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Comment Re:moof (Score 1) 7

Java the language seemed dirt-simple to me. Like it was all the damn frameworks and ORM's and abstractions that was the only thing that made the ecosphere complicated. And factories of factories. I've read the GoF book twice, and I get when design patterns can be useful. The Java world seemed to have gone, and now the C# world looks like it might be following in going, overboard, like if a little of this is good then more is always better. Whereas as I think C++ people, coming from a C background, instinctively knew that just enough abstraction was best and no more. My impression at least.

But you're right about one of its major historical reasons for being invented. So the analogy would be improved with an addtional stipulation like the checker board looks like a chess board but is always made out of ice, so you must purchase large, expensive, walk-in freezers to do it in if you want it to go smoothly.

Comment Re:Typical of the Federal Government too (Score 2) 185

My experience is that the problem is too much govt. oversight. At least in my industry they don't say okay we need a system to do this, how much will it cost, how will you implement it, okay, that looks fine, now go ahead and do it! It's no I want it done this way, and then two weeks later I want it done that way, and then I want it totally changed to this, and now that.

The unethicalness of govt. contracting co.'s is in saying sure whatever to all of that, because they get paid all the same. I get paid all the same too, but I want to get something done. And so do my coworkers.

The problem is that for the govt. reps, it's not their money, they don't give a shit, and they're unaccountable so they don't have to. They can use it as an ego-stroking fest, because the contracting company will worship their every word as long as the funding spigot stays open. So none of the big-wigs in either party to the transaction care if anything ever gets done.

Comment moof (Score 1) 7

He has crazy hair that's not atypical of deep-thinking geniuses.

C++ is only a train wreck for non- deep-thinking people.

C++ is chess, and Java is checkers. The post dotcom programming generation is way too lazy for the intellectuality of the former. And the latter is played on the same kind of board so it's "C-like".

Comment Re:some more truth for you (Score 1) 16

The only thing I can think of is put the Constitution and the Declaration in time capsules sprinkled liberally throughout the U.S., and each with a big fat sticker on it saying "Do not open until every last one of the 1960's generation has passed on!".

I've long figured that racism can never be eradicated, thru whatever various means people like to propose, but that all you can do is wait until it slowly dies out. I'm much less racist than my parents, who were much less racist than my grandparents (who were pretty bad). The world gets smaller and newer generations have more experiences and information gets around faster and people see things as they really are and not what their predecessors were irrationally and hatefully conned into believing them to be.

So it might also be, if America is lucky, with Leftism. There just might be the chance that human beings, with the perspective of being a couple of generations removed from our country's latest great wave of fucked-in-the-headedness-and-evilness, with all the destruction it wrings fully developed and plainly visible, might just be receptive to information on and trying going back to our roots.

But basically, for "we" as in you and I, the answer to your question "do we just give up the notions of liberty and representative government?", for our time is "yes". It is only going to get worse in our lifetimes.

Comment some more truth for you (Score 1) 16

The people basically *are* as the Left sees them. For those coming from an atheistic viewpoint, it would indeed be very hard to view people as much more than sides of beef when you tell them what they should and should not care about and they obey, every time.

I've witnessed more independent discernment ability from a hamburger patty than the American people. At least beef has even the capability of turning on you if it's not treated properly.

Comment Re:Development time (Score 1) 736

Or for a non-trivial set of combinations of operations. Take an installer that has to be able to upgrade just about any of a number of possible applications in a business's suite of related apps, and applying patches, in order, to support up to three versions back. Where different applications can be at different suite versions (customer pays for upgrades of some apps faster than others). It's just not feasible to make a progress bar account for all of those possibilities to be accurate.

Comment imagine more info flowing out than in (Score 1) 8

I can see there come a day soon enough where corporations and govt.'s jointly sponsor "Have you used the Internet yet today?" PSA's on billboards and buses et al., because the 'Net will be the main source they rely on to keep a keen eye on their markets and subjects, respectively. A new class of software will sprout up from this, that "acts normal" for you in an online life, visiting gmail and failbook and cnn.com and other sites that are "safe" in that they're not ones that make you an "outlier" (/outlaw), around the same times of day every day and for randomized time intervals each. Kind of a vacation lamp timer, for watchful cyberspace eyes: "Nothing unusual to see here... move right along." Because going off the grid/tuning out will arouse suspicions in powerful entities, making them fear you're going to stop buying their brand/you've ceased to be on board with the approved societal pattern.

Comment Re:Wow, another JE for me! (Score 1) 47

A quibble: We are not saved in groups/as a family. You cannot buy salvation for your spouse and offspring. We each have to accept Christ individually. The individual is made in the image of God, but obviously the family has a very sacred place in God's ordering of things. Holding each and every individual human life as sacred does not preclude brotherly love and charity, to family members and beyond.

Not sure why we should be for (or against, for that matter) the race continuing, tho. Better to pray for His return, and the end of this wandering in exile as punishment for breaking the only rule we had in the Garden. I.e. this world is not how God wanted us to exist, and wanting to ensure that future generations are subjected to it seems perverse.

Maybe that's just my American Protestantism talking; I wonder if Catholicism teaches that you can be saved as a family/that you can secure salvation for your spouse and kids.

Comment Re:Wow, another JE for me! (Score 1) 47

It's attitudes like that by that writer (and my sister holds the same view), and the govt. using drones to kill people including Americans, and the Obamacare "death panels" (govt. deciding if you're not worth it to society to receive potentially life-saving healthcare), and the mandate that your doctor must talk to you when you're old and sickly about throwing in the towel, that have made this Right-winger and long-time death penalty proponent abandon that, as too dangerous a precedent.

On top of this around here the police just shoot you if you look at them wrong, and they shoot to kill. And the news media dutifully announces in each incident that they had no choice and were forced to do it and justified, and then that news report ends with no facts or reasoning for the justification. I.e. we're not supposed to question, and eerily no one does.

Combine that with all the violence and death that the Leftie Hollywood has churned out for decades (betcha the Dems won't ban guns in movies!) and we have a culture of death, where all kinds of killings and more kinds of them over time are considered "justified".

Unfortunately it's prolly only going to get worse, as an economy with a Leftie boot on its neck can't support people with jobs, and govt.'s going broke can't support people with welfare, so our collectivist overlords will feel the need to do something [famous Leftie credo (and example of typical logic): "Anything's better than nothing!"] to protect the system/the society (since the collective and not individuals is what is sacred).

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