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Comment Re:False rumor? (Score 1) 477

Actually I do. Though the text is a bit different, it runs more along the lines of

"Well, I'll be here at 8am if you insist, but so far my experience showed that most companies I worked for were much happier to see me come in later and in turn see me go when the work is done, not when the clock strikes 5. I somehow don't think it talks about high work ethics if the servers goes into meltdown but the security head goes off to play golf. 8am is a time when you may expect me to still be here if it is necessary, but I really hope, for both of us, that you don't expect me to be here at 8am already".

Believe it or not, some bosses enjoy it when you're frank and direct with them. It's also the kind of boss I enjoy working for.

Comment Re:Without DRM... (Score 4, Insightful) 348

Fine by me. I can survive without their content. Can they survive without my money?

A company that does not sell its products goes under. I don't quite get why everyone thinks it would be different for content providers. Why does everyone think they got the longer breath, it's not like we're dying without the latest Hollywood crapfest.

Comment Re:The equivalency is... (Score 1) 537

It's almost as if they don't realize or accept the most basic of truths; that we are animals, born naked, due to the instinct-driven activities of naked animals. Religion, on these issues, is a psychological problem, with a strong denial of reality aspect.

Imagine you're in a semi-sapient proto-human in a savannah, and see a bush wiggle. The possible interpretations, in descending order of importance, are:

  1. 1. There's a predator in the bushes, waiting to eat you.
  2. 2. There's prey in the bushes, waiting to be eaten.
  3. 3. It was just the wind.

Basically, people are programmed to see purposes behind every event because it leads to higher evolutionary success. And this got even more so when we kept getting smarter and make our societies more complex; in today's world it's more important than ever. And that means religion is not going anywhere: people are going to keep seeking purpose behind seemingly random events because that tendency pays of in cases where there actually is some agent involved. If anything, we're getting more religious over time.

If true, that would put Dawkin's crusade into a rather ironic light, since his own discipline is saying he can't succeed. And it also means that religion is actually an attempt to manage the underlaying psychological problem - rather than just let everyone do pattern-matching and modeling their behaviour on presumably random data, create a dogma that unifies expected behaviour and allows somewhat rational analysis. And then you run into problems again when said dogma picks up cultural memes and preserves them way past their useful life, assuming they ever had any, as both Christianity and Islam have. Still, the alternative is leaving people vulnerable to the likes of Hubbard and Jim Jones.

Heck, the current US government shutdown is a fine example of a religious fight, a battle between two groups of people who believe in incompatible versions of reality, and - typically of such fights - are also convinced that theirs is the only possible and the other side is just lying for the sake of being evil. It's also a good example of what happens in a society when a unifying dogma breaks down and leaves members with too little common ground to really function together.

Comment Re:Rather early to call the site a failure, isn't (Score 1) 497

Who treats a rash with medical care? And besides, these HDHPs don't cover that; if you show up at the clinic for poison ivy and a Prednizone prescription, you pay for that out of pocket. If you show up for appendicitis and it costs $1300 for xrays and surgery, you pay for that out of pocket.

Comment Re:Android is not always Java (Score 1) 577

It's an application programming language, not a system programming language. Android is a Linux system written in C and C++ mostly.

The argument was that the current Python implementation wasn't good enough; the counter-argument is that neither was Java, since Google wrote their own and use a different bytecode. (Oracle sued Google because Google "java" wasn't real "Java").

Comment Re:Android is not always Java (Score 1) 577

I said the package manager does it. When you run Python, it generates the .pyc and .pyo files for modules loaded:

Each time you install a Python module, the package manager runs Python to load it as a privileged user

The .pyc and .pyo files for system libraries are generated at installation time, because a non-privileged user running a Python application wouldn't be able to store those files in a system-wide location (for good reason: you could store malicious ones and jump across security zones by injecting code into other users' applications by replacing some runtime files with new ones that get loaded the next time they use that application).

Comment Re:fried fish (Score 1) 214

The essence of true competence is to avoid getting into situations where continuous high levels of competence are needed; by not backing yourself into a clusterfuck of a system that is always one false move away from doing something dangerous; but if you've fucked up and done that, it's really just a matter of time until somebody gets tapped as the fall guy by the pitiless gods of blind chance.

Unfortunately, this means that you get the credit for savings due to doing the bare minimum of maintenance to keep things running until tomorrow, and whoever gets caught holding the damn thing when luck finally runs out gets the blame. That's how industrial systems are run, because that's how the incentives are set up.

Comment Re:Android is not always Java (Score 0) 577

Python is a strongly-typed language, which I like; Perl is a mess. I like how Python will compile-check and then runtime-check, is easy to test, and will throw an exception and traceback for the tiniest thing that any sane language should sensibly handle. You mean I can't pass a number as a string to be printed, I have to str() it? Idiot language, Perl automatically knows that! ... but then again Perl applications never work and are impossible to debug...

Comment Re:Rather early to call the site a failure, isn't (Score 1) 497

That's far better than what I can get quoted, and I've been offered no subsidy. I'm trying to get a college student to get herself some insurance with an HSA; she takes care of herself and never goes to the doctors ever, so I figured an HDHP like I have (I have a CDHP through my employer) with an HSA option and Wellness coverage would be good. Holy crap the options are expensive and it's a bring-your-own-money plan >:|

Comment Re:Android is not always Java (Score 1) 577

Actually, Python is strong-dynamic-duck-typed and pre-compiles. Each time you install a Python module, the package manager runs Python to load it as a privileged user--which automatically generates a .pyc and a .pyo compiled native object in the module directory. There are many further implementations of Python (including the ridiculous Pypy, a Python interpreter written in Python) that are compatible with the language; Google supplies Dalvik, a Google-written implementation of Java, so I fail to see why it's any huge obstacle for them to have supplied a Google-written implementation of Python instead.

Java was used for strategic reasons, not technical reasons.

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