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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

19thNervousBreakdown Re:Bring back 19.34b (156 comments)

Yes, how hard can it possibly be to get millions of lines of code written over a span of decades by thousands of authors to interoperate close enough to flawlessly to parse some simple text in hundreds of grammars through the use of a couple dozen basic operations executed billions of times a second? Geez.

Whenever a computer problem arises, the first thing to remember is that it's not strange that it doesn't work.

about a month ago
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30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

19thNervousBreakdown Re:Throwing out all compatibility hooks makes it e (164 comments)

Why is your security code depending on undefined behavior? And why would you port to other architectures to serve as canaries for the architecture you're presumably running on? How about a test suite instead? Do you you tie your shoes in the morning, or do you have an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine try to will them onto your feet?

about 6 months ago
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Scientists Print Retinal Cells

19thNervousBreakdown Re:Great timing! (41 comments)

Maybe you should have checked those limits more closely. Class 2 are the ones that are blink-safe (if you're the trusting sort), limited to 1mW. Class 3 is 5mW, and the description of that is, to paraphrase; Hey, be careful, this shit can blind you before you can blink.

about a year ago
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Scientists Print Retinal Cells

19thNervousBreakdown Re:Great timing! (41 comments)

Yeah. Take the blind guy's advice.

about a year ago
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First 3D Printed Liver Expected In 2014

19thNervousBreakdown Re:Fantastic! (67 comments)

You forgot this meme, you insensitive clod!

about a year ago
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Give Your Child the Gift of an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

19thNervousBreakdown Re:55% (198 comments)

Me too! So far, so good!

about a year ago
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Reprogrammed Bacterium Speaks New Language of Life

19thNervousBreakdown Re:this is a big mistake (141 comments)

New, certainly, but that's a tautology. Better? Always? What's your definition of "better"?

about a year ago
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I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

19thNervousBreakdown Re:I only go... (415 comments)

You're often contagious long before you're symptomatic. Not getting vaccinations is as mathematically stupid as playing the lottery, just in the opposite direction.

about a year ago
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Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science

19thNervousBreakdown Re:I predict (199 comments)

Exactly.

about a year ago
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Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science

19thNervousBreakdown Re:I predict (199 comments)

All the problems have an easy shortcut. Make choice, click submit. Score go up? Hit back, next question. Stay the same? Next choice.

about a year ago
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Nine Traits of the Veteran Network Admin

19thNervousBreakdown I RTFA (142 comments)

Why do I feel like I just watched somebody jerk off?

about a year ago
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Dmitry Itskov Wants To Help You Live Forever Via an Android Avatar

19thNervousBreakdown Re:Ok, but... (383 comments)

I'll decide who realMe is.

about a year and a half ago
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IllumiRoom To Take Gaming Visuals Outside the Box and Onto the Living Room

19thNervousBreakdown Re:No thanks. (60 comments)

He doesn't think he speaks for most gaming enthusiasts? How do you know? Can you read minds? Cool!

about a year and a half ago
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Opera Confirms It Will Follow Google and Ditch WebKit For Blink

19thNervousBreakdown Re:So webkit != Blink! (135 comments)

assuming they're 100% compatible

The fact that this is a massive assumption once the codebases start diverging was the point of the GP post.

about a year and a half ago
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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

19thNervousBreakdown Re:I'm not even a fan, but (1174 comments)

I wouldn't say I hate any given group of people right now. Unless you want to try to lump bigots themselves into a group, and say that I'm bigoted against them... but I don't even really hate them. I'm disgusted by their words and actions, but the people themselves I only pity. Going through life like that, with all that fear and insecurity... it must be awful. I bet they wouldn't be that way if they could choose.

about a year and a half ago
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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

19thNervousBreakdown Re:I'm not even a fan, but (1174 comments)

I've always believed in separating the artist from the art.

Have you taken a long hard look at this stance? It's easy to "always" do something because you've always done it, but I've found that when I really look at the past me, it turns out that he's been wrong a lot. I used to believe this as well, but on further examination, I've come to realize that I only held that belief because it was convenient. It allowed me to listen to a band I liked, even though they'd made some statements that were ignorant at best. Pretty similar to this situation, really.

I'm not saying you should stop enjoying something just because the artist is, oh let's just pick a totally random example and say a frightened crazy bigot. I'm not saying you should even care to look it up--there's only so much time in the day, after all. But you certainly shouldn't intentionally ignore that information, any more than you should pull a $20 out of your wallet and set it on fire. That artist's views, along with everything else in their lives, informed their art. Do you really believe that knowing this about the author doesn't put some of what he wrote into a new light? He's a science-fiction author, a genre known for examining morals. Even if he tried, which very few do, to separate his own personal morals from what he writes, do you think there's any chance he succeeded?

As long as you're a human being, and not a computer, you are biased. While a computer can run a program, impartially applying an algorithm to an input and produce a consistent output, you cannot. You're changed by every bit of input you receive. The best you can do is try to make the change a positive one. Tossing out information like this puts you at a disadvantage there. You're trying to make yourself like a computer, but the best you'll achieve is sharing their biggest vulnerability; garbage in, garbage out.

And I honestly don't give a rat's ass about the politics or social views of any given writer. Applying litmus tests like this is just the kind of thing that can come back and bite you in the ass if you're not careful. After all, you never know when YOUR views may become the unpopular ones.

Maybe this will change in the future, but as of today, I hope that if I ever become a hateful bigot, society will spurn me. Is it possible that you're confusing freedom of speech with forcing people to listen? As someone who makes his living based off of what he says, maybe he should be the one being careful.

about a year and a half ago

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