Harry

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Month: May, 2010

Gordon Browns Legacy

Darren Foreman was kind enough to point out an article detailing Gordon Browns Legacy on the BBC today:

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If you click on the image you will be able to see the full positive legacy that Gordon Brown has had on our country.

On a serious note Gordon was the Chancellor of the exchequer that allowed Tony Blair to basically spend spend spend his way to popularity. He sold the gold reserves for a quarter of what they where worth a few years later. But, to top it all off he has managed to increase total tax as a percentage of GDP from 39.3% in 1997 to 42.4% in 2006, going to a higher level than Germany. So the nation is now within 8% of actually working for the governement. How sad is that. I will soon be an employee of the state who happens to go to work for less than 50% of what I actually earn. No matter how you butter it, Big (read Natzi or Communist) government is just around the corner. When a government needs 42% of it’s national output to fund what it does the nation being run by that governement is in serious trouble.

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Superstition is Rife among developers

I was reading John Stuart Mill’s on Liberty and came across the following passage:
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There is a class of persons (happily not quite so numerous as
formerly) who think it enough if a person assents undoubtingly to what
they think true, though he has no knowledge whatever of the grounds of
the opinion, and could not make a tenable defense of it against the
most superficial objections. Such persons, if they can once get their
creed taught from authority, naturally think that no good, and some
harm, comes of its being allowed to be questioned. Where their
influence prevails, they make it nearly impossible for the received
opinion to be rejected wisely and considerately, though it may still be
rejected rashly and ignorantly; for to shut out discussion entirely is
seldom possible, and when it once gets in, beliefs not grounded on
conviction are apt to give way before the slightest semblance of an
argument. Waving, however, this possibility—assuming that the true
opinion abides in the mind, but abides as a prejudice, a belief
independent of, and proof against, argument—this is not the way in
which truth ought to be held by a rational being. This is not knowing
the truth. Truth, thus held, is but one superstition the more,
accidentally clinging to the words which enunciate a truth.

Have you ever heard Perl and PHP fans get stuck into each other, or Java vs C++, or Vim vs Emacs (there can be only one). It’s crazy! Most of the noise is created by people who have no real understanding of the technology they are arguing against and some of them don’t even understand the tech they are arguing for. Wikipedia has an entry on Editor Wars.

Basically Mr Mill is stating that if you are arguing against something with little real understanding about what that something is then your just another superstitious idiot.

Political Compass

I am rather please with this: I took the Political Compass Test and I got the following result.

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If you are wondering what the above means the following diagram will
give you an idea of where I stand compared to some famous characters.

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