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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Your.Master Re:The Truth about ISIS (726 comments)

They are monstrous enough that they deserve real insults.

A made-up insult like this one makes it sound like you don't have any *real* awful things to say about them. To Godwin the argument quickly, it's like saying the problem with Nazi Germany was that Hitler's mustache was ugly.

6 hours ago

iOS 8 Review

Your.Master Re:Keyboard (166 comments)

Autocorrect is built into their soft keyboard, n'est-ce pas?

7 hours ago

The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Your.Master Re:Illusion? Solo gaming was never fun! (286 comments)

No, I don't think he did, unless you're implying that there was an element of parody in the original, which I don't think existed.

He made the following statements:

Solo gaming was never fun

Counterevidence is available in the participants of this thread.

single player side scrollers were more fun when your friends were there to watch you play and wait for their turn to play.

No, the only reason I dealt with that is because I didn't own all games so that was how I'd get to try different games. Side-scrollers were most fun when I got to play all the time instead of being a non-participant.

I will say however that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was brilliant in having asymmetric co-op (one player was "Tails" who could help out throughout most of the game, but there was no consequences from Tails' death and there were only a couple points in the game where Tails could actually cause a problem). This let me play with my little cousins, who themselves were way too young to have a prayer at completing Sonic, but could credibly experience "beating the game" with me. In this sense, multiplayer was an interesting crutch.

There aren't many games where you play solo and get enjoyment

Wrong. Although the article is saying there are fewer new ones with time...

you want human interaction for increased enjoyability

Not me.

Who the hell plays madden football solo?

Under no circumstances would I ever play madden football.

If you do play solo, do you trash talk yourself?

This statement is vacant. The point of games is not as a vehicle for trash-talk. I can trash talk without a video game and I don't constantly trash-talk. I mostly do that when playing cards with family, because I've basically mastered all the ones they play to the point that it's algorithmic and therefore boring and I need to do something.

I very much associate trash-talk with boredom.

even at the arcade there was a second joystick for the second player (ie. Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, etc.)

So? You can find books with pictures (eg. comic books), and some people prefer them; does that mean that novels are no fun? The presence of a multiplayer game -- even a particular game that is inherently better in multiplayer than solo -- does not imply that single player isn't fun.


College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Your.Master Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (246 comments)

I have been to many professional workplaces. Almost none of them have an expectation of a suit -- golf shirt and non-jean slacks are about as formal as you get (for men), and you'll very likely get away with jeans.

Law firms, you'd need a suit if you're going to court, but don't need to wear it daily. Some finance/banking professionals, some government jobs. Some salespeople, depending on who they are selling too (with the proviso that they typically shouldn't wear anything their prospective customer would never wear). I guess comedians wear them.

It makes me wonder where you live. I've lived in different cities in Canada and more recently in the US. I know that older tv shows depict a lot more suits than modern TV and thus I can believe there are parts of the world that adhere to the older standard more often.

Myself, I honestly think that an expectation of formal attire is wrong, whether or not it's common. I would say that clothing requirements should be whatever is sufficient to make the other people you work with comfortable, within reason (and customers, if you deal with customers) -- so maybe we can exclude the guy coming to work in full bondage gear or ass-crack showing thong or a shirt covered in racist statements. This was basically the dress code I had in school since I was 5 and always seemed reasonable to me.

Another way of putting it: if it's not strange that I don't wear a suit on the weekend or on vacation, then why is it strange that I don't want to wear one at work?


College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Your.Master Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (246 comments)

Don't like it? Fine. You're not indispensable, there is a long queue of people desperate for a job. You need my money more than I need your "skills".

This is the attitude of a person who will only hire and only retain the very worst of employees who cannot find a job elsewhere. Congratulations on employing the bottom of the barrel.


Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Your.Master Re:sport? (203 comments)

It says that the sport version is the one that doesn't use sapphire, and the other ones do, contraindicating your explanation.

3 days ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Your.Master Re:Fallacy (887 comments)

Let's just link it:

Ultimately I think the article writer needs to define what he even means by science. Saying that you reject the idea that science is logical is like saying you reject the idea that scissors are logical. It implies that he's using a synecdoche and expecting everybody to follow. Maybe you can reject the idea that scissors are logical choices of weapons to equip on Roman soldiers. Similarly, he probably rejects the logic of science...something...I'm not going to speculate here. There must be a name for the rhetorical device used here; I'll call it strawman-baiting where he invites us to figure out what he means so that, if we make a good point, he can dodge and say that isn't what was meant because he never actually said what he meant. He may not be using it consciously or maliciously, it's just a common thing people do when they like being right.

4 days ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Your.Master Re:I am shocked, SHOCKED, to find gambling here... (462 comments)

I don't see a contradiction between what you're saying and what the parent is saying. It's entirely plausible that the Germans knew of the holocaust (even if in a deep state of denial later), and that their rise to power happened, in part, via crazy propaganda tricks.

5 days ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Your.Master Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

The watch doesn't seem very feminine, but it makes me think about how women's clothing often has nonfunctional pockets, so phones are stashed in purses where they are considerably less convenient.

I also immediately think of situations where I'm phoneless, such as when I'm swimming, or I'm carrying stuff (easy to turn wrist, hard to dig out of pocket), or I'm just wearing something that doesn't have pockets even though I'm not a woman, or even while I'm using the phone for something else like talking with somebody. There's also the fact that my watch battery goes out after years and my phone does not last so long, but I doubt the smartwatch can keep up.

We also have to recognize that wristwatches displaced pocketwatches, so it seems like the wrist form factor was generally considered to be an advantageous by much of the population, not matter how disdainful you are of virtually everyone over decades.

Doesn't mean I necessarily think watches have to be smart. I'd put myself in the "unconvinced" category.

about a week ago

Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

Your.Master Re:Automated test in is a minimum (152 comments)

No one is calling free/delete before exit() on all still living objects to show that he has no memory leak.

a) Yes, there are people who absolutely are doing that, particularly if they have nontrivial destructors (whether or not that's a good idea on a heap-allocated object is a different discussion).
b) You don't have to call free/delete/whatever before exit to show no memory leak. You just have to find that there's no *unexpected* allocations. A leak can reasonably be defined as memory that is unexpectedly still allocated at exit-time.

Just an excercise 'I know where all my pointers are'?

Yes. Because if you don't know where your pointers are, that means you leaked them, possibly days ago.

If you have a unit test that 'finds a bug' but the acceptant tests did not, your acceptence test was: wrong, or did at least not cover the relevant line :)

An acceptance test that is wrong or had insufficient coverage is a bug, IMO.

A bug a week really doesn't really shock me, even for a well-tested product, depending on the scale of the product of course.

about two weeks ago

Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

Your.Master Re:Automated test in is a minimum (152 comments)

No it is not :) how should that work?

The memory allocator can keep track of all the memory that is allocated (maybe you do this with a special build, maybe your default allocator does this).

Provided your heap isn't actually corrupt, (which tooling can also help detect with things like canary words and on special builds with extreme one-page-per-allocation policies, but is not totally detectable), your allocator can have a record of every allocation that does not have a corresponding free by the time of exit, no matter whether it's because of reference cycling or just a missing call to delete or what-have-you. It can even tag it with the allocation callstack and what-have-you.

It's also true that it won't detect obscene memory usage that isn't actually leaked, eg. suppose Firefox leaked on every tab close, but it managed to clean itself up after the whole window closed. That's not strictly a leak but it's just as bad in practice.

It's essentially like having a garbage collector that isn't there to collect garbage, but is there to identify garbage that has been left uncollected.

you programmed the whole application agnostic of memory allocation and then you want to travel all objects and set all references to null (and somehow trigger the GC) to have everything 'cleared'? (Sure, I can write a reflection based graph traversal that sets every reference it encounters to null. But what would be the point?)

No, I don't want it cleared, I want it detected so we can notify the owner of the leaking component that it was not cleared at the proper time.

We aren't detecting leaked memory in order to free it. We're detecting leaked memory in order to fix the bug where it leaked in the first place, possibly hours or days ago, and has been consuming your RAM for no good reason since that time.

about two weeks ago

Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

Your.Master Re:Automated test in is a minimum (152 comments)

He's saying you can detect runtime memory leaks at exit time.

The memory won't be leaked anymore post-exit, and the leak doesn't matter at exit time, but that's when it is possible to deterministically detect memory leaks over the course of the software running.

about two weeks ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Your.Master Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

It's not just "anti-biotic-wielding doctors" who have a different definition of health (do you have a problem with antibiotics or something?). You are using a definition of health that nobody else seems to have; one in which somebody could be healthy and zen even though their arms just got chopped off and they are bleeding out. You should really use a different word rather than conflate the two.

Nothing that I said is insulting.

Calling people weak-willed is insulting. Knowing that, using the normal definition of healthy that everybody else is using, plenty of people are unhealthy, you are calling them weak-willed. Later you define health circularly as being the capacity to have a strong will, which is bizarre and not what you should expect a reasonable person to read into your statement.

about two weeks ago

Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Your.Master Re:How much? (149 comments)

If there are such places, then go there, because you just described why you don't need an adblocker -- you already have ad-free sites for all your content, right?

The argument can be extended to anything. There are plenty of soup kitchens offering food for free, so it's your problem if you can't find a business model that works when you just take food without paying for it. Right?

I get the problem of annoying ads. First of all there's the malware ads and spoofing ads; those are awful. But even worse are those ads that play sound. The only time an ad should play sound is if it's inserted into or at the beginning / end of a video or audio stream. If somebody knows of an adblocker that just gets rid of any ad that plays sound (excluding those provisos) and leaves the rest, I'd take that, even if it just replaced the entire page with "Sorry! This site is awful and is committed to pissing you off. Go elsewhere.".

about two weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Your.Master Re:Temptation (542 comments)

Is that actually one of the bases of most religions?

I know it shows up in at least some sects of Christianity, and in arguments about the "Problem of Evil". I've never heard it claimed that it was at the basis of most religions.

about two weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Your.Master Re:I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (542 comments)

You might know random other scientific facts, but that does not make one scientifically literate.

Note: I am a man of science and easily accept the validity of the theory of evolution.

They aren't random facts. Please actually read the linked article -- it's clear you aren't doing so, and it makes you look very bad and frankly undermines your points about science.

The article specifies that comprehension of the theory of evolution is uncorrelated to "belief" in the theory of evolution. In other words, just because somebody believes evolution, does not mean they understand what it is they believe in; just because they disbelieve evolution, does not mean they do not understand what it is they disbelieve. Scientific literacy can reasonably be defined as understanding of the principles of science, regardless of whether you accept its conclusions. Even if it seems ridiculous to you and me not to accept its conclusions.

Remember, there are people in the world who literally believe in the talking snake, even though every adult knows that snakes cannot talk.

(point is well taken at using a single, recently-produced study without independent corroboration to support a point, though).

about two weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Your.Master Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

Are you literally saying that there can't possibly be a problem unless all men are walking around planning how to keep the ladies down?

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Your.Master Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

Feminism is not sexism.

If you can't get past the "Fem" in the word feminism, then you are exactly as bad as those strawmen who can't get past the "his" in history.

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Your.Master Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

You realize being unreasonable is part of the *definition* of being a bigot, right?

about three weeks ago



IE8 to default to IE8 standards mode, not IE7

Your.Master Your.Master writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Your.Master (1088569) writes "After weeks of frustrated developers calling for blood, Microsoft has reversed their earlier decision about backwards compatibility. The reasons for doing so are detailed on the latest IE blog entry. Web developers can still explicitly opt-in to IE7 compatibility mode."

IE8 to use full standards DOCTYPE switch after all

Your.Master Your.Master writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Your.Master (1088569) writes "There's been a lot of fuss about the new IE8 meta tag. After scraping through the comments, it seems apropos to mention some facts about IE8 that were overlooked in previous articles: first, there is a registry setting to force IE8 to always use IE8 standards mode, and far more importantly, future, current unestablished well-formed DOCTYPES, such as the upcoming HTML5, will cause DOCTYPE-switching to IE8 standards mode in IE8. The meta tag is apparently intended to allow opt-in for currently-used DOCTYPEs, and to let future versions of IE know to limit themselves to IE8's capabilities (or to tell IE8+ to use IE7's "standards mode", or quirks mode)."


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