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Does Personalized News Lead To Ignorance?

Rycross Re:Two Fine Examples (396 comments)

Oh really? I hear this claim a lot, but its been my observation that if the Democrats do something stupid, Jon will certainly take the opportunity to nail them to the wall. I recall that when the Democrats got control of the Senate, that he played video of them discussing an effing sports game rather than fixing the country, like they claimed they were going to. Or showing clips of similarities between Bush and Obama speeches. Or comparing Obama's exit strategy with Bush's. Or calling out Democrats on hyperbole.

Jon does clearly lean left, but I don't see him as playing softball with the Democrats. They just tend to give him less ammunition. Yes, the Democrats do have their fuck-ups, but the Republicans have taken the whole dishonest-fuck-up game to a whole new level.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Is a "Huge Step Backward"

Rycross Re:Dear FSF (1634 comments)

Slippery slope is only a fallacy if you fail to outline that its possible and likely to go from one point to another. Hardware, software, and service lock-ins are hardly an unknown phenomenon in the computer industry. I think its completely valid to be concerned that a company like Apple is trying to use their walled-garden approach to lock their customers in to their own services, and I'm glad that the FSF are trying to bring attention to it.

And I'm someone who actually prefers some of his devices to be "walled-garden" devices. I just want to have the option to get a device that's not tied to one company, if I so desire.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

Rycross Re:price? (1713 comments)

$120 + $30/month is a kick in the balls. Well, actually, you're correct that its hyperbole on my part. I was comparing it to my iPhone (yes, an Apple product!) which I got for $200 ($30 a month for the data), but as some other posters pointed out, there's no contract and its unlocked. Taking that into consideration makes it seem a *lot* fairer.

Still, no Flash is going to be a deal-killer for me personally, I think. At first, I was thinking about getting one of these for my wife, but no Flash support means she can't watch Japanese TV over the internet while loafing on the couch.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

Rycross Re:price? (1713 comments)

That's still ridiculous price increase for merely getting 3G.

I wonder what the hardware cost for the 3G stuff is? Regardless, prices are set based on what people are willing to pay. I'd wager that being able to browse the internet while loafing around in the park is worth $120 to some people. It seems a bit steep to me too, though, and I have to admit I did a bit of a double-take at the price. The main kick in the balls is that you have to pay $30 a month on top of that for the data plan...

What I also would like to know if it supports fallback to gprs in case 3G isn't available, as is usually outside cities.

Good question. It doesn't mention anything about that, so I'm assuming that its going to be useless outside of cities. Not a big deal for some people, I would guess, and that's probably why they're offering the WiFi-only versions too. That way, if your 3G coverage stinks, you don't have to pay extra for a useless feature.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open

Rycross Re:price? (1713 comments)

The 3G version has both.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientology Attacker Will Be Sentenced To Jail

Rycross Re:Has anyone jailed the pope yet? (354 comments)

To be fair, the pope also decrees that sex outside of marriage is also a sin, so obviously they're not really following the teachings of the pope, are they? Seems to me that if you have no issue having sex, then you shouldn't have issues wearing a condom. I'm inclined to doubt the prevailing wisdom that Catholics, and the pope, are responsible for the AIDs epidemic in Africa.

Disclaimer: I'm an agnostic, so don't take this as promotion of organized religion. I just don't like scape-goating.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Get a Job At a Mega-Corp

Rycross Megacorps (373 comments)

I'm actually a bit surprised at the almost-uniformly negative response to "mega corps." I've worked at two companies that could be described as "mega corps." The first, while not exactly soul-crushing, bore such a striking resemblance to Office Space that I was happy to leave. The other one has been an almost-uniformly pleasant experience, with a solid focus on tech and very little bureaucracy. What I've taken away from this is that you can't judge the quality of a job by the size of the company.

As far as the 60-hours-per-week thing goes, both jobs had me firmly in the 40-45 hours range. The lone, very rare exceptions (50-55 hour weeks) were solely due to my own fuckups, and my desire to not have my fuckups impact the rest of my team (as in, they're actual people who didn't deserve to look bad because of something I did). I've never been forced to work long hours.

On the topic of overtime, I've found that mentioning "quality of life" and "no mandatory overtime" in interviews will get you dropped like a hot-potato if the company in question actually does expect 60 hour weeks. I've made it a habit to ignore people telling me not to ask these things, and make sure to ask it in every interview. Tends to weed out the places I don't want to work.

I realize that my experiences may not be the norm, though.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Should Use OpenGL and Not DirectX

Rycross Re:I've used both (515 comments)

The same Chris Hecker that currently recommends you use Direct3D for production code on his web page?

However, finally getting to the actual advice, if you want a better chance of getting your code to work using "mainstream cutting edge features" (say, lots of render-to-texture, deep render target pixel formats, etc.), and you don't want to fight a battle with your publisher, you're probably better off using Direct3D. If you only need to use a safe subset of features that lags the cutting edge by a year or so, and you want the nicer programming experience, or if you want to use the most bleeding edge stuff that's only available in vendor extensions, then you should use OpenGL.

Personally, I write all of my prototypes, tools, and indie games in OpenGL, because it's just more agile and toolkit-y. And fun. Don't underestimate the motivational power of having fun while you program. The games I work on for big companies are almost all written in Direct3D.

Sure, he's still recommending OpenGL for prototypes or experimental stuff, but its kinda damning praise, don't you think?

more than 4 years ago
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INTERPOL Granted Diplomatic Immunity In the US

Rycross Re:No agents? (450 comments)

Yes, I agree. Its amazing that fictional entertainment makes things up to entertain people. I know that when I think "accuracy," I think "Hollywood."

more than 4 years ago
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Avatar Soars Into $1-Billion Territory

Rycross Re:3d and tv (782 comments)

Current LCD/plasma screens cannot polarize the light, which is how those 3d movies work. Wikipedia.

more than 4 years ago
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As 2010 approaches, I expect the next year ...

Rycross Re:As good as any time to make a change (444 comments)

Amen. All told, my wedding cost around $350, and $240 of that was for all-you-can-eat steak after the wedding.

more than 4 years ago
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Holy See Declares a "Unique Copyright" On the Pope

Rycross Re:F/OSS Religion (447 comments)

Back when I was still into the religion thing, I had a Bible with footnotes that discussed translation issues and meanings of certain passages, citing original sources where appropriate. It outlined areas where there was disagreement about interpretation as well.

I can't remember what it was called, unfortunately, but I had considered it a step above some of the other bibles I had seen.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Backs New Launcher and Bigger NASA Budget

Rycross Re:MORE FUNDS?! (391 comments)

I don't think a lot of people feel that war is never an answer. However a lot of us feel that we spend far, far more on war than we actually need to, and that it'd be prudent to maybe focus on consolidating and reducing our forces to a defensive role.

Its frustrating when people act as if we want to get rid of it completely. Its also frustrating when people respond to nuanced criticism of our military spending with, "Well, funding the military is the federal government's job!" Of course it is, but that doesn't mean we need to spend quite so much.

about 5 years ago
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GNOME Developer Suggests Split From GNU Project

Rycross Re:It's straightforward (587 comments)

That's begging the question. Those with a "hate-on" for Stallman likely see no moral or ethical dilemma with proprietary software. You're assuming that its imminently clear and universally agreed upon that proprietary software is unethical and immoral, when this is actually not the case.

about 5 years ago
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Hackers Find Home In Amazon EC2 Cloud

Rycross Re:And? (89 comments)

We need to extend Poe's Law to managerial speak.

about 5 years ago
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Hearst Launching Kindle Competitor and Platform "By Publishers, For Publishers"

Rycross Why Should I Buy It? (155 comments)

So, why should I buy a product designed with the publishers' interests in mind over a product with the customers' interests in mind? I don't particularly care about the publishers' interests, but I do care about mine.

about 5 years ago
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Offset Bad Code, With Bad Code Offsets

Rycross Re:Deliberately bad? (279 comments)

In what way? Closed source says nothing about whether you actually use some of the very-bad laws on the books to prevent people from inspecting the workings of your program. Its perfectly possibly for me to write a closed-source program and not drag people to court for reverse engineering, and even write a license to that effect.

If I do not explicitly permit someone to distribute modifications of my software, that *would* fall under copyright law, but that's not covered by the analogy. In fact, its pretty difficult to come up with a car analogy that actually makes sense. Whether you view copyright as moral or not falls to your personal belief. My belief is that, despite Stallman's protestations, it is possible to distribute software under copyright morally, even though a lot of proprietary software vendors do not do so.

about 5 years ago
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Offset Bad Code, With Bad Code Offsets

Rycross Re:Deliberately bad? (279 comments)

Assuming that the guy I'm selling it to has a real choice whether to buy the car, understands that the hood is welded shut before buying, and I don't try to use legal means to keep him from unwelding the hood or getting to the engine, why should I feel bad about selling it to him?

about 5 years ago
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Offset Bad Code, With Bad Code Offsets

Rycross Re:Gave up on DailyWTF (279 comments)

I actually enjoyed "Mandatory Fun Day" because of the comment-posted spoofs of the actual comic. The real comic was terrible, but some of those spoofs were actually funny.

about 5 years ago

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