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Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1, Insightful) 662

by DoofusOfDeath (#47545723) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Yes, he uses harsh language at times, but who the fuck doesn't.

Let's look at two ways someone might respond to your viewpoint:

(1) How could a stupid cunt like you even bother posting such a moronic comment? Seriously, go die in a fire and I hope your kids get leukemia. Only someone with severe autism and Down's syndrome would be so clueless about psychology.

(2) I disagree. I think most gcc developers would fix this kind of bug quickly if it were pointed out. They'd also perhaps be open to a broader discussion about quality control.

It seems like you're saying that we should all accept (1) and (2) as interchangeable, and if someone has a problem with (1) he needs to just grow a thicker skin. I think that's unreasonable, and not a standard of discourse that many of us want to work with.

Comment: Re:I was so wrong... (Score 1) 118

by DoofusOfDeath (#47540803) Attached to: AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

Until then, I don't see any other way to do right by my kids except to stay the path, keep wasting my time and basically forfeit my happiness.

Sorry things seem to hopeless. That was actually my point about looking into Christianity though. If you do, and if you decide it's likely-enough true that you're willing to become a Christian, you might find yourself happy regardless of what job you have.

Comment: Re:I was so wrong... (Score 1) 118

by DoofusOfDeath (#47540327) Attached to: AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

I disagree with lots and lots of what you said, but rather than arguing I'd prefer to just offer some advice.

If CS / IT / software-development isn't working out the way you hoped, is it perhaps time to switch fields? There are so many livings most persons can make: law, medicine (especially nursing which doesn't require 12 years of preparation), business administration, sales, marketing, etc.

Or if you'd rather work with your hands, you can maybe do technical college at night to prepare for a trade (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, car repair, etc.) You'd probably take a big income hit at first, but it sounds like you're already not raking in the money you expected with your current work anyway.

Another possibility is to stay with computers, but start your own business doing repair, consulting, freelance software development, etc. That might ease some of your frustrations stemming from unappreciative bosses, coworkers, office politics, etc.

And there's kind of a meta-point I'd like to make. It's not a normal /. thing, but it's worth mentioning because I suspect it's true and relevant. You sound unhappy with life in general. It sounds like you're blaming your circumstances, but your complaints are so broad that I suspect you're more deeply unhappy than just with the issues you mentioned. I'm suspect that what the Christians say about Jesus is true. I recommend looking into that carefully. You may find that if your life has actual purpose, your concerns about IT work fade into the background.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 3, Interesting) 957

by DoofusOfDeath (#47511695) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

The particular phrasing of the threats may be selective based on the gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. of the person being insulted.

But I think a more important issue is whether or not women are getting more vitriol than are men, regardless of the particular phrasing. For example, if 20% of women players get called cunts, and 20% of gay male players get called faggots, do those women have a point about being singled out? I'd argue no.

However, if 20% of female players get treated with scorn, and only 3% of male players do, then the female players have more of a fair point about being singled out.

Comment: Re:How do you (Score 4, Interesting) 957

by DoofusOfDeath (#47511669) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Why does she get to stereotype men? Why do women get to put all their problems on men? When men do this, we're misogynistic. When women do this, well, men need to be more sensitive.

I think you have a point, but I also think you're confusing two issues.

She may or may not be making a valid generalization. I haven't read her article, so I can't say. But issue #1 is whether or not her complaint is worth considering.

Issue #2 is whether or not it's hypocritical for a women to paint men with a broad brush. But that issue can be treated entirely separately from issue #1.

Comment: Limited perspective (Score 2, Interesting) 957

by DoofusOfDeath (#47511565) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

From the small sample of these accounts I've read, I get the sense that the women in question have a limited perspective. My impression is that in many cases, they encounter career or workplace challenges, and falsely assume that only women have those challenges.

Balancing work and family responsibilities? Please, do you know how many days I've left work after sunset and nearly cried for not having that time with my little kids?

Getting criticized harshly? Shoot, I deal with that often. I just don't blog about it. What I do is go home, try to shake it off, and maybe talk to my wife about how it's bothering me. I don't cry about it, and maybe this is a guy thing, but I cry almost never. But that doesn't mean it doesn't bother me.

And then there are some complaints which seem more about personal choices than about unfairness. I don't come across many good, female software engineers. You know what else I rarely come across? Female aspiring software engineers who spend their nights hacking away at code to improve their skills.

Now I have no doubt that some challenges really are unique to being a female developer. Sexual harassment is probably the top one. But that issue kind of gets drowned out of the conversation given all of the kvetching that some women have regarding other issues that they wrongly assume are peculiar to them.

Comment: Re:Why oppose this? (Score 1, Troll) 82

The government has every right to determine whom and what is coming into the United States. International visitors are asked to file paper work with the government to report a number of items (large sums of money, plant/food products, money making equipment, etc.).

The problem is that Obama (and some past presidents to a lesser degree) are willingly not enforcing border security. For known illegal immigrants already in their custody.

Which raises serious suspicions about any claims they make about their intentions for a highly invasive monitoring system.

Comment: Technology is only a small part of the problem (Score 4, Informative) 129

by DoofusOfDeath (#47499119) Attached to: Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

As long as the citizenry tolerates and sometimes even roots for the government's violation of civil rights, everything including the technology is just details.

The existence of a decent open-source router can't do much against a U.S. National Security Letter.

Comment: Re:Alternative solution (Score 1) 125

by DoofusOfDeath (#47486949) Attached to: FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Ship them out to gitmo. They aren't wearing a military uniform, and are causing damage to American infrastructure. That should be enough by the Cheney/Bush standard to call them terrorists.

Maybe we can combine our ideas. Give convicted robocallers Bush's and Cheney's private phone numbers.

Wherever you go...There you are. - Buckaroo Banzai