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Comment Re:WikiLeaks is pretty good at trolling. (Score 1) 181

Did they ever release the Bank of America stuff?

Release stuff that upsets the American government?


Release stuff that upsets a bank?


The claim that he was going to release documents concerning a huge scandal at BofA and then having nothing makes me realize WikiLeaks is just a sideshow. I no longer care about what they promise to deliver. They suck. Julian Assange sucks

Comment Re:Democrat misinformation (Score 1) 181

The only reason Assange is babbling about what the US will do is that he doesn't want to go back to Sweden and face charges, so he's looking for excuses.

This may be true... but I would be terrified of the American government if they were upset at me. It is clear that they have no reason to follow the laws that they are supposed to be following and if such a reason does happen, they are prepared with every excuse imaginable to say their behavior is lawful.

Unbridled power begets unbridled corruption.

Comment Re:Software isn't enough, hardware must change (Score 1) 531

Until computer implementations include features like tagged memory and hardware array bounds checking they will never be truly secure. Some problems cannot be addressed by an isolated software layer: they can only be made secure by hardware enforcement of fundamental features that prohibit some classes of software errors.

Hardware is essentially "frozen" software. If you can make perfect hardware, then you can make perfect software. Result:

You can't make a programmer perfect; and by corollary, you can't make an idiot into a programmer.

While I would agree that programmers should have safety related features available to them, shit like Python and JavaScript have gone way out into left field.

I have been trying for 20 years to make a programming language that at least clearly demonstrates the ability of a function to overwrite its boundaries, clearly shows code that will never be hit, etc., but this is extremely hard to do. My imagination is close to sufficient, but not sufficient enough for this task.

Many people have been on the right track with tools such as the venerable flow diagram or UML or even some of the graphical design tools but these are utterly insufficient except to guide the architect. They have no intelligence built in.

Ah well, hopefully someone will come up with a language that is better than C one of these days.

Comment Re:There's a bigger issue here (Score 1) 249

If you are a selfish enough asshole that you don't give a shit about the rest of society, get the fuck out of it!

I am sure many people would love to "get the fuck out of it"; however, there is nowhere to go that is not claimed by one society or another. Your solution for dealing with an individual's unhappiness with society is therefore unworkable.

Even worse is that when we follow your line of reasoning that the importance of society outweighs individual freedoms, we end up in a very nasty place where whole sections of society can be "eliminated" for the good of the whole. Defining which sections and what is good can turn out to be quite "interesting". If you do not think it can or will happen, you are not very familiar with history.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 280

Even more, I would argue that such a "species" would not want to live in a gravity well anyways. I would suspect that advanced species would place their "habitats" in nebulae and asteroid belts and such where resources are plentiful and movement is easier. Once you are on a planet, it takes insane amounts of energy to move away from it.

Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 1) 867

Why the fuck is this modded insightful. Trump has incited his followers to violence, appeals to neonazis and white supremacists, and has caused holocaust survivors to say "he seems familiar".

Trump and his supporters are a poison in this country, and suggesting Hillary Clinton even comes close to being as evil is delusional.

Comment Verizon Will Bleed Customers (Score 1) 222

Having as much data as you want changes usage patterns. I stream music and movies on my PC, and never would dream of it on my phone with Verizon. The *second* another carrier has the same coverage - Verizon is going to bleed customers who decide "actually I do want to use my phone to stream media". Since Verizon markets streaming media apps - they are feeding the very hunger that will take away customers who want to see those promises delivered on.

Comment Re:Slashdot questions (Score 1) 241

You heard me. C.

I agree. BASIC enforces terrible logic skills. Scripting languages may be useful to teach logic, but ultimately, you need to deal with "the machine". C can be tedious, but it is far less tedious than Assembly... which does not encourage logic in the same way that BASIC does not.

Kudos for you to go against the current on this one.

Comment Re:Very cruel (Score 1) 429

I found a small lizard in my apartment once. I just looked at him as he stared terrified at me. I politely stepped well away from him and went into the living room and sat down.

I ran across him from time to time over a year or two but I think he finally left or died.

I never had any bug problems while he was there. :)

I moved out shortly thereafter.

Comment Re:If true, why are we subsidizing it? (Score 1) 539

Religious institutions, such as the Salvation Army and religious hospitals and shelters, fill many gaps that the government would otherwise have to fund.

Why would the government have to fund these "gaps"? The Federal government is for managing relations between the internal States and also for managing relations with external States. There is no requirement for the Federal government to deal with individuals.

State governments can do what they want, limited only by the laws of the federal government granted by the US Constitution. I am not aware of any laws requiring that the State keep people from starving or freezing to death.

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