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Comment: Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 1) 609

by theArtificial (#49755883) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

I have no idea where your numbers come from or how they define abortion

I provided the source. Also, they're not my numbers, just some selected from the Guttmacher page since people don't usually follow links. Why the Guttmacher page? I just googled "abortions by race" and it was about the 4th result which featured easy to digest graphs instead of census style tables.

That should be the most compelling point: you can outlaw abortion, but it is still going to happen. Would we rather have it happen safely or unsafely?

??? Apparently by citing facts about it being mostly poor young women who have abortions, I'm for outlawing it? Why are there so many abortions in the first place? Depending on the age groups, teens, it's massive irresponsibility and poor use of contraception. The arguments seem to boil down to convenience.

Comment: Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 1) 609

by theArtificial (#49755035) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

All this misleading and conclusory claim (on what basis do you deem any particular number "high," by the way?) demonstrates is your own lack of attention to this issue.

I consider about half to be high. It's definitely not a super majority but I suppose that could be reached if the income constraints were altered. I don't consider $20,000/year a very comfortable living, not to mention $10,000 but that depends on the area.

And save your moralizing about diverse perspectives (omg some women want to give birth and others don't? WHAAAT?!) for your weekly anti-choice circlejerk. That "women," just like regular people(!), are not some kind of emotional monolith surprises no actual grown-ups.

What are you going on about? I don't have any dogs in this race. Guttmacher is just one of the sites that came up when I did a search for some numbers, Bloomberg references them in this article. I was specifically looking for a breakdown by race and area. Besides your selective quotes and emotional language you also curiously use counties instead of states so you can get a sensational figure, with emphasis added no less. It might be more significant if each state had an even distribution of counties, which they don't, skewing things for example is Texas which has 254 counties. As of 2008 all states have abortion clinics, since you have an affinity for percentages, that's 100%. This issue overwhelmingly involves young women and poverty. US teen pregnancy is highest in the developed world. Apparently abortions aren't convenient enough?

Comment: Re:Not likely. (Score 1) 170

by theArtificial (#49754217) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

I think the main problem of today is that there is no need for being a "hacker" anymore.


We're also at the point where anything big can only be done with a LOT of manpower behind it

I realize this most likely isn't your intent, it sounds curiously like statements made in the late 1800s when there was a sentiment that there wasn't much left for science to discover. This seems to fly in the face of productivity as well, the tools get better and more can be done with fewer.

I suppose it comes down to what "big" is. Minecraft didn't have a lot of people behind it, and look at the impact it had. There are other examples. As technology progresses things become accessible that wouldn't have otherwise, look at the appearance of the iPhone, a result of a combination of the touch screen and processor speeds both byproducts of progress and mass processes.

NO knowledge, no information, for everything there is a "wizard". Our kids aren't learning anything anymore, and I could hardly blame them.

Convenience is king, I doubt you make your own clothes and grow the cotton, processing it into textiles, by hand, in the snow. Many of these things can be done without the wizard, depends on the platform, although for most purposes it's a PITA and there for the curious or those with need. With regard to the computer I don't miss IRQ settings, long live plug n play.

Comment: Automation (Score 1) 170

by theArtificial (#49753953) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?
I typed out something longer and accidentally navigated away. I've had an interest in programming for a healthy portion of my life. Client side automation is/was fascinating. Writing "hacks" arguably got me into programming. The demo scene is full of brilliant people, seeing what those guys do is so cool, it had a profound influence on me. Writing mods for video games held my interest for a time, most of all I really like(d) seeing how things work. I recall the glee the first time I read some comments where a programmer (in RTCW iirc something to the effect of "this part is gay and I always hated it") was lamenting the death animation where players would lay down and the remarks about about how terrible it was. I've found codesniffers to be neat for style guidelines.

Games that simulate programming, processes, or even hacking I haven't found to be very enjoyable, I want to like them more but they're just a toy when I can do the real deal. I don't want to imply that they're objectively not fun, it's more that when I'm not programming I'd rather not be play programming, I like to get my mind off of things. Memory editing is so much fun.

My recent goto for "hacking" stuff has been tampermonkey (very similar to greasemonkey but for Chrome, yes I know boo hiss - best developer tools around though) I wrote something to snag all the dropdown values on a page from a salesforce application. The product was prototyped and initially built out on salesforce and finally in Java. One of our guys was going through the page manually and writing a spec with the options, to top it off all the dropdowns aren't standard selects under the hood, they're javascript encoded value abominations solely there to hamper scraping. After some tinkering I got all the values to dump to the console log so it became a copy paste job instead of typing.

Inspiration is good, it spurs one on, and the more people exposed to it I consider a good thing. If creative young minds find inspiration in Minecraft, excellent. The engines today are capable (games or films) and the tooling is accessible. Although I think the trend is for games is less customization through traditional mod channels with the rise of DLC. Like what's happening with movies and music, there is more but fewer defining stuff, like how Star Wars was in the theaters for a year and how so many people saw it, how many present day films boast that?

Comment: Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 3, Informative) 609

by theArtificial (#49728501) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
Ultimately they remain not difficult to get otherwise the poorest wouldn't get them in such high numbers. There are much better questions to be asking, let's add some facts into the discussion, shall we? In a nutshell this seems to be a poor issue, in a country that struggles with contraceptive use. Blacks are over represented. For those with an agenda this is an empowerment struggle (her body, her choice etc.). I've also noticed when it isn't wanted it's a bunch of cells, when it's wanted it's a baby (women crying over a miscarriage). Source with nice graphs. At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and at 2008 abortion rates, one in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45.

Eighteen percent of U.S. women obtaining abortions are teenagers; those aged 15–17 obtain 6% of all abortions, 18–19-year-olds obtain 11%, and teens younger than 15 obtain 0.4%.

Women in their 20s account for more than half of all abortions: Women aged 20–24 obtain 33% of all abortions, and women aged 25–29 obtain 24%.

Non-Hispanic white women account for 36% of abortions, non-Hispanic black women for 30%, Hispanic women for 25% and women of other races for 9%

Women who have never married and are not cohabiting account for 45% of all abortions.

About 61% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children.

Forty-two percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level ($10,830 for a single woman with no children).

Twenty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes between 100–199% of the federal poverty level.

The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.

Fifty-one percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method in the month they got pregnant, most commonly condoms (27%) or a hormonal method (17%)

The number of U.S. abortion providers declined 4% between 2008 (1,793) and 2011 (1,720). The number of clinics providing abortion services declined 1%, from 851 to 839. Eighty-nine percent of all U.S. counties lacked an abortion clinic in 2011; 38% of women live in those counties.

Forty-six percent of abortion providers offer very early abortions (before the first missed period) and 95% offer abortion at eight weeks from the last menstrual period. Sixty-one percent offer at least some second-trimester abortion services (13 weeks or later), and 34% offer abortion at 20 weeks. Only 16% of all abortion providers offer abortions at 24 weeks.

In 2011-2012, the average amount paid for a nonhospital abortion with local anesthesia at 10 weeks’ gestation was $480. The average amount paid for an early medication abortion before 10 weeks was $504.

Eighty-four percent of clinics experienced at least one form of antiabortion harassment in 2011. Picketing is the most common form of harassment clinics are exposed to (80%) followed by phone calls (47%). Fifty-three percent of clinics were picketed 20 times or more.

Comment: Re:Cuz Minix Dude Was A Old Guy (Score 1) 469

by theArtificial (#49634035) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

A BSD license means that the only development you are guaranteed to get is your own development. Anything else is just by chance...If you publish the same code under GPL, and even a single other developer shows some interest and adds something to your work, you are guaranteed to get rewarded by additional functionality.

The guarantee requires that the developer distribute their work.

There is no ROI for your development work if you publish something under BSD license.

LLVM and FreeBSD would like a word with you. Some extremely popular projects use very liberal licenses and there are more, not less of these.

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson