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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

gameboyhippo Re:C++ is not the language you start with (548 comments)

I'd recommend getting a refund from whomever taught you Java.

It's just,

System.out.println("Hello World");

Or if you statically import System.out...

out.println("Hello World");

about two weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

gameboyhippo Re:None (260 comments)

So how do you connect your cell phone, Nintendo 3DS, or bathroom scale to the Internet?

about two weeks ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

gameboyhippo Re:https is useless (166 comments)

Right. And if you have the keys then you can sign your own certificates. Thus allowing Eve to pretend she's Bob.

about two weeks ago
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Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

gameboyhippo Re: Now this is funny. (109 comments)

If you're implying that I write insecure code because I write a lot of code then you're mistaken. I produce a lot of code because I'm able to utilize technology to generate clean, bug free code for very common scenarios. I also write a lot of quality unit tests. On top of that, my code contains quality documentation. You just can't write disciplined code like that and not produce many lines of code.

about three weeks ago
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Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

gameboyhippo Re: Now this is funny. (109 comments)

He's probably spending most of his day on /. I agree. If I'm in the implementation phase, I can churn out hundreds of lines of code in a day.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

gameboyhippo Re:Troll much? (286 comments)

What else is interesting is that the "underpowered" Wii U has more 1080p games than the high powered systems. And they look gorgeous.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

gameboyhippo Re:A win for medieval mentality (1330 comments)

I haven't flipped the issue on its head. I'm calling it like it is. You're unable to see that people who employ people are people too with the same constitutional rights. Let's flip it for a second and you'll see what I mean (not really, this is the Internet, but it's fun to try.)

You go to work for XYZ-tech. Every year they have a big Christmas party celebrating the birth of Christ. They require you to pay for part of the party expenses. We could both agree that as a devout atheist, you feel this is wrong in every way. So why is it different when you flip around employee and employer? Why is it suddenly okay to tell the employer that they must violate their religious beliefs by being forced to pay for something that they feel is murder? Just as you wouldn't sue your employer if they had an optional off-site private Christmas party; nobody is punishing employees for using contraception that is not one of the sixteen forms that Hobby Lobby covers.

If you think that your rights change because you provide an income to people, then that's your right. You're objectively incorrect, but theirs nothing in the constitution against being wrong.

about a month and a half ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

gameboyhippo Or Nintendo (86 comments)

Not necessarily. Nintendo does DLC very differently in a consumer friendly manner. I don't see them ever doing crap like this.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

gameboyhippo Re:A win for medieval mentality (1330 comments)

Separation between Church and State means that you get to hold whatever "religious" belief you want in private

Nope. It doesn't. If the state required citizens to abondon their religious beliefs in public then that would be a clear violation of the separation of church and state. Have you read the constitution? It says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

you don't get to impose those religious views (or values) on others.

I agree with you. Nobody has the right to impose on the owners of Hobby Lobby their religious views.

Not even people who just happen to be in a position of financial dependence to you.

Like my kids? Yes. I have the right to raise them as I see fit.

What people call "freedom" here is the freedom to impose your arbitrary views (here "religion") onto others (employees) by cavilling over what they consider "appropriate" medical care.
What this ruling does is empower employers to meddle in what medical care their employers can spend their medical benefits, and that's wrong.

It sure doesn't. Nobody is getting fired for buying supplemental insurance, buying their own contraception, etc... Just as you wouldn't want to be forced to buy your employees Bibles, the owners of Hobby Lobby do not want to buy what they consider abortion pills. It's that simple.

The separation between church and state held the provision that e.g. employers couldn't use their power to meddle in the (privileged) docter-patient relationship, and that protection has just been lifted.

No it didn't. Nobody is meddling.

The question of whether Hobby-Lobby employees can make do in other ways is irrelevant.

Translation from Internet Atheist to English: Irrelevant - "You had a really great point and I can't argue with it."

I think they shouldn't have to have to circumnavigate this particular obstacle in the first place.

Then work somewhere else. I don't agree with everything my employer does, but I choose to work there anyway.

I get the distinct impression that people fail to see how dangerous it is to lift this protection because it's touted as "Christian". For better or worse, Hindu, Muslim, Satanist, and Scientologist "religions" just got the same rights.

Good for them. I support religious freedoms.

Your analogy about the "Hindu refusing to buy me [...]" is beside the point I think, because that's a case of an employer refusing you discretionary spending. Medical treatment is not discretionary, and although the employer ultimately foots the bill it's not something he would ordinarily have any say in (apart from this "religious" thing now). It's medical benefits, not some gift!

I don't think plan B is a medical treatment. It's elective. A baby is not a disease. I would argue that liposuction comes closer to a treatment.

What I'm calling for is a state in which nobody can construe their their religious "rights" in ways that allow them to impose their religious views on others.

Me too. Which is why I find it odd that you do want to impose your religious beliefs on business owners.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

gameboyhippo Re:A win for medieval mentality (1330 comments)

So you're saying that the Supreme Court legislates? I'm afraid I'll have to disagree. All the court said was that if you decide to earn money by opening a business, you don't lose your right to your religious beliefs. Nobody is forcing Hobby Lobby employees to not get the contraception that they want, they're just not fitting the bill for it. Perhaps employees can pay for controversial contraceptions with their $14/hour Hobby Lobby corporate minimum wage. Perhaps the employees can choose one of the 16 other forms of contraceptions that Hobby Lobby is willing to fit the bill for. I find it really weird that people on the left are upset because they can't force their values onto someone else.

I mean if I worked for a Hindu, I wouldn't be upset that he won't buy me McDonalds. And I could be wrong, but food is more important than sex. Perhaps I should be outraged if I can't buy pork sausages from "Hebrew National" because it's run by Jews. What you're calling for is for the State to demand that nobody has any religious rights outside of the church. And that is a horrifying thought.

about 2 months ago
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On 4th of July:

gameboyhippo Re:Hello Americans (340 comments)

Aw... Just ignore Kim Jong Un here. He's just mad that 'merica made it to the second round of the world cup and N. Korea didn't.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

gameboyhippo Re:A win for medieval mentality (1330 comments)

I don't understand your comment. Corporations are not states.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

gameboyhippo Real programmers use echo (359 comments)

As a real programmer, I just echo punchcards into a file.

about 2 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

gameboyhippo Re:My experience driving a Prius (377 comments)

I own a couple of Prius vehicles and I've never noticed the delay. That sounds kinda scary if it ever did happen. I wonder if yours was defective.

Going 110 probably had a lot to do with not saving money. I drive at a relaxing 60 - 65 mph and I get great gas mileage.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

gameboyhippo Re:$300 = free? (153 comments)

Sounds like someone's a bit jealous. :) Here in KC, you typically have to pay an install fee for Internet and then pay a monthly fee for the service. With Google Fiber, you buy the equipment and get the service free.

about 2 months ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

gameboyhippo Re:KCI has been doing this for years... (135 comments)

I take it you were one of those kids who would say, "Tomatoes are really fruits," right? :) When I communicate, I try to communicate to be understood, not to be "right". In Kansas City, we call Kansas City International KCI. Nobody is confused, especially in context of talking about Kansas City. Nobody would wonder how I was going to get to Indonesia if I said, "Hey I'm driving down to KCI to fly out to New York." Sometimes it's just better to be a little less pedantic. ;)

about 3 months ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

gameboyhippo Re:KCI has been doing this for years... (135 comments)

I think you mean MCI. KCI is the airport in Kon, Indonesia.

Nope. I meant to say KCI. Here in Kansas City, we call "Kansas City International" KCI airport. Nobody in Kansas City calls it MCI. Yes, I'm well aware that the official formal designation is MCI as I have flown out of KCI many times.

about 3 months ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

gameboyhippo KCI has been doing this for years... (135 comments)

As far as I remember KCI has always had free Internet wifi. Combined with the fact that we have Google Fiber, it feels like the rest of America is some third world country.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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Rock Port, MO becomes first 100% Green Energy Town

gameboyhippo gameboyhippo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gameboyhippo writes "Today, Rock Port, MO (a town known for its geeks and farmers) has become the first town in the United States to become 100% wind powered. The four turbines now produces twice the energy the town uses."
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Javascript is a pain

gameboyhippo gameboyhippo writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So I'm struggling with a javascript function for a little bit. My for loop would end for no reason at all. Eventually I discovered that if you have a var statement in the middle of a for loop or if statement, the whole thing dies silently.

Yeah, I know, that's probably common knowledge, but hey, I'm still in my rookie year at programming professionally.

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