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Comment Re:Timeout (Score 1) 325

Why does my browser open up 6 TCP connections to try to download six images at once when I'm on a slow satellite connection? That just guarantees that all six images will time out!

The problem is not opening 6 connections, or failure to retry, but a timeout that's too short.

The problem is having 279 sub-resources on a page, which makes serializing the requests unreasonable.

Comment Re:Coding achieves the "expand your mind" objectiv (Score 2) 328

So, if you look at the foreign language requirement for what it is (an "expand your mind" requirement), then it is plainly obvious that coding achieves the same objective.

Isn't that the entire point of school, though? So pretty much anything goes, as long as it's taught in the school system?

Software engineering can substitute for a foreign language in much the same way that home economics can substitute for economics.

Comment Now every trivial web app needs packages! (Score 1) 133

The best thing about npm is that it can re-create the Ruby experience where the first step of running some trivial app is to install 230 packages! It's a real language!

And god help you if you actually decide to use the app for the long term, because in twelve months half its dependencies will no longer be maintained, and the other half will require updates after you do an OS upgrade, so you'll be in there debugging errors yourself. This will help train you for a 21st century job!

Comment Re:And the next food craze starts (Score 1) 176

But ok, let's assume for the sake of argument that it's determined that the exact diet described here as the "Mediterranean diet" prevents "brain shrinkage". Ok. Now what? What is "brain shrinkage"? Is brain shrinkage bad? What are the negative effects of it? Are their positive effects of brain shrinkage? Oh, and are there other negative effects of the Mediterranean diet that outweigh the benefits of preventing brain shrinkage?

Maybe it's like the "brain cloud" from "Joe Versus The Volcano"?

Comment Re:Nature varies (Score 1) 244

Anti-arbitrage rule. E = mc^2. If c varies, then you could find a moment where converting energy to matter and later matter to energy would produce surplus energy, allowing you to perform arbitrage against laws of thermodynamic, producing perpetual motion/free energy.

Doesn't sound like the Big Bang at all!

Comment Re:MPAA, RIAA and Big Pharma (Score 2) 355

So why did democrats want it, and republicans not want it?

If we're not careful, we may have to give republicans the nod on this one.

At this point, I think most people would consider me a Democrat, and I did not want the TPP.

When we were cutting out 35% tariff rates and the like, that improves the system. When we're talking about exporting out broken copyright protections to the world, that is just wrong.

Comment Re:No, not fake news (Score 1) 232

The Right is also absolutely convinced of the correctness of their intentions. They differ primarily in that they do not react to rejection with rioting, fires, and threats of murder. They regroup, attack each other as the cause of failure, and fail to respond to the Left's absolute dominance of education, media, and culture.

Is this snark of some sort? Because AFAICT, the Right is throwing their fine morals overboard and lining up behind their unwanted candidate, and their involvement with rioting and fires and threats of murder were all threats made _during_ the election, not in response to it.

But the Right has a different goal, and theirs permits individual liberty.

Also, are there a lot of hate crimes against people on the right just now? I guess technically the hate crimes aren't against people on the left, since it's challenging to visually distinguish that kind of thing. It's just those performing the hate crimes which appear to have a bias. That's some fine fine individual liberty you have there.

Comment Been using Linux since 1.something, and Really? (Score 1) 269

Why use Linux? Because of security! Because of control! Because of privacy, community, and a general sense of purpose! Because it’s fast! Because it’s virus free! Because i’m dang-well used to it now! Because, heck, I can shape it to look like pretty much anything I want it to using themes and widgets and CSS and extensions and blingy little desktop trinkets!

Security - unless you screw up one of a million subtle things. Control? Not only does it allow you control, it _requires_ that you understand how to control every damned thing (90% of the time it just works, then the other time everything is broken). Fast? Unless you configure something wrong. Virus free? Granted. Can make it look any way you want to? Well, yes and no - you can make it look many different ways, but you end up swearing at whoever forbade the particular combination you actually wanted, and every few years and upgrade screws everything up because new-GNOME has no relationship to old-GNOME.

because it’s better

Well ... I was dedicated to having a Linux desktop for over a decade, then one day I realized that those hours and days of things being broken every time I pulled the upgrade trigger were avoidable. Now I have various Linux devices around as infrastructure, but my desktop machines are pretty vanilla OSX. Which maybe was more expensive in dollars, but my desktop hasn't been comprehensively busted for years, now. Minor bustage, of course, but not xkcd "being circled by sharks" levels of bustage.

Unfortunately, now that my desktop is set, I get cranky about my infrastructure services breaking every six months when I do an upgrade. Unfortunately, there isn't an alternative that I think will beat Linux for what I want to do. But at that point we're well into nerdville, so if you want to get into a heated discussion about Linux versus FreeBSD, great, but that isn't going to drive installs for normal users.

Comment Re:Gratuity should be illegal (Score 2) 97

It's also hard for tourists who come from a non-tipping culture. When I go to the US tips are clearly expected, but I have no basis for judging what the should be, or which industries deserve / expect them.

Why do you think it's easier for people who live here?

I just mostly only bother to figure it out if it's a service I use frequently, like restaurants or haircuts. If some bellhop or shuttle driver really really really wants to get $5 or something for lifting the luggage I just shuttled across the country all by myself, well, sorry.

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