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Comment: Re: Not resigning from Debian (Score 3, Insightful) 541

Death wishes are never cool.

But what do you think people should do instead of escalate?

Maybe accept that the larger group of people you're a part of has come to a decision you disagree with, and move on? People who can't let go of their personal hobby horse can be utterly poisonous to an organization, no matter how righteous they view their cause to be.

Comment: Lao Tzu (Score 1) 223

by PvtVoid (#48389583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

I would take a copy of the Tao Te Ching.

Pursue knowledge, daily gain
Pursue Tao, daily loss

Loss and more loss
Until one reaches unattached action
With unattached action, there is nothing one cannot do

Take the world by constantly applying non-interference
The one who interferes is not qualified to take the world

Comment: Re:marketing (Score 4, Insightful) 101

by PvtVoid (#48351251) Attached to: Espionage Campaign Targets Corporate Executives Traveling Abroad

no you tape them refusing to adhere to the encryption and if the company suffers a breach or IP is stolen digitally then you pull out that recording and CYOA

I would suggest that clandestinely taping your boss being an idiot is a pretty good way to find yourself out of a job.

How about, oh, I dunno, following up such conversations with a friendly, informative email summarizing the discussion and your recommendations, so there's a paper trail?

Comment: Re:Everest (Score 1) 594

by PvtVoid (#48292701) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Yes it's stupid.... but its no more stupid than all the stupid idiots who climb everest at significant expense.... a significant number of which never come back.

I think the Everest comparison is specious. Yes, climbing Everest is a recreational thrill for rich people. But at least it involves significant personal commitment and sacrifice. The rich person still has to climb the mountain. Space tourism is an amusement park ride: pay your cash, get strapped in, whee! It's the difference between a log ride at an amusement park and paddling your own kayak through class V rapids.

Comment: Re:Most uninteresting (Score 1) 158

by PvtVoid (#48287413) Attached to: Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations

The idea is that in other languages, if-then-else is a built-in construct. You can't do something similar yourself without hacking the compiler. In Tao3D, if-then-else is a library element like printf in C. So you can change it.

Let's say you often use a specific kind of for loop. In Tao3D, you simply add the notation you need, and now your code is shorter and more concise.

Am I the only one who thinks this is a fucking terrible idea? It's a recipe for obfuscated, unmaintainable code.

Dear Programmers: Quit filling your code with goddamn macros. Use the language as implemented, so everybody else can figure out what the fuck you're doing.

Thank you.

Comment: Non-story (Score 4, Informative) 1007

by PvtVoid (#48242291) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

From TFA:

University officials say they have no plans to interfere with the event. “Free speech is at the heart of academic freedom and is something we take very seriously,” said Kent Cassella, MSU’s associate vice president for communications, in a statement. “Any group, regardless of viewpoint, has the right to assemble in public areas of campus or petition for space to host an event so long as it does not engage in disorderly conduct or violate rules. While MSU is not a sponsor of the creation summit, MSU is a marketplace of free ideas.”

The university is going to let the crackpots say whatever they like, and then ignore them. Which is as it should be.

Comment: Re:Listen Up, Morons! (Score 1) 137

by PvtVoid (#48242069) Attached to: Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

It really boggles my mind that the guys studying this stuff haven't come to the conclusion that the matter "missing from universe" that they are trying to associate with Dark Matter is more than likely brown dwarfs or dense material with just can't detect yet from super nova explosions. WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!

Yeah. All those smarty-pants scientists completely missed this.

Or it could be that brown-dwarf dark matter is inconsistent with what we know about primordial nucleosynthesis, plus it was searched for by gravitational microlensing experiments, and wasn't found.

Comment: Re:Aether (Score 1) 137

by PvtVoid (#48242019) Attached to: Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

Ok, Ill suggest a better theory.

In the void between galaxies particles and anti-particles are created as they cross the planck barrier as wave forms. In most cases they annihilate each other. However there are slightly more anti-particles created. These anti-particles have a negative mass and repel most normal particles. Thus the space between galaxies is filled with anti-particles that force the galaxies into areas and account for the missing mass, the unexplained reason that the galaxies remain together, and the reason that the galaxies are moving apart at accelerated speeds. :P

Fine. Now please get back to us after you quantitatively calculate how this affects gravitational lensing by galaxies and clusters, and Cosmic Microwave Background acoustic oscillations. Also, we'll need a prediction for the two-point correlation function of galaxies, compared to the Sloan Digital Sky survey. If you want anybody to take you seriously, you will have to do these things at a minimum. The data are public.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.