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Comment Re:Allow me to quote... (Score 5, Insightful) 571

To me the problem isn't so much the legality - regulations can be a huge pain and how can you remember them all while trying to conduct diplomacy in a complex world? What bothers me is the lack of judgement. Even if she tried to keep classified stuff off the server and did a pretty good job - she's the Secreatary of State. Nearly everything that is emailed to her is something an enemy might be interested in. She agrees to go to lunch with Joe from accounting again? Joe seems to have her ear he would be a great guy to gain influence over to get him to influence her policies and gain information.

Comment Re:There was no before (Score 4, Interesting) 225

Related to this is the problem of our mental ability to conceive of that which we have never experienced. Can anyone understand imagine a 4D space as more than just a mathematical model? How about the behavior of time as something that dialates? We can do the math, but we can't wrap our minds around the reality because our brains just aren't wired that way. What if the whole "everything has a reason" could be in the same category as the constancy of time - something obviously true but wrong. And because our brain refuses to accept any other conclusion we rationalize things that have no reason by supplying reasons. Even logic might have this problem. If A implies B and B implies C, then A implies true. Obviously and undeniably true according to our brains. Are our brains correct? We have a model of logic is internally consistent and that seems to work for us. We judge everything against that model. If that model is wrong then we'll never know.

Comment Re:Because they are stupid. (Score 2) 729

I guess I missed the part where you're boss was an "ego-maniacal prick". He asked you to calculate the uncompensated overtime. You wanted to include a lot of time that you had done without being asked for. That was going to be a huge chunk of time and would likely make him look bad somehow - and why should he get that blame when he never asked you to do it? And when you started working the 40 hour week you had agreed to when you were hired, he didn't complain and he gave you compensation (4 vacation hours in exchange for one worked hour) when you had to work on a day you had wanted to take as vacation.

Comment Re:Happiness is relative (Score 1) 729

Psychology studies show it's not the absolute material wealth that makes you happy and content but the relative, in comparison to others in your social group

This especially makes sense for men who are working to attract women. If you're the richest guy in the neighborhood, whether you're making $100 a week compared to everyone else's $90 a week, or whether you're making $1,000,000 a week compared to everyone else's $900,000 a week, simply by being the richest you'll have a greatly improved chance of attracting the best looking women in the neighborhood.

Comment Re:no responsibility? (Score 1) 295

Yes, so if someone from earth (remember, Earth will be a lot richer and more powerful than the struggling colonists for a very long time) decides to kill everyone on Mars for the fun of it, no one on Earth will be obligated or perhaps even legally permitted to help the Martians.

Comment Re:Pay peanuts (Score 1) 193

Exactly. Quality costs time and money. If you want to prevent SQL-Injection you not only need senior developers, you need an environment where they are encouraged to find problems in code and bring attention to it so people can learn from mistakes. Code reviews take time and money but customers don't want to pay for them. They may say they're willing to pay for code reviews but but they'll complain about the cost and hire someone else if you actually do them.

Comment Re:Copy and Paste. (Score 3, Insightful) 497

Unit tests are no match for years of reliable service because for useful programs there is no such thing as a comprehensive unit test. One of the reasons computers are so useful is they can handle so many different input values - so many that you can't possibly test them all. Want to test a '+' operator for integers? Unless you run all MAX_INT * MAX_INT (oh way, I mean MAX_INT - MIN_INT+1 * MAX_INT-MIN_INT +1) possible inputs, how can you be sure you got everything? Well, let's just pick a representative test. Oh wait, we need to make sure we try with a negative number. Oh yeah, we need to a negative+negative, a positive+positive, a positive+negative, and a negative+positive. That it? Oh yeah we need to try negatives positives with zeros too. NOW we're done. What? OOHHH overflow! We need to write a test for two very large positive numbers and another for two very large negative numbers!

That's just for simple integer addition. When you start writing real-life code the combinations of inputs grow very quickly. You do your best, but it simply isn't practical to test for every possible thing that could cause a problem.

Comment Re:wait a second (Score 2, Insightful) 216

Because when you go to a party, get drunk, and shit yourself on the sofa, you stay behind to help clean up or you never get invited back again.

On the other hand if show up and spend 40 years keeping someone from getting killed they might seem a bit ungrateful if they complain about you getting diarrhea while doing so.

Comment Re:More simple than that (Score 0) 737

It's about fraud. Widespread organised fraud. Should that really be legal in your opinion? Or should it be legal if they do it "for the party", since it's fraud for the sake of politics? The entire reason we've got all this shit is because of some donors setting the agenda and turning science denial into a political point of difference between two parties when both used to consider reality previously. Do you deny science for The Party comrade? Papers please.

Assuming the global warming warners are correct, the reason we have this issue is the people doing the warning have made several huge mistakes.

1. They have not lived as though they believed their warnings. The Democrats supposedly believe the world is going to be very messed up, and yet it is way down on their list of priorities. World leaders who presumably have good access to intelligence don't seem very concerned. Al Gore flew around in carbon spewing private planes while living in heavy carbon footprint house.

2. They have discredited themselves by setting themselves up to make a profit from the hysteria. Exhibit A is again Al Gore with his investments: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11...

3. Al Gore becoming the first major spokesperson was a huge mistake because he's clearly a partisan and had just come through a brutal campaign. He was bound to make half the electorate skeptical. If George W. Bush had lost the election and immediately started talking about global warming then it would be the Democrats claiming the whole thing was a host and yet another example of "the politics of fear".

4. Using words like "denier" and saying "the debate is over" as a way to shout down and shut down debate rather than trying to convince people. We need fewer articles that threaten and insult skeptics and more articles that respectfully explain both sides of the debate. Everytime the word "denier" shows up in print it reinforces the idea that the global warming believers know they can't make a case and have to result to poisoning the well attacks.

Comment Re:Why the hate? (Score 1) 286

When the WSJ was sold the bias of the paper shifted not-so-subtly to the right. It may be a top-tier newspaper, but its bias clearly indicates it is a tool of the Murdoch empire.

Comparing the WSJ to the Washington Post probably is appropriate since the Washington Post shares the right wing bias.

The bottom line is that he owns way too many media outlets which tends to drown out other voices. The argument that any of his media outlets are truly independent is really a joke. They publish what he wants them to publish through direct, indirect, or implied influence. That is why the hate.

Washington Post has a "right-wing bias"? Since when is "right-wing" pro-abortion, pro-Democrats, pro-illegal immigration, pro-Obamacare, pro-gay-marriage, and pro-big-buiness-bailouts?

Comment Re:Grants? That is your worry? (Score 1) 286

I consider myself more of a conservative than a libertarian, but I think everyone should have a strong libertarian instinct. Too often when a problem arises the first thing the news media says is "and the government isn't doing anything to solve this!" And people ask "why isn't the government solving this.

The proper questions should be "are we sure this can't be fixed without the government?" and "is the benefit of having the government solve this worth the introduction of force, the loss of freedom, and the likely side-effects?" Sometimes the answer is "yes", but most of the time it is "no".

Comment Re:LoJack (Score 1) 100

And once again another reminder that anyone carrying a cellphone is effectively transmitting their location to the authorities at all times.

The summary also mentioned CCTV. Just another reminder that anyone reflecting light is effectively transmitting their location to the authorities at all times.

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