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Comment: Training (Score 2) 343

by Curunir_wolf (#49076027) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

This is NOT a technical issue that new software will solve. It is a training or management issue. If people don't understand how to use version control, they will use it like a file share instead. I've encountered this MANY times, and right now I'm struggling with the idiots (actual software developers) that are using dead-simple SubVersion tools and STILL want to make copies for new versions, create new folders for the "current" docs and rename folders as archives. Constantly. And these are supposed to be DEVELOPERS! They seem to have no concept of tagging, branching, or even versioning in general. WHY did you delete all these files and then commit a bunch of modified files into a new folder!??!?

The only way to fix this is to create some policy and procedure documents (they can be really short and simple), and then get management to ENFORCE them. Otherwise, you might as well just throw out the version control system and let everybody do whatever they want in a shared store. Because that's what they'll do anyway if they don't "get" version control.

Comment: Re:Fear Mongering FTW (Score -1, Flamebait) 213

Really? Climate change is a Bible thumper thing? AI? Nano Tech? Sounds more like the left, not the right.

No - it's an effort to destroy the most successful world economies. They even admit that's the goal. Nothing to do with "environmentalism".

Comment: Re:I love you man (Score 1) 305

by Curunir_wolf (#49032557) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

Looking over the history of alcohol and society, I would have to say that alcohol has brought more problems into society than has created social benefits.

Not true. Even if you dismiss the credibility of studies showing how beer and wine making promoted the formation of agrarian societies, it's clear that long ocean voyages would have been impossible without mead - it was the only way to store potable fluids for long periods.

You could even go so far as to say it was alcohol that created modern society. Now, you can claim we would all be better off if society had never progressed beyond hunter-gatherer lifestyles, but that's a pretty pessimistic viewpoint.

alcohol addiction, something that happens to humans every three seconds in the world

Quite impossible. Alcohol addiction is not something that happens over and over - once you're addicted, it's for life. Just go to any AA meeting and ask. There are only 6.9 new people every three seconds. By your reckoning, that means that 43% of the global population are alcoholics. I feel like that's a bit inflated.

Comment: Re:I love you man (Score 1) 305

by Curunir_wolf (#49032297) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

Something rather important is that all or virtually all of that effect is in your socialization and expectations around alcohol, not the alcohol itself. There are plenty of classic studies showing that people who believe they consume alcohol, behave as if they really did - and conversely, that alcohol does very little to your inhibitions unless you figure out that's what they're feeding you.

Those studies show less about the effects of alcohol and more about the way our physiology works. It's a placebo effect based on a conditioned response. It also works on people with severe long-term pain. After treating it with morphine successfully, an injection of saline because just as effective as actual morphine. Plenty of studies on that, too.

Comment: Re:I love you man (Score 1) 305

by Curunir_wolf (#49032241) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

I'm not drinking alcohol at all this year (just as an experiment - I'm not a recovering alcoholic or anything like that).

Me too, though for different reasons. I ran out a few years ago and have been too lazy to go to the liquor store (the ABC store here in VA) to get some more. I do like beer, but don't often drink it because, I think, the Hops gives me a headache -- I have an allergy to pine needles.

As a major hop-head, you have my deepest sympathies, sir. I typically enjoy beers in the 70 - 120 IBUs range. If I had to stick to low (or non-) hopped beer I would certainly quit drinking it. In fact, I did for many years in the mid-to-late 1980's, before I discovered craft beer.

Comment: Re:Most. Transparent. Administration. Ever. (Score 1) 136

by Curunir_wolf (#49025069) Attached to: DEA Hands MuckRock a $1.4 Million Estimate For Responsive Documents

87,282 final rules have been issued in the last 20 years. Thatâ(TM)s more than 3,500 per year or about nine per day. The 2013 Federal Register contains 79,311 pages, the fourth highest ever.

If companies would stop devising ever more clever ways to mislead, cheat, and defraud while remaining technically within the letter of existing rules, then government might be able to stop revising the rules.

Right. Because we can't hold people responsible for their actions - if one person messes up, we need to make everyone pay. Typical government response.

Comment: Re:There's a larger issue than vaccination? (Score 1) 136

by Curunir_wolf (#49022609) Attached to: DEA Hands MuckRock a $1.4 Million Estimate For Responsive Documents

Be careful when you advocate mandatory medical procedures. It can be very dangerous. In 1945 there were about 10 vaccinations recommended for children before age 6. Today, when you count all the booster shots, it's about 200. The benefits of flu vaccines is very questionable (they didn't even include the most prevalent strain in this year's vaccine), and with the pace of medical research it will only grow. There is a long list of FDA-approved drugs that have been withdrawn once it was discovered how dangerous they were in the general population. Perhaps worst of all is the total immunity from liability afforded to all the pharmaceutical companies for approved vaccines. They are not even held accountable if something goes wrong.

I am not anti-vax. Most vaccines are important, and I think it's good that most schools require children to get the important vaccines before they are allowed into the schools. But it can certainly go too far, and the Gardasil requirement mandated by Rick Perry for Texan 12 and 13 year-old girls is a perfect example (note the executive order was NOT approved by the legislature, and Perry received large donations from Merk, the company with the patent for Gardasil).

I have to agree with Rand that there should be ways for individuals and parents to opt out, especially for the less critical vaccines.

Comment: Re:Most. Transparent. Administration. Ever. (Score 2) 136

by Curunir_wolf (#49022545) Attached to: DEA Hands MuckRock a $1.4 Million Estimate For Responsive Documents

Or you could you know, just hire people that seem dependable and evaluate them on their performance, which seems a whole lot simpler and less judgmental.

And you know what? That's why it would work just fine without regulation. Because businesses that do that will be much more successful. What you do when you regulation anti-discrimination by law is you eliminate the market penalty for discrimination. I know that sounds backwards, but let me explain. I think it's easy to see what the public would do to a business that tried to discriminate against customers (just look what happened to Paula Deen). But there is a labor market penalty, too.

If you're passing up good talent for superficial racial/gender/other reasons, then you're paying a premium for talent. Women and minorities are still behind in salary, so it is sometimes beneficial to hire them, because they are likely just as good as white male counterparts, but offer their services for less. Businesses that don't reject that discount will have an advantage over those that do.

There is more to it, but Milton Friedman explains it much better than I can, describing how affirmative action and anti-discrimination in hiring policies actually harms the people it is intended to help.

Comment: Re:Most. Transparent. Administration. Ever. (Score 4, Insightful) 136

by Curunir_wolf (#49022457) Attached to: DEA Hands MuckRock a $1.4 Million Estimate For Responsive Documents

yeah, that no-regulation-free-market-economics-will-save-us-all economic model that he espouses has worked so well

FUCK YOU, AC, for perpetuating this asinine straw man bullshit. 87,282 final rules have been issued in the last 20 years. That’s more than 3,500 per year or about nine per day. The 2013 Federal Register contains 79,311 pages, the fourth highest ever. The Federal IRS tax code ALONE is a whopping 73,954 pages, and is so complicated not even IRS tax attorneys can provide consistent answers to tax questions.

But, sure, to you fucking I-love-dictatorial-and-abusive-central-government fucktards defend every ludicrous piece of shit regulation as if ANY rollback is OMG IT IS LIKE ANARCHY IN THE STREETS!

Yea, well fuck you. And the horse you rode in on. And the entourage that rode with you. And the grooms that stabled your horses.

Comment: Re:About time. (Score 1) 309

by Curunir_wolf (#49022347) Attached to: The IPCC's Shifting Position On Nuclear Energy

Protip: It's not about a central government, and you look like a loon trying to twisted it into one, fuck wad.,

Cute. You sound like those guys back in the 1930's that were all like "OMG - how can you oppose income tax? It will only ever affect the super rich. Regular working folks will NEVER pay it!!" Or the guys back in 2010 that said "What, do you think the government is collecting your phone calls and emails or something! What a loon you are for thinking that!"

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