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Comment Re:Oh boy (Score 1) 364

Really? In light of the server scandal, paid internet trolls, DNC emails showing the placement of various disinformation, and "it depends on what the meaning of is, is", reasoned and intelligent are not the first descriptives that come to my mind concerning the DNC at large.

Above written by someone who has just demonstrated that he is capable of absorbing and truthifying all the reporting that Fox News delivers.


Without Ailes, what is going to happen to all the people for whom Trump is their voice? Will they wither away? Will they be consigned to the state of permanent, terminal confusion?

Comment Re:Old stuff "discovered" by the ignorant (Score 2) 468

written by someone who couldn't be bothered to do an hour's research on Wikipedia.

Well, to quote wikipedia:

Input-output planning was never adopted because the material balance system had become entrenched in the Soviet economy, and input-output planning was shunned for ideological reasons. As a result, the benefits of consistent and detailed planning through input-output analysis was never realized in the Soviet-type economies.

Comment Re:String theory is just that: a theory (Score 0) 146

I do not disagree with your general argument, but you are taking it too far.

DATA does not "say" dark matter exists. The indirect data we have suggests that as one possible explanation (and so far the only one that has survived critical analysis of numerous experiments).

But please look up the history of the theory of phlogiston. Data from numerous experiments and observations at the time suggested that it existed and went a long way toward describing its characteristics. But later experiments showed that there was no such fluid and that heat was an inherent characteristic of the atoms and molecules that were already somewhat understood.

The phenomena that led us to the ideas of dark matter and dark energy can also arise from a not-as-yet discovered self-organizing characteristic of the matter and energy we do know. While that would have a profound effect on our understanding of thermodynamics --reducing entropy to the same fictional status as centrifugal force-- it would also provide a far better basis for developing theories on how life and consciousness have evolved.

Comment Re:Great news everyone (Score 0) 146

A far simpler explanation is that the universe looks the way it does because we are in the light-distorting turbulent wake of somebody's FTL drive. So far as I know, no one has given much thought as to how to prove or disprove that. Perhaps we are too parochial in our thinking that there really could not be any other species so far advanced that our science might be affected by their unintended artifacts; that our science might be a cargo cult.

On the face of it, that approach seems as reasonable as positing dark matter and dark energy. And possibly it would be easier to frame falsifiable hypotheses with it.

Comment Re:Oh boy (Score 1) 364

I think parent post is correct in saying that about half the Democrats are conservatives. However this statement is wrong:

The democrats run a much more deceptive game than the republicans do because they have to.

Change "deceptive" to "reasoned" or "intelligent" and I would agree with the statement. Most Democrats are more aware of the complexity of the issues than is true of the GOP base, which tends to vote by litmus tests.

I also disagree with the following:

And now it takes a man like Trump to push votes their way, because they put forth such weak, even false "opposition".

While Trump and the sixteen other GOP wannabees were in that dog fight with each other, the Democrats did the smart thing by letting them alone. It was not the case that the Dems "put forth such a weak opposition"; it was instead that the Dems held themselves back while the GOP tore itself to pieces.

The USA functions at its best when there are two healthy political parties. Unfortunately there has only been one healthy party for the last ten years or so. The GOP has been in failing health for longer than Obama has been in office, and the events of the last couple of years suggest that it is on its deathbed.

Comment Xtra code when there is no cost (Score 3, Insightful) 228

Caveat: I am retired. Programming was a major part of my career between 1995 and 2005 but I mostly do HTML/CSS these days, with only enough PHP to glue others' existing scripts together.

What I determined back in the day is that efficient coding is unnecessary for performance when the wetware BKAC would always be the primary limiter on speed. Since virtually all of my work was repurposing documents from old versions of Word, Excel, WordPerfect, Lotus1-2-3, and other outdated apps to newer standards (mostly early HTML), I did not have to worry about shaving off microseconds. The typing speed of the person selecting the raw data had more impact on performance than the programming. So I was much more concerned with whether I would be able to rewrite a handler for a Windows3.11 app to work on a Windows98 version, if that need arose.

So I worked mostly in Perl using the Tk graphic interface and Javascript front ends, which made rapid development and easy revisions to meet new criteria possible. I used explicit declarations, human-readable naming conventions, extra punctuation, and the long way around the barn whenever the shorter routes looked like they might cause head-scratching later on.

If I had been working in an environment where microseconds counted, I would have used a compiled language and a different approach.

My old-timer's advice to you young'uns: Look at the environment you are coding in and match your coding style to fit its shape. Eschew becoming the cleverest code monkey in the cube farm and focus instead on becoming wiser than all the others.

Comment Re:XBox 1: jumped shark, shark ate it (Score 1) 107


It's ten minutes of setup when you first buy it, and then when you put in a game for the first time you have to wait a few minutes (which, granted, is kind of a bummer), and every few months when you turn it on you have to wait a few minutes. Sure, waiting a few minutes every once in a while is kind of a drag, but in no way does that come close to the annoyances of PC gaming.

Comment Re:The day wasn't the best choice. (Score 1) 129

Don't most people not live paycheck-to-paycheck? Don't most people buy things off Amazon with Credit Card, rather than cashing in their paychecks for cash and then mailing Amazon a handful of bills?

FWIW my wife and I both get paid every other week (7th and 22nd for both of us, oddly - I guess it gives accounting departments a week after the 1st and 15th).

Comment Re:Arguing over the subjective (Score 1) 523

The *only* advantage to object oriented design is more intuitive code organization

And that is one f*ckin' HUGE advantage.

The biggest obstacle to writing good code efficiently is the coder's mind. The biggest costs associated with production and maintenance of software are wetware costs, not software, and not hardware. OOP makes more efficient use of our wetware than structured programming.

While it is true that OOP is only appropriate in a smallish subset of the programming universe, that smallish subset encompasses more than 95% all of the business and commercial applications that ever were, are now, and ever will be.

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