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Comment: Needs larger sample set. (Score 5, Interesting) 122

by Narcocide (#48408197) Attached to: Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

My guess is these were all volunteers participating in the study "for science?"

My guess is that introduces a selection bias towards altruism. Test any of the several thousand people I've worked for, with, or very near over the past 20 years and I would guess that most of them wouldn't hesitate to shock the other person as much as was allowed, especially if they could be relatively certain the other person could not shock them back as a direct response.

Comment: Re:Agreed.. (Score 1) 212

by Narcocide (#48356099) Attached to: New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Yea, it was great when every single browser implemented "getelementbyid" slightly differently, so you had a cluster fuck of "if browser = 'x', then y"

This has actually never been the case with getElementById, specifically. There was *one* slight and completely avoidable corner-case in some older versions of IE... deprecated years before jQuery existed.

Comment: Re:Honest question (Score 2) 67

Also, you're forgetting that the simple fact of there being existing open-source code for a project, means that someone, even you, given the effort and time, can learn to fork it, or rewrite something like it from scratch. With closed-source code this is not possible either.

Comment: Re:Any device? (Score 1) 36

Indeed, there doesn't seem to be support for any of Nintendo's network-enabled products, nor do I see Dreamcast or for that matter any cellphones (still being manufactured and sold, net enabled and with data plans, believe it or not) that don't run Android *or* iOS. Where is the security auditing tool for my Pantech Link II god damnit?

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