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Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 379

Rsysc: What's your point?
cats: FUCK YOU, that's my point!! You know why, Mister? 'Cause you coded a Hyundai to get here tonight, I wrote an 80,000 dollar BMW. That's my point!! (to gregor-e) And your point is "you're wanting". And you can't play in a man's game. You can't close them. (at a near whisper) Then go home home and tell your wife your troubles. (to everyone again) Because only one thing counts in this life! Get them to sign on the line, which is dotted! You hear me, you fuckin' faggots? (cats flips over a blackboard which has two sets of letters on it: ABC, and AIDA.) A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Coding. Always be coding! Always be coding! A-I-D-A. Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. Attention -- do I have your attention? Interest -- are you interested? I know you are 'cause it's fuck or walk. You code, or you hit the bricks! Decision -- have you made your decision for Christ?!! And action. A-I-D-A. Get out there!! You got the code specs coming in. You think they came in to get outta the rain? A guy don't walk on the lot lest he wants to buy. Sitting out there waiting to give you their money! Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it?

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 379

Look at all that garbage...tsk...tsk...

def read_file(filename):
        with open(filename, 'r') as fh:
                perl_sucks = dict()
                for line in fh:
                        key, value = line.split('=')
                        perl_sucks[key] = value
                return perl_sucks

You iterated through the file twice to do the same thing. Python will handle the file handle closing for you, and if the open fails the function will throw an exception which we can handle inside the calling function.

In short, Larry Wall is the GRIDS of programming language design, he mostly affects gay men and intravenous drug users, but every once in a while some poor kid in Indiana is going to get infected and there is no cure!

Comment Take responsibility or don't take action (Score 1) 287

Yes, because intent is fundamental to how actions are perceived. Intent that is associated with an action is codified in our legal system as well. But thanks for stating the obvious!

The man obviously had mental problems and while taking his own life is tragic, he brought all of the actions that were carried out against him upon himself. He chose to break into private property, he chose to illegally access JSTOR and download the documents and then he chose to publish them.

If he disagreed with the law surrounding the openness of access to information, he should have worked within the perfectly valid and accessible confines of the law to get the law changed. Instead he chose to do something rash and poorly executed and was caught and put on trial for it as a result. He then, rather than own up to his actions and face the consequences, chose to take the coward's way out when confronted with actual hardship that would have resulted from his actions.

He is actually a very good example of what younger generations, with their sense of entitlement and lack of ability or desire to take responsibility for their actions is leading towards.

"The big, bad, government bullied him into killing himself!" cried his parents and friends, all the while failing to assign responsibility for all the actions he willingly took to land him in the situation he found himself in.

No doubt this will be modded down to oblivion because it is not a popular position to take anymore. To stand up for personal accountability and responsibility even in the face of bad laws. Yes the laws should be changed, but if you willingly violate them to prove a point, you should be aware of the consequences and be ready to own up and face them head on. Instead of what could have been a watershed moment regarding getting the law changed, we now have a dead guy and everyone involved in his life trying to absolve him of any responsibility whatsoever for his actions.

If you want to absolve him of guilt then you should be agreeing that he was mentally unwell and therefore not responsible for his actions instead of trying to lay blame at the feet of those charged with upholding the law. Don't even bother with the tired old argument about "unjust laws" and no duty to obey them. There is nothing about this law that is violating your fundamental civil rights as a human being. You're more than welcome to go get a JSTOR account and pay for access to their information. That line of reasoning cheapens the cases where we do have an actual duty to disobey unjust laws. This law is very clearly not one of those cases.

Comment Re:We need gun control (Score 1) 1591

But it Does Not Happen. There are no stories from the UK or France or Germany or Sweden of crazed killers who've cooked up some clever death dealing machine in their kitchen and then wreaked mayhem on the streets, are there? Mass killings in these countries are dramatically rarer than in the US, and still involve guns for the most part.


There was also the case of a UK fellow arrested a few years back for merely posting how to machine your own firearms.

Comment Re:Can we speak in clear terms? (Score 1) 412

Yes but in your version of reality outlined above there's always a young attractive blonde teacher willing tro brave the ghetto and teach those kids while overcoming the adversity of not being accepted by the children because she's white and comes from privilege. And in the end they all overcome their differences, the one kid gets accepted to some ivy league school and unfortunately one of the bright hopeful students ends up on drugs/in a gang/dead.

Once you put the entire world into your hollywood inspired context it doesn't seem too bad!

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