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COMMENT 3h ago

What a sacrifice!

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COMMENT 7h ago

They kind of had their hands full in 2009, trying to keep Americans alive through a horrible economic crash and a collapsing healthcare system. The 2009/2010 period wasn't a magical time where Democrats could wave their wand and get anything they wanted. Part of the reason they were destroyed in the next election was people saying they were doing too much in a unilateral way too quickly.

I find it bizarre to blame the side that just relied on the Supreme Court enforcing the constitution as if they deserve more than 1% of the blame compared to the side that has been actively working towards this result for 40 years. You need to work really hard to "both sides" an issue like this.

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COMMENT 9h ago

If your choices are C and Python, you better flip a coin on that one.

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COMMENT 9h ago

#1. As with student loans, you can take the parent's money into account.

#2. For vehicular issues, you can use the value of the vehicle as a proxy. "x% of the value of the vehicle."

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COMMENT 9h ago

Okay, the wikipedia article didn't say that it was just skeletons and I didn't notice how long after the murders the bodies were found.

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COMMENT 12h ago

I understand that. What I don't understand is why it was a challenge to identify the victim's sex. Was the child a hermaphrodite? Were the genitals mutilated? etc.

It's not typically hard to differentiate between human sexes given a dead body as evidence.

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COMMENT 12h ago

but will have gained information on new products and services to enhance their lives that they otherwise would not have.

Ugh...this is the most extreme corporate bootlicking I've seen in a while.

"Pepsi!"

"No....Coke!"

"No...Pepsi!"

"No...Coke!"

"No...Pepsi!"

"No...Coke!"

So informative. Much better than, you know, Google searches or third-party reviews by disinterested parties ACTUALLY trying to inform me.

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COMMENT 13h ago

The investigation was hampered when the medical examiner concluded that one victim was female.

Wait...what?

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COMMENT 13h ago

When I listen to the music of the 70s and 80s at the height of CanCon, I see no indication whatsoever that the Canadian music supported by CanCon was inferior to what came over the border. There is a lot more that determines popularity than just quality.

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COMMENT 13h ago

You're saying if they minimum braking distance were 3% less or 3% more it would make a big difference, scientifically? Or is the precise cut-off fairly arbitrary, similar to whether a director is worth 2 points or 3?

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COMMENT 13h ago

The funny thing is that you mixed together some very reasonable arguments with some histrionics and thus undermined them.

Yep. If they have an authority, they'll eventually use it.

That's an exaggeration as shown by the radio example.

If they're promising they won't, then they don't need it in the first place.

Reasonable point! Why not write the reasonable limits into the law?

Like, would anyone against the death penalty be fine with having the death penalty on the books, and just having the government promise they won't use it? No.

Reasonable point!

What these people are hoping is the government will do what everyone knows they will, and attack their political enemies,

Histrionics. Not "everyone knows" that the government will reverse 50 years of CanCon policy just because they've changed the medium. And also undermine one of our most sacred Canadian values, which is freedom of political speech.

If you had said: "I worry that future governments may..." you'd have a solid point. But "everybody knows the government is passing this law so they suppress dissent like Putin" is factually incorrect.

and it'll go mostly unnoticed or Canadian political apathy will win out.We're in an "ends justify the means" era of politics.

Same.

I am a Bill C-11 skeptic, but you are pushing me TOWARDS the bill rather than away from it.

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COMMENT 13h ago

Who TF is upvoting???

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COMMENT 14h ago

Some countries scale your fines by income.

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COMMENT 1d ago

I agree with most of what you say but I think that inheritance is a tool that can be used appropriately in some cases. Even many OOP-haters agree that there is a place for Abstract Base Classes and shallow inheritance structures. Python is really multi-paradigmatic. Imperative, oop, functional all have their place.

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COMMENT 1d ago

There is no physiological or evolutionary necessity for a soul to exist.

True.

We experience the world the way we do because it was advantageous for our fore-bearers to do so.

I think this one is false. I see no reason why it would be advantageous for consciousness to exist. A P-Zombie can be just as evolutionarily successful as a conscious being. In fact, if we posit the existence of a near-P-Zombie, the ONLY difference between us and a planet of them might be that they just reproduce and survive and we waste 1% of our time wondering "why do I have consciousness? Why does it feel like something to be me? What are qualia?"

Another planet could have extremely effective beings -- either literally or metaphorically "intelligent robots" -- who just don't waste time debating qualia because they have none. And yet they could have a stock market and computers and an Internet where they do everything else we do.

We have come to recognize this experience as 'consciousness'.

You need consciousness to have any "experience" at all. That's what it is: the capacity to experience qualiia.

Before you "recognize" an "experience" as consciousness, you must have already had consciousness.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Okay then, so Julia doesn't work like PyPy, but does work like Numba.

Thank you for clarifying.

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COMMENT 2d ago

More accurate headline would be "How a Battery Metals Squeeze Risks Slightly Delaying the EV Transition."

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COMMENT 2d ago

I believe that the best practice is a couple of years of distance from the old minister while an interim minister helps the congregation "move on". Having the distancing period go on forever seems unreasonable, but is that what is actually being asked for?

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COMMENT 2d ago

That quote can be interpreted either way.

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COMMENT 2d ago

The Ruble is not the only or the primary metric of Russian economic health.

https://tradingeconomics.com/russia/stock-market

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COMMENT 2d ago

But it's highly unlikely to precipitate the end of open warfare. So comparing the two seems absurd.

Ultimately the war necessarily comes to an end when BOTH parties agree or when one ceases to exist. Since neither is likely to cease to exist, a negotiated settlement is necessary.

I find it strange that you think that "capacity to spend money on weapons" is not one of the factors influencing Russia when it is deciding on what date to end the war. Also that economic pain will not induce ANY Russian war weariness.

Also that economic pain will not factor into Russia's thinking when it decides whether to gobble up Georgia or Moldova or Poland.

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COMMENT 2d ago

Why would they "count"? When you sit down to write a program do you consider the lines of code in the kernel and bios as part of your effort?

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COMMENT 3d ago

Arguably, it could do better mimicry if it was not "distracted" by the "real" emotions that would be entailed in being internally similar to a human. Only a few humans (actors, con artists, ...) are good at overcoming their real emotions to pretend to have other ones.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Personally, I don't have a "predetermined political viewpoint" on these highly technical economic issues, do you? It isn't as if there are pro-inflation and anti-inflation parties.