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Comment Drinking Water Isn't So Easy As You Think (Score 3, Interesting) 247

When I was a kid I did Unicef collection every Haloween. We got an orange cardboard coin box at school, and collected donations to it along with our trick-or-treat. Unicef used these funds to build water wells for people in Africa who had only access to contaminated surface water.

A decade or two later, we found that many of these wells accessed aquifers that were contaminated by arsenic. And that thus we kids had funded the wholesale poisoning of people in Africa, and that a lot of them had arsenic-induced cancers that were killing them.

OK, we would not make that mistake again, and today we have access to better water testing. But it caused me to lose my faith that we really do know how to help poor people in the third world, no matter how well-intentioned we are.

And we had better not go around curing disease withoput also promoting birth control. Despite what the churches say, and the local dislikes and prejudices. Or we'll just be condemning more people to starve.

Comment Seriously? (Score 1) 786

Because its neither a simple system or is it "just" a web site. This is a false equivalency (propagated by whom, I don't know) that seems to 1) imply that a 'website' is equivalent to Bob's geocities html page from 1992 and 2) thats all that is going on with it.

I have to really wonder if any of the 'concern trolls' have actually tried to deploy a database drive web portal in which 1) all parts are under your control and 2) without other regulatory overhead, and 3) has to handle more than a few hundred people.

But hey, if it really is that "simple", then the market is ripe for your technical prowess. Seize the opportunity.

Comment Re:It failed because they went with the lowest bid (Score 1) 307

Most people have no background in Engineering Economics which has long shown the best of breed solution has the highest up front cost, with the lowest long-term costs, due to having the lowest MAINTENANCE costs. Roadways are a great example of how low bid doesn't improve the infrastructure. Best of breed is the only solution.

Comment Re:It's a long walk! (Score 1) 257

WIth a diameter of about 1/3 of a mile a collaborator will need to walk about 1/2 mile for a face to face in the other's office on the opposite side of the ring. Good exercise but perhaps a waste of time.

And where's the write ring?

Collaboration isn't spread across buildings in Infinite Loop. Each section will be specifically designed to provide for a collaborative work flow. You don't put some Engineering here, some design there, etc.

Comment Re:Java already had closures (Score 1) 577

That entirely misses the point. The conciseness is the entire point.

If I have a list of strings, and want to append ".txt" to each, using a for loop is just one more annoying piece of COBOLesque boilerplate.

fileNames = names.Map(n => n + ".txt");

That's what you want.

docFileNames = names.Where(n => n.StartsWith("Doc")).Map(n => n + ".txt");

You can understand what that does even though I just make up the methods. That's the damn point.

In short, you want the for loop to be done behind the scenes without you writing the code and just referencing a method to call that loop?

Comment Re:Er, wait, what? (Score 5, Insightful) 140

Well, nuclear reactions that we can turn off like laser-initiated fusion are a lot nicer than the alternatives. The inside of your car engine is a raging inferno shot with electric sparks and compressed with inexorable steel cylinders. That doesn't keep you from going on a nice drive with your sweetie.

Comment Re:PR Spin (Score 1) 201

Show me where Apple have crossed the ethical lines ?

- using what practically amounts to slave labor at Foxconn - dodging taxes by claiming residence in ireland - suing everyone and their moms with bullshit claims and patents - false advertising (it should be named the Idiot Bar, not the Genius Bar) - overpricing all their stuff - suing everyone making compatible hardware into bankruptcy - putting in a clause into OSX's license prohibiting using it on anything but official Apple hardware

Legal on all counts. The taxes is par for the entire course of all corporations and non-profits, if legally available to them. The rest of your stuff is hilarious, especially the Design Patents for clone hardware and OS X only on Apple hardware.

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