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Comment: I still use paper and pencil (Score 1) 387

I'm a programmer, but I still tend to do my thinking, planning, sketching ideas, note taking, etc. with paper and pencils/pens. I just find that I can think better with those tools than some program on a tablet or laptop. It's easier to draw sketches and it doesn't feel so permanent like putting it into a computer does so I'm more apt to play around with ideas and throwaway what doesn't work.

Comment: Re:I'd like to see the environmental nightmare die (Score 2) 369

Well, that is true. But I don't drink coffee and now that we have a Keurig machine at work I have the admin get hot chocolate and apple cider cups for myself. So... I'm destroying the environment while drinking a tasty beverage. Such a first world thing to do.

Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 1) 286

"They are better off than anyone else in Polynesia, and have one of the highest standards of living in the world." Then I feel sorry for most people in the world. I just got back from spending a week in Oa'hu and the abject and widespread poverty of the people there was shocking to me. I have never seen that level of poverty anywhere I've lived on the mainland (Florida, Cali, Colorado, Texas, Oregon, Utah, Indiana, and Montana).

Comment: Re:IE 6 (Score 2) 218

by irrational_design (#49563781) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?
It's not really old vs young. Most of those on older browsers are coming from foreign (non-USA) countries or are coming from corporate networks where they don't have control over what browser they are running.

But can you give me an example of jQuery creating a terrible mobile experience? In my experience, I haven't noticed any issues on mobile devices for websites using jQuery.

Comment: Re: Warning!!! (Score 1) 116

by irrational_design (#49451701) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple
How do you know what is right? 100 years ago people would have said that they were on the right side of history when they excluded gays. Now we look back and say that they were mistaken. But perhaps in 100 years our descendents will look back at us and say that we were mistaken to think that we were on the right side of history. We like to think that we are on the right side of history, just as our ancestors did. But we might be just as mistaken as they were. So claiming that we are on the right side of history seems disingenous at best.

Comment: Re: Warning!!! (Score 1) 116

by irrational_design (#49449753) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple
But how would you know that? What if gay rights had never progressed? You would have most likely would have believe at this time that people's beliefs 100 years ago were right (since they match what you currently believe is right) and therefor they were on the right side of history. This smacks of confirmation bias.

Comment: Re: Warning!!! (Score 1) 116

by irrational_design (#49449185) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple
So "right side" refers to ethics/morals. But what about the history part? By definition history is in the past. So how do you know that what you think in the present is moral will be considered moral by historians of the future? That is what I mean by wishful thinking. Someone who uses this phrases is basically saying "I think that this action is moral/ethical and I hope that future historians agree with me so that when the future history books are written they will show that I was on the right side of history." I just think that no logical person can use the phrase "the right side of history". Though most of the people who use this phrase are politicians who are pretty much the antithesis of logical.

Comment: Re: Warning!!! (Score 1, Insightful) 116

by irrational_design (#49447027) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple
"on the right side of history" This phrase has always confused me. Unless you are a prophet or time traveler, how do you know you are on the "right side" of history until a significant enough time has passed? And what does "right side" even mean? Is this about winners and losers? Was Stalin on the right side of history since he was a winner (in a manner of speaking) while Hitler was on the wrong side of history since he was a loser? Or is this some kind of moral/ethical rightness? But how do we know what will be moral/ethical at a point in the future that our time is considered to be history? 100 years ago I'm pretty sure the average person wouldn't have considered someone who supported gay rights to be on the right side of history. Again, until enough time has passed, how can you know that you are/were on the right side of history? It sounds like wishful thinking to me.

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