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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

The Raven Re:Pay with the pension fund! (514 comments)

While I absolutely agree that A) most cops are good (or at least neutral), and B) excessive measures prevents them from doing their job, I am frustrated whenever the danger of being a cop is brought up. Being a cop is less dangerous than being a fucking roofer. Do we say 'Oh no, roofers have such a dangerous job... every day they risk their lives on roofs to keep our houses safe, he just was scared for his life and that's why he punched the guy in the throat. Cut him some slack'.

Fuck no. Police should not be immune from criticism or even shielded partially due to the danger of their job. I never read about how firemen get a pass on axing someone in the face due to the dangers of their job. But that's because people who take the job of fireman are not in it for the power; they genuinely want to help. Police duties, unfortunately, attract a disproportionate number of bullies.

about a week ago
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

The Raven Re:Rails never had 'steam'. (291 comments)

I agree that Rails is a fad. But touting PHP as better is... odd. PHP is a dismal language, with horrible coding practices and duplicate commands (some are bad, some are good, who knows which is which). Using a library, you have no idea what code they used... did they use the old string routine that's vulnerable to buffer overflows, or the new one? Why does PHP even KEEP the broken commands, it's insane!

Ruby is good (despite performance issues), PHP is bad. I'll take any framework built around Ruby over any framework built around PHP.

about three weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

The Raven Re:Various hacking tools? (224 comments)

This could be a thing, but would be uninteresting with a hitscan game. When your shots are point and kill (headshot from extreme range) then computer reflexes trump interesting play. But if it's only slow moving projectiles it's possible more interesting gameplay could result.

about three weeks ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

The Raven Rotated (330 comments)

I rotate my screens vertically at work (where I don't watch videos, I work on documents and sites, and horizontal space is often a waste). A square screen is a similar trade-off, but I find the utility of choice that rotation offers probably outweighs the value of a square form-factor.

about a month ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

The Raven Re:10x Productivity (215 comments)

This is bullshit. That's why 'communication skills' are part of being an awesome programmer... otherwise you're just a lone wolf. Read through the open source Quake code and tell me it's unreadable... being a rockstar (such as Carmack) does not mean making horrible code.

about a month ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

The Raven Re:10x Productivity (215 comments)

To be perfectly blunt, I think you have never worked with a rockstar programmer.

I'm not trying to say 'anyone not hiring a rockstar is wasting money'. Instead, I'm saying that programming is very difficult, and those the right mix of communication skills, technical experience, and plain intelligence are extremely rare and valuable. They have been there, written that, and groked the algorithm. They don't just know the library, they recognize the functions they are traversing from the debugger output. There is an incredible amount of time wasted looking stuff up, and if you have internalized that knowledge you can just code instead.

I am not a rockstar, but I've worked with one. In his particular domain (coding multithreaded, networked, redundant communication systems) he was a god. Outside that area, he was merely very good. The value that intelligence and experience brings to the table is underrated. I can see why Agents can bring value by finding jobs that fit with the skills of their clients.

about a month ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

The Raven Re:Magic Matter (138 comments)

There is a reason that alternatives to WIMPs are listed under Alternative Theories in Wikipedia. Claiming that the collective brainpower of most scientists has not focused on that particular theory is disingenuous.

about a month and a half ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

The Raven Re:Solution- DMCA Permit (389 comments)

This is unnecessary. All they need to do is add in the 'under penalty of perjury' wording to submitting a DMCA request. A DMCA rebuttal has the threat of perjury associated with it, but the DMCA takedown does not. It's asinine. A few very expensive lawsuits would quickly reign in DMCA abuse.

about a month and a half ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

The Raven Magic Matter (138 comments)

While I agree that something is odd with gravity, the certainty that many scientists seem to have that it must be an exotic particle or form we have not discovered seems misguided. It could be something exotic and new that doesn't fit with any previously discovered science... or not. Dark matter just fails Occam's Razor in my opinion.

I'm not saying it doesn't exist either... just that I think we need to be more open to alternative theories like this. I'd love to see this particular question answered in my lifetime.

about a month and a half ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

The Raven Records were Lost (151 comments)

"We apologize, but it seems that the system was malfunctioning between the times of 7pm and 11pm last night. This was a temporary outage, but sadly the history relevant to the event in question was lost. We greatly regret the losses incurred by the families attending the bat mitzvah, and we promise that our standard investigative procedures will determine whether there is any culpability by the officers. Pending the results of the investigation, our officers have been placed on paid leave, as they have suffered tremendous trauma due to the tragic situation."

about a month and a half ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

The Raven Re:wow (571 comments)

Your comment implies 100% efficiency. That is not achievable. If we hit 1% efficiency, it will still be a breakthrough of monumental proportions. Regardless, consuming the deuterium from 6 metric tons of sea water for a year of power is still pretty damn good.

about 2 months ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

The Raven Humans Need Not Apply (405 comments)

There are a lot of comments here about how this is futurist doom & gloom. And it certainly could be. But the difference between the doom of the past and the doom of now is that we now have working, commercial examples of the robots that could replace humans. It was theory before... now it's just a matter of economy of scale and refinement.

CGP Gray did an excellent piece on this already.

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

The Raven Re:Less static hardware. (993 comments)

To be perfectly honest, databases make sense when you access thousands of records multiple times a second.

Computer configuration is accessing a couple dozen records multiple times a day. There is NO performance reason that this can't be done with the same text files we have used for years.

Please note: I'm only addressing the last sentence of your post. I do agree that existing tools handled dynamic configuration poorly. I simply take exception that 'dynamic' must automatically mean 'database'.

about 2 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

The Raven Re:It's not that simple (274 comments)

I fail to see why the poor / stupid child should be prosecuted. What does that solve? Who are you then protecting?

about 3 months ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

The Raven Re:The "old boys' club" (335 comments)

Not quite. See, they were not selling. They were advertising. This is similar to Harley taking their new electric motorcycle around to events to show it off. There is no law against letting people drive your car. People who liked it enough could drive to buy it in the next state over.

about 3 months ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

The Raven Vapor (134 comments)

I claim that I had photorealistic, real-time voxel graphics running on an iPhone 2 seven years ago. I just didn't release it for... reasons. Until they release a demo that runs on someone else's hardware, it's just a worm on a hook for investors.

about 3 months ago
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

The Raven NVIDIA on Linux (93 comments)

I just purchased an NVIDIA card for my Linux gaming machine... I tried to get my AMD card to play games at an acceptable speed for months, but it's just not working out. AMD still is a bit ahead of NVIDIA for Windows (price/performance), but the ratio flips on Linux. My GTX 760 should arrive Thursday, whee!

about 3 months ago
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

The Raven Impressive (152 comments)

Anand's consistent dedication to accurate and objective review metrics, as well as his crusade to put an SSD in every home computer, are both laudable. I hope the site will maintain the same lofty ideals without him at the helm.

about 4 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

The Raven Don't Ask if you Don't Want (421 comments)

This is ludicrous. He should get an A on the assignment... it was completely convincing apparently, despite the inclusion of a pet dinosaur. The school administration and cops were all convinced. The kid should put it on his fucking college resume: "Turned in a story that was so well written I got arrested for the fictitious deed."

Alternately, his college application could be, "I got this excellent ACT score despite being taught in a school that doesn't realize Dinosaurs are extinct."

about 4 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

The Raven The Facebook issue was not abusive. (257 comments)

I don't like Facebook. I don't use Facebook (despite pressure). But that doesn't mean I think Facebook's publicised test was abusive. It was a standard A/B test, done by website owners everywhere, all the time, from the smallest to the largest. If you reword it slightly, all the negative connotations vanish:

Users seemed to enjoy the newsfeed more when we adjusted the filter algorithm to prefer positive (rather than negative) content.

Said this way it sounds just like any other test (Google changing their rankings, an advertiser tweaking their wording), and that's because it is. Communication is about changing someone's thoughts and emotions... that's the definition of communication at the most basic level. Just because Facebook can quantify these changes and put them into numeric form does not mean that the changes they made are any more ominous that any other advertising message ever made since the dawn of time.

about 4 months ago

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