Intel's ISPC compiler is an alternative approach that in my experience is easy to code for and produces impressive results. Many CUDA-style algorithms port to it with mostly syntactic changes, and you can interleave CUDA-style code with the usual x86-friendly control flow and data structures.
I mean stop it in the sense of the perspective of the photon. I don't know enough physics but I suspect that from the photon's perspective it hasn't stopped. This is because there is no time elapse from the photon's perspective. The other points in my previous post remain valid. I think!
> At what point will we agree that the Western nations have either blended or socialist systems?
A good line in the sand would be: whenever a government spends more of its revenue on social transfers than on the legislative, military, and judicial branches combined, it's either a blended or a socialist form of government.
> I happen to be neutral on the issue of whether or not same sex unions should be recognized by the government but I too supported Proposition 8. Not because I want to deny anyone anything but because the way to go about doing it should be legislative and not by having a judicial activist issue a fiat.
My friends are generally liberal, so I don't know many people who would vote for Prop 8 for religious reasons. That said, of the people who did support Prop 8, all of them had the same reason as you, and without fail, all of them wanted to see same-sex marriage become the law of the land.
Which ended for me the notion that supporting Prop 8 meant you hated gays and deserved to be silenced, run out of a job, and alienated by all right thinking people.
Yeah I did. I was responding to the above post about how companies aren't inherently evil by pointing out that when companies do good, it's not because they are altruistic, but because it's making them more money.
Also whether there is going to be any real change here is debatable. When I worked in retail, schedules were posted 2 weeks in advance, so posting 1 week in advance is hardly "doing right by the employees". The rest of it is a nebulous promise to allow managers more input in creating the schedule and allowing workers to transfer to more convenient locations.
Basically all this change amounts to is something that sounds good in a press release, but is unlikely to actually do much.
by pointing out that when companies do good, it's not because they are altruistic, but because it's making them more money.
We could argue about the exact definition of "evil" and "altruistic", but the point is that companies do do right by employees at times, and I'd argue that in reality it's more often than not. What people should keep in mind is that "companies" aren't just some abstract caricature pulled out of Das Kapital or The Communist Manifesto - companies are people, and most people aren't fundamentally evil.
I'll stand by what I said before (albeit perhaps paraphrased a bit) - when companies DO do "evil" vis-a-vis employees, it is not, generally speaking, because they have a generally evil/negative outlook towards employees or because they don't care (at some level). It's more because they are trying to strike that delicate balance where everybody wins, while using imperfect humans to manage things.
Honestly, we'll make more progress towards improving things when we get beyond the socialist/communist caricatures of businessmen as "Boss Hogg" from The Dukes of Hazard, or some "Robber Baron" and deal with the actual issues, not tearing down strawmen.