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Comment Re:I tried Python (Score 1) 365

The number of spaces preceding a statement determines the scope of that statement? Wow. That seems totally nonsensical to me.

Of course it must feel “nonsensical” when you are used to a language whose scope is determined by characters who can be rearranged to remove all sense of cohesion

At least, the significan whitespace enforces a readability standard that is, oddly enough, very similar to what other languages readability “best practices” dictate (but are not enforced at all)

Comment Re: Reverse the role (Score 1) 557

Regarding the OP,periklisv and other respondents, the person mis-using the email address did not open an account using periklisv's name, address or personal information. When creating an account for themselves the person apparently mistakenly put in the wrong email address and no doubt they are doing it in error.
Or it is possible that the person was setting up an account on the phone and the phone operator mis-typed the email address. There's no fraud involved here.

It does not become your account due to what is basically a typographical error in the email address. Furthermore, logging onto an account that you KNOW is not your account is a violation of the CFA.

Furthermore, across the world there are many thousands of names that are shared by many people having the same exact name. Having the same name as another person does not make that person's property (or accounts) belong to you. If you did not create the account, then it isn't yours and you cannot logon to that account.

Comment Re:I wonder if... (Score 1) 215

If the tax-hating, gun-loving, Bible-thumpin' had things their way, Somalia is but a taste of what that paradise will be.
A lot of them are preppin' for the apocalypse and ready to bring it on. Just so I can keep an eye on what the extremists are up to, I have subscriptions to a number of newsletters from the fringes.
There seem to be no shortage of places to buy powdered eggs & milk, an astonishing variety of lethal weapons & many book-length expositions on how Barack & Hillary sold their souls to the Devil to bring evil down on America.

Comment Re:Discontinued in Sep 2013. (Score 1) 160

A reasonable point. It is worth remembering, however, that batteries will go bad over time even without being used. This isn't just ni-cads, it's all of them. If you leave them uncharged it tends to collapse the electrodes, and if they're full charged it tends to over expand them. I'm told this is why batteries are normally at 70% charge when you buy something, but that charge will leak off over the years.

So it seems plausible to me that even if there weren't manufacturing defects, and the device was unused, that the battery *might* have become defective over the years.

Comment Re:This is no surprise (Score 4, Insightful) 111

There's weak and there's fake. These journals have been proven to have fake peer review, but real journals often have weak peer review...weak in both the positive and negative sense. Some papers are rejected because the reviewer didn't believe the results, and some papers are accepted because the verifiable assertions were not carefully checked. BOTH modes of failure happen. As to frequency...that's another question. There's obvious a reporting bias, where one only hears about the failures (as such). It's like the refusal to print negative finding. We know it happens, but we don't know how frequently, and how often people are discouraged from even trying to repeat an experiment because they expect that negative findings will be repeated. Thus we know there is sample bias, but we don't know the size of the bias. It's possible that it isn't large enough to matter (but that's not the way I'd bet).

Comment Re:Ugh. (Score 1) 365

It depends on what you are doing. For my part, I find your objections mainly irrelevant to most of my code, but I have a problem with how difficult it is to lay out structures with specified bit length variables. (Java's no better for my purposes.) I *need* for some variables to be 64 bits long, and others to be 16 or 32 bits long regardless of what the particular value stored in the variable happens to be. Easy in many languages, but quite difficult in Python. And the GIL is a real problem. It means that I need to run my program as a bunch of separate interpreter invocations. (Essentially I *could* use multiprocessing, though not multithreading, but there's no real benefit to make up for the costs.) And I need to know the format of strings. Utf8 is fine, and so is utf32 (though I'd want to convert to utf8 for output), but an unspecified format doesn't work at all. I most recently ended up converting all my strings into byte strings coded in utf8, and not using the language facilities. Annoying.

Comment Re:I tried Python (Score 1) 365

Fortunately it's not just the number of initial spaces, the number of initial tabs works just as well. Just don't try to mix the two approaches. (I quite strongly prefer tabs.)

That said, I still prefer explicit block grouping in the C style ({}). But Java has rather proven that this can be done in a manner much worse than Pythons indentation level approach...and I want to indent my code anyway. (OTOH, I also strongly prefer braces over more verbose forms. My ideal loop format is:
...loop start
...{..loop code
......loop code

replace '.'s by ' 's. For some reason slashcode doesn't like preformatted computer code.

Comment Re:I wonder if... (Score 5, Insightful) 215

- the only 'explaining' they 'have to do' is so that others can also try and do the same. AFAIC income and wealth taxes are robbery, armed robbery regardless if it is 100%, 50% or 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000001%

Somalia was tax-free for almost a 1/4 century; you should have emigrated.
If nothing else you'd have a much greater appreciation of both the value of taxation & what "armed robbery" is really like.

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