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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

danlip Re:Sigh (684 comments)

While you say homosexuality is not a choice (and I agree) the people on the other side of the debate says that it is, and it committed to not changing their mind based on facts (they call it "faith"). So that argument is not going to convince anyone.

And that Baptist resolution you sited says they "deplore homosexuality as a perversion of divine standards" and it "is an abomination in the eyes of God". That's much stronger language than "dislike". The phrase about God loving everyone despite their sin is just a throw-away phrase to try and make them look less like huge assholes (didn't work).

2 days ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

danlip Re:I'm not so sure.... (165 comments)

You may be right with prescriptions. And the people using the fake medical identity would not be getting the prescriptions for themselves but for resale on the black market, and would probably be a career criminal. If they are local (relative to the real person) and they go to the same pharmacy (which would already have the account info in their computer) maybe they wouldn't be asked for ID or flagged as fraudulent. Although it's still a little hard to believe, because the drugs that are valuable on the black market are narcotics and I am pretty sure they ask for ID every time for those.

2 days ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

danlip Re:Just red tape? (140 comments)

Your classifying Fukushima as a minor accident? It's classified as level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the highest level possible. I agree that it is not as bad as Chernobyl, but hardly minor.

4 days ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

danlip Re:Diagnosed (199 comments)

Getting enraged when interrupted probably isn't normal. Although I do the hyperfocus thing and it is pretty annoying to get interrupted. My wife knows not to call me at work. But I don't think I'm ADHD.

5 days ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

danlip Re:Are You Kidding? (538 comments)

Read the TFA. People aren't getting upset about skin color: Quote: "In the book, Wade suggests that such genetic differences may help explain why some people live in tribal societies and some in advanced civilizations, why African-Americans are allegedly more violent than whites, and why the Chinese may be good at business."

about two weeks ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

danlip Hi, it looks like you are writing difficult code! (116 comments)

The last thing I need when I am focused of a difficult chunk of code is Clippy popping up and breaking my focus. Some tasks are just much harder than others. I think any decent coder knows when they are struggling and increases their focus or grabs someone on their team to help. Bad coders may not, but bad coders are always bad coders, and no tools will help someone who just can't get it or just doesn't care.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

danlip Re:Google (116 comments)

The search-engine drive may contain stuff they'd rather not be public (for reasons of competition), like the software that manages all that data and the data structures it is stored in. Then there is Google Mail, which contains private emails and contacts. And I'm sure other examples.

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

danlip Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

GP is not saying that such things aren't bad, they're saying that when you lump those things in the same category as rape and just give a statistic for the overall category that it is not very meaningful.

about a month ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

danlip Re:Dupe? (91 comments)

Followup, not dupe. The post you referenced is also referenced in the summary.

about a month ago
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Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

danlip Re:Is this news? (78 comments)

Solar flares are associated with coronal mass ejections, and CMEs cause geomagnetic storms if they hit the earth. Travel time is about 3-4 days days, but can be as little as 18 hours (as was the case in the 1859 Carrington event).

about a month ago
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Study: Why the Moon's Far Side Looks So Different

danlip Re:"Very Long Time?" (79 comments)

I think the mystery being referenced here is "why are they different?" not "what does the other side look like?". In which case we only have known they are different for 55 years and therefore can't have been wondering about it for longer.

about a month and a half ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

danlip Re:Java or Python (415 comments)

I think the Perl solution is fine (not that I'm a fan of Perl syntax in general). The Java solution is fine (as you point out errors get detected at compile time). The Python solution is not: having to call "str(i)" everything I want to put an int into a string is too verbose (which makes it harder to read) and very error prone (especially when you are used to other languages, but I imagine even if Python is your only language it still is). And the fact that you don't detect the error until you hit the statement it's in (which might be rare if it is in some error handling block) is what really makes it suck. Dynamically-typed languages in general suck - try to be quick-and-dirty in upfront development time and you'll pay for it later.

As far as ternary operator reading like an English sentence: making things read like English always goes badly in programming languages, e.g. COBOL. And I find the Python example particularly vexing when trying to understand a chunk of code, because it is inverted to the logical flow; logically you execute the test first, then decide which branch to take based on the results of the test. That's the real problem, it's not the English, it's the order.

about a month and a half ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

danlip Re:Pascal (415 comments)

The nice thing about Pascal as a learning language was you knew it was a toy language that you wouldn't use in the real world. I fear the programmers who learn Python in school and then try to apply it to major projects in the real world. I learned lots of other academic languages in school too, there is no problem with the fact that I never used them outside that class; it taught me to pick up new languages quickly.

about a month and a half ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

danlip Re:Java or Python (415 comments)

The whitespace sensitivity is not the thing I hate most about Python (although I hate that too). I hate that I can't build a string by doing "Foo" + i (where i is an integer) and I can't catch the error at compile time (because it's interpreted, but more because variables aren't declared to be a type); it's a "worst of both worlds" combination of weakly and strongly typed language. Also the ternary operator is a huge WTF: a if test else b . Why the hell would you put the test in the middle of the 2 possible results! And why not do it like C, Java, and just about every other popular language.

about a month and a half ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

danlip 1989 (freshman in college) (204 comments)

Undergrad CS lab had SGI and HP machines, and another lab had some Suns. Also 3 button mice and a scroll wheel that was a separate unit from the mouse.

The fun of making things pop-up on other people's screens on the lab. Nothing was locked down by default so unless you changed the permissions anyone could launch a process to display on your screen.

Neko was fun too.

about 2 months ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

danlip Re:Logical Consequences (398 comments)

While I think Gore should have won in 2000 I think it is a bit much to call it a sham and completely ridiculous to compare it to Iraq under Hussein. The levels of corruption were quite small, and it only mattered because the election was really close. The real blame falls on the electoral college structure and the plurality-takes-all method of deciding elections, both of which need to be changed in my opinion.

about 2 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

danlip Re:Lerner gave up that argument, you can too. IRS (465 comments)

I don't recall the EXACT numbers offhand ...

i.e. I couldn't find a reliable source for those numbers to save my life, so I'll just parrot what I think I remember Rush Limbaugh said.

about 2 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

danlip Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

It's like Ben Ghazi, ...

Ben who?

about 2 months ago

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Target Says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach

danlip danlip writes  |  about 8 months ago

danlip (737336) writes "Target says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach but doesn't think they can be unencrypted by whoever may have taken them because they never had the key in their system. The article has no details on exactly how they were encrypted, but it doesn't seem like it would be hard to brute force it given that there are only 10^4 possibilities for each PIN."

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