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Comment: Re:Easier to Analyze or Change == More Maintainabl (Score 4, Insightful) 244

by Wraithlyn (#49176763) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality

My thoughts exactly. More maintainable code IS higher quality code, in my opinion.

Making code run faster has a completely different name, it's called optimization (and is frequently the root of all evil). And it often involves the exact opposite of things you do when refactoring. Eg, unrolling a loop to make it run faster is pretty much the exact opposite of refactoring for maintenance & readability.

Comment: Re: Morale of the Story (Score 1) 214

In the general sense, "Investment is time, energy, or matter spent in the hope of future benefits actualized within a specified date or time frame." (Wikipedia)

In other words, it doesn't have to involve ownership. The key phrase is simply "in the hope of future benefits".

Comment: Re:Right, but does it correctly model... (Score 2) 244

1) Head to a large multi-story building (like a big school)
2) Destroy all staircases leading up from the ground level
3) Grow food on the roof, use rope ladders to send out raiding parties for other supplies as needed

Seriously, I am so sick of the protagonists in zombie movies & shows always hiding behind stuff that can simply be pushed over by a mindless horde (chain link fences, doors, etc). Gain some elevation that requires equipment to ascend. Or even use something like a simple commando-style rope bridge that requires intelligent motor co-ordination to traverse.

Humans are infinitely more mobile & dextrous than zombies (esp. with the use of tools), there's no reason they shouldn't be able to exploit that to create a haven which is completely inaccessible to zombies by its very nature.

Of course this presupposes the typical George Romero/28 Days Later/Walking Dead type of zombie, as opposed to the World War Z ones which conquer every obstacle with self-organizing meat mountains.

Comment: Re:Live (Score 2) 232

by Wraithlyn (#49165767) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

it is meant to demonstrate that even with an alternate future from the original movies [...] they couldn't escape their shared fate, or their shared destiny

You REALLY think these movies are interested in exploring pre-destination, determinism, destiny, fate, etc? (If you are interested in such topics, go watch Predestination, it's based on a Heinlein short and is great)

Bullshit. They rebooted it with a fairly conventional time-travel plot device, then brought Kahn back to sell tickets. That's it. No deeper meaning.

I mean, are you not aware of JJ Abrams previous projects? The illusion of deeper meaning is kind've his thing. (See: Lost)

Comment: Re:Department of Fairness can not be far behind (Score 1) 631

by Wraithlyn (#49140267) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

From your own link:

In 1969 the United States Supreme Court upheld the FCC's general right to enforce the Fairness Doctrine where channels were limited. But the courts did not rule that the FCC was obliged to do so.[3] The courts reasoned that the scarcity of the broadcast spectrum, which limited the opportunity for access to the airwaves, created a need for the Doctrine. However, the proliferation of cable television, multiple channels within cable, public-access channels, and the Internet have eroded this argument, since there are plenty of places for ordinary individuals to make public comments on controversial issues at low or no cost at all.

The Fairness Doctrine was abolished in 1987. So you're frothing at the mouth over a doctrine that was discontinued almost 30 years ago, and was intended to promote discussion of public issues on a scarce medium, and you think it is somehow relevant to the Internet in 2015.

But hey, don't let actual details get in the way of your breathless hyperbole.

Comment: Re:Oh? (Score 1, Flamebait) 139

by Wraithlyn (#49139363) Attached to: 12-Billion-Solar-Mass Black Hole Discovered

Considering he made the exact same mistake twice in a row, it seems like more than just a one-off typo don't you think?

And your response to someone teasingly pointing this out, is offensive name calling?

What are you, twelve? From the generation where nobody is ever told they're wrong and everybody gets a participation trophy?

Mature adults acknowledge their mistakes and attempt to learn from them. If I was repeatedly making a mistake like this, I would WANT it pointed out to me.

Comment: Re:Old stuff. (Score 2) 227

by Wraithlyn (#48854431) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

MOO2 was pretty good too.. the only thing I remember disliking compared to the first one was the number of ships you could build were more limited due to different supply mechanics.

MOO3 wasn't evan a game, it was a fucking spreadsheet. Never been more disappointed in a game. And I've played Daikatana and DNF.

Comment: Re:Riddle me this, batman (Score 1) 160

by Wraithlyn (#48628995) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Because you purchased it while geographically located in Russia, using a Russian Steam account, a Russian billing address and a Russian credit cart (or Russian PayPal account or whatever)?

You can't easily accomplish these things by just "buying it from a Russian site".

Human resources are human first, and resources second. -- J. Garbers