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Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1394

So what would that make rocket attacks, firing mortars at a apartment complexes and playgrounds ?

Pretty fucking ineffective but it makes the Saudis and Iranians who paid for those old inaccurate Shah era rockets to be shipped over feel warm inside for contributing to the "struggle".
It is fucked up on many levels with not just a few utter pieces of shit on both sides but also outsiders egging things on.

Seeing as Israel spends large amounts dealing with these :ineffective attacks", calling them ineffective sounds like wishful thinking on your part, or perhaps failure to understand the goal.

Comment Reminds me vaguely of Pascal with Python syntax (Score 1) 90

The example code I've seen from Nim reminds me a bit of Pascal. At least the use of the keywords proc and var. Glad they went with Python-style blocks instead of Pascal-style begin and end.

But nim does look like a nice language. The fact that it generates C code and compiles with a C compiler means that it could be integrated quite smoothly into projects using other languages.

Nim is on my list of languages to try some time if I ever need to write C-compatible code.

Comment Re:They took the worst part of Python (Score 2) 90

Interesting how personal preference plays into it. But it also sounds like you haven't spent any real time with Python. Because it doesn't take long to get past the whitespace syntax and get on with programming. For most Python programmers, the block syntax is one of the things they like the most. It's true that a bad copy and paste or accidentally deleting some spaces in the wrong place can break things badly and potentially lead to subtle bugs. But in practice, that doesn't seem to be a significant problem. The fact is you should be indenting consistently anyway, so braces and semicolons are superfluous, and ugly.

I find I can write several pages of Python code and often it runs the first time without issue, which was never the case with any of the other languages I worked with, including C++. Invariably I'd forget some closing brace somewhere and a semicolon. Compile errors on first run are almost expected with C-like languages.

Python's real gotchas emerge more from its dynamic nature than its syntax; dynamic typing is a two-edged sword. Test-driven development is pretty much required for large applications.

Nim of course is statically-typed and has some measure of compile-time safety.

Comment Let's have government set prices! (Score 2, Interesting) 63

Just another example of Corporate Arrogance

Without the Capitalism in general and the greedy KKKorporation$ in particular, how would the gentle and human-faced Socialism even know, what to mandate?

From flush toilets, to personal automobile, to "EpiPen" — wonderful things get made and offered for sale by the folks seeking to profit from the sales.

Some of these wonderful inventions are then mandated by the government — for example, in most of the US an apartment can not be offered for rent without a) refrigerator; b) stove; c) flush toilet. But without the greedy (and arrogant) corporations making those things available — and affordable — first, how would these regulators even know, what to mandate?

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1394

I see references online for "Hawking has never been interested in how high his IQ is, but it has been estimated to be over 160.", which puts that as a lower bound, but not at 160. My IQ as tested in elementary school was over 160, so I suppose that doesn't seem super high to me. I'd guess Hawking's at much higher than 160. Without direct testing comparisons, there is a lot of "estimating" that goes on by various people, but pretty much anything over 150 is going to start getting into the realm where it tough for most people differentiate.

With ./ being a gathering of (in part) stereotypical nerds, I'd imagine the IQ distribution here isn't exactly "normal", either, but I'd also expect if you had a room full of people who earned over a Billion dollars, you'll likely find some pretty smart folks there as well, otherwise why doesn't everyone do it?

Comment Re:Perhaps globalism might be in fear for once. (Score 1) 1394

an HHS pick who passed laws to specifically help his stock picks (and I don't mean made it easier to trade stocks - he bought stocks and then helped pass laws that made those company's stock prices go up)

You really think someone with a net worth of $10-15 million would spend more than 10 minutes trying to make a stock purchase worth $2600 go up? What does he have to gain, a few hundred dollars if it jumps up 20%? Seems a lot more credible that his broker picked it as part of a basket of stocks and he didn't even consciously know about it in relation to the law in question, let alone create some giant legal conspiracy to make a couple hundred dollars...

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1394

Based on his original SAT score of 1206, Bush's IQ was about 123. He also got good grades at Yale, which correlate with that as well. Also, whether or not you are defending Vietnam or Texas, or if your buddy runs the local guard air group, you still have to pass the same tests to go to and graduate from fighter pilot school in the military. Pretty sure that's what the OP was referring to.

Obama refused to release his specific school info, but we know the class average for his acceptance group of 67 was an SAT score of 1100, which would correlate to an IQ of 115, so that's the best info we have available for him.

Just because Bush spoke like a Texan, people make assumptions around intelligence based on his accent and choice of phrases, but don't let your regional prejudice override the actual facts available.

P.S. Trump's estimated IQ based on his Wharton acceptance is 156. Try not to be taken in by his carefully calculated public persona.

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