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Comment Re:WaPo - leaders in the post-fact era (Score 1) 272

Any mention of "Victoria Nuland" Ukrainian "Nazis", "George Soros" and "color revolutions" are classic 'tells' of Russian propaganda, I find.

It's so reliable, that it wouldn't surprise me at all if you could reliably train a deep learning model to spot it easily.

Comment Re:Horse sh*t (Score 2) 143


The favourite trick of the Russian and Chinese' so-called 'internet warriors'.

Pro tip, fellas: Just because somebody else is abusive, doesn't make what you're doing right either, and DOESN'T get you off the hook re: criticism of your own greedy, disgusting, violent and hypocritical behaviour.

China and Russia should worry about the log in their own fucking eye, before point at the speck in somebody else's.

Comment Pro-Kremlin fronts (Score 0, Troll) 445

It couldn't have surely escaped notice that Wikileaks have been selectively damaging Russia's perceived opponents, and not hurting any of their friends for years.

As for Snowden: we know the Russian security apparatus are gunning for the NSA (and the Equation Group); and that murderous Sunni Islamist thugs everywhere "went dark" after Snowden's irresponsible escapades. Snowden has a fuckton of Western blood on his hands, and a LOT of explaining to do. If he had any loyalty and personal integrity at all, he'd go home and get his day in court.

You who support these "anti-secrets" nutters need to take a really, really hard look at yourselves. Don't think for a minute that the Russians have your best interests at heart -- because they don't. They want to see us beaten and humiliated, just as the neocons beat and humiliated Russia after 1989 -- and YOU'RE enabling it.

Comment Major features are complementary (Score 5, Informative) 427

The biggest news in Java 8, obviously, are lambdas, but they also fit together with functional interfaces and to really change the way you build stuff in Java.

I'm absolutely loving, after making use of Java 8 streams, just how clean, succinct and compact a lot of my new code has become.

Oh -- and yes -- Java now has monads:

public String getLastFour(Optional employee) {
return employee.flatMap(employee -> employee.getPrimaryAddress())
.flatMap(address -> address.getZipCode())
.flatMap(zip -> zip.getLastFour())
.orElseThrow(() -> new FMLException("Missing data"));


See here

(Now if only they borrowed a bit more heavily from Scala or even C#: stuff like a Try monad, tuples and tuple destructuring and proper pattern matching (like C# is getting) would be awesome. Although given the glacial pace of standardization in Java-land, I'm not holding my breath.)

Comment I don't see the problem (Score 0) 983

The military have been killing people with flying drones and bomb disposal robots for ages. Why is this suddenly a problem? Lethal force is lethal force, regardless of whether or not there is a human body 3ft behind the device doing the killing or not.

Story smells like yet another clickbait beatup written by some clueless media-studies dilettante. Why are we wasting our time even discussing this?

Comment Re:Never heard of it (Score 1) 97

Swagger's the RESTful web service equivalent of WSDL. It isn't quite as featureful, but is quite a bit nicer to read. Also, many web apps embed Swagger UI, which gives you a nice way to browse and play with your web service endpoints. The quality of the tools in the Swagger universe are mixed to say the least -- Swagger UI and Swagger Editor are really quite nice. Swagger Code Generator, in my experience, is not so good.

Comment Electric car deal with US govt? (Score 1) 124

Wasn't there some deal floated, where they'd do penance in the US, by committing to electrifying most of their car fleet?

I would absolutely love to see this, just to show the world that the West can still do great things, and to punish the Gulf Arabs, who are after millenia, still attacking, robbing and white-anting us at every opportunity. We have better uses for all that money, and it's better spent on ourselves, rather than propping up shit countries and shit cultures.

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