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Comment Write a raytracer (Score 1) 255

Assuming there's already years worth of work done by the "giants" you'll be standing on to make colors appear on a screen using your language environment.

Then, if you're of the libertarian bent, claim superiority over mankind. If you're more liberal, don't pull the ladder up behind you like the fuck face libertarian.

Comment I've experienced REVERSE ageism (Score 1) 561

The dick hole director of engineering hadn't even seen my resume. I look young for my age, so all he had to go on was my face and my answers to his fluff-filled personality questions. The "paired programming" exercise I did with a different engineer (who also hadn't seen my resume) used a different set of libraries than what I'm familiar with, so there was no chance to come off as an expert. The bulk of my interviews had been with the guy who was going to be my boss, who loved me, and met my salary expectations, but after the two dipshits who hadn't seen my resume, the verdict came back that I was "intermediate" level, and they were substantially below both my other offers.

I told the recruiters to sincerely tell the old bastard to go fuck himself. And egg his car.

Comment Re:This will be fun (Score 4, Insightful) 584

Sorry for all the other Anonymous Cowards out there. This stuff is painful to read even as a cis-male (to use a term that will infuriate a few people).

That said, even as a very liberal person, I've always wondered what mechanisms are in place to keep assholes from screwing it all up. E.g., I don't know if there is a way to verify whether an individual has started the process, or if there even should be. I'm very uneducated in this area.

Comment They'll weasel out of that $72/$21/$11 million (Score 1) 61

Or come close to it. Like telecoms who promise to build out rural internet, they'll just not pay, then claim some BS hardship, and pay a team of lawyers and lobbyists 1/10th of the price, buy up politicians via small 5-figure campaign bribes/donations, and ultimately knock all that down like $6 million.

Comment Re:Liberal misinformation (Score 1) 608

phantomfive, any comment? I was just speculating that you hadn't read the Pew poll.

It's clear to me that this is a Republican tactic, and, in fact, I can trace it back close to its surge under the Newt Gingrich house, but I always welcome outside opinions. I find it completely disgusting that a group of folks would attempt to wave a hand and make all media criticism go away, AND I find it quite honorable to take any questions head own without crying, but it's possible that I have the entire world upside down.

What say ye? I am open to all informed commentary. :-)

Comment Re:Liberal misinformation (Score 1) 608

How many more straw men are you going to construct? I compared a lot more than that. You haven't even read the Pew poll. I'm sorry you apparently just didn't know that blaming "the media" is a very common Republican tactic, but try to pay attention going forward.

"Confirmation bias," is another important phenomenon here. I feel I must apologize though, you're making so little progress here I do not feel like discussing it further.

Comment Re:Liberal misinformation (Score 1) 608

Always be skeptical. Actually, the rhetoric is usually against, "the media," but I'm trying to hedge against you saying, "but what about Fox News?"

Trust but verify to the best of your ability. I listened to some Ann Coulter on Hannity's radio show with someone else filling in for him on my holiday drive. They couldn't go more than 45 seconds without bashing some other media source. Have fun with that group, guy. I'll take the, "mainstream," NYT, LAT, and local news over those fools, and Fox News.

Comment Re:Liberal misinformation (Score 1) 608

It's few and far between, unlike the never ending refrain from every Republican politician. Conservative media teaches distrust of the mainstream, while liberal media, which may levy a complaint once in a blue moon, doesn't make it a central issue.

Did you even read the Pew Poll? Democrats/liberals are less likely to simply buy this argument from any source, because they don't have that massive trust issue.

You've already demonstrated your complete lack of statistical intuition. If you're not going to believe the actual statistics, you are simply living in a fantasy world.

Comment Re:Liberal misinformation (Score 1) 608

Dems do not make it a central tenant of their entire existence to bitch about the media.

Did you not hear Marco Rubio say the "mainstream media" is the biggest SuperPAC in the world for the Dems? Did you not watch the debate, where Ted Cruz got the loudest cheers of the night for bitching about CNBC's questions?

Since you apparently don't pay attention, and you can't google for yourself, here are some articles:

Pay attention. It's not just that the entire Republican constituency thinks the media is out to get them, it's that their biggest politicians get points for crying like little babies over things like this, with Trump, and Cruz.

Comment Re:Liberal misinformation (Score 1) 608

Republicans have made part of their very being; their lifeblood, and one of their most central themes - that "the media" or "mainstream media" is out to get them. It drives conservatives to distrust most media sources (google Pew Media Polarization)

They are right in a sense - most media outlets absolutely try to drive a narrative, exaggerate, and push for viewers and clicks when they can.

But they do it selectively, in all directions, against whoever. And Democrats do not complain, in part b/c liberals don't want to hear the excuses, and conservatives would just scream even louder about media bias.

That is why all that is required is skepticism. Always. Even when Republicans are bitching about the media like the parent of this thread. It's BS to say this event wasn't covered accurately, and if Trump wants to backpedal, that's on him, not this reporter.

Comment Re:Liberal misinformation (Score 1) 608

I think you're getting it. The Republican party needs to stop blaming the media for its politician's bullshit. He's weaseling out with a very specific lob, shooting the messenger, introducing uncertainty and distrust of the media.

Everybody should always remain skeptical, but the Republican party gets this get out of jail free card where they get to blame the media, claim superiority over the facts, and suffer no consequences among their base for their extraordinary bullshit.

Comment Re:Liberal misinformation (Score 2) 608

What do you mean he's advocating for something that congress would never pass? Is he advocating something, or not?

Blaming the media for stupid shit that politicians say is something that every politician would absolutely love. Don't blame the media, blame Trump's lack of comprehension if you want to go easy on him. Blaming somebody other than them lets them off the hook, allows them to be sloppy, and, worse, if he actually meant this, it lets him play both sides of the coin. In that case, it is both red meat for the bigots, and an appeal to the media persecution complex that has so pervaded the Republican party it is now their default.

Blame Trump for his own sloppiness, or, like Ben Carson, they'll be intentionally sloppy and then play it off later.

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