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Comment Re:Oh you mean you want unintuitive code (Score 2) 237

I think that what they are trying to say is that if we all are presented with problems that we solve in assembler then we will develop a very good understanding of how to solve a large number of problems computationally as we will have a very good understanding of the underlying computer architecture. (How's that for a long sentence?)

I've known a lot of brilliant assembler programmers and I have to admit, I've always admired them for their skills. Even so, I can get a whole lot more done than they can using C/C++. I'm sure for a lot of projects someone else can get a lot more done than I can using Python but they will probably not have the same level of understanding as the assembler guy.

Comment Wrong Conclusion: Skipping is the Answer (Score 4, Funny) 77

If you think standing helps when looking at documents with your co-workers, this study clearly shows that you will gain an additional advantage if you analyze your documents while skipping. You will have a clearer mind and feel much more refreshed after doing so. Additionally, if you do this while analyzing documents with your coworkers, your choice will benefit your coworkers as well. If they don't want to skip with you, they will be "left behind" in the workplace.

Comment Re:Why... (Score 3, Informative) 225

Comment Re: Unbelievable (Score 2, Informative) 608

I'm no fan of Donald Trump but, the discussion where this took place was part of a larger discussion regarding immigration. The reporter asked if he would be interested in some sort of registry. Trump went off on what he wants to do to stem illegal immigration (including building a wall). The reporter said something akin to "you want to do this?" To which Trump said "yes". The reporter didn't ask for clarification as to whether he was talking about a registry or not. (If I were the reporter, I certainly would have asked for more details if I thought he was talking about a registry. "How will you implement a registry?" "Do you think the American People would go along with this?" "Do you think the courts will allow it?" "What about the First Amendment?" Etc etc etc. after all, if he really meant that, it would be a huge story for the reporter and a great scoop. Being the reporter didn't follow up, I can only believe that they both thought Trump was agreeing that he would implement his wall idea and that this is no more than political "gotcha!"

Comment Let me think about it for a second .... (Score 2) 291

While I'm sympathetic for all the folks who want to drop the leap second, given an appropriate amount of time the difference will add up. It seems to me the problem is quite simple which is to publicize the leap second a bit more than it is now. It is an education issue -- at least no more or less than leap days and that seems to work just fine all in all.

Perhaps Facebook can create a viral leap second post. Much better than viral kitty posts.

Comment Planets vs Temperature ... (Score 3, Interesting) 140

This makes me wonder how many planets (as a percentage or otherwise) were around when the background temperature of the universe was in the 40-100 degrees Fahrenheit range where water would be most amenable to life. You could make an argument that period of time would contain the best conditions for life. However, if there aren't many planets (let alone with an appropriate size, temperature, and atmosphere), it makes life kinda hard.

Comment Re:Polite request (Score 1) 712

Well, in the end, the ruling is the ruling and thus the law of the land. Even so, are you saying that you would have preferred for the Supreme Court to have ruled that the police are liable when they don't stop a crime in progress? So for example, if a bank is robbed and the police are called and they get there after the perpetrator has left, are the police liable for the losses of the bank? If someone was hurt in the commission of the bank robbery, are the police liable for the medical bills, pain and suffering of the wounded? If the police (and thus the cities for which they work) were held liable, we'd need a police force at least 10 times larger than today's and even then they would not always be in a position to stop all crime so the lawsuits against the police departments would keep rolling in.

Comment Re:Polite request (Score 1) 712

The Supreme Court has ruled that the police have no responsibility to protect you. This came about when (as I recall) a lady was in a position where someone was shooting at her. She called the police. The police came and then sat around waiting for it all to end. She sued. The Supreme Court ruled that the police only have responsibility to society as a whole. So in other words, if you are in a shoot out or someone is breaking into your house, the police can go write parking tickets instead of assisting you as that too serves the public's safety.

The Supreme Court actually got this ruling right. Otherwise, the police would be responsible for each and every murder (or other crime) that occurred since they obviously weren't there to stop it.

In the case of my brother, his wife was home alone in Freemont CA. Someone tried to break into their house and she called the police/911. The person tried for over 45 minutes to get into their house (without success) and the whole time, his wife was on the phone with 911. All 911 would say is hide in a closet. After an hour, the police showed up -- after the person had left. My brother threatened to go to the media and amazingly, the police had enough time to do drive bys past their house each and every hour for a week.

As the old adage goes: "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away."

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