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Comment Re:Feel the bern! (Score 2) 212

An interesting definition of socialism certainly "a bit less right wing than the other right wing party". One of the strange things about American politics is that the US has not had a left wing part for a long time, if ever. The UK is like that now (Corbyn aside) and it seems the way things are going.

Neil Kinnock, the former leader of the British Labour party told a story in an interview about an American woman you looked at him in astonishment and said "You can't be socialists, you're too nice".

A lot of the world (most of Europe for a start) has had numerous socialist governments without any more murder than under right wing governments. Oh, you mean communists? Different from socialists, and no American government has been anywhere near being either.

Comment Re:This JVM stuff is BS (Score 1) 121

Not true. Clojure is dynamically typed, Frege has the same type system as Haskell and is pure functional. Ioke is prototype based. Jython is source compatible with other python implementations Python. These are not just syntactic sugar.

The JVM is becoming less limited with each release

Comment Re:UK Schools (Score 1) 112

Its much worse though surely. It is as hard to recruit teachers as for maths or science, AND the number of teachers required has suddenly increased. The govt think they can fix it by retraining ICT teachers, but as the GP points out they do not have any real coputer science or coding background. Retraining them to teach computing is like retraining PE teachers to teach maths.

Comment Re:Things are starting to turn around (Score 2) 303

The SSL core team all appear to be professionals.

I have not checked, but most of the contributors probably are too.

The same is true of most big open source projects (like the Linux Kernel).

The differences are:

1) There is better disclosure of bugs in open source
2) some bugs can be discovered by third party audit (as the GNUTLS bug was)

Comment Re:Who really looks at the DJIA? (Score 1) 218

The headline is misleading: its "high share price", not "too big". Its perfectly possible for a small company to have a high share price.

Share prices can be much higher, Berkshire Hathaway has a price of 103,000

The main reason the Dow is used by the media, is because ignorant financial journalists think its the best measure - it is in their terms, where "best" means most brand recognition.

The only legitimate reason for using it is for long term comparisons: it has existed a lot longer than the S & P 500, or any properly constructed index.

Full explanation here

Comment Re:What an over sensationalist title (Score 1) 899

The device manufacturers will almost certainly provide OEM Window's pre-installs, signed with their own keys, which will be changed at intervals.

That way, you will not be able to upgrade to a new version of Windows, reducing product life cycle, increasing hardware sales. Very bad for the environment.

Comment Re:Why be such morons? (Score 1) 420

What exemptions?

Are the same tax breaks not available to secular charities?

As far as tax breaks go, the basic principle should be that if it is an organisation that is supported by donations rather than commercial activity, or to which you can reasonably expect people to make donations, and it is structured to put all its profits/excess money into furthering its aims rather than making a profit for someone, then it should get tax breaks.

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