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by dosboot
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"
Replies: 82
Views: 21657

Re: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram

For Firefox users:

(1) Performance problems which make people suggest 'maybe is caused by one of your add-ons?'.

(2) Performance problems which are actually caused by your add-ons.
by dosboot
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Programming a Magic: The Gathering game
Replies: 4
Views: 4319

Re: Programming a Magic: The Gathering game

Thanks for providing that link. I suppose the best way to do this would be to look for certain phrases on the cards. So the phrase "from (firstZone) to (secondZone)" means it is an example of 112.5i, and it functions only in firstZone. What problem are you trying to solve? Is it processin...
by dosboot
Tue May 18, 2010 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Object Oriented Programming... In Java!
Replies: 12
Views: 2565

Re: Object Oriented Programming... In Java!

Object Orientation means put 'related' state 'together'. State is variables, together means in an object, related is as dictated by the program but creatively interpreted by the programmer. That's 90% of the story. The other 10% says to look for where inheritance can be used to get modularity. The t...
by dosboot
Thu May 13, 2010 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: When did lying become kidding?
Replies: 39
Views: 10327

Re: When did lying become kidding?

Ironically, society sort of saves itself regarding Santa Claus because although it is against basic principles people almost universally convince themselves it's really okay anyway. Kids grow up being taught this -- there isn't a risk about having the wrong message on honestly because they know Sant...
by dosboot
Thu May 13, 2010 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Labor Unions
Replies: 44
Views: 7727

Re: Labor Unions

What exactly are you asking? Be specific. If you know the answers then maybe it's better for me to ask you to filter the most important parts for us. If you want a place to start though we've had at least one comment implying a company fired everyone who went on strike and another implying that a c...
by dosboot
Wed May 12, 2010 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Labor Unions
Replies: 44
Views: 7727

Re: Labor Unions

I still am waiting for a clarified idea of what power the law grants to employers and employees in a strike situation. Everyone keeps using this as an example, sometimes in contradictory ways.
by dosboot
Sun May 09, 2010 6:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme Court of Canada quashes protections for sources
Replies: 15
Views: 2070

Re: Supreme Court of Canada quashes protections for sources

There are laws that refer to other professions, like doctors and lawyers. Yeah, it's merely unusual when one thinks about it that way. However it feels like a special law encourages people to not care because it's not your job. But anyone can spread the word about a scandal, and it should be everyo...
by dosboot
Sat May 08, 2010 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme Court of Canada quashes protections for sources
Replies: 15
Views: 2070

Re: Supreme Court of Canada quashes protections for sources

When this issue comes up I always think it is unusual to phrase rights in terms of what journalists can and cannot do. If there is a law it shouldn't care about you being a journalist or not.
by dosboot
Sat May 08, 2010 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Labor Unions
Replies: 44
Views: 7727

Re: Labor Unions

Maybe someone can spell things out more to me about employers being unable to replace striking workers even if they are able to.
by dosboot
Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Piracy and Libraries
Replies: 36
Views: 7909

Re: Piracy and Libraries

Let's separate out one issue here. The rule is pretty clear regarding your question about libraries vs torrents. Copyright law is about control over legality of making copies, specifically saying that the copyright holder gets nearly all the control for some duration. It's not about whether more tha...
by dosboot
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gerard Alexander: Why are liberals so condescending?
Replies: 97
Views: 8962

Re: Gerard Alexander: Why are liberals so condescending?

I feel that being condescending is never justified. In certain situations people don't care though. I really don't like politics for this reason, including the casual kind of face to face political discussion that happens daily.
by dosboot
Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Old games and ethics.
Replies: 43
Views: 6218

Re: Old games and ethics.

"Ethical" is vague and subjective. If you are soliciting for personal opinions then I would say it generally isn't too unethical, but it becomes more firmly unethical if the person you've infringed upon is unhappy about it. Do you want to be the judge of the value of someone else's rights?...
by dosboot
Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophical Question
Replies: 66
Views: 7793

Re: Philosophical Question

There really isn't debate on whether one of us would give the coconuts or not, it is on whether you think everyone else should have the choice or not. Whether or not a group of people have a law or share a moral code to give coconuts in this situation doesn't make them right or wrong though. Lots of...
by dosboot
Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Geek stereotypes drive women away from computer science
Replies: 152
Views: 16604

Re: Geek stereotypes drive women away from computer science

Is it just me or is the article suggesting that discrimination by women against geeks is part of the problem?
by dosboot
Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Copyright Law And File Distribution
Replies: 27
Views: 2617

Re: Alternative Copyright Law And File Distribution

It's not a bad idea, but this kind of philosophical position on copyright is not for me. People who produce creative works may not want to make it freely available or available at all. Why are we going to dictate that they no longer have those rights? And if the author does want it to be freely dist...
by dosboot
Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mininova Removes Illegal Torrents.
Replies: 221
Views: 16635

Re: Mininova Removes Illegal Torrents.

- Capitalism and the free market make the assumption that there is a automatic regulation placed upon the price of goods i.e. competition. - This competition doesn't exist in terms of intellectual property. - Thus, capitalism is not a good system to apply to intellectual property, and arbitrary reg...
by dosboot
Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mininova Removes Illegal Torrents.
Replies: 221
Views: 16635

Re: Mininova Removes Illegal Torrents.

You can't just say 'oh we have a right to not have our intellectual property stolen from us' - which is all true, well, and good - without providing some mechanism for actually setting the price other then 'this works best to screw the most money out of the end user'. No, you can just say that. Hav...
by dosboot
Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Damsel in Distress" and Sexism
Replies: 308
Views: 34646

Re: "Damsel in Distress" and Sexism

I'd like to ask a question which should be taken seriously. Is this discussion purely about semantics? In the end, actions matter more than words. The implied consequences of 'damsel in distress' being sexist is not clear to me and assuredly many others. [I'm not saying I believe there is no consequ...
by dosboot
Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Kruskal's Algorithm in Haskell?
Replies: 2
Views: 2072

Re: Kruskal's Algorithm in Haskell?

If this is correct then I'm pleased: {- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kruskal%27s_algorithm * create a forest F (a set of trees), where each vertex in the graph is a separate tree * create a set S containing all the edges in the graph * while S is nonempty o remove an edge with minimum weight from S ...
by dosboot
Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you do when all's said and done?
Replies: 28
Views: 3183

Re: What do you do when all's said and done?

By that cliched logic you'll get bored of existentialism then. Does experiencing everything eventually include not feeling existential?
by dosboot
Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Gambler's fallacy that does come true.
Replies: 13
Views: 2077

Re: Gambler's fallacy that does come true.

I think if my careful choice of the word 'closer' is properly interpreted then we are both right, and both saying the same thing.
by dosboot
Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you do when all's said and done?
Replies: 28
Views: 3183

Re: What do you do when all's said and done?

The average person here has probably played more tic-tac-toe games than there are possible tic-tac-toe games. How many people have seen episodes of their favorite TV series countless times? If there is nothing new to experience it won't be so bad. Some people spend the majority of their free time do...
by dosboot
Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Gambler's fallacy that does come true.
Replies: 13
Views: 2077

Re: Gambler's fallacy that does come true.

"Regression toward the mean" seems like a phenomena that can be misunderstood to produce the layman fallacy. It says, for example, that if you flip a coin 100 times the greater excess between heads and tails you get the greater chance the next 100 flips will be closer to an even 50-50 split.
by dosboot
Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C and C++ compiler for windows
Replies: 15
Views: 1625

Re: C and C++ compiler for windows

mingw with msys is a very nice environment for windows. Don't listen to everyone until you've tried it. It is likely exactly what you are looking for.
by dosboot
Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Patents... what are they good for?
Replies: 78
Views: 11608

Re: Patents... what are they good for?

Maybe there should be a separate patent system for things that need millions of dollars and decades of research. Give them special treatment so that the scope and length of the patent is decided on a case by case basis (like a judicial system). The current patent system would remain to handle the la...
by dosboot
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mandated Health insurance may not be constitutional
Replies: 60
Views: 5893

Re: Mandated Health insurance may not be constitutional

I'm going to quote myself because y'all seem to be addressing a completely different question then I asked: How does mandating that everyone buy insurance (private or otherwise) make a difference with regards to the sustainability (specifically, "the young to subsidize the old..." sentence...
by dosboot
Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mandated Health insurance may not be constitutional
Replies: 60
Views: 5893

Re: Mandated Health insurance may not be constitutional

How does mandating that everyone buy insurance (private or otherwise) make a difference with regards to the sustainability (specifically, "the young to subsidize the old..." sentence in the article) of public health care? 15% of the population not having health insurance vs 15% of the popu...
by dosboot
Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "As long as it doesn't harm anyone": bad argument?
Replies: 25
Views: 8758

Re: "As long as it doesn't harm anyone": bad argument?

To me, accounting for other people's feelings is a matter of "politeness" and not "morality". One can imagine a culture where it is not impolite to burp in front of others, and another culture where it is highly impolite. There is no morality of burping, there is only how you or ...
by dosboot
Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Throwing Out the Wheat"
Replies: 33
Views: 2495

Re: "Throwing Out the Wheat"

But you are mostly making guesses and assumptions. From what I've read: 1) The marked absence of degenerative diseases in many different traditional cultures has been documented, the first link has collected many such studies done by doctors actively looking for them in thousands of patients over a ...
by dosboot
Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Throwing Out the Wheat"
Replies: 33
Views: 2495

Re: "Throwing Out the Wheat"

I've read respectable opinions about avoiding gluten even if you don't have the immune disorder. The reason a lot of people are cutting out gluten isn't because they are morons, it is because they take an active approach with their nutrition. There's more to consider than replies here seem to think....
by dosboot
Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Minnesota Mom to Pay $80,000 Per Pirated Song
Replies: 126
Views: 8552

Re: Minnesota Mom to Pay $80,000 Per Pirated Song

If I tell someone that an artist sucks and that they shouldn't buy their albums, and they don't, then I'm denying the artist his profit. Should that be illegal? No, and thankfully it isn't illegal. Copyright is about copying creative works. Our freedom to talk about albums and boycott albums escape...
by dosboot
Sun May 03, 2009 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8239

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

Well, if we couldn't find a way to restrict those things then maybe we wouldn't choose to grant them anything. There is also no reason we have to offer an equal agreement, it may treat both sides differently. I can imagine a virtual existence that is practically the same as a real one except there i...
by dosboot
Sun May 03, 2009 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8239

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

I'm imagining a reality where society basically can decide to create populations of virtual humans and elevate them to the same status as real humans. The rights of virtual humans would be protected in exchange for having to follow our laws (according to however we perceive a virtual human to obey l...
by dosboot
Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Poll: Wich grammatic genre do you favor?
Replies: 29
Views: 2846

Re: Poll: Wich grammatic genre do you favor?

I voted 'other' for Haskell, but I see other people consider it to be under indented. Using a space for function application instead of paranetheses is really elegant.
by dosboot
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8239

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

@General_Norris It's not that I feel morality is always traditional, it is that I feel morality has been able to do a great job so far by just modestly extending the basic tenets "don't kill", "don't steal", and so on. This is the reason why much of modern morality is shared by a...
by dosboot
Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8239

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

I think the decision of calling it unethical or not is arbitrary. Mammals that live in groups develop their own rules on what is and is not allowed. We probably inherited the idea that we shouldn't kill each other from primates. Other basic tenets of morality like not stealing or lying were probably...
by dosboot
Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I have a project for a REAL programmer...
Replies: 18
Views: 2155

Re: I have a project for a REAL programmer...

my 2 cents: for something like this maybe you should specify how much you will pay. Your request isn't something that can be quickly thrown together nor is it - I imagine - something that people will enjoy working on in their spare time.
by dosboot
Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0562: "Parking"
Replies: 193
Views: 79536

Re: "Parking" Discussion

There's like two people who have posted to this thread who haven't frightened me. What's wrong with you people?
by dosboot
Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama sides with RIAA, Supports $150,000 Fine per Song
Replies: 240
Views: 20701

Re: Obama sides with RIAA, Supports $150,000 Fine per Song

You know, I always wondered about the following hypothetical situation: If I make a copyrighted work like a movie and sell it for a million dollars per copy, does that mean I can get at minimum a million dollars back from a single person who knowingly and willingly pirates it?
by dosboot
Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Haskell - "Parse error on input"
Replies: 15
Views: 13816

Re: Haskell - "Parse error on input"

foldl is lazy while foldl' is strict. Try this in ghci Prelude> let ff = take 1000000 (repeat False) Prelude> import Data.List Prelude Data.List> foldl' (||) False ff False Prelude Data.List> foldl (||) False ff *** Exception: stack overflow In the second case foldl creates the entire giant expressi...

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