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Comment Re:WTF is a pull request? (Score 1) 291

As has already been explained in comments further up, a pull request is how changes to code get merged back into the master repository when using Git for revision control.

Anyone can download the code and make changes which they then commit locally. Then instead of 'pushing' their changes back into the original version, they issue a request to the maintainer to 'pull' their changes in. It is up the maintainer of the original repository to decide if they want the changes in their code or not.

Comment Cherry picked results (Score 4, Informative) 291

The interesting thing the study actually found was that pull-request acceptance rates dropped for BOTH males and females when the gender of the requester could be inferred from their username or avatar picture. In some categories that rate dropped more for males, and in others the rate dropped more for females.

But they ignored the drop in rates for males and considered only the drop in rates for females when jumping to their conclusion of "gender bias".

Comment Australian NBN (Score 1) 280

To be honest I've lost track of who said what due to our stupid revolving door leadership, but I seem to recall a little while ago that the choice was '25Mbit in 5 years' or '100Mbit in 8 years for a lot more cost'.
I was hoping for the 25Mbit choice because it would be fast enough to move the bottleneck elsewhere, but people were scathing and condescending about being so 'backwards' and 'outdated'.
Looks like I was right.

Comment Re:Change the channel, Marge (Score 2) 197

OS X doesn't suffer from the 'mobilization' of the desktop

That isn't quite true. It is suffering from 'mobilization', and also 'socialization'.
Snow Leopard (10.6) was the best release ever. Since then it has been going steadily backwards, albeit slowly.
I remember reading one of their '200 new features in the next release' that mentioned Facebook 46 times. That was when I knew it was all going to be downhill.

Apple got an early lead in the race to the bottom by taking away great things like expose, but then they seemed to falter a bit.

Linux and especially Microsoft were, as usual, late to the party, but have since caught up with Gnome 3 and Windows 8 respectively.

We'll have to wait and see who manages to get to their 'Hitler' version first.

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