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Comment Simple = Mass Communication (Score 1) 81

What's the issue?

Instead of following someone's blog, or RSS feed, or other social media site, you can listen to someone's textual sound bite and suddenly it is "news." (*)

/sarcasm Because obviously what the Kartrashian's have to say about politics / religion / sex provides such an eloquent and insightful commentary on today's problems. Oh wait ...

(*) Except in China

FazeBook, noun, a webspace with extremely low S:N due to where (almost) everyone posts their dumb shit that no one really gives a fuck about -- except you can't downvote the stupid stuff. Also known as Fadbook, Fagbook, Farcebook, Farcusbook, Fartbook, Fecesbook, Fetidbook, Foolbook, FracasBook, Fuckbook.

Comment Re:More useful than current (Score 1) 78

> Then why aren't we programming everything in assembly?

Half joking, Half serious: Who says we're not?

Aside, because a developer's time costs more then the CPU's time -- THAT is why we use higher level languages. It comes down to price. We trade quality for iteration time. Most businesses can't _afford_ to justify writing in assembly. It is far cheaper to just hire a few recent college grads and have them bang out code in the latest iHipster language. High Level language are good enough.

/sarcasm Who cares how inefficient & bloated the code is we can "solve" the 80% of the problem. Who cares if it takes 4 GB of RAM to run and 2 minutes to startup!? This mentality of apathy "I don't care about the user's experience" is why we have crap like computers being 1,000 time faster but tasks still take longer!

> The world indeed doesn't need another rehash of C++ or Lisp:

Sooo when is C++ going to modules?? You know, something every other modern language has had for, you know, decades. Why do you have to copy/paste a function definition header to forward declare it when the compiler could do this automatically??

When you have idiots on the C++ design committee -- a native binary literal took DECADES to add, "A Proposal to Add 2D Graphics Rendering and Display to C++", etc. I would argue it certainly does. That's why we have D, etc.

Every year C++ piles on more and more crap. It needs a simplification, not more over-engineering.

As someone who has worked on a PS3 C++ compiler there are two jokes amongst compiler writers:

There are 2 things wrong with C++.
1. It's design,
2. It's implementation

Submission + - WikiLeaks takes down DNC Chair after damaging release (cnn.com) 1

SonicSpike writes: Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday.

The Florida congresswoman's resignation — under pressure from top Democrats — comes amid the release of leaked emails showing DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary contest.

Submission + - Physicists Combine Gold with Titanium And Quadruple Its Strength (futurism.com)

schwit1 writes: When it comes to bone replacements, the go-to material is still titanium. Hard, wear-resistant, and compatible to the body, titanium looks like the best alternative to actual bone, maybe even better. Who knew that you could improve the ‘gold standard’ by just adding actual gold?

Rice University physicists have discovered that an alloy of titanium and gold is three to four times harder than steel, and may actually be better as a material for replacement body parts. The study, published in Science Advances , described the properties of an alloy of the two metals, a 3-to-1 mixture of titanium and gold, called Titanium-3. They found the alloy to be four times harder than titanium.

When they checked the biocompatibility and wear rate of the alloy, the researchers knew that it would rank high, since its parent metals are already biocompatible and used in medical implants. Surprisingly, Titanium-3 performed well over their expectations, actually being more biocompatible and wear resistant than pure titanium.

Gold-pressed latinum?

Comment Re:Trust no one (Score 3, Informative) 51

> Question authority.

/Oblg. joke.

Teacher: Question Authority!
Student: Says who!
Teacher: *smiles as student gets it*

There are actually a some fantastic social commentaries about authority ...

* Network (1976) (I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore")
* They Live (1988) (by the famous John Carpenter -- Obey)
* The Newsroom (2012) (amazing monologue by Jeff Daniels on Why America isn't the greatest country in the word)

Comment Customers exploited & viewed as WHALES is news (Score 1) 35

In the mobile space customers who use IAP (In-App-Purchases) are known as whales.

* Who Are the 'Whales' Driving Free-to-Play Gaming? You'd Be Surprised

* Forbes: Why It's Scary When 0.15% Mobile Gamers Bring In 50% Of The Revenue

This exploitation is nothing more then a legalized form of gambling. In other news gambling is for those that suck at math.

But go ahead and keep hijacking the term "free" and making headlines about how gambling makes money.

redditard, noun, some one who down votes simply because they disagree instead of content.

Comment Re:Sue them for FRAUD (Score 1) 409

Education and Reminders.

The younger crowd doesn't know of or use /. but some of us do use other forums such as reddit. Educating helps reddit grow from the cesspool it is.

I've far seen too many posts -- that I disagree with but have a very interesting viewpoint -- get down modded into oblivion simply because it was "unpopular".

I recently came across this video 5 Banned YouTubers You Can't Watch Anymore that had this brilliant commentary:

Political Philosopher John Stewart Mill made an argument for free speech including that of hate speech for a good reason.

He argued that if we censor hate speech our fundamental beliefs of what is right and wrong are not tested. If our beliefs are aren't argued against then we don't attempt to rationalize what we believe to be true. We don't think about why our beliefs are right. When we don't question our beliefs we don't think about them. And when we don't think about our beliefs we don't learn new things. We don't advance and improve our thoughts about what is right and wrong.

Even if someone's argument is wrong it still serves a purpose of making us rationalize and check our beliefs and even improve them. Being able to listen to an argument that is wrong lets us understand what makes an argument wrong and improve our own beliefs from learning from someone else's failure.

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

> Internet for doesn't "solve a problem," it's just convenience. When I wanted to look up a word, I used to grab a dictionary, instead of googling.

Uh, that's a bad example.

Your definition of "problem" is flawed.

The problem is that I want to look something up that I don't know -- I may not even have access to the book(s).
The solution is that the internet has become a repository of shared knowledge.

Problem: Look up a definition for a (slang) word that may or may not exist in the dead tree version.
Solution: http://www.urbandictionary.com...

More examples:

Look up if a rumor is true or false
* http://www.snopes.com/

Check facts / trivia
* http://www.wikipedia.org/

Check who was in what movie
* http://www.imdb.com/

Comment Solution: Show us the source code (Score 3, Insightful) 144

Hey MS

If you want to _prove_ your innocence then show the source code so we can audit what, when, where, data is being collected.

Because you have ZERO trust at this point.

What's that? Have "faith" in you? BWUAHA. Fuck your arrogance and spying. PROVE IT.

Comment Sue them for FRAUD (Score 4, Insightful) 409

/Oblg. You keep using this word "unlimited". It doesn't mean what you think it means

If Verizon is advertising their services as unlimited but it is not then it is fraud plain and simple.

But I guess accurately calling it Nearly Unlimited won't get as many suckers ^H^H^H customers as they want.

I hope they get sued.

Note to Redditards: The downvote button is NOT for disagreement but that "this post adds nothing interesting to the conversation."

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