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Comment: Re:Easier to learn != easier to use (Score 1) 382

by Raenex (#49760187) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

Type erasure, on the other hand, is pure evil - to me, it's the representation of what happens when a pragmatic language ends up into the hands of computer scientists.

Type erasure was the pragmatic way to add generics to Java by ensuring backwards compatibility in the byte code. You'll find that computer language academics almost universally despise type erasure.

Comment: Re:git blame (Score 1) 309

by Raenex (#49142447) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

Most people don't care about encryption but the ones that do, do.

I'm willing to bet if you polled all the people that use email, a significant majority would prefer that their email couldn't be spied on by governments or other snoops. If it was an easy default hardly anybody would turn it off. The problem is that while people care, they don't care enough to make an effort, especially when it requires effort on the people you are communicating with.

Comment: Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (Score 1) 693

by Raenex (#48879907) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

It isn't gaming culture as a whole, which is 50% female these days.

Same old bullshit. Including in those stats are people who's extent into gaming is buying Angry Birds on their smartphone or playing Farmville. Those women in general don't play shooters, don't buy the next gaming console, don't update their PC to play games, and don't read gaming journals. Anita is critiquing games that are catered to men, because that's their demographic. And she does so in completely unequal fashion, having no qualms when men are portrayed in sexists ways.

She is, of course, just a con artist riding the wave of feminism and video games while reading scripts for McIntosh. That was Jack Thompson's biggest mistake, not getting a female spokesperson.

Of course it doesn't have to be - look at games like The Last of Us.

Uses the zombie trope. Uses the young-girl-in-distress trope. Uses the poor, innocent daughter gunned down trope. Wow, I'm so glad we have you and Anita to save us from all these horrible, gritty, sexist tropes.

Comment: Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (Score 1) 693

by Raenex (#48879755) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

If you look at the responses on YouTube very few of them actually critique her arguments. One of the closest is Thunderf00t's

So Thunderf00t's videos went from being "particularly bad" to "one of the closest [that actually critique her argument]?

It's a classic mix of ad-hominem and straw man attack

You should know all about that, as the last time you argued this with me you were full of them:

Comment: Re: Mann is a fruad (Score 1) 786

by Raenex (#48832849) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science


"So far, no one has been able to provide a compelling answer to why climate change seems to be taking a break. We're facing a puzzle. Recent CO2 emissions have actually risen even more steeply than we feared. As a result, according to most climate models, we should have seen temperatures rise by around 0.25 degrees Celsius (0.45 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past 10 years. That hasn't happened. In fact, the increase over the last 15 years was just 0.06 degrees Celsius (0.11 degrees Fahrenheit) -- a value very close to zero. This is a serious scientific problem that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will have to confront when it presents its next Assessment Report late next year."

The referenced article this quote was taken from:

Another important topic the climate scientist mentions:

"Temperature increases are also very much dependent on clouds, which can both amplify and mitigate the greenhouse effect. For as long as I've been working in this field, for over 30 years, there has unfortunately been very little progress made in the simulation of clouds."

Keep this in mind the next time you hear, "The science is settled."

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