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Comment Re:Git manual (Score 1) 321

git pull [URL]
[do stuff]
git add [modified files/dirs] (might not be necessary, probably mixing up git and hg)
git commit -m "message"
git push

WOW, That was so incredibly complicated! Seriously, I'm not seeing a difference (to the user) for basic use between svn and git. I'm speaking from the perspective of a user who has a few local repos for random things he's created.

Comment Re:CVS or Subversion (Score 1) 321

Serious question, as I'm not really a coder... what makes Git harder on newcomers than svn, cvs, and so on? I've touched git, hg, svn, and cvs, and of them, git/hg seem to be MUCH easier to work with than subversion or cvs (especially cvs - I hate more than is healthy).

From my layman experience I'd consider git and mercurial more or less equivalent. The only downside I could see is how clients effectively get the whole branch history locally, which can grow to be pretty large if people aren't disciplined about avoiding large binary files and such.

Comment Re:Arrogant twats (Score 1) 136

First it would be the uber degree from the uber university

I know this isn't what you meant, but I couldn't help but imagine an app that tells you there's a guy who knows something about sorting algorithms around the corner. You use it to meet him in a coffee shop, where he explains that stuff to you, and you code some exercises in your language of choice. Next thing you know, you've got an Uber degree in CS from Uber University.

Comment There's no interface for resistance (Score 1) 388

Said before and will probably say again, these laws are designed to eliminate interfaces of resistance. What? Well, take segregation for example. There was an obvious point of resistance: sit at a lunch counter, take a bus, get arrested.

Now take most of these trade agreements. There's no obvious point of resistance for ordinary citizens. Stuff just gets more expensive and/or inferior. Stuff that used to exist disappears. Products come with "features" that spy on you, and there's no alternative. There's no point of resistance, and it's too difficult to build any consensus for boycott like there was with segregated buses.

It's as if TPTB studied civil disobedience and figured out how to eliminate the traction surfaces where resistance is applied.

IMHO, it has to get worse before it gets better. At some point, they run out of smooth surfaces. The temptation to oppress in places where resistance is more obvious becomes too great for them, and then we have a flash-point.

Comment That girl in school is looking just a bit smarter (Score 1) 364

I attended a screening of Birth of a Nation at school, which had a panel discussion after the film. One of the questions fielded from the audience was, "Were those actual Civil War battle scenes?". I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing for the rest of the panel.

That girl is looking just a bit smarter now. At least they had still photography during the Civil War, so the possibility of some early, expensive, motion picture system is at least plausible. Not knowing that we've never been anywhere near Mars with humans? I think that's a whole new level.

Comment Re:Bugs mistaken as features? (Score 1) 162

Features like that wouldn't be so bad if there were a way to isolate their use. For example, ordinary Perl files could be .pl and not allowed to change the language. Perl files that mucked with the language in various ways would be required to have a .pld (Perl Language Definition) suffix. That way you could make rules like, "No PLD files in this project" or "only Joe has permission to change the PLD and you'd better have a damned good reason for asking him to change it".

There are legit reasons to modify the language, create DSLs and code in them, etc. It's just like how there are legit reasons to have Howitzers in the army, but you don't just turn them over to PFCs straight out of boot and say, "here, figure this out".

Comment International harmonization? (Score 1) 109

AFAIK, in the US you can use "the best" but not "better than" unless you have a way to back it up. Thus, "the best beer" is OK, but "better than Bud" is not OK unless you cite some specific like, "beat Bud in a blind taste test".

Having different rules for different countries is probably going to give international ad campaigners some fits. That's the beauty of sovereignty though. Different systems, and we get to see what's workable in practice and what isn't.

Comment Re:Let's get this out of the way (Score 1) 447

Let's face it, what could possibly go right?

It could be a fantastic writing prompt for some would-be author. The next Great American Novel collaboratively written by a tight cadre, or perhaps written by a single hacker with multiple accounts. I'd like to see what Stephen King could do with a dozen accounts on this thing.

BTW, my first review of King will be, "great stories, but he keeps dying at 54".

Comment Do they still have the cardboard box? (Score 1) 246

Any other children of the 70s remember the big brown box? It came from some company; but I forget the name. Our school would get these every other month or so. They were full of basic science experiments for elementary aged children. There was one with seeds to sprout and instructions, for example. Another might have had some relatively safe chemicals in it. Then you'd do stuff with the chemicals like put water or vinegar on them. Perhaps based on some earlier lesson you'd then answer questions like, "is that an acid or a base?".

The opening of the box was always eagerly anticipated, and they usually brought in a teacher's aid or a parent volunteer to help with "experiment day" if it was something they thought might require that.

Your own mileage may vary.