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Comment Re:Treat it like all other medicine (Score 1) 90

> Except for the fact they they don't fucking work

Sure they do. You're lucky enough to be healthy enough to have no real experience with this. Otherwise you would be singing a different tune.

Market based solutions are perhaps not as efficient as they should but but there really don't seem to be any alternatives. The socialist nations aren't exactly leading the way here. It seems to be left to greedy assholes.

Comment Re:Will others follow suit? (Score 1) 140

> Oh yeah totally doable for non comp.sci majors.

It depends on the quality of the build scripts really.

It's like the software quality of ANYTHING. Either the developers decided to put in the time to make the software robust and reasonably easy to use or they didn't.

The fact that you might have to type some bog standard commands that haven't changed in 20 years is really not the issue.

Comment Re:Good quality memory (Score 1) 197

"I think I'd avoid doing a torture test of a disk drive of any type, but especially an SSD. Technically you are wearing out the SSD which has a finite number of write cycles before it will stop working on you. Problem is, you don't really know how many cycles an SSD has ..."

If the kind of wear and tear you can create in a few hours or a day of stress testing is significant then your drive is severely flawed. As far as knowing how many cycles it can withstand, it's called a spec sheet.

Comment Re:Sputnik? (Score 2) 201

Sputnik in fact was an AFTERTHOUGHT.

The Russians had a single unified ICBM effort and they decided to just "put a cherry on top" as it were. American leadership was much less in a panic about it than the general public. Eisenhower also liked the idea of setting the precedent of allowing sat overflights as the US was priming to put up spy satellites.

Comment Re:Coding vs Programming (Score 0) 173

"Coding is learning the syntax of a language and the mechanics of implementing a solution to a problem. Programming is analyzing a problem and determining what computational steps are needed to arrive at a solution."

Coding is learning? Programming is analyzing? I think you might want to stop and think about what you say before you talk out your paper asshole again, especially since coding and programming are synonyms.

Comment Re:Python for Cons? Why not Racket or Scheme? (Score 1) 173

" I've always considered Python as a stop-gap emergency replacement of Perl. "

Despite your apparent misunderstanding of Heisenburg Uncertainty, how you perceive things actually doesn't make a god damn bit of difference. Python is a solid, well designed, efficient language. It isn't perfect, but most of its shortcomings would be true for any interpreted (With JIT/VM) dynamically typed language.

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