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Comment Re:routine IT work (Score 1) 307

Turd or not, it is really called the Affordable Care Act (actually Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) Nowhere in the congressional record will you see a bill called Obamacare or the GOP trying to amend Obamacare. However, you will find plenty of citations to the PPACA.

You're right about the first part, but wrong about the second part.

H.R.132 : ObamaCare Repeal Act
H.R.1005 : Defund Obamacare Act
H.R.2087 : Protecting Taxpayer Dollars and Identity under Obamacare Act
H.R.2125 : No IRS Implementation of Obamacare Act
H.R.2443 : Safeguarding Children Harmed by Obamacare's Onerous Levies Act
H.R.2682 : Defund Obamacare Act of 2013
H.R.3067 : No Obamacare Subsidies for Members of Congress Act of 2013
S.177 : ObamaCare Repeal Act
S.1292 : Defund Obamacare Act of 2013
S.1497 : No Exemption for Washington from Obamacare Act

Comment Re:Tea Party =/= Religious Right (Score 1) 668

Actually, yes: Tea Party = Religious Right. It's not one-to-one, but the two are closely linked.

According to this report (PDF), there are three distinct groups within the Republican party: the Tea Party, evangelicals (the Religious Right), and moderates. There are stark differences between the three groups, but another poster mentioned "the power of cognitive dissonance" - no matter which of the three Republican subgroups you belong to, you're going to have a natural tendency to WANT to agree with the other two, because you're a Republican. For example, Evangelicals think the government shouldn't fund Planned Parenthood because abortion is murder, and the Tea Party thinks the government shouldn't fund Planned Parenthood because it's wasteful government spending, but Evangelicals are going to adopt "smaller government" as part of their argument and Tea Partiers will adopt the moral case as part of their argument.

Comment Re:Oh how I love this game! (Score 1) 767

If you were working at a private employer and they said "we can't pay you, and you can go home, but we promise to pay you back at some indeterminate time in the future", would you consider that a paid vacation? I wouldn't.

I just want to quickly point out that the government did NOT "promise to pay you back at some indeterminate time in the future". After the shutdown was over, they decided to do it, just as most people thought they probably would (based on a similar decision 17 years ago) but during the shutdown there was no such promise.

Comment Re:Where did that money go? (Score 1) 767

On the flip side, some of those who were getting a little time off may have been out spending some money. If contractors were furloughed under the terms of their contract, then they should not consider themselves as screwed.

Just because you have a contract that says you can be screwed, doesn't mean you're not getting screwed.

Comment Re:The govenment should just double spending. (Score 1) 767

Another fun fact is that there's no actual "debt ceiling" right now. At all.

The fiscal deal passed by Congress on Wednesday doesn't actually increase the debt limit.
  It just temporarily suspends enforcement of it.
We the people just gave a bunch of politicians a blank check.

Sure, but it's a blank check to pay the bills those same politicians have already incurred. The debt limit doesn't stop Congress from spending too much money, because by the time it gets to that point, it's already far too late.

Comment Re:iOS 7 has practically bricked my iPhone 4 (Score 1) 192

My iPhone 4 seems to handle iOS7 pretty well. I've found that although the UI *looks* slow, the responsiveness is actually not that bad - for example, when entering my PIN on the lock screen, under iOS 5 and 6 sometimes there would be a bit of lag and it wouldn't register all the keypresses if I tapped the numbers faster than the phone was ready for. With iOS 7, there's even more lag in the visual and auditory feedback when pressing the buttons, but it registers all the keypresses correctly despite the lag, so even though it looks worse it works better.

And of course it's not just slow - everything looks worse. The new Windows 8-inspired theme looks stupid anyway, but on the iPhone 4 all the transparency effects are disabled, so it looks even worse, but it functions. There are some nice features and enhancements. I really haven't had any significant problems.

Comment Questions (Score 4, Interesting) 278

How does the government shutdown affect the FAA's ability to make these sorts of policy changes? I would assume that the people who make these decisions have been furloughed, so all existing regulations stand until Congress gets their heads out of their asses?

Also, is there any danger posed by dozens of Kindles flying around the cabin in the event of a crash landing? I realize the current regulations allow non-electronic items such as books, but is this a concern at all?

It's encouraging to see these kinds of changes coming. I'm glad the FAA is revisiting this issue (or will be once we start paying them again).

Comment Re:One for one (Score 4, Informative) 254

PHP is actually a pretty nice language.

No it isn't.

It could have been, if the people who created it had known what the hell they were doing. And it has gotten a lot better in recent years (for example register_globals has actually been removed from the language now), but where they started from was so mind-numbingly stupid that I don't see how they could ever make it actually good, without also breaking it in ways that would make everyone stop using it.

Here's a general rant about how stunningly awful PHP is:

And here's a specific and detailed side-by-side comparison between PHP and Perl:

But you're spot-on about the "meta problem": most people who write in PHP have no idea what they're doing, so most PHP code out there is badly written, so if you're learning the language, there's a very good chance that you're learning from someone who didn't know what they were doing.

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