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Comment Re:Making people code is sadism. (Score 1) 101

I can see the value of some introductory coding courses, enough that you could build a Word or Excel macro. Mind you, one of the worst coding jobs I ever had was "fixing" a PHP-based web app written by an "amateur" (and I use the word loosely) coder who seemed to barely know what functions were. It was just a mass of PHP spaghetti code pages with inconsistent variable naming and non-existent indenting. I've seen similar bad coding in MS Access applications.

Comment Re:At least they're honest (Score 1) 154

If he continues to have approval ratings like he does now, and the Democrats can find a relatively decent candidate, I see little likelihood of a second term for Trump. As to impeachment, that all depends on what comes out of the investigations. Right now, with a large portion of the Republican base still behind Trump, Congressional Republicans are in a politically difficult spot; to move openly against him is to basically declare war on your voters. But if his approval ratings continue to fall, and the base starts to erode, then there are going to be a lot of Republicans in the House who will start asking "Is he a liability to my re-election." At the moment, the answer to that question is no, currently Trump is not a liability, but if, in six or nine months, he's suddenly crashing into the low 30s or the high 20s, then yes, his unpopularity will almost certainly have an effect on down ticket races.

And really, when you look at the situation on Capitol Hill, it's pretty clear that while Republican lawmakers by and large are making plenty of pro-Trump noises, the reality is that they aren't breaking their backs to push his agenda. He's had no significant legislation passed, and the failure of the ACA repeal-and-replace shows just how little political capital Trump really has, to the point that he's left with little more than cheap threats.

This is the master negotiator, who in reality has so few real negotiating skills that he can't even sell anything to his own party. So even if he survives four years, he'll have been rendered largely impotent. And if he's this unpopular in three years, there's even the possibility that he won't be able to gain his own party's nomination. There are ways to kill the Trump presidency that don't involve lawmakers removing him from office.

Comment Re: What? Why? (Score 1) 154

Let's also not forget that he does indeed appear to be an idiot. This is not a man of deep thoughts, or much thought at all. He has virtually no impulse control (something his eldest son has inherited), and I've come to believe that it isn't that he doesn't want to understand the world, it's that he is incapable of it. What the US has done has elected Chauncey Gardner's mean-spirited brother.

Comment Re:Just think (Score 1) 256

I think the more telling thing from these numbers is to show just how powerful these US technology companies are. Likely if you were to factor companies like Oracle and Intel into the mix, you're talking about one of the most economically potent sectors in the world. I don't really care much about the whole "repatriation" issue, seeing as by and large, with the exception of the EU, where they make the sales they pay the tax (in the EU, they are doing a bit of an avoidance scheme by moving all the profits to Ireland).

Comment Re:At least they're honest (Score -1, Troll) 154

Now that Mueller is digging into the business dealings of Trump and his associates, and with approval ratings south of Nixon in his final days, I'd say it's irrelevant. Even if Trump's presidency survives this, as can be seen from the ACA repeal and replace debacle, he has so little political capital, and so little desire to use whatever political capital he possesses that I can't imagine this will ever get very far. Even if it does, it's certain Congress will kill it.

Comment Re:It's a matter of time... (Score 5, Insightful) 367

Indeed. I don't quite understand how you could classify a laser weapon along side nukes. Nukes are indiscriminate, tend to cause a lot of collateral civilian damage, and as you say, the fallout can have effects far from the point of the nuclear detonation, not to mention long-term effects in the area of the detonation.

A laser weapon, on the other hand, is more like a bullet in that it is aimed at a specific target, so short of the target crashing to the ground and taking people out, the level of collateral damage is going to generally be low. Since this is on a ship, the target is most likely going to fall into the water, so unless we've suddenly decided the death of sea gulls and krill is a crime against humanity, I'd say we'd be better off seeing more laser weapons and less nuclear weapons.

Comment Re: Just Say No (Score 1) 125

Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. I'd say, for instance, limiting the number of hours employees have to work per week was a pretty damned good intervention. I'd say overtime rules and the like are pretty good regulations. Is there some reason you imagine that just leaving everything to the free market is going to magically make everything better? Is there some reason you trust largely unaccountable organizations over governments where there is at least some level of accountability at the elected representative level?

Comment Re:Forward thinking != automatic success (Score 1) 113

Most successful enterprises start out with debt; either in the form of loans and mortgages, or in the form of owner or shareholder equity via raising capital from investors. In either case, one is spending money that one has not yet earned under the assumption that future profits will pay back the debts or pay investors dividends. What Netflix is doing is no different than on me going to the bank or to investors to raise money to build a factory, and it's no different than how governments build infrastructure (selling bonds). Maybe it's that it was awkwardly worded, but what is Netflix doing that any other business of any size doesn't do?

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