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Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 536

Evolve. The word is evolve, not evolution. And neither capitalism nor communism is what corruption comes from. Corruption comes from human nature, and the only way to combat it is by some incorruptible authority guarding against it with an eagle eye, and taking relentless vengeance against it when it does occur.

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 347

Manning's freedom was lost because (s)he thought that the public knowing what was really going on in Iraq was important enough to make the risk worthwhile. In return, i'd say it's the least we can do to refer to her by her preferred gender. It's a lot easier than losing your freedom, don't you think?

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 347

This. If you want to be a whistle blower, there are already avenues that are perfectly legal, up to and including finding a friendly senator or congressperson, who are charged with oversight of the rest of the government, and passing one (or the entire legislature) the information. They can then make public with immunity and/or take action against others inside the government. Leaking directly to the press is a last resort because it is both illegal and potentially life threatening to covert operatives.

A great idea -- until the first senator you go to turns out to be not so supportive and turns you in. So much for getting the data out at all.

Comment Re:Lucky (Score 1) 133

It crosses our orbit which means that -- now that we know where it is -- we will probably notice that it comes 'near' earth on a semi-regular basis, and it may impact us sooner or later (sooner rather than later).. I, for one, am happy that it's not big enough to destroy more than a town or two if hits in a populated area -- rather than leaving a hole big enough to be noticed on a full-world map.

Comment Re:A few misconceptions there. MORE elastic (Score 1) 148

it's not particularly brittle

Spectacularly wrong. Carbon fiber is about as brittle as china. It has very little toughness. The plastic elongation is next to zero. The ability of steel, aluminum, titanium, etc to plastically deform when overstressed, absorbing enormous energy before rupturing, is what makes them so structurally useful. Carbon fiber acts just fine until it ruptures explosively when overstressed. When a tiny crack develops locally in metal, stress gets redistributed around it. You find that crack during regular inspection and take measures to repair it. In carbon fiber there is no such warning whatsoever.

Comment Re:Personal Favors (Score 1) 218

Let's face it. It wasn't an actor, it was an actress. Old guys get acting jobs, and good ones. There are lots of 70+ year old actors, and a fair number of 90+. But there aren't many women much over 50 with acting jobs, and even over 30-40 they get relegated to side characters.

Comment Re:Totalitarian progressivism (Score 1) 218

Just HOW does this law violate the US constitution? This may be news to you, but the first amendment says (on this topic) only "CONGRESS shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press". It doesn't say ANYTHING about what law state legislatures can make. I'm very pro-liberty, but in this case ... sorry to disillusion you.

You want a better guarantee on this subject, get the US constitution amended. Good luck with that.

Comment Re:Just another f***ing kludge to get around (Score 4, Informative) 129

I think a lot of python users are not even aware of this. It's not a secret, and it's not just for lambdas. Semicolon is a perfectly legal statement separator in python. It's just that newline is ALSO a statement separator.

if x < 1: print(x); print(y); print(z)

is the same as

if x < 1:
        print(x)
        print(y)
        print(z)

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