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Comment: Re:Cry me a river. (Score 2, Insightful) 216 216

I also write free software. And I have a software patent. I could not possibly care in the slightest if software is free. If it does the job, that's all that matters.

Removing non-free software from the USC is removing user's choices, and thinking for users by imposing your moral/political code on them. That's presumptuous and wrong.

Let the users choose what they want to use. The free stuff is there. If they care, they can use it. If not, they have more choices.


Comment: I don't care if software is non-free... (Score -1, Offtopic) 216 216

If it suits my needs, I honestly don't care even a little if software is non-free. All I care about is if it lets me get done what I need to get done. That's it, end of story. So yes, I think the USC should have free and non-free software in it. It gives users more choices, and that's a good thing. Which is why crusading against removing non-free software is a bad thing: It removes choices for users.

Let users decide what they want to use and why. Let them care if they want to. Let others not care if they don't. It's presumptuous in the extreme to try and think for others and make choices for them.


Comment: Re:Soylent News Looks pretty good (Score 1) 172 172

I've had a fark account since 2002, but I rarely go there any more. Too much blatant censorship under the guise of "moderation". Also, lots of pandering for money. It's OK to have sponsored links, just say so. The lack of threaded comments is also headache-inducing.


Comment: Way to own it, dickhead (Score 2) 266 266

You fucking suckhole, at least have the balls to own up to your mistakes. You assholes not only put a shitty MITM attack in the OS, you fucking used the same goddam key so that anyone else could MITM us too?! And not a single person with half a clue ever stood up in that design meeting and asked what a monumental fuck-up that was? Right. Trying to make the "user experience" better by inserting your ads into my TLS-based google searches or my secure bank session? It "wasn't useful"?! Just stop. Stop that nonsense and own your mistakes like a real actual person.

I've been buying and recommending Thinkpads since the late 90's. I'm using one now in fact (thankfully re-imaged, no thanks to the twatwaffles at Lenovo). I'm never going to do either of those things again. I might have if they had said, "You got us, our bad, we're sorry and it won't happen again". But not anymore. Not with the wishy-washy corporate-speak bullshit.

Do not fuck with people's stuff for ad revenue. And if you do and get caught, at least fucking own up to it.

And so now I'm wondering what my next laptop will be. Because it sure as shit isn't going to be a Lenovo...


Comment: Re:Perl is more expressive (Score 1) 192 192

In our case, the regexes we needed to use were between 5 and 7 times faster with Perl than Python. We had some existing Perl code that could also be used, and so there it is.

I think it's about the right tool for the job. But I also think you can write bad code in nearly any language. Perl just gives you more ways to express yourself badly.


Comment: Re:Perl is more expressive (Score 2) 192 192

Get the average Perl programmer, point a .357 magnum at their heads, and ask them to modify something they wrote six months ago, and watch the bloody hilarity ensue.

Funny you mention it. Not an hour ago, I added some stuff to a perl script I wrote in 2009. It's not a large script (barely 1,000 lines), but my 150-line addition didn't seem to cause any great mirth or merriment.

If you write shit code, you're writing shit code. The choice of language doesn't matter, aside from the insignificant notion that perl might give you more ways to write that shit code differently than some languages.


Comment: Re:Much ado about nothing (Score 1) 748 748

I also like Reddit's moderation model better. And it's a better site in general. If you want to see stuff in /r/wtf, more power to you. If you want to hang around in /r/aquariums then you can do that too. There's no heavy-handed moderation/censoring/banning and constant need to pander to advertisers.


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