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Comment Re:Crackdown - WRONG (Score 1) 77

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:This is news...? (Score 1) 246

It 2017 anything goes for news. I expect the Los Alamos National Lab is worried about its funding so will repurpose one of its old hypothesis and try to get it on Fox News so the president see it and decides to keeps it funding. These organizations if smart realize how manipulatable the president is, and just a few simple things can cause him to change his mind and course. Just as long as you stroke his ego you can do whatever you want.

I am sorry I didn't want to make this political, but we had a problem with bad science news for a long time, because the people eat it us, and they use it to keep their funding. Unfortunately for some areas such as climate change due to some early overzealous hypothesis created a situation of mistrust of science where the general population and politicians just don't get the scientific process and are unable to weed out what are strong results and poor results and the difference between a hypothesis and a theory.

Submission + - Facebook videos to autoplay with sound (

tripleevenfall writes: Videos have autoplayed on Facebook’s News Feed for some time, leading to a curious rise of “silent movies” as publishers adapted to knowing that the majority of viewers would be watching, but not listening, to their work.

But between now and the end of the year Facebook’s News Feed will be enabling sound on your News Feed by default, a move the company has been testing out on a limited number of users for a short while.

The firm said it had received “positive feedback” so far.

"With this update, sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed, bringing those videos to life,” the company explained in a blog post on Tuesday.

Comment Re:Until (Score 1) 374

A lot of this bloat we see in today's programs is actually future proofing the code vs just being lazy.
The systems of old on computers that were not as powerful didn't have room for for this and most developers didn't have history to realize what are the average changes overtime are. So they wrote tight code to do exactly what was needed. Today a lot of resources goes into hooks in code to allow to expand featured, change UI elements. With gigs of ram available some algorithms can work faster with more readable code using more RAM and less CPU especially on higher load systems.

Comment Re:Until (Score 1) 374

A lot of these performances features of language such as C isn't from the language but the compilers. The language itself is just a wrapper to the machine code being generated.
Sure there are some low level features that may allow assembly code but that is rather rare in today's coding methodology because we have with most compilers and OSs a big set of libraries to do most of the stuff we need.
That said compiling a language such as Python could have just as good performance as C over time as the compiler gets optimized.

Submission + - WSU Submits $100 Receipt as Evidence of "Concrete Harm" From Trump Order

theodp writes: As Trump's Executive Order on immigration awaits a vote on en banc rehearing, the Washington State Office of the Attorney General has notified the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that it has filed two additional declarations "concerning concrete harm to Washington’s universities". In his affidavit, Asif Chaudhry, VP for International Programs at Washington State University begins, "One student in WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, who is from Iran, was registered for an academic conference in Canada scheduled to take place February 5 — 8, 2017. His WSU department paid for the conference. The receipt, made out to his department chair, is attached as Exhibit A. The department also planned to cover his travel expenses. Due to the executive order, the student was unable to attend the conference." Per Exhibit A, the dollar amount of the loss to WSU was a whopping $100. Chaudhry adds that WSU will also be harmed if it has to forego an incremental $15K or so in tuition and fees from international students over that ponied up by WA residents. Boosting the ranks of international students, WSU explains, "is an essential step in the Drive to 25, the university’s commitment to achieving recognition as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030" (WSU President Kirk Schulz suggested the initiative will also make WSU grads more attractive to Microsoft).

Comment Re:Doomed (Score 1) 340

I fail to see why a bakery has to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding while a venue is allowed to refuse to host it. Since they're both private companies, and therefore not subject to respect potential clients' rights (by your own argument), then what's the distinction?

Let's be honest here. You're just trying to come up with some sort of twisted logic to explain away the inconsistency of SJW's raising hell over bakers refusing to bake cakes for gay weddings but being perfectly cool with social media companies banning conservative voices. You want private companies to have to respect the rights of people who you agree with, but not have to respect the rights of those who you don't agree with.

And that's one of the real distinctions between an "SJW" and a classic liberal to me. The classical liberal wants freedom of speech for all and realizes that if all aren't protected then none will ever be safe. The SJW only wants freedom of speech for those whom he agrees with, and fails to see how this practice could easily be turned against him and his causes in the future.

Think about it this way. Right now Twitter, Facebook, et. al. are owned by liberals in ultra-liberal Silicon Valley. But what if tomorrow they were bought out by wealthy conservatives and relocated to Dallas? Would you be comfortable with *them* wielding the ban-hammer you just gave them? Don't think it couldn't happen, either. Things like that can turn on a dime.

Comment Re: Left and further left (Score 1) 340

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.

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