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Comment: Re:Nude == Rude? (Score 2) 170 170

Hint: you can't, because it doesn't. More likely the contrary (as in: seeing a naked body every now & then lets kids grow up to be healthy adults). As has been shown at least a few times in serious studies

The best way for anyone to see how this is true is to see what goes on at a Nudist park, village, beach, etc. and my direct study (this summer) of the situation confirms your answer. Nudity != sex in spades. Also, people talk about body acceptance. If a nudist camp experience can't give you that with bodies all over the spectrum, then you really do need help.

I joined Cedar Waters Village this year, after a lifetime of avoiding places like that (except for that one visit to Moonstone Beach (PPTJLC)), and I can only say that I regret not doing something like this sooner in my life. The ability to just walk out of your cabin after waking up - bypassing your clothes hanging in the closet completely - and traipse off to the beach not giving a single flying fuck is refreshing.

BMO - Piping Plovers Taste Just Like Chicken

Comment: I said this elsewhere... (Score 4, Funny) 815 815

The removal of Confederate Battle Flag items from the market and such is a bad idea.

Walmart, K-Mart, Sears, etc., should all continue to sell "Redneck Pride" crap - promote it, even. Because such things are great visual cues as to who is a moron/dolt/idiot without having to actually talk to them.


Comment: Who? (Score 3, Insightful) 80 80

Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group.

This fucking clown? This guy who sided for years and years with SCO? This guy who gets things more wrong than even Dvorak, and at the same time is sincerely not trying to troll (unlike Dvorak) thereby exhibiting his utter incompetency?

Since when does his fucking opinion fucking matter? How the fuck does one get a gig doing what he does and get even NPR to pay cash money for idiotic punditry?


OF ONE FUCKING PERSON. Self-importance, bloviation, and inaccuracy all rolled up into one neat douchebag.


Oh, I know, Dice.



Comment: Re:Don't use an IDE (Score 1) 257 257

>Software with a 25+ lifespan
>proprietary version of C++
>proprietary IDE

Just... no. Depending on proprietary anything is a no-no. Anyone who has experienced the "oh we don't do that anymore" phenomenon with other Microsoft products (the EOLing of MSVB 6.0, fer example), and other software vendors, know that depending on a company that needs to introduce $SOMETHING_DIFFERENT every year to differentiate (and call it innovation!) themselves from $OTHER_VENDOR is a road that leads to Lovecraftian madness.

There is COBOL and FORTRAN code out there that is likely older than me and a most other Slashdotters, and the only reason why it's still around and maintained is because it conforms to standards, is documented to hell and back, and can be edited in a plain text editor, or even pencil-and-paper, and doesn't depend on any particular vendor.

Proprietary languages and IDEs are a quagmire, and companies like Microsoft know this - once you've written enough code that requires their support, they have you by the short hairs.


Comment: Re:Whack a mole (Score 0) 212 212

All the "negative checkoff" (click NOT to install) and all the (CNET e.g.) sites where banner ads mislead to click on them rather than the download file button you are looking for should be treated as malware, starting a long time ago.

So much this. All of the major "download sites" for Windows freeware/shareware do this. Even some official sites hide the actual download button and have big adware/spyware/shitware "download" buttons.

For example, I used to recommend imgburn for Windows users years ago, back when XP was new, until I saw what they were doing with their official page. They still haven't cleaned it up. It's still shit.

Feast your eyes upon this abomination:

Be in a hurry and spot the actual download link. Go ahead. Even if you know what you're looking for, you can miss it.

Also- "Versions on included optional adware in the installer,[4] which was replaced in version with OpenCandy adware.[5][6]"

Go to wikipedia and look at the list of software that OpenCandy infects, too.

Then there is stuff like MindSpark that even comes *preinstalled* on consumer-level machines from Dell and HP.

It's when I see shit like that I thank my lucky stars I moved away from Windows full-time 18 years ago.


Comment: Re:That's not all (Score 5, Insightful) 336 336

Men aren't supposed to be repelled.

It's the workaholic ethic many men grow up with.

You might think sexism is only discrimination against women. Men are the victims of sexism just as much, on the basis that they're supposed to be strong, macho, invincible in the face of adversity.

"Long hours? You don't like long hours? What kind of a pussy are you? You're not a team player. Your last paycheck will be Friday."


(I heard this from one of my supervisors. It's something straight out of Dilbert:) "Taking unpaid personal time is stealing from the company."

These attitudes are rampant not only in game publishers but in manufacturing and everything else.

And we're supposed to just put up with it. Because we're not pussies.


Comment: Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 3, Insightful) 1032 1032

Why is higher education only useful for helping you making money? THat is not what it is for!

Tell that to my parents, and millions like them, who drummed it into my head that I would be digging ditches if I didn't go to university. This had been repeated to every generation since WWII. So excuse all of us for believing it.

They didn't tell me about laborer's unions and what licensed heavy equipment operators get, you know, the people who really dig ditches.

Which I would have enjoyed. Who the hell wants to be stuck inside all day?

Doing manual work was seriously looked down upon. But the plumber in our neighborhood had a huge boat with *two* inboard engines in it and a nice house.

And you can't outsource plumbing.


Comment: Re:They aren't even trying (Score 4, Insightful) 236 236

But you don't have to use Facebook... be tracked.

You know all those "share via social media" buttons you see everywhere? Do you think they just exist to make it easy for users to repost content? No, they're for tracking anyone and everyone who goes to those sites (i.e., all) who don't have the trackers filtered through the likes of PrivacyBadger and ad-blockers.

And the ratio of users that use those is minuscule enough that the users of the blockers themselves (like me) can be tracked via browser fingerprinting ridiculously easily anyway.

The general population is powerless against the corporations unless they simply give up entirely and go dark. What a nifty fucking choice, eh?

Get down off your high-horse, Lord Farquaad.


Comment: Re:Practicing librarian here (Score 4, Interesting) 51 51

>obsolescence of libraries

Last century, people were foretelling the future and saying that the Internet was going to be the death of brick-and-mortar retail stores.

I went to buy some suits a month ago. I didn't buy them online, because honestly, my sense of style is nonexistent. You might even call it a negative value. I was lamenting that I was too far away from my favorite store and I didn't know of who to go to, and I was tipped off to a place in Manchester NH (I'm in Concord). In short order, they got me what I needed, and I looked just spiffy according to my fiance.

Online, I would have spent weeks looking and eventually might have found something that looks nice on a hangar, but probably makes me look goofy.

Likewise libraries. Most people going into libraries are looking for specific information and they're fuzzy about where to look. Librarians offer the same level of personal service that the above retailer offered. Librarians are more than just nerdy stock-keepers and book hoarders.

Add on to this that libraries are also meatspace social gathering places if you check out the bulletin boards at the entrances.

Because of this, libraries aren't going away any time soon.


Comment: Re:Librarians know that knowledge is power (Score 1) 51 51

The old mimeographed copies are collector's items, and most of the ones online have been "edited" like a game of telephone.

That said, if you take any of the content seriously and try the things in it, Uncle Darwin will greet you with open arms. The FBI's investigation into the document said as much.

In that light, I think possession of the Cookbook should make you /not/ a target of investigation as "the 'problem' will solve itself sooner or later."


Comment: What the article doesn't distinguish... (Score 1) 356 356 that funding promising but currently expensive technology that can have big payoffs in the future for society is far different than corn or oil subsidies.

Or military subsidies.

Inflammatory article is inflammatory.


P.S. I was going to use "nascent" as the word up there but didn't like it so I used a thesaurus. Pubescent is a synonym. That would have made the sentence far more interesting.

Comment: Re:For a stimulating usage... (Score 1) 133 133

Surprised that there is only one post pointing this out. Non-crap manufacturers typically make them rechargeable, as opposed to filling landfills with used alkaline cells.

What, why are you looking at me like that?


(it says "submit" on the button. yes, oh yes.)

Real computer scientists don't program in assembler. They don't write in anything less portable than a number two pencil.