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Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

SageinaRage Re:Pilots and Astronauts have the same fear (641 comments)

their #1 fear isn't the rocket blowing up and getting killed, it's not fear of blacking out from G-forces, it's not fear of getting shot down, it's the fear of screwing up.

Same as the #1 fear from TFA. (fear of writing buggy code / messing up)

The official Pilot's Prayer (as handed to us by Alan Shepard) is "Lord, please don't let me fuck up".

Not "Lord, please don't let me blow up" or "Please keep me safe"

This is also the Stage Manager prayer.

about a year and a half ago

Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?

SageinaRage I'm getting a Wii-U (335 comments)

And I'm still up in the air about a PS4, and definitely not getting an Xbox One, so it's at least in contention. Ultimately it will come down to the games, like it always does. Nobody thought the DS could compare with the PSP, and then the games came out and everybody realized what was important.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft's Lost Decade

SageinaRage Re:What the hell is "Microsoft's lost decade"? (407 comments)

He doesn't seem to get that no one accused Microsoft of collapsing as a company, but effectively coasting on previous success. And the thing about coasting, is that it means you had previously built up momentum. The fact that Microsoft kept making money just meant that they had built up a really strong market share. They just didn't do anything beyond what they already had.

more than 2 years ago

Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

SageinaRage Anti-Institutionalism (949 comments)

There's a difference between anti-intellectualism and anti-institutionalism.

more than 3 years ago

Spoiler-Free Iron Man 2 Review

SageinaRage Re:First one (118 comments)

Likewise. Dark Knight was good, but overlong, with too many unnecessary bits, and too much pretension. Iron Man was a more cohesive experience.

more than 4 years ago

Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

SageinaRage Re:What? You can't be both? (836 comments)

None of this says that you're a good programmer, it just says that you're a good marketer.

more than 5 years ago

Linux Games For Non-Gamers?

SageinaRage Re:Travian (460 comments)

I enjoyed Travian until I discovered it's possible to completely paralyze someone by destroying their farms, so that it's completely impossible for them to take any actions or recover at all. Then you just become a mining/logging subsidiary of whoever is nearby.

more than 5 years ago

Can Video Game Accessibility Go Too Far?

SageinaRage Just about the most pretentious quote ever (164 comments)

A statement that somehow the message of art 'degrades' as it reaches more people is something I assumed to hear from some art snob complaining about reproductions of the Mona Lisa, not about a video game starring Mario. The whole notion is insanely elitist, and I'm frankly flabbergasted that someone saw fit to print it.

Especially considering that they got the whole idea wrong - it's only a demo mode that shows you how to beat a section. In order to progress through the game, you still have to play it yourself!

more than 5 years ago

Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?

SageinaRage Open World Experience? (582 comments)

If Rockstar managed to release San Andreas on the Playstation 2, a piece of hardware which was inferior to the gamecube, let alone the Wii, then I somehow doubt it's impossible to release an open world style game on the Wii. This basically just sounds like they don't really know what they're doing, and are wasting processor cycles on things they really don't need.

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X

SageinaRage Re:I'm surprised (871 comments)

Linux on the desktop is dead. Long live Linux on the desktop.

more than 5 years ago

Emulation Explosion On the PS3 Via Linux

SageinaRage Re:Linux on PS3? (425 comments)

And people wonder why the year of Linux on the desktop never comes.

It's because all the linux geeks waste their time on stupid shit instead of actual useful things.

more than 5 years ago

Outliers, The Story Of Success

SageinaRage Re:huh? (357 comments)

That money was only in the hands of a fairly small amount of plantation owners, though. The large majority of residents were poor white farmers.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon Announces Kindle 2, With Slew of New Features

SageinaRage Re:Is it just me ? (451 comments)

Just in case you're not just joking:

Kindling is the word you're thinking of. Kindle is the verb, of starting a flame, or an emotion. Which seems fairly appropriate.

more than 5 years ago

Twenty Years of Dijkstra's Cruelty

SageinaRage Anthropomorphic Descriptions (727 comments)

The thing that confuses me the most about this paper is his hatred for using anthropomorphic metaphors to describe the functioning of a program. It confuses me partly because his examples of why it's bad don't seem to actually address his complaint, or anything like it. But also, because the more I think about it, they seem to fit very well.

Program components may not be living things, but they do run autonomously. They perform actions, frequently without any input from me. They seem to do things and interact with other components on their own - why not describe it as such? There's also the fact that he doesn't give any alternate way of describing what's going on inside a program.

about 6 years ago

Twenty Years of Dijkstra's Cruelty

SageinaRage Re:Cruel and couldn't use a computer (727 comments)

It's the equivalent of a biology class detailing the possibilities of life, by examining chemical interactions, without actually examining any actual living organisms.

about 6 years ago

How 10 Iconic Tech Products Got Their Names

SageinaRage A pretty poorly researched article (247 comments)

even considering the subject matter. It covers that wikipedia is wiki + encyclopedia, but offers nothing on how wikis got their name (a hawaiian bus system), it just says that android was made by a company named Android, and says that OSX is the 10th mac os, without even bothering to look into the cat names at all. The only one with an actual interesting answer was Red Hat.

more than 6 years ago


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