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Comment Re:Headline is stupid (Score 5, Informative) 220

No, actually you're dead wrong. The lawsuit is about the suspension that resulted from the two-word tweet. It wasn't filed by the teacher, it wasn't filed by the school. It was filed by the student.

Furthermore, the police chief's statement that this amounted to a felony is pure BS. At worst, it would be defamation, but that's not what this lawsuit is about.

Comment Re:Hmmm. (Score 3, Insightful) 410

The rules are that anything that causes Reddit headaches or additional work is subject to be banned, or so the CEO has said in his latest comments on this round of quarantining/banning. Though their new policy doesn't exactly make it clear that's the case. So anything they don't like or that makes them work is subject to being removed from the site.

Speaking as someone who runs an internet forum, I can appreciate their position on that point. If 2% of the people cause 90% of the problems, the obvious thing to do is ban those 2%.

Comment Re: Well, sure, but... (Score 1) 295

Anyone who (apparently) gets this upset over a simple discussion on the Internet is either a troll, or someone who feels so powerless in their real life that stirring up shit on the Internet is the only way they can feel relevant.

Yet you got modded down, and I got modded up. Sadly, it wasn't because you dared to speak the truth, though I'm sure in your persecuted world view that's what you think went down. But no, you got modded down because you're just another internet dimwit.

Comment Re: Well, sure, but... (Score 1) 295

Hoo-kay.. you're just yet another pedantic, argument-loving internet person, and as such I'm not taking you seriously.

Anyone who says shit like "daring to state the truth" is pretty much automatically not to be taken seriously. The fact that I called you on such a pathetic attempt at melodrama doesn't make me argument-loving, it just means that you're full of shit.

Comment Re: Well, sure, but... (Score 1) 295

Listen, guy: of course it's all speculation right now.

You would do well to pay attention to the portion of your comment that I quoted. I'll quote it again for your convenience:

and, naturally, I will now get modded down to (-1, Troll/Flamebait/whatever) for daring to state the truth

That bit where you anticipate being modded down for "daring to state the truth" is utter bullshit if what you're doing is speculating.

Comment Re:Swift (Score 1) 365

Sure, it has come to pass. Everybody has a web presence without the need to personally hire a programmer. Everyone can compile graphs and charts of their data and advanced analytics
reporting without the need of a programmer. No, programmers haven't gone away and someone
still needs to write the programs but many of the tasks that once required a programmer now can
be done via a service without a programmer.

None of those things are actually examples of programming, nor are (or were) any of those activities the domain of programmers. Word processing, graphic art, illustration, sure. But there's no logic or flow control in any of those examples.

Comment Re:Swift (Score 1) 365

The general population does seem to have problems with complex logic problems. There are some intermediate programs like that seem to work ok for the general population but I consider ifttt still for power users and basic useful stuff will continue to be simplified until many of the things done by programmers today can be done by someone who doesn't understand complex logic.

The pundits have been predicting such a scenario since sometime in the early 1980s. To date, it hasn't come to pass, and I'm pretty confident in saying that your vision is right up there with flying cars.

Comment Re: Well, sure, but... (Score 2) 295

and, naturally, I will now get modded down to (-1, Troll/Flamebait/whatever) for daring to state the truth

But here's the thing, and this is a really important thing: while some things you say are true, most of what you're saying is at this point speculation. And honestly, you sound more than a bit unhinged to me.

Comment Re:Swift (Score 1) 365


Web pages (the kind you're talking about, anyway) do not employ logic. They do not employ any kind of procedural operations. They do not employ the concept of several / many / hundreds of moving parts. Web pages of the kind you are referring to are little more than RTF documents. There is plenty of convincing evidence that the general population can use word processors. There is no such evidence that the general population can deal with even the most basic coding constructs.

Comment Re: Swift (Score 1) 365

Or programmers who use a bunch of bested if statements because they don't understand XOR, or freak out when they see a ?: statement.

To be fair, I've seen some genuine coding atrocities committed with ternary operations. The programmer thought he was being clever. He was so clever, in fact, that a year later he couldn't quite tease apart all the edge cases in his very compact (and largely impenetrable) code.

I'd call that bad code.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 2) 549

Obeying every traffic law guarantees getting in accidents. It might not legally be the robot's fault but they did cause it because they aren't following the rules of the road. Because of that, they flow against the normal progression of traffic and cause disruptions which lead to accidents.

This is complete and utter bullshit. Far be it for me to defend Google (*spit*) but to even suggest that the Google car had any culpability here is incredibly stupid.

"Old age and treachery will beat youth and skill every time." -- a coffee cup