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Comment Re:Handing your vote to someone else (Score 1) 2837

>>> You have the right to vote for whoever you like best but you are idiotic for exercising that right in plain denial of the reality of the situation.

Neither major party candidate had enough to offer on the issue(s) I care about. There was a 3rd party candidate who did, and I voted for them in good conscience. For that reason alone, I do not regret it.

If your emphasis is on gaming the system, then let me phrase it in terms you will understand: I live in a non-swing state and would have effectively thrown away my vote on a minority candidate I didn't really like. If less people think like you in the future, and 3rd-party results become strong enough to more prominently affect elections, then perhaps it will send an appropriate message. In the meantime, I am comfortable enough to signal my dissatisfaction with both major party candidates via the most direct legitimate action possible, and I am pleased to make it easier for 3rd parties to obtain funding and get on the ballot in the future. Good luck to you sir.

Comment Re:Ellen Pao (Score 1) 636

I don't know Ms. Pao, besides what I read on her wikipedia article. Nor do I agree with her actions regarding Y Combinator, even though I can't stand Trump and can see her perspective. Anyway:

1) Where are you getting the sexual harrassment thing from? I do see a mention of a gender harrassment lawsuit in her bio.
2) What you said sounds logical at first blush, but if you have sex with somebody, and they later make unwanted sexual advances to you (after it's made clear you're not interested anymore) then that is still sexual harassment is it not?

In short, please clarify? What you're saying doesn't seem accurate.

Comment Re:I believe it (Score 1) 618

To be honest, no, I'm not. But he was pretty open with me about his situation, and I have seen him with weed, and not seen him with other drugs. I also researched it, and from what he described of his use and his symptoms, I had no reason not to believe him. Apparently it's possible to have a bad withdrawal if you're hard-core enough about it.

Comment Re:I believe it (Score 1) 618

I don't know, man. I had a jobless friend who convinced himself it was better to buy a little more weed and avoid going through withdrawal symptoms (he was a *really* heavy smoker) than to save his money for car insurance. He only stopped smoking because he ran out of money. He was about to the point of selling his truck for cash. I helped him out with his bills and food, as we both agreed if he didn't have a working vehicle things would have got much worse for him.

That said, (and here's my point) I don't think you can expect "them" to make rational decisions $5 at a time. I think their general perspective, in their low moments, is "I'm screwed no matter what I do, so I might as well enjoy a little of it". Frankly, when I don't know somebody, and my sole interaction with them is going to be "do I hand this person money or not" I don't usually feel like I'm helping them whether I give or don't.

Comment Re:Only as safe as the sandbox (Score 3, Informative) 167

Java isn't supposed to be able to get out of its sandbox without permission, yet it's the source of many vulnerabilities. Why would we trust Rust to be any safer?

Good question.

My guess is that running untrusted Java code in a trusted Java sandbox has a much larger attack surface than playing untrusted media in a (more or less) trusted Rust app.

The Rust code should still be an improvement, safety-wise, over the current C/C++ solution.
That does not mean the Rust solution will be perfect, and it *definitely* doesn't mean you should download and run untrusted Rust apps!

Comment Re:Skype for Business (Score 1) 224

Your assumption, that Office 2016 and Skype For Business are unrelated, is incorrect.
The GP is likely referring to how Skype For Business 2016 is bundled with the Professional Plus edition of Office 2016.
IOW, (s)he meant "update to the latest Skype For Business". So, most likely not shilling.

Comment Re:puts out 400 times more power (Score 1) 135

watts per gram ? Since when is that a measurement standard?

It isn't, yet. But, I first heard of "performance per watt" when Transmeta debuted their first CPU, and similarly thought "who (expletive) cares about that"? Today, performance per watt actually matters in some applications (parallel systems, possibly data centers ...).

Point is, somebody may find a compelling use for these devices if they can be made practical, be they solar-powered robo-flies or whatever.

Comment Re:Beware of Rust. (Score 1) 75

I agree, if we change "about ten years" to "at *least* ten years". Tongue only slightly in cheek. C++ took 25 years (C++11) to become, IMO, a compelling improvement over C.

I disagree with basically everything the coward said -- particularly wrt the Rust community which I think is great -- but I don't use Rust (yet), either. The things that irk me the most about Rust are the lifetime annotations, the fact that it's non-trivial to write a linked-list implementation, and a few issues that will go away after further development (overly restrictive borrow checker and compiler speed). The place it would come in most useful -- working in a corporate-ish environment with morons who don't understand ownership issues and who need a compiler to slap sense into them -- is also the place it is currently (due to novelty, immaturity, and inertia) the least adopted.

But, if Rust can get over some of its present hurdles, it has the potential to become a really good language. And, many would say it already is one today.

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