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Comment Re:Logical Fallacy Bingo (Score 0) 706

I understand what you're saying, but where would we be without corporate wealth? I've made my entire fortune by working for corporations. I have the house I do because of corporations. The food I eat comes from corporations and is paid for by the money I make working at a corporation, as are the clothes I wear and the cars I drive. Without corporations, we'd still be riding horses and eating dung for dinner.

I understand that it is popular to be greedy and envious of "the rich," but my life is what it is because of them, and our government is what it is because of them as well. Kill all the corporations if you want to, but then where will we be?

Comment Re:What's the value here? (Score 2) 698

Don't you think that the opposite side feels that Democrat faithfuls are ideological fools?

The fact is that both parties are corrupt (as evidenced by all the untruths spoken tonight). In my opinion, anyone who is faithful to either party is playing team-sport politics and needs to grow up and stop playing games.

Comment Re:Well, they're a good indicator of intelligence (Score 1) 672

I completely agree. I'm also convinced that 99% of the time, the interviewer has no idea what to do with the information given by the applicant anyway.

I refuse to ask stupid puzzle questions when I interview people, and I never accept jobs at companies who do. I'm much more interested in the applicant's ability to write good code and architect a solution to a real-world problem. Having them parrot back code to produce the Fibonacci sequence is utterly irrelevant to either of those goals.

Another interview question I think shows the ineptitude of the interviewer is, "What is your greatest weakness?" What the hell are they looking for? A personal confession? "Well, I do have a penchant for sexual harassment and committing adultery with all the senior executive's wives, but if you hire me, I'll try to keep it under control."

Comment Re:ASP.NET and C# (Score 1) 519

I don't believe PHP is fine at all. It encourages poor development practices by making it much easier to combine database calls, business logic, and presentation all in the same file than it is to code things right. It also becomes unweildy with even modest-sized websites, in my opinion. ASP.NET, though more manageable, also encourages poor coding practices with the VB-esque features for ASP.NET in Visual Studio by mixing logic and presentation into the same file (unless it has gotten drastically better during the last five years since I last used it). I also don't particularly like the way ASP.NET deals with HTTP headers and sessions, though it has been so long I can't really remember what it was I found repulsive.

I would recommend one of the many ORM-based MVC frameworks available, e.g. Ruby on Rails (Ruby), Django (Python), Play! (Java/Scala), etc. These types of frameworks encourage good coding practices by keeping your business logic and HTML code separated, as they should be. It is also a lot easier to use an ORM rather than trying to hand code a bunch of SQL statements yourself. Of these three examples I mentioned above, my preference is Django because I think Python is a more clear, productive, and expressive language than the other two, but there are many frameworks to choose from, so you can work in a language that you like.

If you really like PHP, CakePHP is a MVC option, but in my only experimentation with it, I found it too inflexible. It may have improved since then though. I don't know.

Comment Pathetic Drivel (Score 1) 831

That is quite possibly the most incoherent rant I have ever read. I'm not really sure what type of development the author is talking about as he backflips from Python to kernels, and PostgreSQL to schedulers, but I simply couldn't find a hint of sense from beginning to end. I think he got a bit heavy into the Tequila he mentioned, passed out, and his Rhesus Monkey banged out the article through hyperactive dung flinging. It's the only explanation that makes sense.

Comment Re:Or perhaps because, I don't know, IT'S TRUE! (Score 1) 1277

The main difference between a republic and a democracy is this:

A democracy is a form of government where unlimited and absolute power belongs to The Majority (or in other words, as I described it earlier, democracy is mob rule). In a democracy, minorities have no protection against the unlimited power of The Majority. This is true of both direct democracies and representative democracies. The inevitable outcome of a democracy is tyranny at the hand of The Majority.

On the contrary, a republic is a system of government that seeks to control The Majority strictly in order to protect the rights of the individual. It prescribes a constitutionally limited and representational government, whereas a democracy does not.

I know to some, the terms "republic" and "democracy" seem synonymous, but they are not. I believe that particular muddying of the waters has been intentional over the years.

The real core and defining difference between these two forms of government is the formation of a ratified constitution through a constitutional convention, which limits the power of both the government AND The Majority.

You cannot limit your understanding of varying forms of government to a blurb in a dictionary. There are a lot of books about the history surrounding the formation of the Constitution of The United States of America that will give you a lot of insight into various forms of government, and why the framers of the Constitution did NOT want a democracy. "The Federalist" is probably a good one to start with.

Comment Re:It's good to have allies (Score 1) 987

Anybody who uses the terms "right wing," "left wing," "Republicans," or "Democrats," prior to unleashing some political invective instantly loses all credibility with me. Considering the current state of the U.S. government, attributing negative tendencies or blame for our myriad problems on one political stance or party (especially when that attribute is lying) tells me that you are an ideologue who is either blinded by devotion, or simply not paying attention.

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