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Comment Re:Good news, and all... (Score 4, Insightful) 363

I also think that this story reflects the fact that a significant minority of people out there get way more outraged by cruelty to animals that cruelty to humans. I find this attitude quite sickening.

In our world, cruelty to animals is applied on a scale that completely dwarfs cruelty to people. So even if you think the suffering of a cow or pig matters 1/10th the suffering of a person, the total amount of suffering among farm animals is still daunting and horrible.

That said, cruelty to anyone is bad and it's reasonable to be upset about any and all of it. I hate the way farm animals are treated, and I also hate it when police harass/abuse/execute innocent people. I won't fault anyone for focusing their outrage a different way than I do.

Comment Re:Ah... (Score 1) 168

Are you able to get networking to work well under Wine? When I try it the cursor moves around at about half a frame per second and makes it completely unplayable. This is the only reason I have left for keeping Windows machines around (though I am hoping Planetary Annihilation can take its place, and that will supposedly be designed to run on Linux).

Comment Re:Incorrect headline. (Score 1) 135

It makes me a bit sad that Java in the browser never really took off to the extent that JavaScript did. These days we have people coming up with monstrosities like asm.js to make it possible to write fast, cross-platform applications, whereas the JVM is a compiler target that's been much better suited to the task for a decade and a half. I suppose its downfall was in its proprietary nature, lack of integration with the DOM, and slow start-up time. If the browsers had included an easily sandboxed subset of the JRE (simply leaving out any classes that could possibly interact with the rest of your system, for starters) in place of JavaScript I think frontend web development would be a lot nicer today. At the time, though, I doubt that Sun would have allowed such a thing. :(

Hindsight FTW.

Comment Re:Oh I just love (Score 1) 475

If you're going to go that far, ditch 24 hours and go metric.

If you're going to go to all that trouble, you may as well switch to a numeral system with a base that's evenly divisible by more than just 2 and 5. 12 would be a good choice. Try 30 if you *really* like being able to easily divide by 5 as well as 2 and 3.

I once had this argument with my (at the time) girlfriend. It didn't end well.

Comment Re:IDE pros & cons (Score 1) 586

Some things you didn't mention that I am used. Pro:

  • Easily rename methods, move classes around, and otherwise refactor code.


  • Eats up all resources on my computer (though this may be specific to Eclipse, but Eclipse also has the best refactoring tools of any IDE I've tried, so meh).

Code I've written using Eclipse is *much* easier to follow than code I wrote in Emacs* because refactoring is so much faster. Yeah, you can search-replace and hope you didn't get any unintended matches and use unit tests and the compiler's error messages to help you out, but it's a pain compared to {<select name>, F2, <type new name>, enter}, so I find myself avoiding it until I'm at a machine with Eclipse.

*for all I know, there's scripts for Emacs that would help with refactoring, but they're not as obvious to me.

Comment VirtualDimension (Score 2) 359

Back when I was still using XP (I've since switched to Linux and am getting by without multiple desktops on my home Windows 7 machine), VirtualDimension worked pretty well for me. You can give shortcut keys (I used Win+1-0) to switch between them, and it works by hiding all windows except those on the 'current desktop'. Some applications (most notably web browsers) would get sometimes get stuck on all the desktops if they were summoned to appear by another program while you were looking at a different desktop than the one you had put them on. Reason would seem to hang if I switched desktops while its file open dialog was open. But once I learned to avoid these situations it was perfectly useable.

I also used SlickRun and had each virtual desktop span 2 monitors and didn't run into any conflicts.

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