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Submission + - WikiLeaks takes down DNC Chair after damaging release ( 1

SonicSpike writes: Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday.

The Florida congresswoman's resignation — under pressure from top Democrats — comes amid the release of leaked emails showing DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary contest.

Submission + - Wasserman Schultz won't Speak at Dem Convention After Wikileaks Revelations ( writes: CNN reports that the head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, will not have a major speaking role in an effort "to keep the peace" in the party, a Democrat familiar with the decision said. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails. One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders' faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.

Comment Re:Code should be as concise as possible. (Score 1) 234

Ideally such functions will contain several pages of incredibly complicated looking code that will be completely optimized away in release builds, but exhaustively execute for debugs and traces, and require months of careful human analysis before anyone else can be completely certain of that fact.

Comment Re:Code doesn't need punctuation (Score 3, Insightful) 234

Depends on what exactly you're doing. As a general rule I prefer to avoid deeply nested code, but I've also written some code where a large block of code all interacted with a large amount of data, so that there were no natural "separation planes" to decompose it into smaller blocks without creating subfunctions that would themselves take dozens of parameters that might (or might not) be modified, making the whole even more error-prone and difficult to understand.

Not a common occurrence I'll grant you, but sometimes the task at hand really is that ugly.

I've also employed deep nesting in special purpose situations code where it could be naturally decomposed into subfunctions, but those subfunctions would themselves be extremely brief with near-zero chance of reuse. At that point the overhead of function decomposition can rival the time to actually get it working, so unless there's a dramatic improvement in clarity or I've got time to spare, I'm unlikely to bother.

Comment Re:Public Admission of Stupidity (Score 1) 219

Certainly they do - one has a vested business interest in improving the perception of Autopilot's safety, and one just avoided facing manslaughter charges because of a feature of his expensive new toy. That doesn't mean either is being objectivly honest.

Clearly Musk is including the entire computer control system, including long-common safety features under the "Autopilot" umbrella, which probably makes sense from an implementation perspective, but means Autopilot is not synonymous with self-driving, and is being given credit for safety features that other cars have had for a decade.

Let me ask you this - aside from various degrees of self-driving, what other "convenience features" does Autopilot have that can be engaged while driving down the street?

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 454

Unfortunately for your argument, there's not really much evidence that raising the minimum wage causes problems - in fact pretty much everywhere it's been increased we've seen quite the opposite effect. Minimum wage salaries are typically only responsible for a tiny percentage of the cost of the products or services being sold, and the cost of doubling them can easily be passed on to the customer. Meanwhile, doubling the wages of a large fraction of the population considerably increases the size of the customer pool, and thus the available profits for the business.

As for "harming the rights of the employer to operate his business in an equitable manner", what world are you living in? The vast majority of the US economy consists of corporations that have pocketed 99% of all the productivity gains of their employees for the last several decades, while worker wages have remained largely stagnant. That's hardly operating a business in an equitable manner.

If you want to talk about the government immorally imposing demands on society - how about we start with the completely artificial strong property laws that allow a tiny percentage of the population to concentrate the vast bulk of societies wealth into their own hands over the course of generations? Without those laws individuals can only accumulate as much wealth as they can personally defend, insuring a far more equitable wealth distribution. If we're going to have such laws, then we need counterpoint laws to prevent the terrible excesses that they enable.

Submission + - Twitter censors #DNCLeaks trending topic and hashtag (

bongey writes: Twitter censored the 2nd trending topic DNCLeaks hashtag. The trending hashtag #DNCLeaks was climbing over 90k tweets when it disappeared from the trending topics. It was replaced with PraisinTheAsian(17k) and TheWalkingDead(38k).

Submission + - $5000 Student Loans Default the Most (

minstrelmike writes: You can read horror stories about people with $150,000 student loans, but they aren't the ones with the most problems. The "typical for-profit student is a 24-year-old from a first-generation family earning less than $40,000, who eventually drops out of school. The completion rates for two-year and four-year for-profit institutions is about 40 percent and 25 percent, respectively." These are the people most at risk of default.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 3, Insightful) 454

Of course slavery requires consent of the slave. A slave who refuses to work is no slave at all, only a victim of abuse and probably eventually murder.

That the violence in a rigged economy is homelessness and starvation not directly imposed by any specific individual does not fundamentally alter the fact that consent is often coerced.

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