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Comment: Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (Score 1) 233

by squiggleslash (#48432843) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

He's right and you're wrong. Those two issues are not the primary purposes of the Federal Government, and even if you had been technically right (you're not, ICC is of considerable more historic purpose), you would have been handwaving as claiming two issues are "primary" does not eliminate the other unsaid issues.

Comment: Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (Score 1) 233

by squiggleslash (#48432799) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

I'm bemused by his answer to be honest. I was making a light hearted comment about someone's attempt to justify a party position ("Against big gubmint") by launching into a dubious official-justification "Trying to protect the constitution" rant.

So I drew a parallel with #ethics!!?!1!, and got a massive MRA rant in response, as if the intent was to make the thread symmetric. Apparent Reason 1 -> Dubious Official Position 1 -> Dubious Official Position 2 -> (Whitewashed) Apparent Reason 2.


BTW Shadow, FWIW, the tactics of your fellow MRAs/channer trolls/opportunists/dupes lead me to actually sit down and watch Anita Sarkeesian's video series the other week. Well, I had to. And yes, it will impact some of my work in future, she makes some excellent points. Me, myself, probably won't make a difference to you, but I know plenty of others who have done the same. And by coming out into the open, you've also made it easier for us to see you, for me to, for example, warn my daughter (when she's old enough, I'm not going to scare the shit out of her right now) about the extremists in your group who write articles like "How to get away with rape" and "How to break a woman".

So thank you - to you and the people you defend and associate with - for making it easier to arm my daughter, and for ensuring I, and legions of other men who seriously had thought sexism against women was nothing like as serious as it is, open our eyes and start fighting for equality.

Comment: Re:Migration away from Google? (Score 1) 382

Did you mean People type poorly and having spelling difficulties?

Results 1-10 of one gajillion:

(This is how Google used to work. Then they switched to automatically searching for the search query they think you want. Then they introduced the "any of these words" bullshit. And now they even change your query without telling you, leaving you literally with no relationship between what you've entered and the search results. Baffling.)

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Comment: Re:Migration away from Google? (Score 1) 382

It's not the default because it doesn't work as well for most people.

It works very well for most people. Google is popular precisely because that mode works well for most people. And virtually everyone I'm talking to right now, geek and non-geek alike, agrees Google's new search mode is shit.

Comment: Re:Migration away from Google? (Score 2) 382

Pro-tip: you can get the old useful Google back (temporarily, there's no way to save it as a default) by hitting Search Tools -> Change "All Results" to "Verbatim"

Why they don't let you make that the fucking default - in fact, WHY IT ISN'T THE DEFAULT - is anyone's guess.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 164

by squiggleslash (#48420295) Attached to: Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Why not? They have money, and the people who urgently need it (as opposed to it being a nice to have) don't - get the people who spend $5,000 on a carbon frame to pay for the R&D and initial start-up costs, and then supply the people who need it as soon as you can afford to do so.

It makes sense. It sounds wrong, but grants for this kind of work aren't just readily available, and ultimately this means that the people who need the work get it.

Comment: Re:bad idea. (Score 1) 74

by squiggleslash (#48385965) Attached to: Mozilla Launches Browser Built For Developers

Quite I program desktop applications the same way. No fancy debuggers, and I use Notepad to write the source code. Then I print out the source code using an ordinary printer and hand compile the code into hex codes, which I input back into the system and write out as a .EXE using an Excel VBA Script program I wrote myself.

Anything else is just asking for trouble...

Comment: Re:Illegal to distribute a WIP JVM implementation (Score 1) 525

Android called its VM something different and still got sued by Oracle for distributing a derivative of the Java Language Specification that did not pass tests.

Yes, and Oracle lost that lawsuit...

(If they'd won I suspect the consequences for Java would have been disastrous anyway, the entire eco-system would have become toxic with any legal ruling that effectively says you can't modify Java in any way and release the results without Oracle's permission. I still remain amazed they took it that far.)

Comment: Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (Score 1) 525

It's not too little. It's too late to prevent a full scale migration from Java, as the latter is too deeply entrenched within the enterprise (plus I doubt Android is going to go there soon), but it does change the dynamic.

.NET hasn't had support from the FOSS communities in large part because it's only first class on Windows, because the core system wasn't fully open source, and because, well, Microsoft.

Other than "Microsoft" (and .NET's rival is no longer nice cuddly Sun, but Oracle, so there's that...), none of that is true any more. And it's an extremely capable, versatile, system that is arguably one of the best things ever to come out of Microsoft.

Meanwhile, Java doesn't seem to have the momentum it once had, we're slowly seeing improvements but there's a sense I have (and maybe I'm wrong) that 99% of the new features promised for Java (x+1) are there to solve issues in Java (x). I frequently see amazing stuff in C# that frequently makes you wonder why we're still avoiding it for scripting languages.

This is good. It builds trust. It creates a two way dynamic between the FOSS and .NET communities that previously was awkward and revolved entirely around people obsessive about Microsoft's technology choices.

I'm very glad they did it.

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Paul Erlich