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Journal: For my stalker (and any amused bystanders.) 5

Journal by Arker

So, at some point, I really do not know exactly when but approximately two or three months back, I changed my default formatting on new posts here to 'code.'

Why did I do that? Because slashcode does not interpret 'plain text' as plain text, and I ran into that bug one too many times.

'Code' sucks less, so code it is.

Understand I tested all available posting options here and the only difference that I see between 'plain text' and 'code' is that 'code' behaves more like plain text. And that is all I am sending. Plain text.

Now, having posted like this for some time, just a few days ago I started noticing that I had attracted another special 'admirer'. Someone with mod points that has somehow developed enough of a fascination with me he will go back through my older posts and start passing out 'underrated's - I imagine most people reading this have had such a fan at one time or another and can sympathize.

Then my fan spoke up. In fact I think there might possibly even be two of them! (Sockpuppet routines in effect as well of course.) And he lets me know what he's mad about. And it's... the font of my posts?!?

Made no sense to me. I do not send any font information. I do not see any difference in fonts. Problem is on your end, doh.

Having gotten a little more information that initial evaluation has changed, but very little.

It appears that slashcode inserts a tag in posts when they are submitted as code. A tag which I would be happy to put on screen for you to see, except no matter what options I choose, slashcode is bloody broken and filters it out. Spell it out; less than, double tango, greater than.

Holy crap you people have time to break EVERYTHING to make an ugly beta but after 17 years you still cannot find the time to fix our text input!?!

That tag, like all font tags, is a presentation tag that never really belonged in html to begin with, but we will let that slide. It stands for 'teletype' and it does not specify a font, but suggests that a monospace font would be appropriate.

Well, as long as we are letting presentation slide, that's a damn fine tag. Nothing wrong with it at all. If your system has a bad choice set as the default for *LT-double-tango-GT* then don't bitch at me, go into your options and fix it!

After I started getting love letters over this, I started pulling up my posts in additional browsers out of curiousity. I normally use Firefox but I have a few others available for testing and odd-jobs. Some of them did show my posts in a different font from all the others, and you know what? In those browsers, my posts look better than those surrounding. Although actually the fonts just sucked all the way around, particularly in IE.

I spent 20 seconds correcting my settings and now everything looks great now no matter which browser I use.

So, in all seriousness, if you are one of the people stalking me because your browser settings suck... FIX YOUR SETTINGS.

And leave me be. Following me around posting off-topic flamebait about my supposed choice of font (when my actual choice of font does not affect you at all, your choice of font is at your command locally, and anyone that understands the internet at the crudest and most basic level could have told you that) serves no purpose and I am not going to continue to play into it.

Fix your browser. And quit whining.


Journal: Reminiscence XP 6

Journal by jawtheshark
As I said in my previous journal entry, I'd install Windows XP Home (OEM) in a Virtual Machine today in order to commemorate the death of XP. I documented it with screenshots. Yes, I know, it's Facebook album, but it's public. It was the quickest way to get something online.
From VM creation and installation from SP3 OEM ISO to fully patched in 1 hour and 30 minutes. Not all that shabby.
It also indicates that XP will most likely die totally when they turn off the activation servers. I don't think they'll hand out the promised "no activation patch", ever. (Well, I always heard they'd promised such a thing, it might simply be legend.)
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Journal: Weapons Grade Stupidity 14

Journal by RailGunner
Recently, an Anonymous Coward (but I have a couple of guesses as to who really wrote it) accused me of being racist because I am pro-life.

The AC's argument was: You say you want to ban abortion, but what you really want is to ban abortion except for the type that rich white people can afford, therefore, you're a racist.

The logical leaps in this argument are almost breathtaking in their stupidity. I'd be surprised, but I've had this account for probably a decade now and as such liberal stupidity is, quite frankly, nothing new.

Here's some pseudocode that explains my position on abortion:

bool MayHaveAnAbortion (Mother m)
if (m.LifeAtRisk() == true)
return true;
return false;

Please note, dear liberals, that in this example there is no consideration for race, socio-economic status, or any other victim groups that you like to place people in.

(Yes, I am aware that the method could simply be "return m.IsLifeAtRisk()" but let's face it, the liberals around here aren't smart enough to handle that and would only get confused.)

So to sum up: Yes, I am absolutely opposed to all forms of abortion for all women except in cases where the life of the mother is at risk.

Furthermore, the logical errors required to somehow twist that into calling me a racist are exceptional in their stupidity, and proves (yet again) the intellectual dishonesty of the "progressive" movement -- showing the "progressive" movement to be nothing more than a secular humanistic death cult.
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Journal: Beta, Part 2 2

Journal by RailGunner
You know... since I've written enterprise applications (singlehandedly, and no, I won't tell you which ones) that dwarf slashdot... I might be tempted to write a replacement, given how bad Beta is and how much people are complaining about it...

How would I do it? In the spirit of Open Source, I'd use PostgreSQL as a database backend, as MySQL or MariaDB is, in my humble opinion, inferior to PostgreSQL.

One reason is the syntax of PL-PGSQL vs. T-SQL. I hate T-SQL compared to PL-PGSQL (or just PL-SQL if I'm writing a Stored Proc for Oracle).

After that, I'd model the database to do what I want, and store what I want, and I'd ensure that the data was fully in 3rd Normal Form.

And if you bitch about joins, I'll hit you with a fucking sledgehammer.

After that, throwing up some PHP to format the page is an afterthought. The critical piece is getting the database right.

The database itself would need to be clustered to be able to scale with the load, and PostgreSQL does a pretty nice job of it.
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Journal: Annual check in 15

Journal by Some Woman

Hey, Slashdot was instrumental in finding Twue Wuv for me, so I couldn't possibly leave it forever. The 14 day comment limit, however, is unfortunate for those of us who stop by only every 6-9 months. :^)

I have read your updates and am interested in your lives and would love to leave a comment expressing as much.

So, hey, Red5, congratulations on the marriage and baby and stuff! And all the other babies that have happened in the past 5 years or so for everybody else! And marriages! And diplomas! And new jobs! And sorry/congrats about the divorces!

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Journal: When Did 'Beta' Become A Dirty Word On /. ? 5

Journal by MonTemplar

Just spotted that people are stuffing comments into various stories here for the sole purpose of complaining about the /. Beta.

Maybe it's because I only occasionally visit here, but are people really that hung up on the current design?

Hell, I can remember when /. didn't even bother with any testing, period, just shoved changes straight onto the production servers. Fun times. (Not)

Having looked at the Beta, it seems to me a damn sight cleaner that some news sites I can think of*. Ok, the comment view controls could use some refining, but that's the whole point of beta-testing, right?

(*I still have nightmares about pre-2000s ZDNet. Makes the current design look almost pleasant by comparison.)

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Journal: See, I told you so. 17

Journal by RailGunner
5+ Years ago I warned people -- and got mocked by the assorted collection of fools we have for leftist trolls around here -- that if elected, Barack Obama was going to be an unmitigated disaster if elected President.


From Fast and Furious to the sky high unemployment to the "recovery summer" that never happened to Benghazi to ObamaCare to the continual end runs around the constitution to illegally appointing people to the labor board to allowing a Nuclear Iran... and now in the SOTU he threatens to bypass Congress even more...

Like I said -- he's been a disaster.

The line for the libtrolls to kiss my ass starts to the left.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun