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Comment Re:"alternate vendors" (Score 1) 606

its hurting big G's widdle feelings.


too fucking bad, big G.

You're assigning emotions to google which are probably not present. The fact that they stopped the campaign (the first time, anyway) doesn't really imply much of anything at all except -- in this instance -- they attempted to do the right thing.

I think it's likely, though, that you yourself are butthurt about something google has done, and are now projecting.

Comment Re:I can't believe Japan wants to be known... (Score 1) 77

Yes, precisely like cash. Now I know that many on /. are very much from the "nobody knowing how much Sprite I buy is more important than busting tax evaders and preventing drug trafficking" camp, but there being an equivalent means of escaping prosecution now is not an argument for introducing new means in the future. From Mankiw's "Principles of Economics":

This is a terrible argument. First, you rely on the assumption that any one authority gets to "allow" Bitcoin to exist, when none do. Bitcoin already exists, people are using it, no permission was needed, and none was asked. Second, you seem to be saying that because cash can be used illegally (in addition to the substantial legal use that cash enjoys) that we don't need another currency that might be used illegally, while ignoring the substantial legal uses and novel features that a digital currency provides.

Car analogy time: Gasoline cars can be used to mow into crowds of people, so we shouldn't allow electric cars to be licensed for street use, lest they also be used to mow into crowds of people.

See? It's a dumb argument.

Comment Re:If it becomes legit. Won't greed smell it? (Score 2) 77

Let's say bit coin becomes legit. How long before we got greedy copy cats sniffing money and start breaking in?

You're late to this particular party. Really late. Bitcoin has been legit enough for long enough that the number of copycat cryptocurrencies is fast approaching infinity.

How many forms of money will it take before money becomes worthless?

All of them.

Comment Re:snarky: managed languages RulZ! (Score 0) 374

This, 100 million times. I used to be embarrassed to ask such basic questions, but so many people miss the most fundamental things that I don't apologize any more.

My favorite question to determine if someone likely has spent any time at all in C: ask them to describe how a C string is stored in memory. I find a lot of people who know some OO derivative of C will think they are, by definition, also C programmers, but this tends to utterly stump them.

Why is this important? Well, I'm a career OS engineer, so I'm biased. But if you don't have the faintest idea how a C string is stored, you probably also can't tell me how the stack works, or know intrinsically (without thinking about it) whether a given hunk of memory is on the stack or on the heap. I've done probably 1000 technical phone screens in the last 4-5 years, and I see a pretty clear pattern emerging: Java programmers (those whose primary instructional language during college was Java) are, by and large, awful programmers. Even if you put aside the fact that they don't understand memory basics, can't use pointers (and often argue with me as to whether that matters) and don't know how anything outside of Java works, they are just plain shite programmers with bad instincts and bad coding habits.

I have often found it necessary to restrain myself from telling a candidate that they should go back to their alma mater and ask for their money back. Seriously, college CS programs are doing an enormous disservice to their students by sticking primarily to Java.

Comment Re:Desert (Score 1) 457

Most of the water problems are created by stupidity.

I hear this sentiment a lot from otherwise smart people. What those smart people don't seem to grasp, though, is that these situations exist because we live in a free, capitalist country. If someone thinks they can make a go of growing rice in California, there's nothing to stop them from doing so, except simple economics. If they can obtain the water, and the numbers pencil out, then they are free to grow what they want.

Your implication seems to be that you think we are currently living in a centrally-planned society (aka "communism") or you are actually advocating that we should abide by some kind of central planning doctrine (aka "communism"). But you'd be wrong on both counts.

TL;DR: You're not actually as smart as you think you are.

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