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Comment: Re:"Easy to read" is non-sense (Score 1) 394

by plopez (#49745591) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

I was once complimented on the clarity or my Perl code. I posted some and got several stero-typical responses fo 'well it could be written better as....'. Then someone piped in and said something like, "screw it, It's clean and easy to read. There's nothing wrong with it". And that is what my experience as a maitnence programmer taught me. If no one can read it to maintain it, it is crappy code.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 3, Insightful) 317

by plopez (#49726223) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

That looks good on paper but rarely works out in real life. In order for it to work everyone must be honest and a monopoly does not exist. We are a very far way from the idealized small shopkeeper model of Adam Smith. Here are some reasons for government regulation of taxis:

1) So customers do not get ripped off. Prices are set or at least clearly advertised.

2) So customers are not raped or murdered. If you hire a ride from Joe Random taxi driver without licensing and a background check you have no assurance about the driver. In fact the lack of assurance could kill the industry as people look for other options.

3) Insurance. If there is an accident are passengers, occupants of other vehicles, or pedestrian need to be covered if the taxi driver is at fault.

4) Mechanical safety of the vehicle. Has the Uber and Lyft cars been checked over for dangerous faults or wear and tear? Are the tires good? Etc.

5) ENSURING competition. If one company gets too big you restrict their licenses while issuing more for their competitors. Sometimes the best way to approach the ideal of a free market is through careful regulation. Free market != unregulated market.

Those are the ones on of the top of my head. The world is much more complex that Economics 101 or a fictional account of how one writer thinks the world should work. It is even more complex and dynamic that even people with Phds in economics can imagine, IMO. Instead of simplistic solutions we need to look for solutions that actually work.

Comment: Re:And OP is retarded. (Score 1) 335

by plopez (#49720877) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

1) Start a business. If you are an engineer with a PE stamp you can do it.
2) Invent something. Preferably something that helps people.
3) Buy into a start up and help it grow. One that you can desconstruct and see if the people are just BSing you. Risky.
4) Like 3, microfinance. Also risky.

Besides you engineering training you should learn a little accounting and finance. This is required if you want to understand the basics of investing.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine