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Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score 1) 83

by squiggleslash (#49156019) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

(Original post has disappeared apparently due to abusive moderation. If you don't like what I'm saying, respond. The fact is everything stated below is true. I know many don't like terms like "Hate group", but it's the only way to describe groups like it, Stormfront, and other extremists.)

Nah, he said what happened and suggested people who don't believe him look at the evidence pointing out what persuaded him. That's a fairly normal way of arguing.

Let's be honest here: Gamergate is a hate movement. A few minutes of Googling, watching Twitter feeds, and even spending some time in KIA - the "Clean face" of GamerGate designed to lure in useful idiots, forget 8chan where the actual organization is - shows that fairly conclusively. I've delved in. I've seen major GamerGate figures in the early days promoting stories like "How to rape a woman and get away with it" and "How to break a woman". I've seen major GamerGate figures harass a woman developer who'd had the audacity to fight back against earlier harassment taunting her because her dog just died.

That's why pretty much the entire mainstream media is calling GamerGate a hate group. They're not doing it because some female gamedev had sex with them. They're calling it a hate group because it is.

Comment: Re:Headline/summary discord (Score 2) 109

by squiggleslash (#49155275) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

You have to be a special kind of idiot to ignore the general success that HSR projects have had across the world. CAHSR isn't a perfect project, it's plagued by politics and would probably cost a fraction of the price if they didn't have to get buy in from 51% of the State.

But profitable? Why wouldn't it be? Acela Express, a relatively crappy HSR system that manages an average speed of 70mph gets half a billion dollars a year in revenues, an amount that's still increasing year-on-year. It has around 80% of the Air-Train market it serves.

There's no reason to believe that CAHSR, a faster "purer" system, wouldn't make more money than Acela Express. And the infrastructure doesn't have to be limited in use to just the four stops currently covered.

It's not perfect, but don't let perfect be the enemy of the good enough. I'd prefer a private project, but looking at the progress of the all-private All Aboard Florida in Florida, I'd say the problems with politics fucking everything up and virtually coercing good projects to do crappy things are going on there too. Texas's HSR is similarly being attacked by NIMBYs in those areas it passes through but doesn't serve. It'll be interesting to see how all three projects progress.

Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score -1, Troll) 83

by squiggleslash (#49154705) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

Nah, he said what happened and suggested people who don't believe him look at the evidence pointing out what persuaded him. That's a fairly normal way of arguing.

Let's be honest here: Gamergate is a hate movement. A few minutes of Googling, watching Twitter feeds, and even spending some time in KIA - the "Clean face" of GamerGate designed to lure in useful idiots, forget 8chan where the actual organization is - shows that fairly conclusively. I've delved in. I've seen major GamerGate figures in the early days promoting stories like "How to rape a woman and get away with it" and "How to break a woman". I've seen major GamerGate figures harass a woman developer who'd had the audacity to fight back against earlier harassment taunting her because her dog just died.

That's why pretty much the entire mainstream media is calling GamerGate a hate group. They're not doing it because some female gamedev had sex with them. They're calling it a hate group because it is.

Comment: Re:Headline/summary discord (Score 1) 109

by squiggleslash (#49154653) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

It's bizarre hype. The articles I've read have quoted the project leaders as claiming this is the real thing, followed by a claim that it's a small scale prototype to test the concept. Uh. OK. Not what most people would say is the "real thing", but whatever.

I'd be more enthusiastic about the project if it didn't appear to be solely a dishonest attempt to kill a high-speed rail project, by claiming an unproven, non-existent, technology that, if implemented as proposed, would only link up two of the four cities CAHSR joins, has a fraction of the capacity, would have a total travel time (that is, downtown to station to station to downtown) that's longer than CAHSR's, is "cheaper". Amazingly enough, CAHSR would cost much less if it didn't have to do those things either.

Which is a shame because I shouldn't be looking at the ugly agenda behind the project. It'd be nice to see it in isolation, as a concept that could join cities in future.

Comment: Re:He is linking homeopathy to astrology (Score 1) 318

by squiggleslash (#49127359) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

I can't speak for the French, but I've noticed the US having a lot of homeopathic crap in the children's medicines aisles of the major supermarkets and drug stores, usually with the homeopathic angle hidden in small print, and "natural", "non-drugs", "Ages 0+" and other language over the rest of it. If I didn't know what homeopathy was, I can say it'd have been highly likely I'd have bought some of this stuff while our baby was colicy, just because anything with drugs is generally marketed as unsuitable for anyone below 2-5 years old.

I'm not sure "gullible" is the right term. "Desperate" and "Lacking critical information needed to make an informed decision" is a better term. I wouldn't be surprised if 90% of the 90% of pregnant French women who "use homeopathy" have no idea what homeopathy is, and are simply taking something marketed as being "safe" because it uses "natural ingredients".

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 677

by squiggleslash (#49080193) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

Nah, he's mostly right although stack underflow was more of a problem than stack overflow. FOR...NEXT frequently manipulated a stack in many older 1980s BASICs.

At that time, each command was executed independently of every other command. The program wasn't pre-parsed, beyond tokenization and making a note of where the line numbers were. When you executed a "FOR" statement, the location of the FOR was put on the stack, so that when you executed NEXT, it could return to that FOR statement if the loop wasn't finished.

Which means if you had a program like this:

5 ' Contrived example to draw a right angled triangle twice as high as it is long. 10 FOR I=1 TO 10 20 X=0 30 IF X=2 THEN GOTO 90 40 X=X+1 50 FOR J=1 TO 10 60 IF I=J THEN PRINT : GOTO 30 70 PRINT "."; 80 NEXT 90 NEXT

...then you'd end up with a holy mess, the program wouldn't work as expected (which in this example is fine, it's contrived, I have no idea why you'd write code this bad), largely because the NEXT statement at line 90 would be used to repeat the J loop when X=2.

Some BASICs let you name the loop variable in the NEXT statement. Some even required it. But not all. And those that didn't lead programmers to end up banging their heads over more subtle cases of the above happening.

Comment: Re:Where Is My D-Bag Boss? (Score 1) 102

by squiggleslash (#49071321) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

All his assets? You know, I could have sworn that he's currently running another great big "cloud storage" operation called Mega, but presumably if all his assets were seized then that was just someone else called Kim Dotcom. Or maybe it all runs from a single $1/month VPS service. Or Amazon keeps sending out AWS bills that he doesn't pay. Or...

Comment: Re:I want (Score -1) 85

by squiggleslash (#49046941) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Preview For Phones

With phones and tablets becoming more powerful I'd rather see a convergence with an acknowledgement that the two environments need different UIs.

We've solved this problem before, it's called MVC. iOS/Mac OS X supposedly has a native MVC stack (Cocoa) but doesn't actually exploit it in any serious way (to the point you wonder why they bothered), and Microsoft seems to be wary of the concept - genuine question, but other than a stunted web framework, has Microsoft ever produced a first class MVC stack?

But in any case, what I actually want is something that has windows, scrollbars, icons, stuff you point and click on, when it's plugged into a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, that automatically switches to a tap and slide interface when you disconnect those things and just use the screen. And I'd like it to have a decent speed x86(-64) CPU and 4Gb of RAM.

And while I'm on the wishlist, if it's a decent MVC stack, it could work over the web too, which would bypass the need to have an RDP protocol.

"We", the FOSS community, could probably do this, but I don't think there's a will to do it, which is a shame.

Comment: Re:Unequal application of the law (Score 2) 176

This is an impressive display of putting words into people's mouths. You are aware there's a massive difference between someone saying "I think it'd be better if people did X and didn't do Y" and them saying "People should be forced to do X, and punished for doing Y"?

I'd say you don't understand nuance, but this isn't even at that level. It's a ludicrously over the top mis-extrapolation of someone's views. This kind of "debate", a refusal to listen to what people actually say, and attempts to make them look ridiculous by deliberately misrepresenting their views, is why we can't have nice things.

Comment: Re:Aspergers, LOL (Score 1) 289

Yeah I know and was trying to make that point. The high IQ thing is a myth and has nothing to do with Asperger's, but the popular view amongst the self-diagnosed is that it's one of the two big elements, the other being anti-social (by which the self-diagnosed seem to mean "is rude to people". "I think I'm smart and I'm rude, hey, if I have this Asperger's thing I have an excuse for the latter based on the former!"

That's why I used Tourettes as a similar example (and compared nerds diagnosing themselves with Asperger's to "British people" self-diagnosing themselves as having Tourettes - which thankfully doesn't generally happen.) Contrary to myth, Tourettes is not about swearing, most sufferers don't swear (well, any more than non-sufferers.) British people don't have Tourettes any more than any other culture. The culture in the UK itself has priorities and foci that lead to swearing being more acceptable than it is in, say, most of the US. That's the explanation, not a neurological condition that doesn't actually have anything to do with swearing in the first place.

Comment: Re:Aspergers, LOL (Score 1) 289

Well, you can't blame them. As we all know, Aspergers is a condition characterized by having poor social skills, and having a high IQ*, which means many here know without even needing to consult a doctor that they have the condition.

Likewise, I'm British. So I don't need a fucking doctor to tell me that I have Tourettes.

* This is actually complete bollocks, but that's the point: Tourettes has nothing to do with swearing either.

Comment: Re:No (Score 2) 289

Uh, they don't? Most gays and transexuals I've met would love it if people stopped treating them differently.

Virtually everyone in the world wants to be taken for who they are, and treated as a normal/exceptional individual. If you feel that a transexual is "forcing you to adapt" because you don't want to treat, say, Lana Wachowski as just another woman who happens to be a major film director, you might want to ask yourself who's being unreasonable.

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