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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Raseri Re:Real men (430 comments)

there's also almost always a premium solution for a problem, which comes with extensive documentation and customer support resources

As was mentioned farther up this thread, those days are rapidly coming to an end. Less and less documentation is being given to users even for commercial, closed-source programs, with the expectation that "the community" will pick up the slack. In such a climate, how does it make sense to spend money on some "premium" solution when the documentation is just as bad as, or far worse than, its FOSS counterpart?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Raseri Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

On the other hand, I've noticed a steady decline in documentation for commercial software too.

Many of them seem to be going the route of "community-driven" documentation; i.e., dropping the cost of the manuals (and everything related, such as tech writers, printing, and so on), and shifting the burden of educating new users to more experienced ones. This is more or less how most FOSS projects have been documented for years, though out of necessity rather than a desire to cut yet another corner.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Raseri Re:Real men (430 comments)

Nobody said only FOSS projects have shitty documentation.

It was implied:

I've been out of computers as a serious home-hobby for many years and in returning I'm aghast at the state of documentation for Open Source projects.

Though it's possible that OP was in prison for 10 years (he doesn't actually say why he was out of home hobby computing), I didn't see any reason to jump to that or some similar conclusion.

No shit, troll.

That word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Calm the fuck down, kid.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Raseri Real men (430 comments)

learn how to use a program by reading the source code!

I jest, of course. It's not just open source projects that have this problem, though; plenty of commercial applications also have shit for documentation. The upside in open source being that you *can* read the source and build documentation from it, if you were so inclined.

about 4 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Raseri Re: RACIST! (514 comments)

tech companies are functionally closer to strict meritocracies

This would in no way explain the huge numbers of South Asians in their employ. The strange thing is, black or Latino Americans could be hired almost as cheaply as Indians, so the preference is to crapflood the market with imported labor in order to push down wages overall. Usually, he is indeed a shakedown artist, but in this case, Jackson is on the right track.

about 5 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Raseri Re:RACIST! (514 comments)

(Not saying what that race was, as the problem was just a couple of assholes, and not a more general problem).

Obviously, the preferred race was South Asian. Why bother being coy about it?

about 5 months ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Raseri Re:to a larger extent, this is culture war. (158 comments)

If it will make you stop whining:

The largely patriarchal narrative woven into the fabric of the american dream is that women are caretakers of children and roasters of turkey during holidays.

What's wrong with taking care of children? It's a hard fucking job, and one that I honestly hope you never have. This is changing, anyway: http://www.pewresearch.org/fac...

Whereas the soviet union in the 1970's boasted much greater equality in the workplace in terms of female STEM headcount

[citation needed]

the US doubled-down on rhetoric, shuffled 'in god we trust' into the pledge, and made haste to forget rosie the riveter ever existed.

[citation needed]

We have an entire party in government that literally see women as uselessly inferior to men.

Are you suggesting that government is actually representative of the people? Because I'm fairly certain it is not (see also: the NSA, NDAA, FCC, and so on).

We cant even approach the idea that women are, in terms of sexuality, to be treated as equals to men.

Not so fast there, senpai. What's this "we" bullshit? Maybe you can't get your head around that concept, but the pronoun you're looking for is "I."

Womens healthcare at the local and state level is nothing short of an embarassing campaign to wipe the scourge of contraception off the map, at any cost.

This is pure hyperbole. Again, maybe it's true where you live, but there are 50 states in this country, and I'm going to go ahead and guess that mvdwege has never been to any of them ('recognised' gave you away as being a foreigner; we spell it 'recognized'), let alone lived in any of them long enough to know anything about it.

Colleges routinely hush up rape cases and take it upon themselves to redact student names and details of repression and reprisal.

Routinely? And you're saying all colleges do this? Before you point to a couple of high-profile cases, anyone else can just as easily point to a couple of high-profile cases where the woman was proven to be a liar. The problem is that such cases tend to be anomolous, which is why they make the news.

Its also sadly true that not a day goes by where a politician or religious leader claims to speak for reason when they ardently affirm rape can be 'legitimate' and its the womans fault.

You expect reason from politicians and religious leaders? Fantastic. Do let us know how that works out for you.

Our approach to womens education is inconsistent at best as women didnt get to attend military colleges until the 1970s, and it wasnt until 2013 that we decided they could not only participate in the military but actually serve a combat role.

This is a given. I would expect the military to evolve more slowly than the rest of society; it doesn't exactly attract the brightest bulbs in the box.

so yeah, if we ask ourselves why the deficit exists its because we have tacitly and communally agreed that women are inferior

Again with "we," and again, the pronoun you're looking for is "I."

, despite a thin veneer of nodding and applause for our insistent declaration that women are no different than men and can achieve anything.

[citation needed]

OP gave multiple, well-documented cases

No, OP did no such thing. Maybe something in that post triggered you to recall the narrative that the feminists have hammered into you, but read it again. Notice that there are no citations of any kind.

Of course, like a typical troll with no argument you just shout "t'ain't so!" and run away, while projecting your own moral bankruptcy on the other.

Trolls don't provide data. Unsurprisingly, you also haven't given any actual citations beyond mentioning the names of a couple of dipshits. Again, do you have anything at all other than strawman and ad hominem arguments? If not, please go back to jezebel.com. I'm sure they love you over there.

about 5 months ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Raseri Re:to a larger extent, this is culture war. (158 comments)

I only gave one example because there's no need to refute troll posts point by parroted talking point. If you don't agree that even one piece of actual, reliable data is stronger than a million appeals to emotion, that's your choice, and I won't waste my time or bandwidth trying to convince you otherwise.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Raseri Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (383 comments)

Tech wages are stagnant or falling, neither of which would happen if there was a shortage that was being met by equally- or more highly-paid imports. This would indicate that the rules are being neither followed nor enforced. You are, of course, free to believe anything you choose.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Raseri Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (383 comments)

Sorry, but nobody checks any of that out, thus, there's nothing to stop any company from putting whatever they want on the form and then paying the employee much, much less. You didn't get fucked over because you're from the UK, congratulations. It's much easier to fuck over people, from third-world shitholes like India, who think $30k/yr is a lot of money.

I hope you're enjoying your time in the colonies, anyway.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Raseri Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (383 comments)

Present evidence to whom? There is no oversight of the H1-B program. What country are you from, if you don't mind my asking? (not being snarky, I'm genuinely curious)

about 5 months ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Raseri Re:to a larger extent, this is culture war. (158 comments)

Despite the fact that society pats women on the head by passing them a largely useless piece of paper

You don't think women earn their degrees, or that having a degree increases anyone's earning potential? Okay.

the Troll mod is probably the work of yet another pimply MRA type.

This isn't jezebel.com. If strawman and ad hominem arguments are all you bring to the table, then you can expect more troll mods in the future.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Raseri Re:Simple (509 comments)

Here's one way to get by without student loans: be a dental hygienist and save your money, then when you have enough, go to college.

It's completely unrealistic to expect anybody who wants to go to college and isn't wealthy to become a dental hygienist. The suggestion reeks of ivory tower thinking. As you said, it still takes two years of schooling to become one. How will those two years be paid for? What I did was I went to a local tech school for my A.A.S., then transferred all of my credits to a small local 4-year college to complete my B.A. This way, I kept my costs, and by extension, my loans, to a minimum. It will take less time for me to pay those off than it will take to pay off my car, and was a much, much better investment as far as I'm concerned.

I stand by my statement that taking out student loans is an incredibly risky thing to do.

Buying a house is risky. Buying a car is risky (arguably moreso than a student loan). Credit cards are risky. All of these things can be done, though, if someone can make a truly informed decision apropos the risks and benefits of each, and formulate a backup plan in case everything goes to shit. "Never" certainly is too strong. "Minimal loans if you absolutely need them, and proceed with caution" is far more realistic. None of this, of course, addresses the actual problem, which is the obscene increase in college costs over the last few decades, but that's out of scope here.

Even the 1% aren't completely and totally financially secure, as the French Revolution demonstrated.

Except that they were financially secure; in fact, their excessive financial security is what caused the Revolution in the first place. But if you have some examples from living memory, do feel free to share.

At least we agree on cars, though.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Raseri Re:Simple (509 comments)

NEVER. TAKE. OUT. STUDENT. LOANS. Taking out student loans is 50 times more risky than taking out a credit card. If you fuck yourself up with a credit card, you get to declare bankruptcy and erase the debt. If you fuck yourself up with a student loan, you're an indentured servant until you pay it back. It's that bad. I don't care how low the interest is. I don't care how much money you THINK you'll be making when you graduate. It's never worth the risk, and you should never do it, whoever you are and whatever your situation is. If you can't afford college, go to a community college, get an Associate's degree, and work in data entry or something until you can afford college. Taking Pell grants, or other grants, or scholarships is great, and you should try to do well in high school both to get some merit-based scholarships and to get AP credits that I know from personal experience can let you do a 4-year degree in 3 years. But never student loans. THOSE are scams.

I'm a bit surprised by the absolutisms being tossed around this thread. The problem with yours, in particular, is that HR drones are demanding more and more education from the proles, and without a bachelor's degree, someone born into poverty has no way to escape. Obviously, the degree is not a guarantee of escape, but it does increase the odds. Student loans were a godsend for my brothers and me, and without them, none of us would have had a chance in hell of doing anything with our lives that did not involve scraping a grill for minimum wage.

don't fuck yourself up by having a kid until you are completely and totally financially secure

Another absolutism, and this, too, is problematic. "Completely and totally financially secure" is a condition that does not exist for anyone but the super-rich, as the crash of 2008 so clearly demonstrated. By this logic, nobody but the 1% should ever have kids. It also assumes that kids are a burden, but anyone with that kind of mentality really ought to get themselves fixed (I'm not spewing hyperbole; someone who hates kids really should not be having them at all).

We can agree to disagree about credit cards. I don't think that credit scores are all that important, as I'm from the school of "if you can't pay it all at once, don't buy it," with the only exceptions being a house or a car (and I hate the fact that owning a car is actually a necessity where I live).

about 5 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Raseri Re:Alcohol is a consumer good too (382 comments)

I regularly buy beer directly from breweries (Wisconsin here). I'm not saying that that's the case in all states, but it just illustrates the point that the White House made: That it's up to individual states to decide whether a particular good needs to have a middleman for whatever reason. In the case of alcohol, some states' laws are still fairly draconian, but one can see the line of reasoning behind it, and they don't really seem to be "gotta pay my buddies in the distribution biz," so much as "gotta get votes, hammer on public safety!" In the case of automobiles, it's just plain and simple greed on behalf of car dealers.

about 5 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Raseri Re:For us dummies.... (382 comments)

Car dealerships form extremely powerful lobbies in most (all?) states, and have purchased laws in most (all?) states banning the direct sale of vehicles from the manufacturer to the consumer. This, obviously, is a protectionist racket that serves no purpose but to line the pockets of said dealers. I'm not aware of any other consumer good with such a restriction (though I will grant that such a thing is possible and I simply am not aware of it).

about 5 months ago
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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

Raseri Re:Actually, the edits look good! (95 comments)

This is what I was thinking, as well.

There's also the possibility of someone eventually getting it into their head to spoof a Congressional IP address and cause all sorts of fun mayhem for the enjoyment of their twitter-provided audience.

about 5 months ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

Raseri Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

Source:

Thanks for bringing some credibility to the discussion, AC. What the fuck is a "Tier 1 Chinese city?"

about 5 months ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Raseri Re: We need (278 comments)

Any farther north, and I'll be in Canada, but thanks for the tip.

about 5 months ago

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