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Comment Pointer "safety." (Score 1) 307

Underrated.

There's nothing "unsafe" about pointers. Compromises of safety occur as a result of using pointers *wrong*.

There's plenty unsafe about programmers who don't understand what they're doing, and/or are careless, and/or assume that libraries that are black boxes beyond the API level to them are inherently safe.

Unfortunately, the typical metric for hiring programmers is "do you have a degree" rather than "do you know what you're doing."

Submission + - Wasserman Schultz won't Speak at Dem Convention After Wikileaks Revelations (cnn.com)

HughPickens.com writes: CNN reports that the head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, will not have a major speaking role in an effort "to keep the peace" in the party, a Democrat familiar with the decision said. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails. One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders' faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.

Comment Re: XBox 1: jumped shark, shark ate it (Score 1) 108

Bullshit, eh? Do you remember MechAssault? One of the most popular games for the XBox. Online community, many-person gaming via the XBox live servers, worked very well without anything even remotely resembling this kind of hurry-up-and-wait nonsense. Even downloads of new terrain and/or game types (which you chose to do) weren't much of a challenge. The Live interface was much easier to use, too. It was mostly about gaming, not about trying to turn the machine into some kind of Rube Goldberg nightmare.

Next, why should I want to leave a multiplayer game disconnected from the network?

Your position is either that I shouldn't be able to multiplayer-game, or that it's justified that if I do, Microsoft puts a huge time and convenience penalty on the experience, or that there is no significant inconvenience. I don't buy any of those arguments.

Sorry, I've seen the many-hours of no-gaming downside. It's real. It sucks. Not interested.

And hey, did you know MechAssault and MechAssault II both still work offline? I mean, hell, if I have to stay offline in order to keep Microsoft from ruining my day, I might as well do it with one of the most awesome games they ever produced. :)

Comment XBox 1: jumped shark, shark ate it (Score 4, Insightful) 108

No. I've seen the XBox one in action. Hours for updates, insert game, hours more for updates... it's a terrible system.

Sticking with the older gear. Because you can actually play a game when you stick a disk in.

The console makers have completely lost sight of the customer.

Comment Re:What is the MightyMartian plan? (Score 4, Interesting) 406

Mass murder is becoming common because of ISIS. You don't like Newt's ideas.

What are your ideas?

Don't bring us a problem, we have enough of those. Bring us a solution.

The Orlando massacre, while tragic, would have to occur daily to crack the top 5 causes of death. Even then, I'm not sure it would. If you took the combined global death tolls of every terrorist act in the last two decades and condensed them into a single quarter, then put it on repeat, it still wouldn't make the top 5 annual US deaths.

Terrorism is vastly overblown as a threat to any of us. Far more damage is done to our daily lives in the name of stopping terrorism than has ever been done in the name of it.

So, I agree the best solution is not to do nothing - the best solution is to dismantle all the somethings people have done in the last two decades under the guise of protecting us from terrorism.

Comment Worth a plugged nickle? Doubtful. (Score 5, Insightful) 212

They're pretty late to the party. The fourth amendment has obviously been a "it's just a piece of paper" issue to legislators and the legislation they create since the patriot act was squeezed out of the ass of congress. The rest of the bill of rights hasn't fared much better (3rd amendment excepted.) Lots of other unconstitutional legislation currently in play as well — eminent domain, commerce clause, ex post facto laws, etc. Perhaps I'm just too cynical because of where we are today, but it seems extremely unlikely to me that congress, with or without this... caucus... will get anything done that slows or stops the ongoing government extra-constitutional behaviors.

Comment For non-native speakers and literalists: (Score 1) 523

Well, I am neither brain-damaged nor a native speaker, and it is pretty clear to me that, while he does call the unbalanced comment style "brain-damaged", nowhere did he call *anyone*, not even those who like that style, brain-damaged.

That interpretation requires that comments have brains. They don't. So this particular remark can reasonably be read to impugn the author of the comments. However, it's also extremely likely that this is a case of hyperbole; in which case smiles are called for, not outrage.

Yes, English is annoying. Linus can be, too. :)

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