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Comment: Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (Score 4, Insightful) 275

by beelsebob (#46763651) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Poor white people are not nearly as violent as poor black people. Check the stats yourself. Blacks are about 13-14% of the population but they commit 50% of the murders alone (usually they murder other blacks).

As much as your racist mindset would like that to support your conclusion. It simply doesn't. Being 13-14% of the population does not imply being an even distribution within the demographics of the population. If all 75% of that 13-14% is poor (not unreasonable), but only 10% of the white people are poor (also not unreasonable), then that would give you pretty much the exact same number of poor people of either race. The result - an unsurprising 50/50 split in crime rates too.

Ever wonder why things never change?

No, because it's clear.
1) They do change. We've gone from blacks, women and gays (amongst many others) being ostracised, to many of them being productive members of society, and people like you being frowned upon. That's great!
2) The change is slow, exactly because of people like you, trying very very hard to make sure that these people get held back as much as you can. Thankfully idiots like you are getting rarer and rarer.

At one time it was not politically correct to advocate heliocentrism either. But it was still a fact.

That's an interesting comparison. You seem to be suggesting that we generally go from poor understanding of the situation, to more enlightened understanding of the situation. That our knowledge of the situation improves. One way that this has improved is that we've realised that the earth is not the centre of the universe, and then even realised that neither is the sun. Another way is that in the past, we thought that blacks, women and gays were somehow inferior, and not just normal human beings who happened to have a different pigmentation, sexual organ, or preference. Thankfully we've advanced past that point now.

Black men can start by seriously trying to parent their children instead of leaving them to be raised by single mothers in broken homes in bad neighbourhoods.

This is almost as laughable as "The poor just need to stop being poor, then they could afford health care."

Comment: Re:PHP IS the worst (Score 1) 172

by beelsebob (#46763571) Attached to: The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Yes... and as I said, this is completely missing the point. Holes in language implementations can be fixed as they come up. Bugs that are caused because of bad language design, and lack of the language helping the developer hold all the necessary concepts in their head at once, those can not trivially be fixed like language implementation errors. Not only that, but they'll be several orders of magnitude more common.

An example. A language with a decent type system can completely eliminate SQL injection attacks, and invalid pointer dereferences. A language with a dependant type system can completely eliminate buffer overruns.

There are huge classes of security holes and bugs that can be prevented from happening entirely by the language.

Comment: Re:BS (Score 1) 275

by beelsebob (#46763527) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

That's a bit of a straw man.

The point is that not too long ago, property values were only around 4-4.5 times the value of a normal wage. Now, even on a very high engineer's wage (around 150-200k) in the bay area you're looking at about 6-8 times the value of your wage. On an more average wage, more like 10-15 times.

Prices really have got very out of control.

Comment: Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (Score 2) 275

by beelsebob (#46763463) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

s/black/poor/ and you might have a point.

Unfortunately for you, creating ghettos for the benefit of the rich has had a history of being a pretty amazingly bad plan. SF needs to figure out how to deal with this properly and fast (generally, the answer is, build more houses, faster).

Comment: Re:Shut up and take my money (Score 1) 85

by beelsebob (#46735791) Attached to: <em>Civilization: Beyond Earth</em> Announced

Honestly, I like the fact that they put a penalty on expanding too much too quickly. Early Civs had the issue that the roll your war machine over everyone approach by far dominated other paths to victory. Civ V balanced that out nicely.

You're right though, the way that culture worked (as opposed to just happiness) was completely broken, and completely impossible to win in a multiplayer match, and yes, the expansions sorted that out.

The city state mechanic I felt worked well though –it stopped the AI playing by elimination of dominated strategies, and just always voting for itself, making diplomatic victory impossible.

Comment: Re:Shut up and take my money (Score 1) 85

by beelsebob (#46734313) Attached to: <em>Civilization: Beyond Earth</em> Announced

Honestly, I have no idea how you can not enjoy Civ V. I've owned all the Civ games except for II. Enjoyed all of them, but V is by far the most tactical, and interesting to play. The hex based system, and the fact that you can only have one unit per tile makes attacking cities much much much trickier than it ever used to be.

Comment: Re:Abolish marriage solves the problem. (Score 1) 562

by beelsebob (#46715845) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Yes, it is. In much the same way as we had to have a culture war to prove that women were not second class citizens, and a culture war to prove that blacks were not second class citizens. Unfortunately, these wars (including the one proving that gays are not second class citizens) are on going.

Comment: Re:We've come a long way (Score 1) 146

by spitzak (#46710515) Attached to: Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

So you can declare a variable of type MyClass called myClass, or a method that returns a MyClass called myClass().

In most languages this would be impossible if case was not preserved by lexical scanning (there are a few languages where the intention can be distinguished by syntax, which would allow the class name and method to be exactly the same, and then case sensitivity may be less of a problem).

Another huge problem with case insensitivity is that the rules get really complex once you get out of ASCII-only, and different interpretations of the rules in effect mean you have literally thousands of actually different syntaxes.

Work is the crab grass in the lawn of life. -- Schulz