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I hate it when people ask me good questions. I like stupid questions that I can answer quickly off the top of my head without thinking. Good questions I have to think about for awhile and maybe even do some research. The only upside of good questions is I usually learn something also.
So many years of programming I have forgotten more languages than I know.
I've found that in life the right question is worth several right answers.
But sadly you don't always get them
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
Even the not-so-great developers seem to be in short supply these days. They're increasingly getting drowned out by the "do my work for me" brigade.
IIRC, we used to get the occasional no-effort homework assignment posted between the genuine questions. Recently it seems to be the other way round. And usually multiple copies of the same homework assignment, because half the class is too lazy to think for themselves.
"These people looked deep within my soul and assigned me a number based on the order in which I joined." - Homer
Hi Richard, I suggest that CP is "reaping the wind" of its laissez-faire culture.
I'd guess "word has spread" (and the search engines put CP front and center) that CP is a "soft touch" ... imho, it is, compared to SO ...
QA posters can, and do, post anything without lifting a finger to even select a few relevant tags.
I used to raise the issue of requiring posters to fill out a simple form before their post was published: gave up on that after several tries. So, you have the spectacle of, often, multiple solutions/comments posted that beg the OP to clarify what their question is about.
Someone may respond to a question with a comment asking for clarification; that doesn't stop other responders from posting what they think are solutions.
Note how few MVP's actually contribute to QA; note how the C# language forum has drifted into being yet-another-QA, with posts about language issues scarcer.
You may think I am complaining ... I'm not. I enjoy responding to questions with what I hope are answers of the same quality as the writing in my book Addison-Wesley published (30+ years ago).
And, I treasure my (peripheral) involvement in this remarkable community !
Most valuable, for me, is learning from people like you, Richard McCutcheon, OriginalGriff, and others, who are so broadly/deeply informed, and up-to-date on all the latest/greatest.
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali
Back in February or March, when some of the "numbers" were coming in, and our politicians were arguing that closing borders wouldn't be "Canadian", and others were saying get back to me when it's "10,000" and I went on to predict (pessimistically) it would go to 50,000,000 ...
We've passed 63,000,000.
But, wait, our politicians are still getting high marks (?!)
(I forgot: the Nanny State)
It was only in wine that he laid down no limit for himself, but he did not allow himself to be confused by it.
― Confucian Analects: Rules of Confucius about his food
And what have we learned from this pandemic? Sod all, it looks like ...
"I have no idea what I did, but I'm taking full credit for it." - ThisOldTony
"Common sense is so rare these days, it should be classified as a super power" - Random T-shirt
AntiTwitter: @DalekDave is now a follower!
Indeed, far beyond the pandemic issue (as discernible from my including the phrase "with the pandemic as just another example").
It is now common to call things one disagrees with 'a hoax' and that, it seems, suffices for many to make things OK and the way they want them to be. If, for simplicity, we narrow it down to the COVID epidemic, those state that belittled the severity have paid and are paying a heavy price.
For that matter, there are sundry religious groups that will not accept medical intervention and put it all in "HIS HANDS" - with unnecessary fatal results. Unfortunately, even prayer can be (and very often is) subverted to this concept. And, of course, the "anti-vaxxer's" who haven't a clue to what life was like before the basic immunizations. The are, for now, often protected by the herd immunity conferred upon them by the rest of us . . . but that only goes so far as the Amish discovered when they had a Polio outbreak. Now, I believe, they do accept vaccines.
If, for simplicity, we narrow it down to the COVID epidemic, those state that belittled the severity have paid and are paying a heavy price.
Actually not true. Most people around where I live do not pay much heed to this pandemic and most have been just fine. That was my original point, you want it to be true that this pandemic is bad for everyone, but it just isn't. You want reality to bend to your point of view (the pandemic is as bad as you think it is) but it just isn't.
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Speaking of which. Maybe you can explain something that I feel must be obvious but that I just don't get. If you vaccinate yourself and your kids then why do you care if anyone else does or does not vaccinate? You're protected, right? I see lots of people get so mad at someone who does not vaccinate and I do not understand why.
Most people around where I live do not pay much heed to this pandemic and most have been just fine.
Aside from the word game "Most have". repeatedly used - a vague term, the reality is that your little place of "around here" is irrelevant - the country is losing now 2000 souls each day. Infection rates (carriers and proportional to hospitalization, ICU needs, and ultimately deaths) have increase at frightening but not unexpected rate.
So you, looking out your window, think that reflects reality beyond the next hill? That's either very naive, very selfish, or both.
Meanwhile, your vaccine comment: great idea - and aside from the human loss, who's left to pick up the pieces when the vaccinated fill the hospitals and/or their corpses line the streets? You really need to brush up on just how great the "good old days" were - typhoid, tetanus, smallpox, and quite a list of others that made life suck for all involved.
Humans are a communal species and they need to cooperate as a community to achieve pretty much anything. Think about that when you next use your computer plugged into an outlet in the wall receiving power from a romote plant built and fueled by others in a chain of cooperation.
It does matter that "we all do our part" - and that includes not being vectors for disease transmission to others.