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Comment Re:Java? (Score 1) 91

Many places use Cobol, and even more use Windows, too. That people use either doesn't mean Java is the right tool for the job. Any job (maintaining existing code notwithstanding).

Need it OS independent? Use Java.

Contrary to what Oracle's marketing dept says, in the real world even C is more portable.

User interfaces (GUI, WEB you name it) it's great.

I have no experience with Java on a web server, but after trying to use a few GUI programs in Java, sorry, no. It's a major pain in the ass to deploy: every single program needs a specific version of Java with specific configuration oddities, and even then there's no guarantee of success. And if you manage to start the program, expect crashes, ages-long startup, insane memory use, frequent pauses or outright lockups.

It's OK for data processing, but you will need lots of compute resources compared to the same thing in C++.

In other words, it's not OK. I'd understand if it was faster to write in Java than C++ -- after all, we don't use assembly for most tasks despite it being faster -- but you make your compute task being slower for no gain.

Don't like the "hard work" involved in memory management, Use Java and restart often.

Say what? If I wanted required restarts, I'd use Windows. Sorry but "reboot/restart often" is. not. acceptable., period.

It's hard to leak any memory in Perl or Python, and it's a rare thing in C++ unless you're a doofus.

Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 400

However, you can't claim you're owed past money when Apple wasn't hiding anything.

I don't know about EU law but in the UK this is, indeed the case.

Tax avoidance schemes have to be registered with HMRC. If they are deemed to be invalid then you have to pay the tax that was due.

If you decide to fight it through the courts and the courts find in HMRCs favour then your tax liability is a multiple (greater than or equal to 1) of the tax that you tried to avoid. (plus any legal fees)

There was a very recent case along exactly these lines:

And another that looks like it will go HMRCs way.

Comment Re:Nibiru (Score 1) 132

Why are they still covering up NIbiru?

Nibiru!?!? Pah!! Fantasy!

Everyone knows it's "Planet X"!

There were documentary films made in the 1950s about it when the war started! It was so important that they showed the films to large public audiences by having them simply drive into parking lots facing a huge screen with sound provided by window-hanging speakers provided at a kiosk at every parking spot.

I can't imagine how people could not rememb...!!!

Oh no! They used the mind-ray!

We're doomed.



Comment Re:Foreign? (Score 1) 158

Call me a paranoid conspiracy theorist but wouldn't this be more likely to be at least sponsored domestically?

Foreign hackers could be hired by domestic US political interests. Just because the actual attack originated outside the US does not preclude the attack having been funded and ordered by some person/group in the US.

Maybe that's why Hillary Clinton has been so determined to scrub her email history from her stint as SoS. She would have been in the perfect position and had the perfect opportunity to make the necessary foreign contacts and arrangements to set something like this up.

Maybe this is part of what Julian Assange has promised for Wikileaks' "October surprise" data release.


Comment Re:Free market (Score 1) 391

Ah, so you were deliberately picking a "bad" example. And when that's pointed out, you get all aggressive. In a free market, one could choose whether they want to import Canadian, UK, or Somalian drugs. A "free market" doesn't mean you can only buy the cheapest supplier, but that you have choice.

Learn what "choice" means, then try again. Or is that the real reason the conservatives hate a free market? "Choice" is a bad word, so any "choice" must be ended at all costs.

That there will be choices is exactly what I was pointing out. People would be free to choose Canadian or Somalian, Indonesian, Pakistani, or any other nation's pharmaceuticals. The point is that it's a pretty good bet that not all those nations' pharma regulations & standards will meet or match those in the US. As a matter of fact many drugs would be imported which are restricted or banned in the US on top of bad batches of low quality pharmaceuticals. Even with current restrictions regarding importation of pharmaceuticals, literally tons of both 'legitimate' prescription-only and 'illicit' recreational pharmaceuticals are illegally shipped by foreign suppliers to people in the US from online orders every year and results in many overdoses, poisonings from bad batches, and deaths/crippling disabilities.

There has to be restrictions on importations of pharmaceuticals because all the various national standards are not the same and neither are laws regarding banned/restricted drugs. Opening foreign online drug purchase will also throw the door open wide to recreational designer-drugs with little or no quality standards or safety testing.


Comment Re:Big data is gonna kill small crime (Score 1, Informative) 85

Might as well just go ahead with actual eugenics, just approach it from a positive reward system rather than a negative.

Done and done!

78% of PP clinics located in predominantly black neighborhoods, blacks ~12% of total US population but ~35% of total PP abortions. Margaret Sanger gave talks at KKK gatherings and was highly praised for her work by the KKK.

They seem to want to cover all the bases.


Comment Re:Free market (Score 1) 391

Indonesia? Why that?

Because you wanted foreign competition? That 'free market' you were on about the conservatives fearing?

Wait, do you now want to pick and choose who gets in? What happened to 'free markets'? In a 'free market' US pharma would compete with Canada and Somalia...and Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, China, Turkey, Israel, Russia, etc etc.

Don't want that? Maybe 'them evul conservatives' are onto something in opposing it?


Comment Re: OpenStreetMaps is globally editable too (Score 2) 108

A recent example, commuting to a new office from SW London to NE: I know I don't want to cycle on the unpaved Thames towpath with my skinny 115 psi tyres, especially when there is a road with a bike lane nearby. And I know that I don't want to get to The Embankment from The Mall via Horse Guards but should just go around the roundabout at the bottom of Trafalgar Sq and shoot down Northumberland Ave. These are utterly moronic suggestions from Google, but this doesn't mean I have enough local knowledge to plan the journey without Google. Black cab drivers are on another planet, which I can only dream about.

Comment Re:Free market (Score 1) 391

The liberals want to set drug prices in the US, the whole "allow people to buy drugs from foreign nations" is just the whip they're using to pressure the other lawmakers to allow them to set prices to avoid opening the US pharma market.

So the whip to pressure the conservatives is a free market, and the conservatives run from that idea.


Pharma is anything but a 'free market', it is one of the heaviest-regulated US industries. This would simply be allowing in competition that can easily undercut prices as the competition doesn't have the expenses incurred by US pharma companies to research, develop, and eventually, after up to decades, possibly bringing them to market. Many shady foreign companies copy US patented drugs that cost US pharma companies many millions at each step along the way and sell the knockoffs for a fraction.

This would put pressure on US pharma research, development, and sales to leave the US and cripple what remains.

If the goal is to globalize pharmaceuticals then US pharmaceutical regulations, laws, and procedures for testing and certification in the US will have to be lowered/reduced/softened to more closely match the global markets like Indonesia or they will cease to exist (in the US, at least).

I too want reasonable pharmaceutical costs and robust research and development of new drugs and treatments, etc. I just don't think loosing the foreign competition on US pharma that's effectively hamstrung by a cumbersome, inefficient, and achingly-slow regulatory structure seems wise.

I believe much more could be gained all around if serious reform, downsizing, modernization, and streamlining of the current US pharmaceutical regulatory structure could be accomplished. At that point opening US pharma markets to foreign competition would not matter as US companies could easily compete.

Competition is great. It drives innovation and keeps prices low. Having one competitor deliberately hamstrung is not competition or a 'free market'. In this case it amounts to targeted economic destruction of a nation's particular industry.


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