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Python 3.4 Released

dmbasso Re: and... (196 comments)

There are plenty of good reasons to use Python 3, it is way more elegant and consistent. The way text and binary data is dealt with is incomparably better. I doubt that anyone who ever had done any serious coding in Python 2 escaped from the mindfuckery of mixing unicode and ascii.

The problem for a wider acceptance continues to be the libraries... for instance, Twisted. It is good that there is an async module in the standard library now, but too bad that my code already relies heavily on Twisted.

And about the GIL: if you are complaining about it, you most probably are not using the right language for the job.

about a month ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

dmbasso Re:The danger of commonality (273 comments)

Your argument is based on the assumption someone will only learn what is in the program, which is not necessarily the case. Students are free to go beyond what is given to them. For instance, decades ago when I was in school there was no programming classes, nevertheless I learned it by myself.

about a month ago
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Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix

dmbasso if anything... (213 comments)

... the beta flaming improved the number of posts on Sunday.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

dmbasso Re:Thank You Slashdot (379 comments)

Hopefully your kids are going to take the same stance (ignoring the issue) when you start dying of cancer. Then after you die, they can find another dad.

about 2 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

dmbasso Re:SLASHCOTT STARTING NOW (195 comments)

Right now there are still 2h until the first time zones reach 2014-02-10. But yeah, the boycott is coming. I wonder what it will do to my productivity. I guess not much, I'll probably probe alternatives, getting ready to the probable /. extinction.

about 2 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

dmbasso Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (367 comments)

Whenever I can, I take the opportunity to raise awareness to the initiative to limit the influence of money in politics: http://www.wolf-pac.com/
As a foreigner (from an American point of view) that's what I'm able to do. You US citizens should go at least one step further, and contact your representatives, or at least sign the petition, or support the movement with money.

So I partly agree with you. Regular politics impact your everyday in a thousand ways, but usually the complexity of the issues hinder choosing a course of action, and frequently requires investing a lot of time. But complaining about beta is much more clear cut... what's being proposed does not offer any value, on the contrary. And it doesn't take much time to voice your opinion here. In an analogous, political case, take the Keystone Pipeline... it seems pretty much everybody sees that it has a lot of corruption and environmental risk (risk? I would say most certain negative impact, given the other pipeline already in use), but how can you make your voice be heard in order to stop the thing?

But yes, you should take action in both cases.

about 2 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

dmbasso Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (367 comments)

As I said in a post above, if you come for the comments, you should worry they'll mostly disappear after the beta becomes the only available version. I will certainly not use slashdot anymore in that case, and a lot of folks have been expressing the same intention.

about 2 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

dmbasso Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (367 comments)

Ok, so one off-topic comment about your sig: if you expect the relevant, informative, on-topic comments you regularly read here on slashdot, join in against the new beta. If they decide to just ignore our requests, be sure this place will drastically reduce the quality of the comments. Unless you come here to read the "nigga this", "faggot that", "goatse" trolls that are all too common. Then by all means, support beta.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

dmbasso Re:It tolls for thee, Timothy. (168 comments)

Even more interesting is how all posts criticizing slashdot beta are being modded down. So many mod points. None in my possession. Wow.

Shitting on the community is time and time again proven to have the worst outcome... why don't people learn?

about 2 months ago
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Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

dmbasso Re: BETA NEEDS TO BE RAPED BY HORSES (255 comments)

someone has to pay for drug research. (Of course, a true communist would reply: it will be free, because taxes will pay for it.)

Indeed, someone has to pay for gram-negative antibiotics research urgently. Gee, I wonder why no big-pharma company is researching it.[/sarcasm]

about 2 months ago
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Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

dmbasso Re: BETA NEEDS TO BE RAPED BY HORSES (255 comments)

I love how pointing out greed can be interpreted as communism. Gotta admire Faux News & co. brainwashing efficiency.

about 2 months ago
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Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

dmbasso Re:BETA NEEDS TO BE RAPED BY HORSES (255 comments)

The reason is pretty clear, it is about Imaginary Property (IP). The same pixie dust that makes copyright, trademarks, and patents.

And they're bullying a poor country like "hey, all these medicines that we were not going to sell because you can't afford, you are not allowed to make them yourselves; tell your population to just die." Yeah, pretty nice.

about 2 months ago
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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

dmbasso Re:I think (188 comments)

Oh, I see. You should have phrased as "let's not comment" instead of "let no one comment". I hope it was not a Freudian slip... ;)

about 2 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

dmbasso Re:What could go wrong? (341 comments)

You're talking about system authentication, which uses symmetric crypto. The GP was talking about asymmetric / a.k.a. public key crypto, which is an entirely different beast. If you could break it, your targets would be much more valuable than mere cell phones.

about 2 months ago
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QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

dmbasso Re: Fuck Beta! (197 comments)

Your apathy leads nowhere. Our action perhaps will bear fruits, who knows...

But you're mirroring the regular population apathy in politics. Most people take no action because "it is obviously ineffective", as The Man brainwashed you to think.

At least here it is pretty easy... if they don't listen to me (us), I'll not use the shit that's being imposed. But if I don't manifest my opinion, I can't even complain later.

So fuck beta, and FUCK YOUR APATHY.

about 2 months ago
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Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

dmbasso Re:fuckbeta in your favorite language. (156 comments)

def slashdot_beta():
      base = urlopen("goatse.cx").read()
      return uglify_even_more(base)

about 2 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

dmbasso Re:I am Slashdot (250 comments)

Nah, sorry to bring you down, but you're not worth stalking. But you've been posting the same thing in the last 3 stories, and every time I read can't help but make the association "you're slashdot" -> "you're this monster being imposed on us". Nothing personal though.

Btw, "I am [X]" is too cliché for my taste.

about 2 months ago

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