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Comment Re:Everyone is underpaid. (Score 2) 107

Yeah, I've never talked about it in those terms, but we all know bullshit marketing-speak when we see it. On the other hand, I've often said "thank God for Stack Overflow" after finding a quick and informative answer to a technical question I had.

It's an incredibly valuable resource. I often find it useful when I'm first digging into a new language or technology. Nearly every basic or even advanced question I tend to ask has been asked and answered already, and I can just reap the benefits.

But the *real* payoff, in my opinion, is when you find answers to incredibly obscure issues for which you might have to work days or even *weeks* to figure out, and some kind soul who has already gone through that pain shares knowledge for the good of everyone else, even though doing so is even more work for them.

Comment Re:British "free speech" norms (Score 1) 71

I read that and immediately said "Bullshit!" and I was right. He was arrested for abusive behaviour and assault, not for quoting the Bible.


Did you RTFA?

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last month, Sheriff Alistair Watson ruled there was no case to answer and acquitted Mr Larmour of threatening or abusive behaviour, aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation. The sheriff also found him not guilty of a second charge of assault aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.

He was arrested for threatening and abusive behaviour and assault. He may have been accused of those crimes because he was quoting the bible (the story does not even attempt to present the complainant's story), but he was actually arrested because he was accused of assault.

it is absolutely not OK for you to lie about it.

The sad thing is you seem to think that what the defendant claims happened is what actually happened, even when the facts are right there contradicting his story. So try reading and understanding the entire article next time, before you start spreading bullshit around. You duped yourself into believing a Fake News story here, and you have no one to blame but yourself for exposing the fact you are an easily manipulated fool.

Comment Re:Methane [Re: No complaints here] (Score 1) 367

I, as a "denier", obviously know more about AGW than you as a "true believer" do. That should actually concern you, but by tomorrow you will forget this happened and deny facts given to you to keep your flawed viewpoint while calling other people fact deniers.

This is a fairly common phenomenon where people with no expertise believe they know more than experts.

The other poster was correct, Methane may be be 25 times more potent per volume emitted (my sources say 84 times), but Anthropogenic emissions of Methane are estimated to be 300 Tg (300 million tonnes) which is about 0.3% of the emissions of Carbon Dioxide which is estimated to be 10.6 Gt (10,600 million tonnes). At your number, 25x, Methane only contributes 7.5% of the warming that CO2 contributes because there is over 300 times more CO2 emitted every year. That's why people talk about CO2 more than methane. CO2 is the dominant driver because there's so much more of it emitted every year.

You definitely know less, and should try showing some humility.

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 1) 367

My working hypothesis is that the mechanized propaganda efforts are working. I believe the Russians are the leaders, but I'm not sure why they would care so much on this issue. Even if the risk of detection is low, the possible benefits seems too far away to justify the effort. Yeah, tropical Siberia would be great for them, but it might not work out that way (unless they are also leading in climate modeling). In contrast, the extractionists certainly have short-term concerns that could justify their propaganda investments, even if they aren't as good at it as the Russians are.

There would be a much shorter term reason for Russia to support climate change denial, they export a lot of natural gas to Europe. The less Europe depends on fossil fuels, the less influence and power Russia can exert on Europe.

Comment Re:No red lines [Re: No complaints here] (Score 1) 367

1.) Scientists predicted in 2000 that kids would grow up without snow.
2.) It’s been 10 years since scientists predicted the “end of skiing” in Scotland.
3.) The Arctic would be “ice-free” by now
4.) Environmentalists predicted the end of spring snowfall

SOURCE ? link to scientific journal please ?

He can't do that, because the above points are copy-pasta of half-truths:

  • 1) In an Independent article the author says that snow is a thing of the past, and that he quotes some scientists who say that if global warming continues snow will become a rare occurrence. No dates attached to the scientist's predictions.
  • 2) In a Guardian UK article in 2004, unnamed "experts" predicted that the Scottish ski industry had about 20 years left before it died. For the math challenged, that prediction won't be testable for another 7 years. The article points to some short-term trends that showed fewer ski days and fewer ski tickets. The article that the claims were copied from claims since there was a lot of snow this year, the Scottish Ski industry is saved forever.
  • 3) This is one based off of something that Al Gore said, which was "Some of the models suggest to Dr Maslowski that there is a 75% chance that the entire North polar ice cap, during summer, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice free within the next 5-7 years." There's a lot of qualifiers in there that get skipped when skeptics read that, they tend to ignore "Some of the models" and "75% chance" and claim that Al Gore said all the Artic would be ice free in 5 years. I'm pretty sure Dr. Maslowski further hedged his bet by prefacing it with "if the current trend continues", but what was actually said is less important than claiming it's wrong.
  • 4) This one is references a Union of Concerned Scientists press release, which notes that we have been getting less snow in spring over the last decade and then talks about the kinds of environmental impacts those changes have. The article the claims were copied from notes that there was a record breaking snowstorm this year as a refutation of the entire press release.

Comment Re:All too true (Score 1) 266

Using a modern game engine doesn't absolve responsibility for writing good, efficient code, and even moreso like me if you ARE the one working on the engine. Plenty of studios still write and use their own custom engines.

Optimization is still critically important. I'd argue its one of several pillars of our technical requirements. That being said, I never claimed it was the "end all be all". But yes, we actually do worry about the cost of operations like allocations, locks, or operations which enter kernel space, because of the cost of the context switch. Those things add up if they occur when iterating over the typically massive, complex data structures we tend to work with.

But at a broader scope, "optimization" these days more typically means being smart about how you code in a real-time and occasionally memory-constrained environment rather than micro-optimization, which isn't practical for the hundreds of thousands of lines of code in modern, large-scale projects. For instance, being smart about caching both objects and data to avoid unnecessary allocations (or writing your own allocators to help with that), optimizing for multi-threaded execution, writing CPU-cache friendly code and data structures where necessary (more important than micro-code optimizations in many cases), and so on.

BTW, this is a common misconception, but far more happens outside of the graphics sub-system that needs programmer attention. People tend to forget that most animation happens on the CPU, not to mention physics, audio, AI, scripting, resource management, and general gameplay logic.

Comment Re:My panels are 12% efficient... (Score 2) 128

and I have all of my roof covered that gets direct sunlight, and they still aren't powerful enough to produce enough power even in the summer to overcome the self-discharge of my SLA batteries. Here in Seattle in the winter, I might as well not even have the panels. 26% efficient would be strong enough to keep me from having to plug a charger into the wall to charge my batteries for maybe six months a year. Hopefully this will reach consumers soon.

The state of WA is almost entirely powered by hydro-electric. We already have reasonably cheap, green power right off the grid here. And you weren't satisfied with buying solar panels just once, but are interested in purchasing a second set because the first ones were so worthless.

I'm apparently missing something.

Comment Re:Sunk cost fallacy (Score 1) 201

I'm not even going down that old rabbit hole. Yes, it's their legal right. Nobody cares. But this is the part that gets me:

>> Twitter is not the only means of communication.
> That's... kind of entirely my point.

How does forcing them to use a different communication medium stop them from spreading ideas you disagree with? It seems to me that giving them the allure of being the 'stuff THEY don't want you to see' only helps promote it, instead.

Comment Re:All too true (Score 2) 266

Videogame programmers care *very much* about all these sorts of performance issues. Not coincidentally, many videogame programmers use custom containers, and nearly ALL of them use custom allocators for exactly this reason.

That being said, not everyone programs real-time pseudo-simulations like we do. But you should very much care about ensuring the most basic building blocks of code everyone uses are highly optimized at the very least. The more often code is called, the more attention should be paid to ensuring its as optimal as it should be.

I'd be curious to hear MS's response to these issues. It could be that there were some deliberate reasons for the choices made, or possibly some unintended consequences to the solutions offered, but it's hard to say without a fairly deep knowledge of the STL internals MS uses (based on Dinkumware, I think?)

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