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Comment Re:== vs =, | vs ||, variable/pointer dereference (Score 1) 86

What about the tests?

This is crypto-currency, the hot new thing tests are for old fogeys who still use dollars. Get with the times, young programmers are Agile, they don't plan and test their work, they release early and often. They release the Minimum Viable Product (minimum piece of shit they can get away with for a moment), it's illegal now to even think about corner cases and make code robust.

I don't know about ZCash, but Bitcoin has an extensive regression test suite and test mode. And test-first development is a principle of agile, so I'm not sure why you concluded agile programmers don't test.

Comment Re:If your personal emails are released... (Score 1) 102

Again with the, "Why would you want privacy unless you had something to hide?" argument.

The answer is that even legal, ethical facts can be deeply embarrassing. If you enemy learns such a secret, he can use it to wound you or to turn your neighbors against you. Imagine that you had:
1. divorced a spouse because of their drinking problem or abusiveness
2. had a child who became a felon
3. been bankrupted by medical expenses / job loss

Don't talk to me about illogical. Don't pretend that my new community will treat me with fairness or compassion, or that I can magically find people who will. In real life, people keep secrets for good reasons. Because sometimes you just need a chance to start over and be known for what I am now.

And, don't tell me that I should submit myself to the judgment and compassion of the doxxers. It only takes one doxxer who values his cause more than justice and then the damage will be done.

Comment Re:thoughts: (Score 1) 283

High male-to-female limits sex-per-capita in a couple different ways:

It seems to me that we could do a couple of interesting studies along those lines:
1. Does per-woman* sex/month correlate with male/female** ratio in dating pool?
2. Does per-woman sex/month correlate with average female education level (or some other proxy for intelligence)?
3. Does per-woman sex/month correlate with female income level? with male income level?

*Obviously, per-man sex/month will decrease if there are more males than females.
**We might be able to formulate some non-hetero questions, too.

Comment Where were you, Nintendo? (Score 2) 59

I think I am their target market. Our Wii is aging and my kids are growing but not yet grown (oldest is middle school). I want a console with engaging, playable titles that won't bore them. On the other hand, I'm not ready to immerse them in the apocalyptic nightmare killiastic gore storm that I bathed in throughout my own 20's. Sure, we want all the new, awesome doodads, resolution, headsets, multiplayer, massive multiplayer, etc., but please with a plot that doesn't involve clubbing down either little old ladies or baby seals, or wielding bone saws. Maybe some scheming plumbers and giant megalomaniacal apes?

When I had to settle for a PS4 last year, what I really wanted was the awesome, high-powered, market-leading Nintendo console of my dreams. Where were you, Nintendo?

Comment Re:Its Open Season on the Little Guy (Score 5, Insightful) 197

Let us not forget that his very first executive order jacked up mortgage costs for home buyers. It's hard to find a total price tag reported for that move, but a naive* calculation suggests 750000 loans x $500/year x 30 years = $11 billion on loans taken out in 2017, with more to follow for next year's loans. All of it straight out of the pockets of the little guy.

*I defer to some one who actually understands present value calculations on loans.

Comment Re:Oh, hey - I forgot to ask . . . (Score 2) 309

My problem is that tylenol is demonstrably dangerous if you don't use it as directed, and the FDA is still happy to pull certain tylenol products off of the market simply because some people are too stupid to use it as directed. So I would like the FDA to clarify if these deaths are happening from people who followed the directions, or if they are happening when people give tons of it to their kids like rats in a saccharine study.

Comment Re:Hyland's teething tablets (Score 1, Insightful) 309

I'm not aware of any alternative belladonna treatments. I didn't intend to sound like I was saying I'm not aware of any alternative treatments at all.

I don't expect to change your mind. Mostly I'm just venting because articles like this makes my blood boil

We all get less rational when we get like that.

Comment Re:Hyland's teething tablets (Score 1, Interesting) 309

Science is superior because it requires compelling evidence. Not anecdotal evidence. Compelling evidence.

Okay, the FDA needs to release their evidence.

The fundamental theory behind homeopathics lacks compelling evidence.

I know that, and I don't believe in homeopathy, so I'm not sure why you're saying it.

This isn't some conspiracy to keep big pharma rich.

And I never said anything of the sort. You seem to be assuming a lot of things.

Comment Re:Oh, hey - I forgot to ask . . . (Score 2) 309

You're not planning on having your kids vaccinated against communicable diseases, are you?

My kids are vaccinated.

Giving your kids a preparation containing an unknown quantity of belladonna ?

The FDA let them back on the market a few years ago when the problem with uneven levels of ingredients was supposedly fixed. So is the FDA admitting they flubbed up, here? Did Hyland's stop meeting the quality standards that got them back on the market? What has changed, exactly?

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