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Comment: Re:Van Braun built weapons for Nazis (Score 1) 92

f he faced a choice between following his dreams and not killing people I'd have to say the latter is the far better choice.

It's very easy to say that when faced with threats against yourself or your family. We'd all like to believe that we'd do the right thing in the face of overwhelming adversity, but frankly you have no way of knowing what you'd do until it happens.

It is however easy to judge from behind the safety of a keyboard.

Comment: Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (Score 1) 92

That simplifies is slightly.

The V2 was about as expensive as a top-end fighter jet (thought the only jets were top end then). So every V2 meant one less fighter in the air, except it didn't. The problem they had was a massive lack of oil for fuel which means the fighters couldn't fly. The V2s were powered by alcohol, and no one had planes able to run off the stuff then.

Also, if the Reich's nuclear bomb ambitions had worked out, the V2 would have provided an unstoppable delivery mechanism.

Comment: Re:He just doesent' get it.. (Score 1) 491

by serviscope_minor (#47576317) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Not anymore... there's a big confusion over equal opportunity vs equal outcome. Conservatives typically believe in equal opportunity, liberals mostly believe in equal opportunity with some leanings towards equal outcome (that is the justification for affirmative action).

Well that's the thing. Conservatives like to believe we already have equal opportunity and the disparity is just due to the intake. They use that to dismiss affermative action.

The fact remains there is not equal *opportnity*. Affermative action does help to correct that.

There was an article here posted about CVs in some context (academic?). The CVs were of course made up allowing the researchers to perfectly control for the content. CVs attached to "black" sounding names were consistently rated worse.

That means they were not being given equal opportunity.

Affermative action corrects for that.

Comment: Re:The Chinese are playing... (Score 3, Insightful) 103

Whoever modded this insightful is an idiot.

The EU takes a very dim view on abusive companies, local or foreign. Whining because the company is American just means you get to whine twice. Once because the evil Europeans are harming the benevolent rich american companies and once more because you have shitty phone contracts that massively suck, unlike in the EU, where they dealt with those *local* companies.

Comment: Re:What Jesse wants (Score 1) 491

by serviscope_minor (#47572679) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Was there a racial element to the interview? Probably, given that black men are very rare in IT and that people are not used to dealing with unusual things in many ways. However, these sound like typical dumbass "brainteaser" questions:

So now questions like, "How does one measure the amount of water passing a particular point in a river?" or "Why can you not see the Moon during the day?" are being asked.

The problem is they're not really brainteasers, in that they're fun "impossible" or "off the wall" questions.

The first is a rather fun question and has had many solutions with a rather interesting history. If you've happened to done any civil engineering, then you may have covered streamflow measurement in which case the first answer is somewhat nuanced and based on the size of the river, number of measurements required and various other constraints.

The second one is the old "why are manhole covers round" in that the question is outright wrong.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 728

by serviscope_minor (#47550777) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

In other words, if you really are smarter than the mass of men, knowing that is not arrogance.

His most recent rant about C++ smacks of arrogance, because it's a very strongly held opinion backed only by incorrect facts, poor logic and outright logical fallacies. He is smarter than "the masses" but he's not smarter than people like Stroustrup, Sutter, Bright, Alexandrescu, Stepanov and such like. They are all preeminent in their fields and very, very smart people.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 728

by serviscope_minor (#47550747) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

C++ proponents aren't very humble

What like Strostrup? Sutter? Alexandrescu? Some evidence required for your bold claim.

neither is the language itself

That makes no sense whatsoever.

I also get upset with people constantly trying to shove C++ on top of C projects, just because they don't know C very well.

I also get upset by people needlessly sticking to C because they don't understand C++ very well. Your point?

Comment: Sales flow chart. (Score 4, Interesting) 96

by serviscope_minor (#47550695) Attached to: Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

Here is a flow chart to decide whether to buy Oracle products:

<Do you enjoy being utterly fucked over?> Yes--> Buy Oracle. No--> Run for the hills.

I've been at two places which have been Oracle'd. It's like being pwn3d except you end up $10,000,000 poorer. You also end up with less dignity than the inevitable tebagging you might get in Halo.

Comment: Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (Score 1) 728

by serviscope_minor (#47548059) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

But the shift within the Linux kernel code was still valid C (C++?) code, so it was a compiler problem, even though it didn't affect most programs.

The things Linux are doing are way way outside the C spec. Nopt surprising, since the C spec doesn't have much to say about interrupt routines. It's an intersection of obscure techniques, one particular platform and obscure compiler options not all being implemented together properly.

Comment: Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (Score 1) 728

by serviscope_minor (#47548051) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

GCC is very standards compliant in that it will compile almost all standards compliant code correctly.

As I said, all compilers have non portable extensions. If GCC went and DIAF as you so desire, you'd just get people writing to the non portable extensions of the other compilers. So then you'd move the hate along.

What this translates to is that you hate the most popular compiler.

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