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Comment Yeah, because... (Score 1) 489

"...mass-mobilization warfare, violent and transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic epidemics. Hundreds of millions perished in their wake, and by the time these crises had passed, the gap between rich and poor had shrunk." the time the catastrophe was over, the wealth was gone. So naturally the gap had shrunk.

Comment bad study (Score 5, Informative) 248

Sorry, tracking until age 18 isn't long enough. Schizophrenia will show up a bit later if it does. Also, *having* a cat in the house is one thing - how many kids are cleaning the litterbox? Because that's the danger zone.

For those who are unaware, Toxoplasma gondii has a life cycle that relies on cats and their prey - typically rats or mice. In cats, it reproduces in the digestive system and gets crapped out. In rodents who come into contact with the cat crap, it infects their brain and makes them less afraid of cats, which benefits the parasite because it wants to end up in a cat's digestive system again.

In humans, it definitely causes miscarriages. There have been studies suggesting a link to schizophrenia, but I don't believe that's the current consensus. Something like 50% of all humans have been exposed to it, so it would be scary if so. But it might also depend on other factors.

It's conceivable that a parasite that has evolved to control host behavior could have adverse psychological effects on human hosts, thus the research into it.

Comment Re: Umm (Score 1) 392

Out of 1 billion votes cast there were 44 cases of fraud, a rate of 0.0000044%.

There is also widespread evidence that such laws are designed to target democratic voters and that they tend to target the poor and minorities.

And that "44" number is as much utter bullshit as the "13" number that the left was barfing up every time this conversation came up two years ago.

We had one case in Memphis where one member of the Ford family - I don't recall which one - received something like 50 more votes in a certain precinct than there were registered voters. In other words, if there were 100 registered voters he received 150 votes. You know, when doing fraud smart people at least pay attention to *where* to do it. Anyway, that single incident involved more fraud than you claim exists in all of history.

I wonder if you people (leftist lunatics) know this and don't care, or really are stupid enough to believe there have only been 44 cases of voter fraud. I know you're not terribly bright, but, geeze.

Comment Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 204

I don't even understand the point of the claim. So the interpreter has a baked-in crypto library? And how is that different than simply #including a crypto library, which has the added bonus that you can pick any number of crypto libraries.

More to the point - this is the main problem with PHP. The idiots who "design" it think that something like this should be compiled into their interpreter and made into even more built-in function calls. The better way to handle it is exactly as you describe - allow people to add their own code and make your language robust enough to allow them to code the crypto library (or whatever) in your language.

Historically, PHP was terrible at handling binary data and such, so there was no way to do a lot of these sorts of actions in straight PHP. The workaround was to write your functionality in C and then include it as a PHP module - meaning that PHP would have a new set of functions when your module was included. This caused namespace issues and idiocy such as two sets of "functions" for handling MySQL connectivity: the "mysql_" set and the "mysqli_" set. It's like the "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" of programming languages, except "it's so bad, well, it's just bad".

Now their idea is to encourage WordPress programmers to do better by including a crypto library in their already polluted function namespace.


Comment Re:They get you off your ass (Score 1) 93

Scientific study of the benefit or harm is good. No doubt.

But, from a common sense 30,000 foot perspective, if there is even the slightest effect among the majority of these apps of embarrassing you into getting off your ass a little more often, isn't that likely to be a net health positive?

I agree. This guy's questioning the 10,000 steps metric. Fine. Maybe it isn't "best" for everybody. But I'm sure it's a hell of a lot better than sitting on your ass all day.

This is known as allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good.

Comment Re:I'll keep saying it - Global Free Press Foundat (Score 1) 392

The greatest benefit Bill Gates or Warren Buffet could leave to human kind is to use most of their money to fund a global free press foundation.

Yeah, with Democrat cronyist leftists like Gates and Buffet funding it there's no way it would have an ideological bias.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 392

Yes every President lies at some point. But few lie about things so easily disproved.

Right. Like "If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan." Or, "It wasn't a preplanned terrorist attack - it was a demonstration against an internet video that got out of hand spontaneously." I could go on and on, but you get the point. Thanks to that stupid crap, we ended up with Trump.

Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 183

Same here. In fact what happened is that if Amazon was going to ding me for shipping, I promptly went off to eBay, located the same item (usually from the same seller!!) offered with free shipping, and after a few iterations stopped bothering with Amazon entirely.

So yeah... stop trying to make your profit on shipping, make the threshold realistic for smaller purchases, and you'll get me back.

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