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A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift

Pseudonym Re:Just what we needed... (72 comments)

"We wouldn't have swallowed this at NeXT", said Ross perorally.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

Pseudonym Re:News for nerds (165 comments)

And if Slashdot become (e.g.) 90% articles about Justin Bieber and other teen heart-throbs, would you respond similarly to people expressing their discontent?

Not unless they also switch to Beta. I have my priorities straight.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

Pseudonym Re:Garbage Disposal (165 comments)

Treating them as their own "special" category of evil people only strengthens their cause.

People not from Australia may not realise that we already do this with criminal gangs that also happen to like motorcycles.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Pseudonym Re:Please Let the Caliphate Flourish! (973 comments)

I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed just how unlike the real Caliphate this is.

about two weeks ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Pseudonym Re:High reliability? (93 comments)

Incidentally, QNX has an interesting design in this respect, in that it maps the the source buffer (a page at a time, IIRC) into the address space of the receiving process, and does the copy directly. Or it might map the destination buffer into the address space of the sending process; not sure about that. This allows messages to be arbitrary-length.

about two weeks ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Pseudonym Re:High reliability? (93 comments)

Monoliths, e.g. Linux, don't have IPC latency [...]

In the case of non-memory-mapped I/O (e.g. anything that goes through a file descriptor), the major cost isn't context switching, it's copying data. Microkernels have to transfer all this data between address spaces. Macrokernels, on the other hand, have to transfer it between user space and kernel space. It's basically the same operation with basically the same cost, but it falls under a different heading.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Pseudonym Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

With $2 billion, he could afford a MSO.

about three weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Pseudonym Re:Minetest. (368 comments)

No, the title did not register as a thing. Nonetheless, I stand by my assessment of Irrlicht as being... well, it doesn't suck at what it does necessarily, but it lacks almost everything you'd want these days.

about three weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Pseudonym Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

Mojang are essentially toothless hillbilles.

Oh, it's worse than that. They're nerds.

about three weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Pseudonym Re:wot? (368 comments)

But you have to admit, it's one hell of a trick.

I think the breakdown is:

- Minecraft IP: $1.9 billion
- Notch's good luck: $90 million
- Rest of company: $10 million
- Chance to port WinRT to the DCPU-16: priceless

about three weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Pseudonym Re:Minetest. (368 comments)

First off, Minecraft is written in Java.

Secondly, while Irrlicht has improved recently, it's still a toy. Forward rendering only (hope you like fixed-function pipeline lights), nothing in the way of screen-space effects (motion blur, distortion, ambient occlusion, etc), or multi-pass rendering of any kind for that matter, no current-gen support (OpenGL 4 / D3D11), and even if you can overcome all that, it's still a rendering engine and not a game engine. No networking, no physics, no movie player (not even Vorbis)... need I go on?

Even Torque is better than Irrlicht, despite the crappy scripting system.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Pseudonym Re:HEY LOOK, I FOUND AN ASSHOLE ON THE INTERNET! (1262 comments)

Good science is rigorous, objective, and unbiased. Much of the research that comes out of the "social sciences" is a fucking joke compared to a field like, say, physics.

OK, you didn't understand what I said. That's okay, so let's go through this again.

The social sciences are fields like anthropology, sociology, psychology, and behavioural economics. These fields are just as experimentally-based, data-driven, rigorous, and objective as biology.

The humanities are fields like art, history, music, literature, and culture. These are often informed by science, but they are not science. They are still important to study.

Anita Sarkeesian is doing humanities, not social science. If you pay attention to her videos, she does report results from social science, because this is part of the methodology. But she is not doing science, and she would be the first to agree with this.

Did that help?

about a month ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Pseudonym Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

There are no buts man. up until you did the old victim blaming thing I had respect for your opinion.

It's unfortunate that people are engaging in victim-blaming, because it obscures some potentially very important discussions that we need to have about why nude selfies now seem to be expected behaviour for anyone under the age of 30 in an intimate relationship (Cindy Gallop would probably blame porn, and do follow that link and see what she has to say before you respond to that remark; it's less than 5 min), and why people trust Apple/Facebook/the government with our most personal of personal information.

Right after a hundred or so people have been the victim of a crime is probably not the best time to have this discussion. On the other hand, if we wait too long, the news cycle will have moved on.

about a month ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Pseudonym Re: Her work (1262 comments)

I don't see where you got "the evil that is man". Just "the evil that is LEGO marketers".

about a month ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Pseudonym Re:Will they ban this ? (748 comments)

It's a word way of saying [citation needed].

about a month ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Pseudonym Re:HEY LOOK, I FOUND AN ASSHOLE ON THE INTERNET! (1262 comments)

Both are garbage, and neither are science.

That the humanities are not science is obvious. To say that the social sciences are not science is crazy, and to say that they both are "garbage" is the bad kind of weird. Admittedly, it does help explain why you think Thunderf00t is rational.

Science limits itself to dealing with only things that are falsifiable and testable. This is precisely why science is so successful and reliable, because it limits itself to things that it can succeed at. However, some things that are important for humans to understand do not currently satisfy one or both of these criteria. For that, other methodologies are required.

Art is important. History is important. Music is important. Literature is important. Morality is important. Languages are important. The law is important. These things cannot be analysed with the same tools that you would use to analyse an atom, or a cell, or a galaxy, but they must be analysed nonetheless.

about a month ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Pseudonym Re: Her work (1262 comments)

OK, found it. The mention of razor stubble is there. The "[decrying] the evils of razor stubble and testosterone as more evidence of the evil that is man" is completely absent.

about a month ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Pseudonym Re:HEY LOOK, I FOUND AN ASSHOLE ON THE INTERNET! (1262 comments)

That's not actually what happened, or what he claimed.

No, that is pretty much exactly what happened, unless you caught the one video where he made a relevant point rather than the dozen or so that I saw where he missed the point completely.

Part of the problem here, and it's also evident in the comment thread here, is that a lot of science-minded geeks don't understand the difference between the social sciences and the humanities.

You can understand an atom pretty much perfectly. You can understand a star at the level at which you can observe it, because you can treat it statistically. You can't really understand a war in the same way. There are so many aspect and so many levels that you can't really capture the whole thing at the level at which you can observe it.

The things that the humanities study are so inherently complex (because they deal with the human experience) that there is never going to be an exact theory which applies all the time. Instead, you come up with models (sometimes called "narratives") which try to capture generally what's going on at one level. If a historian is studying a war, they might focus on the general trends and forces in one theatre, and in doing so gloss over details which may contrast with that. Or they might focus on what happened in one town, and in doing so simplify some of the wider context.

That is what Anita Sarkeesian is doing with the video game landscape. In doing so, of course she is going to gloss over details, because there is no other way to understand the landscape as a whole. Chipping away at a few points doesn't invalidate the argument. Just because North America had a cold winter doesn't mean that the global trend is towards warming. Just because killing civilians is penalised in one particular game doesn't mean that there isn't a general theme of abused women being used as decoration in video games.

Does that actually describe him, or is that your own delusion?

It's an exaggeration for comic effect, but it's only a slight exaggeration. What actually describes him is that he is a poster child for the Dunning-Kruger effect. And yes, I've seen way too many Thunderf00t videos for my own good.

I don't know if you've ever been in an undergraduate-level critical thinking class, but the field is very, very different from what most people think. You know how you go into topology thinking it's going to be all Klein bottles and toruses, and what you actually find is weeks of open and closed sets and metric spaces? Well, critical thinking mostly isn't about logical fallacies. It's mostly about how to understand an argument. It's all about the Principle of Charity, diagramming arguments, and so on.

about a month ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Pseudonym Re:THESE PEOPLE? (1262 comments)

I've yet to see a game that has a normal father type in it.

On the contrary, the surrogate father figure is a trend in many of the "look, games are art!"-style games that are all the rage at the moment. I'm thinking The Last of Us, The Walking Dead, and Beyond: Two Souls in particular, but there are plenty of others.

Hell, there's always Eli Vance.

about a month ago

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