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Comment President-Asterisk Trump (Score 1) 163

Unless that tweet turns into a punitive regulatory action, then you've just lost a chunk of your savings.

This is a good point. We've gotten used to the Prince Jeoffrey phase of this drama, but winter is coming. The King Jeoffrey phase will be much different.

In less than 24 hours he goes from being President-Elect Trump to President* Trump, and those tweets might come with executive orders attached. (Twitter is gonna support that, they don't know it yet, but they'll do it soon, believe me.)


Comment Re:Why are strings passed by value? (Score 2) 338

What if you pass a string to a function, and a different thread then changes the original string? Does that also copy on write? Or does the function suddenly see the string change?

(Thread A and thread B both have access to the same string S, B passes S to function F, function F reads S, thread A changes S, function F reads S again)

Comment Re:What's the ROI on any $80K+ car? (Score 1) 179

Well, just as an anecdotal data point, I remember a post on the Tesla forums titled "dead battery", where I naturally assumed the poster was refering to the battery of his Tesla, but no, it was his Porsche that had a dead battery because he hadn't driven it for months.

Yes, the Porsche is quicker on the race track. But the Tesla pulls away from a stoplight more quickly, is smoother, reacts instantaneously (no Porsche even comes near the throttle response of a Tesla), makes no noise... Going back to a Porsche is like going back in time. Seriously, loads of Porsche owners have bought Teslas and then either sold their Porsche or just take it out once in a while for a long trip or simply to keep it in working order. I have yet to read a post from someone who prefers his Porsche over his Tesla.

Comment Re: Marketing Stunt (Score 1) 67

Oh, yes, NASA rockets never burn up on the launch pad, do they?

Rockets are dangerous, both before and after launch. That's just a fact of life. If any astronauts had been on board at the time of the SpaceX explosion, chances are they would have survived thanks to the emergency abort system launching the capsule up immediately. In fact, they would prefer that situation rather than board the crew shortly after fueling and risking an explosion at that moment killing the crew with certainty.

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