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Comment: Re:Code Complete (Score 1) 352

by vix86 (#47011171) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?
I read Code Complete cover to cover after having been a hobbiest programmer for 5-7 years. Some of the many mistakes I'd made over time were mentioned and left me nodding my head in acknowledgement and gave me the ground to realize that probably a lot of the other wisdom distilled in the pages was worth heeding as well. Code Complete made me realize how bad my coding practices were. Its a book I recommend to everyone now.

Comment: Wish people would learn (Score 1) 517

by vix86 (#45939017) Attached to: How Weather Influences Global Warming Opinions
I wish the general public would learn that global warming isn't just about the temperature getting warmer as time goes on, such that "Winter will become a perpetual Fall season." Its about the increase of energy in the entire system which we call "global weather." This leads to more extreme and bizarre weather conditions.

Comment: Fukushima news will become scarce (Score 5, Informative) 136

by vix86 (#45606637) Attached to: The Status of the Fukushima Clean-Up
This will get little coverage in news outlets around the world, but its worth spreading and this article is as good as any to mention it. The Japanese Lower House, in the Diet, passed a bill which set up a National Secrets law. Essentially it is an anti-whistleblower law. It has many of the usual sections present in other countries save for one. The bill sets forth that all information dealing with "nuclear energy" will be considered a national secret and releasing any information without the oversight of the government will basically be illegal.

This means that if something bad is happening at the Fukushima plant, then we have to rely on someone doing the moral thing and telling the world and then going to jail.

The bill still has to go through the Upper House but it's likely to pass without much opposition even though the media and the public have been strongly opposed to it. It seems very likely that the bill is there to cover up any bad information that might tarnish Japan or TEPCO's image.

Japan state secrets bill on track to become law despite protests

Comment: Re:Interesting psychological experiment (Score 1) 71

by vix86 (#45179185) Attached to: Google Sparking Interest To Quantum Mechanics With <em>Minecraft</em>
I think you missed the point, and probably because the OP didn't carry the results of the 'experiment' out to its conclusions. The OP was suggesting that we use games to make concepts in quantum mechanics more intuitive to KIDS. I've always wondered if we can bring the concepts and teaching of harder concepts, to kids at younger ages, if this won't spur more quicker advances because less time is spent in the more valuable years simply trying to grasp current ideas. For example, there was probably a period where basic algebra was considered a "college subject" and not fit for teaching to anyone under the age of 18, yet in most places, the concepts are now taught in high school and sometimes even earlier. Calculus is now becoming a normal high school subject. If we can get these ideas into kids' minds at earlier ages, then later on expanding on the concepts won't be as time consuming and we can move past this period quicker and into more theoretical realms. My brother who is also a physicist often wonders if we could make Lie Algebra regular 12th grade curriculum, what that might do to the advances in math and physics.

Comment: Re:Modern Jesus (Score 1) 860

by vix86 (#43958049) Attached to: NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself
I'm going to put my self out and just state that in our current system. Voting for a third party IS a wasted vote, in that it potentially weakens the party that might have been closely matching your ideologies and might have won had you not voted for that matching third party. Its a lot like how the Tea Party has caused a a weakening of the main Republican party, which provides more strength for the Democrats. Telling people to run out and "vote third party" won't solve any of these problems. If you want to truly fix this then you need to overhaul the voting system currently in place.

I feel this video series explains the problem very well and shows potential solutions.
The Problems with First past the Post Voting

Comment: Re:I may be most libertarian but... (Score 2) 408

by vix86 (#43438997) Attached to: Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice
Japan's fiber already works something like this. NTT laid a lot of fiber years ago and I believe a lot of it was subsidized. Today they still do the same and when you want to sign up for it you call them and they can run it to your house or room. Then you sign up for an ISP who deals with delivering your data to the net. You pay a bit each month for maintaining the line and the rest for the isp access. It's really convenient and a 100/100 is about 60USD a month.

Comment: Re:So why not arrest all the moderators? (Score 2) 62

by vix86 (#42356723) Attached to: Japanese Police Charge 2channel Founder Over Forum Posts
There's a tendency in Japan to place the blame for serious problems on the people up top. For instance, political campaign scandals in Japan, which may often only involve people in the middle of the organization, can and have landed many politicians in jail. It works similarly with the yakuza and likewise with corporations.

So even though the fault clearly lies with the moderators, they're trying to blame the person at the top, the founder.

Comment: Re:Kudos (Score 4, Insightful) 1061

by vix86 (#42313157) Attached to: Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church

If you demand censure of someone's speech, you allow him a loophole to demand the censure of yours.

Then I wish someone would explain to me how WBC can picket almost anywhere with relative ease, but something like "Occupy Wall Street" gets relegated to "free speech zones" out of the way of all eyes and ears.

If that's not censure, then I don't know what is.

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