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Comment: Re:Former subscriber (Score 1) 156

by grouchomarxist (#48614053) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

as a full-time programmer I haven't cracked a single book or magazine related to programming in over a year. My extensive library collects extensive dust.

I'd suggest you read something, perhaps something outside of your professional area. Reading up on things outside of your area of focus can help you develop as a programmer, see things in a different light, etc...

Comment: Re:Gay? (Score 1) 764

by grouchomarxist (#48274927) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

President Obama identifies himself as a black man. I can't find the exact quote, but he once described himself as "a black man of mixed background". Another time he said “If I’m outside your building trying to catch a cab, they’re not saying, ‘Oh, there’s a mixed-race guy.’” The point is part of the reason he probably identifies as black is because that is how other people see him. Most people think in terms of simple race categories. (I myself am of mixed-race and I know it is a pain to have to explain this, often multiple times to the same people.)

Comment: Re:Being Gay is still technically "abnormal" (Score 2) 764

by grouchomarxist (#48274821) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

If you look up the definition of abnormal in a dictionary, such as this one or this one. You get definitions like: ": different from what is normal or average : unusual especially in a way that causes problems" or "Not typical, usual, or regular; not normal; deviant. odd in behaviour or appearance; strange". So even if the word has a sense as you indicate, other senses of the word are pejorative.

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