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Comment Re: The man is a traitor and should be shot (Score 1) 343

Deaths due to second hand smoke this week: 9,100 or 1,300 deaths every day (source)

That's the deaths from all smoking. According to your link the annual U.S. deaths from second-hand smoke totals 42,000, which is 115 per day.

More interesting is the comparison, that for every 10 deaths of smokers there is 1 death by second-hand smoke. That's higher than I would have thought.

Comment Re:Shying away from OOP(s) (Score 1) 674

Its an absolutely terrible idea that tries to make software work the way we think it should, not the way we think.

In some ways it is the opposite - OOP principles are designed to make software more closely resemble the user or business model, on the assumption that future changes will be easier and more natural.

I do get what you mean about the way we think. OOP can invert our procedural tendencies. Event-driven programming can similarly be a nightmare to debug or piece together as a whole.

Comment Re:Not my experience (Score 1) 219

I guess it takes brain muscle to learn something new

The purpose of learning is to be able to do. This is why children are amazing learners and adults become more set in their ways. If you feel like you are forever learning without being able to put into practice the previous learning, you become frustrated.

Comment Re:Oh my god (Score 1) 436

You've got +4 Funny, but I think you're serious and I agree with you, so maybe I'm a clown..

Analogies tend to make more sense to the person who actually understands the system in the first place. Rather than explaining the unknown system, an analogy creates a pattern link between two systems the alleged explainer already understands. Sometimes the best way to understand is to get in there. Showing them basic APIs is the way forward, then they can form their own analogies based on other systems they personally understand. Most of the presented analogies have an in-built bias anyway.

Comment Re:Wait until they start making a bit of money (Score 1) 1080

You've misread the point in two ways. First, GP was referring to wealth within a nation. Two of your points are comparing across nations, and the third point misses the mark - just because the richests 400 people hold more wealth than the poorest 150 million people doesn't say anything about the "general public" of, say 280 million people.

Second, GP agrees with you; saying the wealth of nation lies in the general public means the majority are the ones who produce the wealth, not that they currently hold the currency wealth.

Comment Re:It is not a justification for more surveillance (Score 1) 1011

lot more people die on the road each day, and nobody cares..

That's not correct - governments spend billions on policing, licensing, registering vehicles and drivers, installing traffic cameras, not to mention the army of public servants continuously reviewing safety standards, regulations and road black spots.

Comment Re:Mathematics of greed (Score 1) 98

Well it seems to, because stream != download.

They appear to equate a download with a physcial sale; 10 song downloads (i.e. iTunes purchase) = 1 album sale

They also count 1500 song streams = 1 album sale, but that's a side issue if you count an illegal download as a download, not a stream (which does make sense on the surface), then 1 illegal download does equal 1 lost sale.

Comment Half Conspiracies (Score 3, Insightful) 303

The moon landing and cancer-cure suppression would be actual conspiracies, but climate change and vaccine-caused autism are less thought to be malicious conspiracies and more incorrect group-think*. There is no spilling the beans to be done.

* Yes there are those who claim genuine conspiracies, but by far the vast majority of people who, say, believe climate change is not man-made nor catastrophic think it is incorrect science.

Comment Re:YT will also remove videos that don't play ball (Score 1) 236

Agree, but removing the videos seems excessive. If they opt not to sign up for the Red model, they could just be moved into the same category as the average person's cat videos, where Google put their own ads around it and you get no cut.

However, I imagine this might be contractually difficult for the same reason they can't automatically put everyone on Red deals.

Comment Re:Reasonable Access (Score 1) 267

Me also.

Daytime: I sit in front of a desktop with relatively unencumbered internet access.

Evenings: If I choose to use the internet (and I usually do), my desktop has full internet access.

Commute: I cycle to and from work, no chance to use the internet

My Nokia brick is on a pre-paid plan, mostly just texting my wife, costs about $5 per month. There is zero requirement for me to check work emails out of office hours, and anything other than a full keyboard drives me crazy. For my use case a smart phone and data plan would be redundant.

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