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Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 392

They already had this. It's called citing your sources and peer review. We also used to have open discussions but those got shut down in favor of safe spaces. Now you can't say shit without some snowflake getting their feelings hurt because, you know, feelings are more important than the truth and stuff.

Hurt feelings causes citations and peer review to go away? What the fuck is wrong with you?

And this got modded as +5 insightful? Really, Slashdot?

Comment Re:How to do anything in 2017 (Score 1) 312

"PC" is also brand name, so there's nothing any more wrong with saying "PC computer" than with saying "Mac computer" or "Amiga computer."

No matter how many times you say otherwise, PC is not a brand name. It never was, and it never will be.

And nobody says "Mac computer" or "Amiga computer", either. It's "a Mac" or "an Amiga".

Comment Re:How to do anything in 2017 (Score 1) 312

> "PC computer"? Seriously?

Yes, seriously. "PC" is a type/brand of computer.

Sure it used to just mean "personal computer" but for the last, oh, 30 years or so, it has meant "IBM PC-compatible."

PC always means computer so there's no point in saying "computer" after it, unless you're talking to people so technically illiterate that they need to be told.

Do I need to explain why that might be a faux pas here?

Comment no goal = no point (Score 1) 312

Even for the intelligent, gaining any kind of skill at all requires effort sustained over a lot of time. Being an introvert and obsessive helps to do it for its own sake.

If you don't have those qualities, you need to have a really good reason to learn, a strong motivator with a clear goal. Without that, you're wasting your time.

That being said... here is the tool I universally recommend to beginners and experts alike, to learn a new programming language.

Pick your poison, start at problem 1, and work your way up.

Oh and for god's sake, don't use C.

Comment Re:Employment is not the goal (Score 1) 364

The goal is energy, not employment. We don't build factories and plants to keep people busy...

Well this does seem to be the "rugged individual" ethic. We get to a point where we don't really need to work as much as we used to, so much so that some or even many people starve or just about starve because their work isn't needed.

You get some so-called conservatives who are rabidly opposed to any other way to distribute wealth, "I'll be damned if that person over there gets anything without working!". Not that I approve of make-work - it's inefficient - but that's really the only way many people are going to get fed soon if that attitude prevails.

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