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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

DoofusOfDeath Re:The Misra Score (101 comments)

From the article:

Misra came up with a formula

So, now Jar Jar Binks does C.S.? Shit...

13 hours ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

DoofusOfDeath Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (669 comments)

Yes, he uses harsh language at times, but who the fuck doesn't.

Let's look at two ways someone might respond to your viewpoint:

(1) How could a stupid cunt like you even bother posting such a moronic comment? Seriously, go die in a fire and I hope your kids get leukemia. Only someone with severe autism and Down's syndrome would be so clueless about psychology.

(2) I disagree. I think most gcc developers would fix this kind of bug quickly if it were pointed out. They'd also perhaps be open to a broader discussion about quality control.

It seems like you're saying that we should all accept (1) and (2) as interchangeable, and if someone has a problem with (1) he needs to just grow a thicker skin. I think that's unreasonable, and not a standard of discourse that many of us want to work with.

2 days ago

AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

DoofusOfDeath Re:I was so wrong... (118 comments)

Until then, I don't see any other way to do right by my kids except to stay the path, keep wasting my time and basically forfeit my happiness.

Sorry things seem to hopeless. That was actually my point about looking into Christianity though. If you do, and if you decide it's likely-enough true that you're willing to become a Christian, you might find yourself happy regardless of what job you have.

2 days ago

AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

DoofusOfDeath Re:I was so wrong... (118 comments)

I disagree with lots and lots of what you said, but rather than arguing I'd prefer to just offer some advice.

If CS / IT / software-development isn't working out the way you hoped, is it perhaps time to switch fields? There are so many livings most persons can make: law, medicine (especially nursing which doesn't require 12 years of preparation), business administration, sales, marketing, etc.

Or if you'd rather work with your hands, you can maybe do technical college at night to prepare for a trade (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, car repair, etc.) You'd probably take a big income hit at first, but it sounds like you're already not raking in the money you expected with your current work anyway.

Another possibility is to stay with computers, but start your own business doing repair, consulting, freelance software development, etc. That might ease some of your frustrations stemming from unappreciative bosses, coworkers, office politics, etc.

And there's kind of a meta-point I'd like to make. It's not a normal /. thing, but it's worth mentioning because I suspect it's true and relevant. You sound unhappy with life in general. It sounds like you're blaming your circumstances, but your complaints are so broad that I suspect you're more deeply unhappy than just with the issues you mentioned. I'm suspect that what the Christians say about Jesus is true. I recommend looking into that carefully. You may find that if your life has actual purpose, your concerns about IT work fade into the background.

2 days ago

Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

DoofusOfDeath Re:Wimps. (124 comments)

If the settlers were such wimps, Atlanta wouldn't be a city.

Sure it would be. They'd just send their H1B guests from Africa to do the dangerous work.

2 days ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

DoofusOfDeath Tit for tat (957 comments)

Maybe many women players get treated nastily.

But how many boyfriends have had to tag along while their S.O.'s go shoe shopping?

There are many forms of violence.

about a week ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

DoofusOfDeath Re:Pft (957 comments)

The particular phrasing of the threats may be selective based on the gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. of the person being insulted.

But I think a more important issue is whether or not women are getting more vitriol than are men, regardless of the particular phrasing. For example, if 20% of women players get called cunts, and 20% of gay male players get called faggots, do those women have a point about being singled out? I'd argue no.

However, if 20% of female players get treated with scorn, and only 3% of male players do, then the female players have more of a fair point about being singled out.

about a week ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

DoofusOfDeath Re:How do you (957 comments)

Why does she get to stereotype men? Why do women get to put all their problems on men? When men do this, we're misogynistic. When women do this, well, men need to be more sensitive.

I think you have a point, but I also think you're confusing two issues.

She may or may not be making a valid generalization. I haven't read her article, so I can't say. But issue #1 is whether or not her complaint is worth considering.

Issue #2 is whether or not it's hypocritical for a women to paint men with a broad brush. But that issue can be treated entirely separately from issue #1.

about a week ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

DoofusOfDeath Re:How do you (957 comments)

How do you defend yourself against accusations like that as a man?

You don't bother. You have no obligation to respond to her complaints if you don't feel like it.

about a week ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

DoofusOfDeath Limited perspective (957 comments)

From the small sample of these accounts I've read, I get the sense that the women in question have a limited perspective. My impression is that in many cases, they encounter career or workplace challenges, and falsely assume that only women have those challenges.

Balancing work and family responsibilities? Please, do you know how many days I've left work after sunset and nearly cried for not having that time with my little kids?

Getting criticized harshly? Shoot, I deal with that often. I just don't blog about it. What I do is go home, try to shake it off, and maybe talk to my wife about how it's bothering me. I don't cry about it, and maybe this is a guy thing, but I cry almost never. But that doesn't mean it doesn't bother me.

And then there are some complaints which seem more about personal choices than about unfairness. I don't come across many good, female software engineers. You know what else I rarely come across? Female aspiring software engineers who spend their nights hacking away at code to improve their skills.

Now I have no doubt that some challenges really are unique to being a female developer. Sexual harassment is probably the top one. But that issue kind of gets drowned out of the conversation given all of the kvetching that some women have regarding other issues that they wrongly assume are peculiar to them.

about a week ago

Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System

DoofusOfDeath Re:Why oppose this? (82 comments)

The government has every right to determine whom and what is coming into the United States. International visitors are asked to file paper work with the government to report a number of items (large sums of money, plant/food products, money making equipment, etc.).

The problem is that Obama (and some past presidents to a lesser degree) are willingly not enforcing border security. For known illegal immigrants already in their custody.

Which raises serious suspicions about any claims they make about their intentions for a highly invasive monitoring system.

about a week ago

Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

DoofusOfDeath Technology is only a small part of the problem (129 comments)

As long as the citizenry tolerates and sometimes even roots for the government's violation of civil rights, everything including the technology is just details.

The existence of a decent open-source router can't do much against a U.S. National Security Letter.

about a week ago

FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

DoofusOfDeath Re:Alternative solution (125 comments)

Ship them out to gitmo. They aren't wearing a military uniform, and are causing damage to American infrastructure. That should be enough by the Cheney/Bush standard to call them terrorists.

Maybe we can combine our ideas. Give convicted robocallers Bush's and Cheney's private phone numbers.

about two weeks ago

FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

DoofusOfDeath Alternative solution (125 comments)

Death penalty for people who set them up.

Seriously, if a person is willing to violate a just law, the punishment clearly is insufficient.

about two weeks ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

DoofusOfDeath Re:What? (382 comments)

I'm no Obama hater but anyone who thinks that would ever be an effective way to influence policy is probably still sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for Firefly to come back on television.

If you recognize that, then why aren't you an Obama hater? This is emblematic of Obama: make a great public show about being a man of the people, and then surreptitiously ignore them.

I.e., he's playing us all for saps.

about two weeks ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

DoofusOfDeath Re:The Existence of a "United States of America" (231 comments)

You are a citizen who cares more about your children's survival than the survival of Freedom and the well being of millions. In other words you aren't merely part of the problem, you are the problem.

You could happily sit in the company of many of history's great men. The too were willing to sacrifice countless lives for some lofty goal.

Is there any benefit too small, in your mind, for my kids to die supporting it?

about two weeks ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

DoofusOfDeath Re:The Existence of a "United States of America" (231 comments)

America no longer has distributed agriculture or fuel production. A revolution, however warranted, would lead to an unimaginable amount of freezing and starvation within the first two winters, I'd wager.

about two weeks ago



Choosing which OSS database project to help

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I've done a good bit of SQL development / tuning in the past. After being away from the database world for a while to finish grad school, I'm about ready to get back in the game. I want to start contributing to some OSS database project, both for fun and perhaps to help my employment prospects in western Europe.

My problem is choosing which OSS DB to help with. MySQL is the most popular, so getting involved with it would be most helpful to my employment prospects. But its list of fundamental design flaws seems so severe that I can't respect it as a database.

I'm attracted to the robust correctness requirements of PostgreSQL, but there don't seem to be many prospective employers using is. So while I'd enjoy working on it, I don't think it would be very helpful to my employment prospects.

Any suggestions?"

Kickstarter for Linux version of Defense Grid 2

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  about 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "Awesome news for those of us who loved the game Defense Grid, and who wanted a sequel, and/or want to see more high-quality games on Linux. The developer of Defense Grid has started a Kickstarter project to develop Defense Grid 2. But even better for us Linux (and Mac) gamers, if they get to the $750,000 mark in contributions, they commit to a Mac and Linux port as well."
Link to Original Source

Best country to avoid software patents?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "What's the best country for computer scientists who just want to create, rather than worry about software patents?

Even though I'm nearly done with my PhD in computer science, I'm less enthusiastic than ever about my work, because of software patents. I used to be filled with wonder at the possibilities of what we could create with software, but now I just expect innovation to be rewarded with a patent lawsuit and crushing fines."

Best way to store imporant personal data?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I'm about to digitize lots of old family photos and videos. At some point the digital versions will be the only ones we can find. What's the best way to store large amounts of personal data that's practical, affordable, and minimizes the risk of losing the data?"

Google revoking DRM permissions on bought videos!

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "A few months ago I purchased a great Discovery Channel video from Google's downloadable video service. Sure I can't media-shift it, but I was willing to trade away some fair-use rights so my kids could see the video. I paid cash, they give me the video. End of story, right?

Wrong. Today I got this email (see below). It just goes to show that with DRM, there's little limit to the evil that can be done to you:


As a valued Google user, we're contacting you with some important information about the videos you've purchased or rented from Google Video. In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video, ending the DTO/DTR (download-to-own/rent) program. This change will be effective August 15, 2007.

To fully account for the video purchases you made before July 18, 2007, we are providing you with a Google Checkout bonus for $20. Your bonus expires in 60 days, and you can use it at the stores listed here: The minimum purchase amount must be equal to or greater than your bonus amount, before shipping and tax.

After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.

If you have further questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support.


The Google Video Team

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043


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