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Comment: Re:Why dont they screen doctors before they come b (Score 1) 253

by DoofusOfDeath (#48219195) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

One thing that seems very relevant, but never discussed: Why comes first, symptoms, or contagiousness?

If a person isn't contagious until well after showing symptoms, I can kind of see the current lax screening as being reasonable.

But otherwise, it seems inexcusable.

Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 3, Interesting) 758

by DoofusOfDeath (#48198655) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

These aren't just whatever, "it's just people making choices". It's clearly social and political influence.

Perhaps, but just about every choice we make is affected by social and political influence.

What am I having for dinner tonight? That's affected by externalities that affect my income (via career choice and and food prices), tastes (what was affordable when I was a kid), and who's doing the cooking (is my wife running errands when dinner needs to be made?).

What clothes did I put on today? That's affected by my personal tastes, but also by the tastes of the buyers at Target a few years ago, and on the economics of trans-oceanic clothes production, and the governmental policies of the U.S., China, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Why am I a programmer? Well, my Dad did electrical engineering, so we spent more time talking about computers than perhaps a lot of families did in the 70's and 80's. It also meant we could afford a Commodore 64 for me to start playing around with. And I was a little socially awkward as well as introverted, so programming in my basement had more appeal compared to socializing in some cases.

If the goal here is some kind of self-realization of every individual, without the influence of external factors, I just don't see how that's going to happen. I don't see any viable way to actually eliminate "unacceptable" influences, especially indirect ones.

Comment: Re:Git is an example of Linus Torvalds at his wors (Score 1) 387

by DoofusOfDeath (#48168667) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Effectively, Git is abusive. It drags every user through a steep learning curve.

You strike me as the kind of person that also considers all men latent rapists.

Wow, you're really an asshole. Because someone had an argument you didn't like, you conflated them with someone else you didn't like, in a way that let you work rape into the conversation.

I see where you're coming from, and indeed I am sometimes an asshole/ But I think you're misunderstanding what I meant by my earlier post. Let me explain.

In a number of news stories about particularly vocal feminists and/or politically correct college campus administrators, I've seen what I'd consider an unreasonable inflation of the seriousness of their perceived slights. For example, a man looking a woman up and down is the same as rape. Or a white person getting a job for which a black person applied being racist.

The statement "Effectively, Git is abusive. It drags every user through a steep learning curve." reminded me of that kind of inflation. And so, I quipped, he reminded me of the silliness I've seen in the "staring = rape" crowd.

However, my apologies for making a joke that was more confusing than funny. Apparently I struck the wrong balance.

Comment: Re:Git is an example of Linus Torvalds at his wors (Score 1) 387

by DoofusOfDeath (#48165393) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

For all cases where effective is a synonym for "just barely works enough to be easier to use than the effort required to convince the entire community to move to something better."

Horseshit. Most projects I've been in that have adopted git did so because it was the best tool we could find. There was no inertia with which those projects had to contend.

> You strike me as the kind of person that also considers all men latent rapists.

Wow.

It's the mildest response I could find at the time to the poster's statement.

Comment: Re:Git is an example of Linus Torvalds at his wors (Score 4, Insightful) 387

by DoofusOfDeath (#48164795) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Git uses poor naming, is poorly documented, and is, in my opinion, an example of the worst of the lack of social sophistication in programmers.

And yet we use it, because it's that effective If you can make a better git than git, I'm sure we'll all eventually move to it. But right now your armchair-quarterbacking.

Effectively, Git is abusive. It drags every user through a steep learning curve.

You strike me as the kind of person that also considers all men latent rapists.

A program is not finished until the user interface and documentation make using the program as easy as possible.

So what I think you're saying is that Linus should have iterated on git privately, indefinitely, until it meets your standard of done-ness?

If we care about him, and we should, we must help him become more socially capable.

I dunno, he hasn't gotten divorced yet, he's living a stable life, enjoys what he does, and is making a very positive contribution to society. Exactly what about him do you think is so in need of fixing that we should attend to that rather than, for example, find more time reading to our own kids?

I'm writing a book about how people use their brains.

Please warn us when you know its ISBN.

If you don't like my explanations, it is not sufficient to drop the subject or just complain; it is necessary to make your own theories about the problems.

No it's not. In no way have you demonstrated that we have a moral or practical obligation to consider your statements. In fact, the only reason I'm writing about them at all is because I felt you needed an intervention, not Linux.

Comment: Re:The language in the old west (Score 4, Funny) 387

by DoofusOfDeath (#48164713) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

I think there's a difference between using strong language on a person who demonstrably done something you don't agree with, versus death threats, continuous abuse, stalking or directing said vitriol against large groups people only related by race, gender, etc.

Well no shit, you stupid human some-sex fuck!

Comment: Re:Problem (Score 1) 354

by DoofusOfDeath (#48161833) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Can somebody please explain why it would be smart to buy some of these devices?

For many of us, it's not a good investment. But if someone can afford (and wants) to replace his computer every few years, it could make sense.

For my wife's photography business, we considered a Mac, because color calibration is a huge deal. In the end though, we decided that Windows' color management was close enough to OS X's, that we preferred the low cost and at-home-repairability of a Windows box.

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