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Comment Re:Yet another ignorant troll (Score 1) 183

The reason for the Senate and Electoral college is to protect against tyranny by a minority of states with a higher population against a majority of states with less population. Why do you idiots continue to repeat propaganda when it's so easily disproved? Crack a damn history book instead of smoking it!

Funny how the USA is nowadays the only place in the world with such a retrograde, ridiculous electoral system. Most (democratic) countries had it during the 1800s, when travelling was so long and difficult, and there was a place for "electors". Every country without a brain-dead Congress looking just to perpetuate itself and offer a fake democracy when you have only a party duopoly went away to a true "one person, one vote" system.

Comment Re:Logo (Score 1) 564

How come this one came in so late in the thread?!
Before any (OK, modulo two or three that surely did but that I don't know about) actual schools introduced computers for kids in my country (1985), I went to a computing introduction class during a Summer break. We learned Logo for four hours a day (on Apple //e), for three or four weeks. I *loved* it.
Later during that same year, I took several classes at another computing institute, and there I used BASIC on Commodore.
Got me hooked. And here I am, over thirty years later, unable to quit Slashdot... Should I sue for damages?

Comment It's not that I want to brag I'm old... (Score 3, Insightful) 253

But it seems that I will.

Around ten years ago, I started writing a column for a magazine. My first article was precisely a way to use functional programming for "real" code, using a multi-paradigm language (Ruby).

I didn't jump on the Functional bandwagon first time I saw it; it took me around ten years to understand and embrace what it can do. So we are talking about 20 years of hype. At least.

I am far from proficiently thinking functionally, although I have used it for many interesting things. It is a cool, and very different, way to work. It can make many things faster and simpler, but if you completely bite the bullet and make it your dominant paradigm, it will kill your productivity (with many other things that are not best served by that paradigm.

It has a clear spot under your programmer belt. But it should not be The Only Way to approach a program - unless you are Truly One with the Tao.

Comment I was benefitted from a similar initiative. (Score 5, Informative) 98

I published in 2015 a textbook about operating systems (http://sistop.org/). Besides working for a university full time, I got a grant from the LATIn Initiative from the European commission. They required me to join other authors (a requisite for participation was having at least threee coauthors, located in three different countries in Latin America), and paid each of us a very decent amount (€1200, particularly good given the wages in our region). There was, of course, a quality requirement - But the second requirement was for the licensing to be CC-BY.
I won on all fronts due to this.

Comment Important design issues when changing placement (Score 1) 240

Back in 1989, Acer introduced a powerful 386 computer, and offered it as a (huge, yes) desktop/tower combo. Both placements were supported. And how did they say they supported your favorite placement? Becuase the square Acer logo in the big bulky box could be rotated 90 degrees. Yay for user-configurability! *That* is what Apple needs.

Comment Hey, not fair! (Score 1) 553

I am a Mexican, and I don't consider myself prone to confuse data types.

Also, mindwhip's version makes sense in many, many C-derived languages where every statement is evaluated to a truth value. Of course, setting interesting=true makes this code less useful for multi-story usage. I would use story.mark_as_interesting() or story.interesting=true... But that's just sugar :-]

Comment Re:Vibrant economy? (Score 1) 55

It is in the long term. This last year, Brazil had a civil coup. The president, in line with over twelve years of impressive economic growth (compare it to Brazil's many neighbouring countries), was outsted and power was given to the vice-president - Who was a bad choice to partner with, coming from the rival party. He immediatly took it to derail the economic path of Lula / Dilma.
I am Mexican. My wife is Argentinian. We often travel via Brazil, and have many Brazilian friends. And, yes, the economic growth of Brazil over a decade is quite impressive.

Comment Not understanding the USA culture (Score 1) 491

I am a Mexican, grandson of immigrants from Europe. One of the things I don't understand about the USA is how easy people seem to relocate over there. It seems to be most easy to go at age 18 and study the university in a city nobody knows you. Then, you get a job at a different state. Two, three times, you move state because you got a job. Then, you settle... And having a family means it's harder to move (although by far not unheard of).

My grandparents moved quite a bit – Out of Europe due to poverty in the late 1920s (they were all born 1903-1910). My mother's family tried luck in rural Mexico, Panama, Peru, then came back to Mexico; my father's only moved from Northern Mexico to Mexico City.

I am married to an Argentinian woman; we met while travelling. Our only choices of where to live was, close to my family or hers. We came to Mexico, as I had a better, more stable work position. And, were we to move away, we would only consider to go near her family.

I stand by what you said, family is a wonderful support system. Going anywhere where your family does not live is a huge cost by itself.

Comment Re:high tech mind tricks (Score 3, Interesting) 115

Nice for those hospitals who can afford high tech entertainment devices and the attendant communication systems required. Could be iffy though if there is a bad connection.

Right. I am a Mexican. I laughed when I read the summary's Mexico's cash-strapped hospitals (copied straight from TFA)... Yes, our public health care system is cash-strapped. Our private hospitals? I don't think a first-world hospital has much to offer than what we do here. Although the article mentions very poor regions in Guerrero state (South), I really doubt the described case happened there.

Not only can hypnosis distract the patient, it can allow the patient to participate in the procedure. Being fully aware, the patient can move muscles, control blood flow and report to the surgeon various sensations.

Ugh. By far, not my cup of tea.

I personally had three teeth pulled with only a mild hypnotic sedation. There was no pain, no bleeding at the time or after although I was fully aware of the crunching of bone during the extraction and the vigorous muscle applied to get those molars out. I spit chunks of bone for several days after.

You should change your dental specialist. I have a molar pulled out. A mild shot of local anesthesia, and I was completely aware of everything happening throughout the procedure. Yes, the crunching during extraction is... Quite impressive. But the tooth goes out easily. I had a swollen gum for some days, no t a single residual piece of tooth.

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