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Comment: Re:what is this even talking about? (Score 4, Funny) 112

by Wraithlyn (#47941367) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

"The revenant's eyes were a deep, cold blue. As it shambled ever closer, he could smell the rot of outdated drivers and decaying DLLs. As its cold unfeeling fingers closed around his throat, he could just make out the secret truth written inside those dead blue eyes..."

"A fatal exception OE has occurred at 0028:C02A0948 IN VXD VWIN32. The current application will be terminated."

Comment: Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (Score 1) 187

by Wraithlyn (#47804333) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Love or hate Apple, they're good at simple. There's no way they're going to make people do a full unlock and locate an app for NFC payments, it'll be integrated right into the OS and in all likelihood be disgustingly convenient.

I imagine something like, you'll have activated NFC from your slide-up tray... then probably just swipe your phone near the merchant terminal, slide to accept an alert box, and then thumbprint to confirm the transaction.

Comment: Re:various card games (Score 1) 382

by Wraithlyn (#47778187) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

We play 5-6 player Catan all the time and don't find the extra build phase slows anything down at all.

When the dice are passed to the next player, anybody who wants to build something just says "Buying X at the end of your turn" and that's that. In the extremely rare case of a conflict, you just resolve the builds clockwise from the current player. There's no need to stop and ask each player in turn "are you building anything?", which is the only way I can imagine it "bogging things down".

If anything, it speeds things up considerably (you can get new towns/cities out that much faster which immediately improves your income position, and it really cuts down on people needing to discard half their hand on a 7).

Comment: Re:Definition of Irony (Score 1) 243

by Wraithlyn (#47754387) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Ha, it goes even deeper... I seem to recall the original version of my post read more as an explanation of why you were wrong, and was tending towards a snarky ending... before I realized what I too was doing. Hence the concise, neutral presentation of facts I posted instead. ;)

Because the sad truth is that while poorly phrased (intelligence itself as you correctly noted is not the liability, but "flaunting" it can be), the OP has a valid point too... schoolyard social stigma against "brainy" kids can cause them to hide their intelligence or not use it. It doesn't have to be about know-it-alls putting other people down... it can be about the shy kid afraid to raise his hand in class.

Comment: Definition of Irony (Score 5, Funny) 243

by Wraithlyn (#47737073) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Trying to tell other people they are wrong all the time is a liability. Telling people, "I am smarter than you, so you are wrong" is a liability [...] If you're so smart, you should have figured this out by now.

You literally just did this with your own post. You told the parent he was wrong, and then implied it was because he wasn't smart enough.

Comment: Re:Quite simply... (Score 5, Insightful) 548

OK, I'll bite. :)

In a Perfect World, tabs would indeed be superior to spaces. No question.

But in the Real World, tabs and spaces inevitably get mixed together as multiple people touch a project, and then indentation gets messed up.

Standardizing on spaces helps mitigate this, as everyone sees the exact same thing regardless of editor (whereas tab spacing typically depends on local editor settings). And any editor should be able to "use spaces for tabs" so there is no actual impact on developer effort.

Comment: Re:Very subjective (Score 3) 382

by Wraithlyn (#47695809) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

A forum with real-names policy is basically worthless

It wouldn't be worthless, it would have pros and cons like everything else.

Cons: Easier to identify and take action against dissenters (as you stated above).

Pros: Easier to identify astroturfers/shills.

It cuts both ways.

I really worry, long-term, about the "paid/fake poster" problem. Especially as bots/AI will continue to advance, it will only get worse. How long until genuine human commentary on the internet is drowned-out/polluted by "sponsored viewpoints"?

Comment: Re:Reboot when updated... (Score 1) 426

You have it completely backwards. Microsoft's bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows is what CAUSED the anti-trust lawsuits.

The issue central to the case was whether Microsoft was allowed to bundle its flagship Internet Explorer (IE) web browser software with its Microsoft Windows operating system. --United States v. Microsoft Corp.

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