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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

Phrogz That was dictated? (203 comments)

What'd he say, "so he was trying to do his job comma respectfully and arrested my ass exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point"?

Or was it more, "and then just dump a sh!tload of exclamation points down".

about 6 months ago

30% of Americans Get News From Facebook According To Pew Research Poll

Phrogz Re:the other 40% (194 comments)

And some of us are right-minded individuals who get our news from The Daily Show.

about a year ago

Toyota To Show Off Autonomous Prototype Car At CES Show

Phrogz Re:Never really understood the point. (126 comments)

[...] much like ABS and 4-wheel drive, this will probably just backfire and increase death rates.

[citation needed]

Your post would amount to more than fear-mongering if you provided any links to data showing that, for example, anti-lock brakes have resulted in an increase in death rates.

about 2 years ago

House Approves Extending the Warrantless Wiretapping Act

Phrogz Re:Can this be retroactively legalized (326 comments)

Does the constitutional prohibition of ex post facto laws prevent the legalization of illegal activity as a means to annul the culpability of preexisting perpetrators?

Despite beliefs to the contrary, society is nothing but a giant game of Nomic. There may be rules about what you can do, but if you play well enough you can change those rules. Playing well includes the ability to change them retroactively.

more than 2 years ago

An Olympic Games For Enhanced Athletes?

Phrogz Sponsored by Pfizer (245 comments)

And then we won't have athletes representing countries any more, but drug companies.

"Well, GlaxoSmithKline are looking great, taking home four gold medals, two silvers and five bronzes so far. This is sure to push their stock price up substantially for the coming year."

Did not RTFA.

more than 2 years ago

Give me a solder gun, and I can produce ...

Phrogz Missing answer: (321 comments)

a pool of solder on the table/circuit board, completely detached from the items attempting to be soldered.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Chooses Lua As Its New Template Language

Phrogz Re:Raw- or OOP-base Lua? (145 comments)

BTW, my personal opinion on Lua:

It's a fun language to learn, because at the core it is *so* simple. In less than a week a good scripter can fully wrap their head around everything that Lua has to offer from the scripting side (not the C++ side; that might be another week). It's rather elegant, really, with convenient syntax for integer-based for-loops that automatically create a new copy of the loop variable on each pass for simple closure creation.

However, when you get down to actually typing in itwell, it's not as verbose as Java, but there's some real RSI danger there. With it's simple core come decisions like "not only will we not give you foo++, we won't even give you foo+=1". Try typing things like "frameCounter = frameCounter + 1" many times and you'll start to scream. Every day I scripted in Lua at work I would long for the times when I could use Ruby to actually get something done.

For those who know JavaScript and want to get a glimpse of what Lua is like, I have a page on my site: Learning Lua from JavaScript.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Chooses Lua As Its New Template Language

Phrogz Raw- or OOP-base Lua? (145 comments)

I'll be interested to see if they go for WoW-style "raw", imperative Lua (gobs of functions) or a more OOP-style Lua (NB: my site).

In designing the Lua interface for an old Game UI authoring product I originally went with OOP-style Lua. It was (IMHO) a rather elegant wrapper on our DOM. However, we soon found that the memory thrash of using Lua's lightweight userdata to go back and forth between C++ and Lua resulted in poor performance on consoles, and I ultimately had to redesign the interface to be more WoW-like for our next release.

It was a shame, putting more onus on the scripter to manage objects (tables of properties in Lua) based on a 'pointer' passed around to uniquely identify each element in the DOM, and passing that pointer to all relevant functions. But the performance increase was dramatic.

more than 2 years ago

The World's Smallest Full HD Display

Phrogz Re:Usable by humans (243 comments)

The Retina theoretical limit is based on a 'standard' viewing distance for phone displays. If you wanted HD glasses (using a far focal point) you would need much higher res. Did not RTFA, but perhaps that is the sort of target for this.

Either that or it's just geeky dick wagging. :)

more than 4 years ago

Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?

Phrogz Yes, of course...and some do. (486 comments)

Speakeasy.net cut me off in 1999 when a Windows server I had at home was exploited (MSSQL Server...grr) and infected. I called them, they explained what was up and how to fix it. I 'fixed' it, called them back, and they put me back online...and then offline again 12 hours later because I hadn't cleaned it all up properly. (My then-girlfriend-now-wire really wanted to play Quake 3 Team Arena...I didn't have time to fight Windows!) I fixed it for real, and they put me right online again.

It was frustrating at the time, but I knew then and I know now that what they did was what I wish more companies did.

more than 4 years ago

Why Motivation Is Key For Artificial Intelligence

Phrogz Re:Silly (482 comments)

What defines HUMAN$? Redefine the variable, the law is still satisfied. We hoomanz do it with brainwashing and conditioning. They're not humans, they're gooks. They don't even believe like we do. It's fine to kill them. Heathens anyway, right? But I'd like to think the robot might be able to work it even more subtly, subverting the law.

Or perhaps the robot will take the laws very seriously, to ill effect.

more than 5 years ago

Grad Student Project Uses Wikis To Stash Data, Miffs Admins

Phrogz What was their intention again? (268 comments)


"About: ... We use the term graffiti for our work since we are storing data in a way that non-network participants may regard as unsightly or unwanted vandalism. ..."

"Update: ... It was never our intention to maliciously deface sites, ..."

I don't blame them for changing their tune once they came under fire, but I'm surprised that they have both statements on the page at once. Or am I somehow seeing a contradiction where none exists?

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Says "Wanna Fight? It'll Cost You!"

Phrogz Re:Really... Really? (367 comments)

How is this not racketeering and extortion? I mean, c'mon...
I ask the same questions (not really, but the intent) of the traffic tickets I have gotten here in Colorado. They say "If you mail us a check to make this go away, we'll drop 2 points off of the infraction. In doing so, you are pleading guilty and get rid of varous rights. However, if you choose to challenge this in court, this deal is off the table and we guarantee that all points will be assessed. (Unless you win.)"

I *guess* it's legal to do this. Heck, if it was monetary, I'd even support it as reasonable. ("If you come to court, it costs us $60 to run the trial, and you have to pay that additional fee if you lose. But if you pay in advance you basically get $60 off.") But this bribery with points reductions seems wrong.

In my last case, they even changed it from a speeding ticket to a "defective vehicle" ticket (which my car is definitely not) in order to justify the points drop and (unwritten) to help with car insurance costs.

Bribing citizens to give up their right to go to court, by promising to help protect their record for insurance costs, feels really wrong.

more than 6 years ago


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