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Comment: Re:Revisionist history? (Score 1) 223

by LainTouko (#49184885) Attached to: <em>Star Trek</em> Fans Told To Stop "Spocking" Canadian $5 Bill
The new headline does actually convey strictly more information than the old one, since as well as conveying what the bank spokesman is saying, you can deduce from his criticism of "inappropriate" that it is not illegal, otherwise the criticism would be that it was illegal, or at least contain this information.

Comment: Re:Does not work (Score 1) 260

by LainTouko (#49106379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?
Porn isn't a problem in general, but a fair amount of porn is problematic, the "rapeyness" of some porn is normalising non-consensual sexual pratices amongst teenagers to a certain extent. It's probably a good idea to surreptitiously promote "responsible" porn to divert their attention away from the completely unfiltered mix of what's out there, but the methods for doing this aren't obvious.

Comment: Re:macro assembler (Score 1) 641

by LainTouko (#48558177) Attached to: How Relevant is C in 2014?
You can be a good programmer without reference to assembly language by doing proper input validation, avoiding the impulse to be unnecessarily clever, commenting your code well, thinking about all the ways things can go wrong, checking for errors and handling them appropriately, designing sensible interfaces, writing tests, making sure you release resources you've finished with, avoiding clone and hack etc.

Comment: Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 1) 270

by LainTouko (#47924821) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

So when the poor fail to cross an additional hurdle of saving for something which shouldn't be necessary whilst not having enough money to feed themselves properly, which the wealthy don't need to worry about, or simply refuse to go through such unpleasantness in order to obeise themselves in front of the systems which oppress them, you accuse them of lacking self-discipline, and use that as an excuse to deny opportunity from them and keep participating in their oppression.

A perfect example of why suit culture is not just unpleasant, but is actively evil, and anyone ethical should help resist it.

Comment: Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 2) 270

by LainTouko (#47924681) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class
I think the real key is that developers (in common with a few other groups of people like mathematicians) cannot get away with waffling and convincing some person that they're probably right about things. They have to actually get things precisely correct, or their code won't compile or will produce warnings etc. So ideas which depend on illusions, like suits being linked to professionalism, have a far harder time surviving in their culture, because everyone is in the habit of making sure things are right.

Comment: Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 4, Insightful) 270

by LainTouko (#47924507) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

One problem with it is that the bizarre notion that a suit is "professional" is a tool of social exclusion, and anyone wearing one where it's expected will support the notion, and hence help to exclude people who aren't interested in them or can't afford them.

Also simply just having to abandon my own personal culture and yield to a hateful culture where we judge people by arbitrary qualities of the clothing they wear is an awful feeling, and if I could do this willingly, I wouldn't be so good at demanding correctness elsewhere, and hence writing disciplined and secure code. You want to be able to be yourself at a place you'll be spending a significant proportion of your life. The suits game is wrong on multiple levels, and utterly rejecting it is part of my being.

Comment: Universal (Score 1) 391

by LainTouko (#47571035) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
I'm slightly surprised this is seen to be so universal. Obviously, there will be plenty of guys here who love doing stuff with hardware and will want to make as much as possible themselves. But I'm basically interested in software. (The hardware already does basically what I want it to, but I want to do all sorts of things with software which nobody has written yet, or at least, not in the way I want.) And while I've added drives and memory, I'd rather leave the main and initial build to a professional. I'm sure I could do it myself, and spend less money by doing so, but as an amateur, I'd end up with an amateurish job, and worry that I'd make some subtle error around cooling or power connections or whatever which would render the result unreliable or shorten its lifespan. Plus I value my time, and it would be a means to an end, rather than a joy.

Comment: Re:The only good thing (Score 1) 511

Actually, heroin would be safer than alcohol or tobacco if it wasn't for prohibition. Long term use of tobacco, or overuse of alcohol significantly increases your chance of dying from various things. Long term use of heroin doesn't actually do very much. It's the unreliable doses, sky-high costs, substances it's cut with and injection hazards which make heroin so dangerous under prohibition. None of these would be a problem if it was legal.

Comment: Re:The only good thing (Score 4, Insightful) 511

How about the entirely unnecessary, bigoted coercion and force used against them by society to incarcerate them, which they wouldn't have to suffer if they were addicted to something mainstream, i.e. alcohol or tobacco?

Having your life ruined merely for being different is something which should attract sympathy from anyone.

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