up any doubt about the syntax, check out this file. In addition the inscrutable error messages (although those have improved over the past decade). If anyone likes template metaprogramming, I suggest they just use LISP.

That said, this project is really cool. Nice hack mattbierner.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 2) 381 381

I feel like there's something wrong with a community when people start having loyalty to the mods. A mod should be there mainly to filter spam, and to a lesser extent trolls. They aren't there to guide the conversation and gain loyalty.

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