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Comment Re:Hell no (Score 1) 83

but at the very least [Nintendo] actually recognize that their customers are human beings who play games for fun, they aren't fleshbags with coin purses.
Really? You might wanna rethink that. If your decision to chose one technology over the other based on each one's privacy policy, you're always going to lose. You are always the product.

Comment Huh? (Score 4, Interesting) 160

"A century ago, there would be a battle that wiped out the next village, you'd never even hear about it."

Huh? Maybe in the remote parts of Africa or some other place that was still stuck in the stone age. Maybe. In the parts of the worlds actually living in the (early) 20th century not so much.

""We're only crowded because we've crowded ourselves into cities. Try taking a train trip across the United States, or Europe or Asia or anywhere in the world. Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used... we don't want to use it because you don't want to be out in the boondocks if you don't have people to work and play with. That's already changing now that we have some level of virtual communication..."

Not in the US, or most of Europe, or a good chunk of Asia. Not used for housing or urban sprawl isn't the same as not used. And no, it's actually changing much - communication isn't the only issue, access to stuff (physical goods) is also important, as is access to experiences. And neither have markedly changed if you live in the actual boondocks. (I find most people who live in big cities have little idea what conditions are like outside of the metro area.)

When will computer geeks grasp that most of the human race actually enjoys the company of others and that there are actual economic reasons why people cluster?

Comment Re:Cheesy 80's movie excuse (Score 3, Insightful) 536

The problem here is that anyone from Russia was able to read those emails at all.

I'm sure the Trump campaign is sloppy with email security as well. But nothing he writes (e.g. love letters to neo-Nazis) would surprise anyone at this point. The fact that HRC is already known for exercising poor network security has already compromised her campaign, and reminding people that "Russians love Trump and that's why they released my messages that they were able to access" is not a smart defense. (Neither is immediately hiring DWS upon her firing from the DNC and announcing that she "will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally". The tone deafness here is astounding.)

Yes, the DNC email server contained no classified information. But don't keep reminding people that anyone in the world can read your email.

Comment Re:Parenthesis (Score 1) 232

x = ((4*A) || B)? C||D : E && F || (G +3);

My rule it that if you have to even think more than a second about precedence then there is somewhere out there who will misinterpret it.

By the way Kernighan claimed that he should have done pemdas+left to right associativity between operators of the same precedence, instead of the present 15 levels of precedence in C and sixteen in C++.

Comment Parenthesis (Score 1) 232

I over parenthesize C/C++ expressions. There are so many precedence levels that it is easy to forget who goes first**. There's a limit of course, I wouldn't write 4+(5*6) but I would certainly fully parenthesize:

x = 4*A|| B? C||D: E && F || G +3;

** Brian Kernighan admitted to having the table of precedence glued to his monitor, since he himself can't keep them straight.

Comment No fallacy. H1B designed for geniuses, Kaku is one (Score 1, Informative) 246

There's no fallacy of appeal to authority here, for two reasons. The fallacy of appeal to authority would be citing Michael Jordan's opinions on DNA editing, or Kaku's style preferences. It has the form:
Proposition A must be true because person B says it is, and person B is authoritative in some field (but not the field in question).

GP says "for more details", listen to Kaku's explanation in the video. There's no claim that Kaku must be right because Kaku is Kaku. Rather, Kaku explains and supports his position. The reader is encouraged to listen to Kaku's arguments, not assume that Kaku is always right.

Secondly, the H1B program was *designed* to allow world-class people, top scientists and the like, to work in the US. Michio Kaku is a top scientist working in the US. Therefore he can be expected to have legitimate insight into the potential effects of losing his Nobel-winning colleagues to other countries. On the topic of eliminating the H1B program rather than fixing it, and therefore losing top scientists, Kaku does in fact have knowledge and experience that most of us don't have.

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