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Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 169

Yes but winning - particularly in sporting events - is generally a result of conditioning, training, and practice. You can win once, but if you don't continue that level of commitment, or if someone else puts in even more work, you can still lose.

Heck even with the same level of commitment from all sometimes you just age out of competitiveness. Assuming equal levels of work, you won't be as physically capable at 30 as compared to 25. In some sports and activities extra experience gained can balance out the slight decline in physical capability, but there will eventually come a tipping point when it won't.

A lot of people simply can't let go of that feeling of being the "Best" at something, even after they no longer are.

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Journal Journal: Rant: Android namespaces and ids 3

I hate Java, i hate Android development, but i repeat myself. And that's exactly what i hate about them.

In Android, objects have their own namespaces, under R. There's R.class, R.mipmap, R.layout, R.color, R.integer, and many more. So, the namespace of the layout (where you usually add objects) is under R.layout, the image on a button can be under R.mipmap. Nice.

Comment Bricked? (Score 2, Insightful) 699

Jesus I thought we'd gotten rid of that stupid "brick" term for simple issues. If it's a COMPUTER - you can't "brick" the damned thing if you take the hard drive out and throw it in a river.

"Bricked" indicates that the firmware is bad. A bad BIOS flash will brick a system. Something of that level. Anything that can be fixed via an OS reinstall ain't "Bricked".

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Journal Journal: Stupid Code: Using if() to set a value 4

Here's the latest example of something i have seen way too often:

if(getListView().getCount()==checkedItemCount) chk.setChecked(true); else chk.setChecked(false);

What's the point of obfuscating your code with an if()? This isn't conditional. You want to set it to the same boolean value as the evaluated expression. Obviously, the clearest way to write this (without changing names) is:

Comment Re:Congressmen from Republican party bought off (Score 1) 522

Yeah - finding a party to side with can be pretty difficult.

Generally, I have no problem with regulating business. I support net neutrality. I'm in support of personal freedoms (ie, I don't care if gay people get married). Universal healthcare - I'm completely neutral on. Do it or don't - I don't care. I'm for decriminalization of most narcotics. I wholeheartedly support free speech and don't have any issue with violent video games, pornography, or the like. I don't have any issue with the legalization of prostitution (I don't see it as the government's business to legislate morality).

At the same time I'm very, very pro-gun (most things that politicians posit as "common sense" gun control is anything but), and aside from education and healthcare I'm very much against public assistance (I'd be much more in favor of work programs). I don't really see any major problem with a wealth gap - people get what they earn (or keep what they have) and I don't support jealous people yelling "gimme!!!".

I'm very much against illegal immigration, but at the same time I don't have an issue with amnesty - no need to be shipping people "home" that have been here for years: just make sure we get everyone on the books and paying (all) taxes like they should be.

Its just gotten to where both parties are so polarized that on almost every single issue they diverge. Unless you agree with on or the other on EVERYTHING you're going to dislike certain positions of each party a lot. It really serves to force many people into being single-issue voters. You pick the cause that means the most to you personally and then go with whichever party supports your view there.

Comment Re:Basic (Score 1) 414

I think it's probably the most popular choice only because most people have probably never used any of the others. Heck I've only used BASIC but among the others Logo is the only one I've ever even heard of.

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Journal Journal: Verbiage: Seeing more often a weird sentence formulation

I seem to be seeing more often a weird sentence formulation. A book talks of passing to a function a variable, an article mentions "signed into law a bill," and plenty lately of others. While normal to be found this formulation in other languages, it sounds in English rather awkward.

Comment Re:Judgement (Score 1) 329

That assumes that you can always just trade time for money though. I get a salary. I don't have any option to just work extra hours and make more money. If I pay for something, that's taking up money that's coming in at an effectively fixed rate.

If I instead do something myself rather than paying someone else, I'm essentially generating income (instead of consuming it) by converting excess time into funds saved.

Comment Re:Judgement (Score 1) 329

Really depends on the tool. Hex wrenches for example - a $3 set from Wal-mart will round off (and probably damage the screw you're turning) within 10-15 uses. Get a $15-20 set and they'll last nearly a lifetime. For that type of tool, the cost may be 5 or more times the cheap one, but the more expensive set will more than makeup for the difference in cost.

You have to kinda have that conversation with yourself for each item. If you'e a professional - use good stuff (buy once, cry once as they say). You don't save any more by using junk that constantly needs to be replaced. Even as a hobbyist if you work with things a lot you'll want to have certain tools be quality items. The things that you're gonna use once though (or maybe a half-dozen times over a span of several years), it will probably be just fine to use "budget" (read: cheap) stuff.

Comment Re:Judgement (Score 5, Insightful) 329

Rarely is hiring a professional going to be cheaper than a cheap tool if you can do the job yourself.

Personally, I COMPLETELY understand the point of the article. There are certain tools I use a lot. For those, I avoid crap and try to buy Made in the USA stuff if I can help it (not that everything made here is good or everything made in China is bad - but the signal to noise ratio is definitely better if you buy domestically made stuff).

On the flip side though - there are other things that I expect to use once or infrequently. As a DIRECT comparison to your example - I needed to fit a recoil pad to an old gunstock a few years back. Cost to have a gunsmith do it: $35. I had full faith in my ability to do the job - I just needed a belt sander (which I've never needed before so I didn't have one). I not only bought a cheap Chinese made one - I bought a USED Chinese one from a pawn shop for $10. Job went perfectly without a hitch. Not only did I save a bit of cash, but I also now have a belt sander sitting in the garage if I happen to need one again. Now if I used one daily , I'd get something a lot better. It'd be worth it as I'm sure this unit wouldn't last too long with constant use. But for just the one time I needed it for? The cheap unit worked fine.

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