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Comment Re: How is this different from any university? (Score 0) 329

So if you get shitty candidates when looking for Python programmers, why not use a language that doesn't encourage shitty programmers using it? There are languages, after all, that select for a higher caliber of programmer.

Somehow, I think you want mediocre programmers at bargain prices, so you use a bargain language. So you have to weed through a lot of crap. You get what you pay for.

Submission + - FDA, Other Scientific Agencies Embargo News (

frank_adrian314159 writes: What if you were a reporter and couldn't check on the veracity of a science story before you reported it? That's the Faustian deal science reporters make every day with the FDA, medical publications, and other scientific organizations they depend upon for their "scoops". If you break the code of omerta or any of the embargoes, you can (and will) be blackballed from future information. Salon has the full (and lengthy) story here. Needless to say, this is probably not the openness most people think of when they hear the term "science reporting".

Comment Re:Isn't surge pricing an AUTOMATED process? (Score 1) 428

Uber's system automatically raises prices based on surges in demand. There's no human intervention involved. So getting all upset at Uber for this is pointless.

So let me get this straight? If I program a machine to do something heinous automatically, I'm not responsible because "there is no human intervention"? Seems like there was a fuck of a lot of human intervention in writing the algorithm. Somehow, I doubt this argument would hold water in a court of law.

Regardless of whether you think this is right or not, at least think about what you're saying before you open your mouth and let the stupid out.

Comment Re:Blame most of today's world problems on greed. (Score 1) 128

Unfortunately, actual people (even Libertarians) continue showing why we need laws and governments. Yes, some people are just too stupid and/or dangerous to manage themselves while not harming others, which is why we have these laws. Freedom is not an absolute value, unless you value above all else the freedom to die in a society that has no rules. Everything else is just a matter of where you put the dividing lines between too lax and strict. Libertarians seem to fail to understand this fundamental point in their arguments, which is why it is so simple to treat them as the bullshit they are. When you get to the bottom of their absolutist arguments, they're just babies crying because they can't get their own way all the time.

Comment The OS that masquerades as an editor... (Score 1) 131

Most of the Emacs users I know are too busy trying to debug why this package or key-binding or the other isn't working right to do any actual editing. Lets see a user with a raw Emacs setup try to watch a You Tube video in it. I doubt it can actually be done without a 2K+ long init.el. You start to ask whether the single environment "efficiency" really is worth more than just opening a browser window - OSes these days are multi-window, you know...

Comment Re:Money saved (Score 1) 113

A-fucking-men. The problem is that the state is already locked into Oracle with tons of shitty systems to maintain. It's probably the best deal they can make without making a multi-billion dollar commitment to get the fuck off of Oracle. But even then they'd just choose another shitty vendor. Which do you want - IBM, Oracle, or Microsoft? Those are the Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry of flavors you get to choose from when you're a client as big as a state.

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