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Comment: Re:Very Disturbing Trend (Score 1) 1081 1081

So now we get down to the meat here. Thanks so much for bringing it up. Issues of race, ethnicity, national origin, or gender are all real and provable human characteristics which are innate and immutable. I believe that homosexuality is a behavior that is learned and changeable, instead of inborn.

I believe you're probably a moron, and that even if it is a "choice", it's completely irrelevant.

In the same way that it's irrelevant if a mixed race couple choose to marry. Because the exact same stupid argument was made when people wanted that kept outlawed, and it was just as meaningless then.

Wait...back when mixed race marriage was illegal there was an argument that being black was a choice? Because that's what you just said right now whether you realize it or not.

The fundamental divide is that the left believes that homosexuality is an inborn characteristic and as such should be protected the same as all of the other inborn characteristics. The right believes that it is a choice that the individual makes and as such may be restricted like any other choice people may make. There is no common ground here because you two are not debating the same issue until there can be agreement on a starting point.

So in the end, the left believe that the right is full of heartless monsters and bigots who hate people for who they cannot help being, and the right believes the left is full of free love hippies who want to destroy society and live in the perpetual anarchy of moral relativism where everything you want to do is always okay and no one can tell you otherwise.

I'll just kick back and grab me some popcorn.

Comment: Re:A rose by any other name (Score 1) 529 529

It sounds like your friend was demonstrably able to tell the difference between magnetic fields in what could have been set up as a double blind study which makes it a scientifically provable ability to distinguish magnetic field intensities. This does not sound unreasonable.

What we're talking about with "electro-sensitive" people is some folks who vaguely say that electromagnetism makes them "feel bad" or "fatigued" or some other hard to pin down ailment which is not reproducible in any scientific setting and has never been shown to be an actual thing. Also no matter how much science you throw at them they willfully ignore you and keep on about how your methods are flawed or you're part of the conspiracy.

These folks are nutjobs. Your friend doesn't sound like a nutjob.

Comment: Re:C++ is never the right tool (Score 1) 296 296

Java/C# = Automatic Transmission
C/C++ = Manual Transmission
Assembly = smelting and casting metals to create your own custom designed gearbox

For many applications Automatic is fine. You just care about making it work and performance is "good enough" that you don't sweat it. For performance sensitive applications you need finer tuned control and yeah, the safeties are off, but they're not slowing you down either.

Comment: They have it Backwards (Score 1) 102 102

The superconducting magnets need to be installed in a controlled environment. A "hover park" if you will. Then you can sell some no moving parts basically slick looking steel boards that hover over the surfaces in your hover park, but don't work anywhere else. Then you control the hard moving parts that need constant liquid nitrogen cooling and special magnets, and you only have to worry about one time installations, not mass production.

Comment: C# is Just Easy (Score 0) 250 250

C# is just straight up easy to use. If you are already familiar with Java and C++ you basically already know C#. For whatever you're trying to do, just Google around for the .NET libraries that support it and it's ridiculously simple to bring them in and get a functional project up and running quickly. Multithreading and network I/O made me feel like I was cheating they were so easy compared to the old school methods. I can't see it going away anytime soon.

Comment: There's so Much Wrong Here I Can't Even... (Score 1) 1067 1067

Why stop there? If I get a file exception it should just write to syslog by default! If I have a null pointer it should just write to the last array I referenced! Array out of bounds exceptions should cycle back around to the start of the array so I never see that error either! I'm sure nothing bad would ever happen ever from implementing all of these!

Seriously son, it's called an error for a reason. Correct your invariants so it can't happen or monitor for the exceptions and handle them gracefully. It's bad enough that incrementing an integer past its max wraps it back around to its min. Let's not make coding even more treacherous, m'kay?

Comment: Re:I'm Baffled... (Score 1) 212 212

With the advent of multimedia webpages it's hard to lock down what exactly is meant by "browsing the web". For most modern sites to work correctly you need to be able to process and display: HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, HTML, JPEG,GIF, BMP, PNG, h.264, .wav, .mp3, .avi, Flash, SilverLight, Java, and so on. So many protocols/formats that may pop up and you have to handle them all. Is it any wonder browsers got so bloated over the years?

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