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Comment: Re:But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight. (Score 1) 126

by shutdown -p now (#48655469) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

You yourself talked about "until they reach 18 years of age"; abortion is clearly but one aspect of this, and arguably not the biggest one by far (there are far more children who are born, but have their rights limited until they are of age, than aborted fetuses).

I didn't want to touch on abortion for the simple reason that it's vastly more complicated - there's the issue of when you start considering a fetus a person (it is obvious to any rational person that a fertilized egg or an embryo is not a person in any meaningful way, while a pre-birth fetus is; but where do you draw the line in between?). There's also the sticking issue of the fetus, regarding of any rights it may have as a person, potentially infringing on its mother's rights to her body. Reconciling those two rights is not obvious.

In any case, none of this has anything to do with this particular case.

Comment: Re:Am I missing something? (Score 2) 203

by shutdown -p now (#48655159) Attached to: GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

The fact that pretty much the entire pro-gun cohort is rallying behind the cops regardless of what they do

This is not true, actually. The hardline conservatives are into cop worship, but libertarians are pretty strong in pro-gun movement as well, and they are generally not a fans of police militarization and excessive use of force.

Comment: Re:But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight. (Score 1) 126

by shutdown -p now (#48655133) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

Nobody has to take care of the orangutan for it to exercise this right. But for a baby to exercise its right to freedom, it has to be nurtured for around 18 years or so, and that's much too inconvenient.

Assuming that you're referring to actual babies that have been born, then they still have human rights that their parents or legal guardians can't deny them. For example, you can't lock up your kid in a cage, even though other more reasonable limits on the freedom of movement are allowed. Generally speaking, it's okay so long as it's in their interest. Similarly, in this story, they're not letting the orangutan go where it wants, but admitting that the current arrangement is definitely not in its interest.

Comment: Re:An interesting point is (Score 1) 126

by shutdown -p now (#48655057) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

If these creatures get legal self identity, then are they also legally required to obey our laws?

I thought about it as well, but now I think there might be precedent for a kind of a special status there. Think about those uncontacted Amazonian tribes - they're definitely considered human, and if you were to kill one of them you'd be charged with murder, but I'm pretty sure that those tribes don't know or care about e.g. Brazilian laws, and they are not actually enforced against them. I do wonder how they word that in law, though.

Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 1) 126

by shutdown -p now (#48654975) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

I would assume that if this ruling stands, the law would treat an ape the same way it treats human children, or adults that are considered incompetent. This means that someone else makes the decision for them, but the law still protects their fundamental rights (such as e.g. a right to life), and, at least in theory, the decisions must be in their best interest, which can be legally enforced in some circumstances. It's still way better than being treated as property.

Comment: Re:Hypocrites (Score 1) 427

by shutdown -p now (#48653347) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

There is a difference between tolerating and supporting. With Batista, US has actually supported him - helped him maintain power and suppress his political opponents. With Cuba, we're talking about tolerating what they are. Which is clearly the best that can be done, given how several decades of attempting to pressure them did absolutely zero good for anyone in the country.

The only people who object to the lifting of sanctions are those that are motivated by personal revenge against the Castros. There's no other logical reason for the embargo.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 395

Compiler optimizations don't really help if your code is I/O or input-bound, which accounts for most of the code written today - so users rarely see the benefits. Occasionally you get a situation where one particular code path is CPU-bound and is hit often enough that optimizing it matters, but in that case it's usually still easier to use C++ for that particular bit, and some other high-level language for the rest.

Granted, with all the changes already in C++14, and more good stuff coming in C++17, C++ itself gets more high-level every year. Right now I'd say the problem is really more with the tooling than with the language... debugging C# or Java is still a much more comfortable experience than debugging C++. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 395

Promises and async is indeed a good point. I've been writing async (UI) code in C# for the past two years, and have almost forgotten what a mess it was before tasks and await.

BTW, async/await is also proposed for C++, though it is a much more generalized construct there:

http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/s...

VC++ has a preview of the implementation in the current betas:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vcblog...

Comment: Re:Revolution (Score 1) 587

by shutdown -p now (#48645553) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

But the rich will not recognize that until the mobs with pitchforks are breaking into their gated communities.

It only needs to happen in one place for others to recognize the urgency. Just like the communist revolution in the USSR prompted the rise of the welfare state in the West (and, with the collapse of the USSR, welfare state is also slowly evaporating).

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 395

This is subjective. But it certainly goes beyond "remembering whether to capitalize the first character of your methods and variables", at least if we're talking about idiomatic C# vs Java.

Granted, Java is catching up with lambdas and the associated library stuff in Java 8. But it is still hampered by type erasure, and libraries haven't picked up on their use yet, while in C# the patterns that only really make sense with lambdas have been idiomatic in libraries for a few years now.

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