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Comment The requirements will be as long as the code (Score 1) 332

I took a Software Engineering class where we covered formal specifications. For even a simple piece of code, the formal specifications were longer than the code to cover all of the boundary conditions. It was faster and simpler just to write code. Using code snippets in not new. We call those libraries. I've used those all my life. My code specifies which libraries to use and how to tie those together. Also, random code written by other people are frequently crap. Who is going to vet the quality of the code? I am not scared by this at all.

Comment Re:Crackdown - WRONG (Score 1) 104

And to head off the "any noun can be verbed!" and "language evolves, get over it!" guys ...

If you're comfortable with "crackdowned" and "crackdowning" then by all means, feel free to use "crackdown" as a verb. But if you find yourself saying "cracked down" or "cracking down" then you must admit that the verb is two separate words: "crack down."

See also: shutdown, backup, standby, etc.

Comment Re: Left and further left (Score 1) 341

He issues the Emancipation Proclamation, whereby all slaves in Union territories had to be freed.

That's a common misunderstanding of the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln had no authority to free slaves in Union territories. Instead he used his wartime powers as commander of the armed forces to take possession of rebel properties (slaves) and dispose of them appropriately (set them free).

As states came under Union control, those slaves ... had to be freed.

That is correct.

Comment Re:Judge should learn the law (Score 1) 476

Also, the judge implies that aliens in foreign countries have Constitutional rights, which is complete lunacy.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The Bill of Rights does not grant special privileges to citizens. It recognizes the inherent rights of all human beings, and prohibits the government from infringing on those rights. Are foreigners not human?

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