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Comment Re:Theory vs. Practice (Score 1) 391

That is not a valid argument. You should always use only space, or have spaces expanded to tabs, because a space is always a space. A tab might be 4 spaces or 3 spaces or 2 spaces or default to 8 spaces (or columns every 2,3,4,8,etc columns) depending on the settings of the editor. If there are multiple people working on the same set of files with different settings for tabs, it rapidly becomes an incomprehensible mess.

This makes no sense. Tab widths aren't encoded into the file; they're editor-specific. Jim could use ts=2 and Bob could use ts=8, look at the same file, and not notice anything screwy; they'll each see indentation at their preferred width.

Comment Re:Spaces are for people who don't understand tabs (Score 1) 391

Use only tabs to indent to the beginning of the indent level. Use spaces for all other alignment, including if you want to go a little further in than the indent level for some reason.

It pains me that "tabs for indentation, spaces for alignment" seems to be such a minority. The combination seems to solve nearly every complaint I've seen from both camps.

It's as if the desire for purity is fundamental in human nature, but manifests itself differently in each person. For some it's race; for others it's use of tabs/space. :-)

Comment Re:Lies (Score 2) 569

There is a Navy person who facing 20 years to life for disposing of a phone which had his picture while inside the sub.

A quick Google search tells me that you're not representing the situation accurately.

The sailor isn't facing charges for simply having taken pictures of himself while on the sub; he had several pictures of classified engineering spaces: "The photos that raised red flags at NCIS and the FBI included images of various control panels, a panoramic view of the reactor compartment and a panel that showed the condition and exact location of the submarine at the time the photo was taken." (source)

Comment Re:All the data means all the data (Score 1) 306

I trust Wikileaks a whole lot more than the average Associated Press news story full of random bullshit attributed to "sources speaking anonymously because they were not authorized." We're not dumb, we don't want a filter and "think of the children" is how dictators often climb to power.

In situations like this (what looks like a mindless data dump), trust in WikiLeaks is meaningless, and expression of such trust reveals a certain level of, potentially willful, ignorance. It's not trust in WikiLeaks you need here; it's trust in every person that now has access to the personal, potentially private information of otherwise innocent individuals.

Comment Re:Oh no (Score 2) 637

Informative, really mods? I can go to ANY right wing site RIGHT now and say "GOP is the rich old white people party" and I will NOT be banned...compare this to how many left wing sites will ban your ass immediately if you talk about how Hillary is a crook that deserves PMITA prison.

These aren't equivalent claims.

Comment Re:Bliz (Score 1) 250

They do NOT have a right to sue because it's their own responsibility to build software checks and balances that would prevent cheating...

This is not a good argument. It's similar (similar, mind you) to arguing that you just need to suck it up when someone breaks into your house, because clearly you didn't do enough to keep them out.

The simple fact that someone was able to bypass your security does not necessarily prove you negligent, nor does it absolve the perpetrator of all responsibility for any harm caused by their actions.

Comment Re:our surveillance state failed to prevent it. (Score 1) 1718

The longer the delay in getting guns in the hands of good guys where they could shoot the bad guy the more people died. There didn't have to be a delay at all.

That is simple enough that you should be able to understand it.

The solution to gun violence is not "more guns". Especially in a crowded and chaotic situation like this, where it would be damn near impossible to reliably distinguish the bad-guy-with-a-gun from the good-guy-with-a-gun.

I'm constantly amazed by how many people fail to understand this.

Comment Re: Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 1) 1718

Usually the people claiming it is a religion are religious themselves and do it because they can't handle the possibility of people having morality that lacks dependency on the supernatural.

That may be the reason they resort to attempted insults, but I don't think it's the reason they choose that particular insult.

The reason, as far as I can tell, is that they think (rightly or wrongly), since atheist tend to view religion negatively, they'll shock the atheist into acceptance of religion by labeling atheism as the very thing that atheists view with disdain.

Of course, not everyone has likely thought the insult through that far; to them, it's probably more akin to, "Yeah, well... you're a poopy-head, too!" An implicit acceptance/admission that there's something bad about "religion".

Comment Re:our surveillance state failed to prevent it. (Score 2, Interesting) 1718

No matter what you think about the civil rights aspect of our surveillance state, it is increasingly clear that it does not not work.

However, instead of calls to disband it, I'm sure there will be calls to make it even more intrusive. And there is no limit to that. If another event happens, we must not be surveilling the population enough...

Like guns and the conservativeness of Republican presidential candidates, if they fail... it's because there wasn't enough.

Comment Re:"I like her lies better than his!" (Score 1) 751

In the end you are voting for a woman who fundamentally is the ultimate tie-in to every status quo between government and business insider dealing that has existed for decades. Or you vote for the person who is part of none of that existing government/business wheel of fortune.

Two things: 1) If you think real estate doesn't need to get cozy with the government, you're missing something. 2) You don't solve the government-business problem by skipping the middleman and electing the business interest directly to the Presidency.

Comment Re:I know how to reduce firearm deaths by 99.9% (Score 2) 819

People were less likely to die from gunshot wounds on the western frontier in the 1800s than they are in modern-day Detroit, Chicago, or Washington DC (all cities with idiotic and unconstitutional victim-disarmament statutes).

You're going to have to support this with some references, because I'm finding contradictory information that appears to be more credible than your assertions:

Rick Santorum’s misguided view of gun control in the Wild West

“Carrying of guns within the city limits of a frontier town was generally prohibited. Laws barring people from carrying weapons were commonplace, from Dodge City to Tombstone,” said Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA’s School of Law and author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. “When Dodge City residents first formed their municipal government, one of the very first laws enacted was a ban on concealed carry. The ban was soon after expanded to open carry, too.”

The result was that, by contemporary standards, gun homicides were relatively rare. In cattle towns such as Tombstone or Dodge City, the average number of homicides was only 1.5 or 2 a year, according to path-breaking research by Robert R. Dykstra of SUNY-Albany. The murder rate was much higher in mining towns, such as Bodie, Calif. During its boom years, the town had 29 murders a year...

White noted that the violence was restricted to narrow social milieus, such as armed and drunk young men. “The towns such as the cattle towns that disarmed young men lowered the rates of personal violence considerably,” White wrote. “Those towns such as Bodie and Aurora that did not disarm men tended to bury significantly more of them.”

Homicide Rates in the American West

For instance, the adult residents of Dodge City faced a homicide rate of at least 165 per 100,000 adults per year...

This is interesting, because Dodge City, with its very strict gun control according to the previous article, had an incredibly high homicide rate. And yet... the towns without gun control were apparently even more violent, also according to the previous article.

Comment Re:Climate denying views (Score 5, Informative) 231

Freeman Dyson doesn't believe human activity is causing global climate change...

This is incorrect. Here's Wikipedia summary, but here are some choice quotes

'One of the main causes of warming is the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting from our burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal and natural gas.' (Heretical Thoughts about Science and Society, by Freeman Dyson)

'In 2008, he endorsed the now common usage of "global warming" as synonymous with global anthropogenic climate change, referring to "measurements that transformed global warming from a vague theoretical speculation into a precise observational science.' (from the above linked Wikipedia article)

If Freeman Dyson says your maths are rubbish -- They are.

He doesn't appear to be making any claims about the math.

My objections to the global warming propaganda are not so much over the technical facts, about which I do not know much, but it’s rather against the way those people behave and the kind of intolerance to criticism that a lot of them have. I think that’s what upsets me. (Freeman Dyson Takes on the Climate Establishment)

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