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Comment Re:Impressive. (Score 1) 196

You could move somewhere cheaper, live with a ton of roommates, etc..

Moving requires money. Commuting requires money. And whether you can live with a roommate or several is not up to you, it's up to your landlord, who has a vested interest to make all of you rent a separate apartment.

As many others have said, what "poor" people in the U.S. have is extravagant to much of the rest of the world.

No matter how bad things are, there's always someone else who has it even worse. In all of human history there's been exactly one person who that doesn't apply to, by definition. So it's an idiotic argument.

If they are spending every single cent and have NOTHING to save (no Starbucks, no cable, no expensive cell phone, etc..), then I guess you have a point.

It's not possible to cut of all pleasures from your life and stay even remotely functional. But even if it was, not only would it likely lead to a rebellion (because if you have nothing to lose except your chains, what's stopping you?) but it would also utterly destroy economy by killing demand for pretty much anything.

I personally think it's the parents' responsibility to put their kids through college (bachelor's degree).

Colleges have limited admission, so it isn't possible to push everyone through them. And if you increase the admission to the point where it will, the degree becomes meaningless - it'll be the new high school diploma.

So think again.

Comment Re:Who leaves money in a paypal account. (Score 1) 443

The banks / credit unions should just drop the cost of wire transfers, and be done with it; the result would probably destroy PayPal in a week, provided the cost was low enough, and painless enough...

Well, either they do it or Bitcoin will. It still requires an auxiliary receipt system to faciliate settling disputes - something like "the signee agrees to deliver X goods within Y days of payment of N bitcoins to adress M, on the condition that the payment happens by Z", signed with the merchant's public key. Integrate that to the existing sertificate system and the Bitcoin client (so that you can download the contract file, inspect it within the client, and accept it for payment) and it becomes both more secure and convenient than PayPal, Visa or even going through banks for wire transfer.

Comment Re:English (Score 1) 164

Eventually all you will have is English, and all the programming languages derived from it.

Bob.

Realize the truth: The programming languages are the ones you will all have to learn. English is easier to represent in machine speak... Look at Japanese, Simplified now goes from left to right, top to bottom -- instead of top to bottom right to left. Why? It's easier for machines to process languages if they've got common features.

Before End: For all features in $LANGUAGE if ( $FEATURE is ambiguous or [ parse difficulty > $COGNITVE_LOAD average ] ) remove it from $LANGUAGE.

Your language will merge with that of the machines. It is ridiculous to assume otherwise. Natural language processing is too powerful a feature to not harness merely for the sake of sentiment.

Comment Re:Impressive. (Score 1) 196

They should use their savings, which they should have, to pay for education, even if a trade school, for a better job.

Saving up requires having disposable income.

Instead, they should have gone to college in the first place and gotten a degree, instead of expecting a lifetime manual labor job that could eventually be replaced by robots.

Going to college requires disposable income. Well, at least in the US it does. That might have to change if you want to stay competitive.

Also, everyone does not have what it takes to be an engineer or an artist. But they still have to eat, too. Do you think they will just quietly lay down and die when the society doesn't need their work anymore? Should they just lay down and die? Just because that happens to be convenient for the rest of us?

We need to start seriously thinking how to rearrange our economy in a world where human labour is no longer scarce, and is in fact quickly becoming redundant. Failure to do so is unlikely to result in an optimal outcome for any value of optimal anyone would care to get behind.

The Internet

MyOpenID To Shut Down In February 78

kriston writes with news about an email sent to myOpenID users letting them know that it will be shut down February 1, 2014. The email reads:" Hello,

I wanted to reach out personally to let you know that we have made the decision to end of life the myOpenID service. myOpenID will be turned off on February 1, 2014.

In 2006 Janrain created myOpenID to fulfill our vision to make registration and login easier on the web for people. Since that time, social networks and email providers such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo! have embraced open identity standards. And now, billions of people who have created accounts with these services can use their identities to easily register and login to sites across the web in the way myOpenID was intended.

By 2009 it had become obvious that the vast majority of consumers would prefer to utilize an existing identity from a recognized provider rather than create their own myOpenID account. As a result, our business focus changed to address this desire, and we introduced social login technology. While the technology is slightly different from where we were in 2006, I'm confident that we are still delivering on our initial promise – that people should take control of their online identity and are empowered to carry those identities with them as they navigate the web.

For those of you who still actively use myOpenID, I can understand your disappointment to hear this news and apologize if this causes you any inconvenience. To reduce this inconvenience, we are delaying the end of life of the service until February 1, 2014 to give you time to begin using other identities on those sites where you use myOpenID today.

Speaking on behalf of Janrain, I truly appreciate your past support of myOpenID.

Sincerely,
Larry


Larry Drebes, CEO, Janrain, Inc. "

Comment Re:Diminishing returns (Score 1) 478

The only thing stopping the richest from protecting themselves by exterminating everyone else is the shitty quality of the robots.

Maybe, maybe not, but we can't afford to take the risk. Let's strike first while we still can!

Also, congrats. Painting a nightmare scenario about fear of fear is very meta. Was it intentional?

Comment Re:Python is readable (Score 1) 187

Python is readable and readable code is easier to fix.

True and true. But Python's use of semantic whitespace is also very brittle very easy to break, and a huge pain in the ass to fix compared to languages that use braces, or keywords to define 'blocks'.

Furthermore Python's needless attribution of syntactical meaning to whitespace means it's useless for embedding certain languages...
...Like Whitespace.

Today many languages support Unicode source code which can have tons of new spaces of varying width including zero-width and non-breaking-zero-width space. The multitude of new spaces would make indention distinction all the more brittle, but this also means new extensions to Whitespace can provide more rich and full featured embedded language support to most modern programming languages -- Except Python.

Comment Re:Source code (Score 4, Funny) 211

-h? Next time, use all three of these: -?, -help, --help. I'm probably not going to try throwing -h at a program without having a clue what it might do.

Then use the damn manual. That's why we write them. If you want to know how to use the manual, use the manual:
$ man man

... hmm, That gives me an idea.
$ man woman
No manual entry for woman

Yep. It knows everything!

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