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Comment HTML is a markup language (Score 1) 616

As a web/system administrator, I would never call myself a coder. A programmer. I've fooled around with coding a bit, and written some shell scripts and SQL, but I wouldn't consider myself a programmer.

In fact, I wouldn't call even the most hot shit web designer using HTML & CSS coders. Unless they're writing their own original JavaScript scripts.

That said, even if you don't like math, you can learn enough to do some programming. You may even learn to love math after the fact.

Go Victoria!

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 4, Insightful) 417

"I'd be happy if folks would just bother to use their blinkers, instead of fiddling around with other hi-tech in their cars."

I'd be happy if people would go forward when the light changes so I can get through the intersection before the light turns red again. instead of texting, or updating Facebook, or whatever the fuck they're doing with their stupid phones.

Comment Re:$3500 fine? (Score 1) 286

It's not just a joke, it's an insult to every worker in the U.S. This company should have been closed down. Shuttered. Its executives should go to jail. Its assets should be liquidated.

If the company is so ethically-challenged as to blatantly disregard U.S. labor laws, what else would they be willing to do to make a profit?

Comment Re:Not just iPhone (Score 1) 421

Bah! Nonsense. Ridiculous nonsense.

First, it doesn't cost $800, unless you get it contract free & 64GB, and that's a specific choice you make.

Second, it doesn't get "easily bent". You can bend any phone with enough force. If you're applying the kind of force that will bend a cell phone, then you're being careless and deserve what you get.

You're disaster hyping like Fox News.

Comment Koch-Backed Astroturf Group is 'Fascist' (Score 1) 531

Any time you have business trying to control regulation it's a bad thing. Because, let's face it, business doesn't give a shit about your rights, civil or otherwise. Or your health, or your children's health, or your well being in any way. All business cares about is profit. And if you get in the way of profit, business will stomp you like a cockroach.

Fuck the Kochs and their ilk.

Comment How about just two? Or three? (Score 1) 322

It'd be nice if they had one OS for client machines, one for servers, and one for mobile. Not

  • Windows 8.1 Consumer
  • Windows 8.1 Professional
  • Windows 8.1 Professional Consumer
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise Lite
  • Windows 8.1 Children's
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Substandard
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 And A Half
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Unsecured

, etc.

Comment ...and this killed my interest in astronomy (Score 1) 358

At least in astronomy beyond naked-eye observation.

The universe is so vast that it boggles my mind. Just the distance between star systems in our galaxy is huge, then when you start thinking about the distance between galaxies, and then that there are clusters of galaxies... and the distance between clusters of galaxies. It's too much.

Not to mention that it pretty much puts the kibosh on things like intergalactic travel, probably even interstellar travel too.

Comment Re:By mistake? (Score 5, Insightful) 711

And I think this is what Cook was saying. People went to buy a smartphone thinking they'd have the same apps/functions/etc as the iPhone if they bought any smartphone, then found that their Android phone didn't do/use the specific thing that all their friends on iPhones could do/use.

To say that Tim Cook was saying people went to intentionally buy an iPhone, but accidentally bought an Android phone is disingenuous. You know what he meant. And if you don't, you have a serious English comprehension issue.

Now, whether cellular providers' sales people fobbed Android phones off on customers who were actually looking for an iPhone is another story.

You can imagine the scenario:

"I'd like an iPhone."
"That's $399, then."
"What?! That's a lot!"
"Well, we have these (Android) phones, and they're only $39.95."
"Is that an iPhone?"
"No, but it does all the same things."
"Oh. And only $39.95? Okay. I'll take it."

A few months later they've discovered that iPhone only app that all their friends rave about doesn't run on Android. Oops.

Comment Re:#notallgeekyguys (Score 1) 1198

The fundamental point is you're focused on semantics rather than the issue. Which sorta makes you an apologist

So, rather than worrying about what percentage of men are rapists, you might think about what behavior you engage in which enables that percentage of men that does actively commit acts of rape to feel that it's okay to do so.

Your nitpicking about semantics reeks of the mindset that asks rape victims what they were wearing that provoked a man to rape them. You seem more interested in arguing about whether all men are rapists, rather than confronting the cultural issues which enable sexual assault and rape, and allow perpetrators to get away with it.

Comment Re:#notallgeekyguys (Score 3, Insightful) 1198

Did you not bother to read the article? Also, if you don't know what the statistics are on rape, hey, you could... look them up. And if you don't want to discuss these issues why bother to post anything?

Again, did you read the article? 'Cause one of the points of the article is that women know not all men are rapists, so you being defensive about it doesn't help anyone, least of all you. Maybe if you shut yer yap long enough to listen to the issues you'd be "equipped" to have a discussion.

" Why is it not helpful to say 'not all men are like that'? For lots of reasons. For one, women know this. They already know not every man is a rapist, or a murderer, or violent. They don't need you to tell them.

Second, it's defensive. When people are defensive, they aren't listening to the other person; they're busy thinking of ways to defend themselves. I watched this happen on Twitter, over and again.

Third, the people saying it aren't furthering the conversation, theyâ(TM)re sidetracking it. The discussion isn't about the men who aren't a problem. (Though, I'll note, it can be. I'll get back to that.) Instead of being defensive and distracting from the topic at hand, try staying quiet for a while and actually listening to what the thousands upon thousands of women discussing this are saying. "

Every cloud has a silver lining; you should have sold it, and bought titanium.