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Comment: The internet is for real (Score 2) 164

by bidule (#49055575) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?

There's enough news, blogs and documentation on the internet to cover my non-fiction needs.

I would say my book reading is 100% fiction but for Guy Gavriel Kay pseudo-historical fiction or RPG splat-books that describe real locations and History such as Ars Magica.

If I'm using books, it's because I don't want to stare at a screen before bed.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 677

by bidule (#49043777) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

if ! (doSomethingThatMightFail() &&
  doSomethingElseThatMightfail() &&
  doMoreFailingStuff() &&
  yepMoreFailingStuff()) {
    cleanupWork();
}

OR

do {
  if ! doSomethingThatMightFail() break;
  if ! doSomethingElseThatMightfail() break;
  if ! doMoreFailingStuff() break;
  if ! yepMoreFailingStuff() break;
} while (false);

Utterly tongue in cheek!

Comment: Re:Shrug, yawn. Have you read it? (Score 1) 224

by bidule (#48955321) Attached to: Nuclear Safety Push To Be Softened After US Objections

You should dig up a 2011 Associated Press article about tritium leaks at nuclear plants across the country.

Since tritium has to be ingested and its half-life is short, I thought this wasn't a risk for humans.

Hell, there have been 2 nuclear plants that SCRAMed recently.
One on Christmas and the other last week, during the big north east blizzard.

Wasn't it shutdown because the powerline were gone and they could not "export" electricity out of the plant? That's how I read it anyway.

Comment: Re:Crunch all you want... We'll make more! (Score 1) 136

by bidule (#48853143) Attached to: Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

So is he saying that doctors should keep prescribing antibiotics for illness where they are unnecessary, and that prophylactic application of antibiotics in agriculture should continue? That is, the only thing that needs to be fixed is the manufacturing leakage?

The biggest joke is that if we were to reduce prescription, we would reduce leakage by the same factor if not more.

Comment: Re:And in the name of Jihadists... (Score 1) 509

by bidule (#48785561) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

There was a clear chain of command and structure of authority to decide who gets to be a priest and who doesn't, and set rules as to what areas priests may have authority over with procedures for dispute resolution.

Simony was a big problem in the Middle Ages. HRE Henry IV fought against Pope Gregory VII over who would name the bishops. There was still only 2 players who could name priests, which kept it relatively safe.

And there were Cathars and Bogomils who got written off as heresy by the victors. Much closer to us (10-20 years or so), there were some (swiss?) traditionalist priests who got excommunicated for saying the mass in latin.

All that does not stop some random Westboro Church or fake Caliphate from sprouting, but it might keep them from surviving a century or two.

Comment: Re:Religions codify survival info ... (Score 1) 755

by bidule (#48702547) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

True enough. I always note that people make God in their own image, as their God just so happens to hate the very same things they do. So the zealots do their evil in the name of their God who happens to, well you know the rest..

"What God wants, God gets! God helps us all!" (from Radio K.A.O.S.)

Comment: Re:As a former muslim (Score 1) 880

by bidule (#48600875) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Remember that in the middle, and late middle ages, the Islamic world was the advanced, progressive, cultured and tolerant civilization, far ahead of western Europe. Christian Europe was a place of endless war and bickering and of religious zealots.

From 700 to 1400, roughly. Then they fell into obscurantism. We should be good for another 100 years before we fall too.

Comment: Re:Modern board games (Score 1) 171

by bidule (#48560105) Attached to: Preferred Type of Game?

Good chaos comes from player actions. Bad chaos comes from random dice rolls.

Trivia - We never play Cathan because luck is too big a factor : player A always win every game he plays, player B lose every game he plays. The only time player A lost was when player B purposefully selected the same numbers. They both lost.

Now, compare this from Puerto Rico which needs no dice to bring chaos, or Ra which manages to be fair even if utterly random.

To take a computer game analogy, if a player is unbeatable at Mortal Kombat there's no fun. But you have so little control over your fighter that whoever wins is purely random, it's just as bad.

Comment: Re:Never mind that Steve Jobs was not gay (Score 1) 430

by bidule (#48306635) Attached to: Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Of course it is. That's the whole basis of the secret american gay bomb, which russian intelligence reports was in development 20 years ago, so it must be completed by now.

Way longer than that... Enola Gay.

And don't be fooled by the minor spelling change, that african epidemic is a failed experiment.

Show me a man who is a good loser and I'll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.

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