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Comment: Re:Same old, same old. (Score 2) 797

The bullies are often the popular kids, and are often popular with some of the staff too who want to be 'cool with the kids'.

The bullied are usually the unpopular kids. It happened to me too, having no recourse to constant bullying and when I finally snapped it was me who got the suspension, and the bullies who get let off.

Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? (Score 1) 431

by jez9999 (#46743323) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

The 'purists' who spend their time harping on The True Rules, or replying purely to note that somebody has used 'there' instead of 'their' or the reverse, are an utter waste of time.

Yep, because spending a few minutes learning some basic grammar rules is too damn difficult.

Seriously, in what other domain is ignorance of a subject celebrated as much as with a language's grammar? Can you name even one?

Comment: Re:Nothing will happen (Score 0) 432

by jez9999 (#46743027) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

For example, on the economic situation, this guy was made the US's top accountant for over a decade, and appointed to posts by both R and D presidents and yet he makes videos that can barely garner 2k views about the situation (since September): []

I'd have voted it up if they hadn't disabled comments.

Comment: Re:The department gives the hint. (Score 3, Interesting) 451

by jez9999 (#46717207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

XFCE may look superficially like XP but actually has all sorts of differences that make it irritating as hell to use. Just off the top of my head:

- No decent file explorer. Thunar is abysmal compared to XP's.
- Window borders too small, like 1px. Resizing windows is a pain.
- Window maximize behaviour is annoying, because you can still drag the window out of fullscreen after it's been maximized, yet dragging it to the top of the screen doesn't automatically fullscreen the window again.
- The 2 clipboards, one of which is a "mouse buffer", is so unintuative I would classify it as a bug. Linux desperately needs a unified clipboard.
- The start menu (yeah Win8 did away with it but it's bringing it back) is a nightmare. On Windows, its contents can be organized by easily drag/dropping, and generally the programs listing reflects somewhere on the file system. On Linux, no drag/drop, .desktop files all over the place to edit if you want to modify stuff, and the menu editor is broken (like "move up" and "move down" don't work)

Cinnamon or KDE might be better.

Comment: Re:Correlation MIGHT be causation (Score 1) 116

by Alioth (#46713039) Attached to: How Riot's Social Scientists Fight <em>League of Legends</em> Trolling

There are certain parts of the Starcraft community that are absolutely shitty. It's not just the people who spout BM or make pre-emptive GGs, it's the snobs on the forum/chat channels who immediately flame anyone who isn't a pro who dares to mention even the slightest something to do with strategy as being a "noob" or "you can't talk about that, you're not in the top 100 of GMs" etc. We even have that going on in a chat channel *specifically* for low level (mainly bronze) players.

I thought it was just SC2 that was that snobby, but looking around it's pretty much the same everywhere. It's in complete contrast to the community of RTCW:ET players a few years ago which was pretty polite and friendly by comparison.

Comment: Re:The writers were ineffectual (Score 1) 641

Actually, I think the low point was the final episode. The idea of the Borg, a massive hive mind responsible for the destruction of hundreds of civilizations, being defeated by one fucking human woman by infecting them with some virus? What complete and utter BS. Nobody in any of the other civilizations had that idea?

Comment: Re:Mixed blessing (Score 2) 146

by Alioth (#46704541) Attached to: Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

There are some good versions of BASIC, even from years ago.

Consider BBC BASIC for the BBC Microcomputer (a very common computer in the 1980s in British education and schools). BBC BASIC supports named procedures and local variables so you can write BBC BASIC programs just as structured as pretty much any other language. It's one of the few BASICs where you can easily write recursive routines (since it has local variables).

Then there are BASICs that are just awful, like the excuse for a language interpreter that Commodore put on the C64.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson