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Comment Re:Programming is a trade (Score 2) 300

If that's true why do so many talented programmers lack critical thinking skills when it comes to politics, economics, society, culture, and their personal lives? Seriously, I always thought that programming should teach critical thinking skills, but I've lost track of the number of clueless programmers who have great problem-solving skills on a computer but are completely incompetent outside that domain.

Comment Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 683

I agree to an extent, but at this point, we'd just be sending out a 'few heroic lives' to do die lonely, pointless deaths that tell us nothing about anything. This isn't traversing the seas to get to the new world, this is going to a place where we know we'll die. Of course, we all die, but any Mars mission is suicide right now. It's no more and no less glamorous than throwing yourself off a train bridge to find out more about gravity..

Sure, if there's a reasonable chance of success, then by all means load a few heroes into the great sky catapult and see where the cards fall, but at the moment the only real people in the market are the proven charlatans of Mars One. That says everything to me.

Comment Re:23% of the company (Score 4, Interesting) 471

Not really. The US actually has stricter regulations than the EU across a number of major areas, like air pollution standards for power plants (definitely not a "tiny, select area[]" by anyone's definition), The US' Endangered Species Act is stronger and more comprehensive than the EU's. Even where standards are technically higher under EU directives than US federal environmental policy, such as in drinking water, failure to meet those standards is rampant, particularly in Eastern European countries.

Comment Re:Meh - I don't see a problem (Score 1) 371

Tolerant does not mean "strive to not offend". Tolerant means "don't tell people how to behave or think", with the axiomatic underpinning being "as long as those people don't try to actively harm you".

The fact that you don't understand the meaning of a simple word like "tolerant" makes your entire post rather superfluous.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 275

Because Guantanamo was created for a specific purpose to house people accused specifically of violent acts, because the government has been desperately trying to shut it down for years and would have no interest in increasing the population, because it has not had a new prisoner in years, because it would be a massive reputation hit that would serve no rational purpose and would immediately result in numerous public and expensive lawsuits that the executive branch could very easily lose causing further embarrassment, it would be a political liability to all involved, and a massive diplomatic blunder.

I mean, if you were going to argue that the US might take some other extrajudicial action against Assange, I might believe it, but GUANTANAMO? SERIOUSLY?

Talent does what it can. Genius does what it must. You do what you get paid to do.