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Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1080 1080

As a gay person, I can tell you that debates of these statistics - "How many people are actually gay?" - is a popular discussion in gay circles. Many gay people think that the number is closer to 20% because, frankly, they've experienced things that lead them to believe that, such as having sexual encounters with self-identifying straight people, and confessions of people that they wouldn't tell anyone else.

But what is gay? Just one same-sex encounter out of ten thousand opposite-sex encounters? What if you like it sometimes, or at one point in your life, but not others?

In this, I defer to the Nazis as always. They were very very meticulous about their sociographic statistics, what with their racial theories and all. They found that around 8% of the German population was gay. That number seems about right to me.

Comment: Re:His writings will be studied. Linus is legend. (Score 1) 323 323

He was mad that GitHub wasn't enforcing this policy with all projects, even though it's absofuckinglutely unnecessary. And if you look at the page, he was writing a post with manual 72-ish line breaks inside an HTML context (GitHub comments), making it look stupid.

Comment: Re: One more in a crowded field (Score 1) 337 337

My observations:

1. Overall, UI+Navigation takes longer. There's more manual lifting to write non-standard page elements. Writing margins and locations directly in code instead of by layout managers, etc.
2. Crashes are harder to track down. This is probably true for ANY environment that's C-based.

Swift will probably close the gap, especially for #2.

Comment: Re:His writings will be studied. Linus is legend. (Score 1) 323 323

One thing that he was absolutely wrong about: his insistence that commit messages be wrapped to 72 characters. The summary is that he railed against the idea that display tools (like HTML) should automatically wrap text because humans know better how to wrap text.

Why the 72 character limit? So it appropriately works on 1960's display technology.

Oh, and the hilarious thing about this is that he word wrapped his own HTML text in the very Gtihub post, making it display wrong in the web browser, while everyone else's text looks correct at the right width as prescribed by the page's CSS rules.


Comment: Re: Quiet schmiet, frosty already (Score 1) 337 337

He's right, though. From a language purist perspective, Javascript is an awful language. The fact that 009 entered into a textbox doesn't translate into the number 9 is a historical flaw that is purely a language failure. Just because it's popular doesn't make it good. And that's the argument that's going on here.

Comment: Re:One more in a crowded field (Score 1) 337 337

First of all, I'm a developer.

So, I work for a company who wants the product on all platforms... we dev on all platforms, and we even outsourced a windows app (ha!). But anyways, it's true. It's way faster to iterate in Android than it is in iOS. So our features come out on Android first.

I can hear everyone saying "get better iOS developers!" Well, maybe. But I don't think so. The devs are pretty much equally capable on both sides. Maybe Swift will change things, but the reality is is that Android development is faster than iOS development, and there's no internet chatter that will change the reality of what we're experiencing. Maybe Swift will change that, and if that's the case, cool. But right now, it's faster to iterate on Android hands down, and I believe (obviously an opinion here, however an educated opinion), the reason is Java is faster to develop in than Objective-C.

Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 225 225

LOL there's more to this story. Rabbits need real food, not grass. You can't leave a dog in a cage with grass and expect it to live.

But anyways, I certainly would agree with anyone who thinks our sentencing laws are anything but fair. I am dumbfounded by tax crimes which give life sentences and murders which give 8 years.

Comment: Re: This isn't a question (Score 1) 623 623

People have been doing this for thousands of years, to protect the interests of both involved. For example, dowries which must be repaid to the woman if there is a divorce, husband has to pay wife half of salary for half as long as they have been married, etc. I wouldn't say it's self-harming; I'd say it's generally to a certain penalty that both parties have an interest in not breaking the contract.

Comment: Re: This isn't a question (Score 1) 623 623

I actually mean that the negative consequences built into the contract. If someone creates a contract that says "we're married" and that's it, you don't even need a contract. If it says "then we split assets 50/50 if broken", then you have negative consequences of breaking it, and if you don't want to honor the agreement, then the State can help enforce it.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.