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Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 885

I'm old enough to remember when Bush beat Gore, but he didn't really because it was a big conspiracy to stop recounts in FL and Nader "stole" his votes. And then Bush beat Kerry, but he didn't really because of unfair lies spread by outside groups. And then Obama beat two different Republicans, but he didn't really because there was "massive voter fraud". And now Hillary looks likely to beat Trump, but not really because the election is being stolen.

I know this is an unfashionable opinion these days, but it IS actually possible one side lose an election fair and square. If you don't like that happening to you, be better next time.

Comment Re:At what cost? (Score 1) 885

Providing UBI for this many people will cost the economy 4.8 Trillion Dollars. Where is this going to come from?

The US Treasury last year spent 1.4 Trillion on Social Security, Unemployment, and Labor last year, all of which theoretically would be replaced by UBI. So UBI by your numbers may be more than that, but its certainly in the ballpark. The difference factor is probably down where numbers can be played with to make it add up.

My main concern with it is that its so radical, there will be a lot of completely unforeseen consequences. For example, companies will probably no longer need to pay into unemployment insurance (yay!), but what about 501K's? If you get rid of SS, you'll still have to take in its taxes to make the revenue balance work. But will those still come solely from employers? That would make no sense. So likely the tax burden will be shifted. Where's the right place to put it? Do we still want to tax work as before, or should be tax capital instead, since that's where the money will (supposedly) increasingly be?

For that reason, I'd really like to see some smaller Country implement it first, so we can get a good idea of what will happen. Any volunteers, Australia? :-)

Comment Re:Question about U.B.I. (Score 1) 885

This is demonstrably false; developed nations have much lower reproduction rates than the undeveloped nation. Once the risk of childhood mortality is eliminated, our species preferred reproductive strategy appears to be to use additional resources to improve the quality of our offspring rather than the quantity.

For the most part, all countries now have access to modern medicine, even the poorer ones with huge birth rates.

What drives population growth(/decline) is simple economics. In a poor rural society, the more hands the family has, the more farm work can be done. Often having children is their only "social security" when a person becomes too old to work.

In a modern first world economy, children are nothing but a gigantic family money sink. CNN Estimates a kid will cost you over $250,000 over 18 years in the USA now.

Comment Re:I bet half the people who said "C" actually (Score 1) 252

Terrifying in theory, but in practice anything without a unit test is broken anyhow, so it's not really so bad,

I'd kind of agree with this, except it actually happened to me in practice, and I can assure you that the thought that our unit tests were broken too (so it was actually twice-broken) was no consolation at the time. Particularly since I was at a customer site on another continent 7 time-zones away from anyone who could (twice) fix it for me...

The error messages on the other hand ...

OMG yes. At least up until C++11 *, "error novels" from nested templates was the single worst problem with the language. There are several Boost features I refuse to use to this day, after spending more than a week trying to get simple example programs to instantiate. If there's a compiler out there smart enough with its error reporting to make 3+ nested templates usable, it isn't any of the ones I've used.

* - I say "until C++11" because I haven't had a chance to fully grok the sheer horror of all the new 11 and beyond features yet. In particular, large nested inline lambdas seem to hold great promise in perhaps dethroning the embedded template error novel.

Comment = Russian news (Score 1) 474

I am going to laugh my a$$ off if this ends up becoming another Dewey vs Truman statement

According to 538 (who unlike you and me and most of the press are experts at analyzing polling), you have roughly a 15% chance (as of this writing) of getting that laugh. Not where I'd place a bet, but likely enough that you should probably lay in for some spare a$$es just in case.

Comment Re:Good to see some patriotism. (Score 1, Insightful) 474

It's good to see the NSA step up to patriotically ensure Hillary's ascendancy to the throne

Wikileaks right now is acting as an undiscerning distribution point for documents provided to them by foreign-state hackers. These aren't "leaks", and the targets are private US citizens. If some fake material is included, we have no way of knowing that, and the hackers have plenty of opportunity, capability, and motivation to spread fake info. There's at least one case where the widely-reported info was not in the actual emails, and several where the targets have disputed the contents.

There is a term for doing this to a foreign country: Information Warfare.

Information warfare (IW) is a concept involving the use and management of information and communication technology in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent. Information warfare may involve collection of tactical information, assurance(s) that one's own information is valid, spreading of propaganda or disinformation to demoralize or manipulate[citation needed] the enemy and the public, undermining the quality of opposing force information and denial of information-collection opportunities to opposing forces. Information warfare is closely linked to psychological warfare.

I don't care which candidate they are concentrating on. They could be doing this only to Trump instead of Clinton, and it wouldn't matter to me. Targeting our election like this is an attack on the USA, and it is our government's job to respond. Just sitting back and letting them destabilize our Democracy is for chumps. Shutting down their outlet is the bare minimum they should be doing. Hopefully there's more to come.

Comment Re:I bet half the people who said "C" actually (Score 1) 252

Forcing projects to C avoids possible bugs and unreadable code from cowboy programmers on your team using some of the more esoteric features of C++.

C++ does indeed have a nasty propensity to feature bloat. However, this cure is as bad as the disease. C is a horrible language, and the only thing that gives C++ some small modicum of safety and appropriateness for large-scale programming is the stuff it added. If you don't like that stuff about C++, you should probably just be using a better language instead, like Ada or (if appropriate for the domain) Java.

Comment Re:I bet half the people who said "C" actually (Score 1) 252

Depends on the compiler, of course, but the STL isn't some runtime library, it's a set of templates, which means only bits you use get compiled. Strings and vectors tend to be reasonably lightweight.

This. Little-known fact: You can actually have flat out SYNTAX ERRORS in a template, and nobody ever know until the day some poor bastard actually tries to *use* that particular implementation of that template. Otherwise (VC++ at least) will just make sure the curly-braces match, and then goes on its merry way.

Comment Re:Paper Trails (Score 1) 454

Bernie won the primary by 51% total in all of the states that have a paper trail


Sanders actually did best in the Caucus states. In other words, precisely those states where there was no secret ballot, and its possible to strongarm and intimidate voters, and where the fewest % of the population actually votes, so fraud could be most effective.

In primary states with a huge number of voters (eg: Florida, Texas, Ohio, Georgia, California) he got waxed (25, 22, 10, 8, 7 points respectively)

If I were to suspect fraud based on the numbers, I'd suspect it of the Sanders camp. More neutrally, its pretty clear, no matter how popular the guy was online, real live Democratic voters preferred Hillary.

Comment Re:He's going to run into a brick wall (Score 1) 369

The content was all taken directly from the linked site:'s Constitutional Law blog. If you think they got something wrong, take it up with them. But from my perspective they are a far better source for information about Constitutional Law and how it is typically interpreted than you are.

Comment Re:He's going to run into a brick wall (Score 1) 369

There's an easy one. Take down the childporn. That isn't covered by free speech and that's been proven in courts.

So you admit there are limits. That's a great start! But let's get a little more specific about what they are. The First Amendment speech protections do not apply to

  • private entities, or any social-media spaces they might choose to run. eg: Twitter.
  • "fighting words" - These are words which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace. In online terms, this is Trolling.
  • defamation. For people who are "Public officers" or "Public figures" you get a bit more leeway here, bet even there not if it was made with malice. Pretty much everything Milo posts falls under this.
  • invasion of privacy, if the info isn't of legitimate public concern. Doxing.

So no, this isn't about "Free Speech". This is about protecting the kinds of abusive speech that the US government has never protected.

Comment Alt-right "heroes" (Score 1) 369

While we're on the subject, what are David Duke, Jared Taylor and the rest of their KK buddies up to? How about the USA neo-Nazi movement? Are they looking to buy a strip mall somewhere? How about the Bundy clan? Are they looking to build a new outhouse at their compound? Does Dylan Roof have a special someone he is prison pen-pals with now?

I'm really, really not down with /. reporting on hate group leaders like they are the Kardashians.

Comment That's what all perf-reviews do. (Score 1) 566

"Mayer encouraged and fostered the use of (an employee performance-rating system) to accommodate management's subjective biases and personal opinions

Just like every performance-rating system ever used since the device was invented? Yeah, that's bad, but courts almost always let them slide anyway. What's new here?

, to the detriment of Yahoo's male employees,"

Ahhhh. Now I think I see the problem.

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