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My favorite bad legal argument 

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fact: taste is subjective. You may or may not like pickles, and your personal preference is valid

fact: pickles have a strong flavor and it is detectable even in minute qualities

fact: pickles imply pickle juice, which soaks into all of the food.

therefore: if you don't like pickles, any food which has ever been in contact with pickles is ruined for you

Therefore pickles objectively suck

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@lanodan @portpupper @sir I think though, the problem is essentially that programmers do not have Taste. Most artists grow up seeing Good Art, and strive to emulate it, and then later on experiment with that and develop their own Style. We don't have that (And if you're asking why I'm comparing to art, it's because ultimately programming is a majorly creative endeavour -- see Knuth's ACM piece for an argument on that).

It's like seeing the pre-Renaissance paintings where literally nobody had any idea of what Perspective is, and the parts of the view are all over the place, but it's still considered "good", because for the time it _was_. That's basically all, programming at the moment.

@julia @xj9 the thing is that they don’t actually know, which is why tax fraud is a thing. They have to audit you to figure out how much you owe, which is an expensive process for them. Some people’s taxes are pretty easy and yeah the government should just tell you. But people who have complicated situations usually have information about what they owe that the government doesn’t so it’s pretty much relying on you being honest and not wanting to risk the chance of getting caught in an audit.

@kragen @kick It’s relevant to Jon Blow but it’s not relevant to his Wikipedia article. There’s a policy on Wikipedia that articles on living persons should have “only material relevant to the person's notability, focusing on high-quality secondary sources” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedi). Is Jon Blow notable for his height?

@ky0ko how important is the quality of the scripting language? Write your own?

@kick @kragen I just removed this information from his page as both unsourced and irrelevant so he can provide a citation if he really wants it there

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i. it is better to delete code than to write code.

ii. the more code software has, the worse it becomes.

iii. the best software is that which does not exist.

iv. merely good programmers solve problems. truly great programmers do not confront them in the first place.

v. the greatest programmer of all is the humble farmer who spends his days in hard and honest labor growing food for his family and people, who has never in his life heard of a computer, and never will
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i really just can't get over all the ads today "IN THESE TRYING TIMES WE STAND WITH YOU" shut the fuck up corporation you're not my friend and you never were
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@toffee imagine looking at a cat sitting comfortably on a field of grass. Flowers shifting gently in the wind. You go outside and pet the cat.

This has nothing to do with 3D graphics but I hope it helps

@sir @newt I agree with your principle, but that’s... not true? There’s a lot that entered the public domain this year - see “Entering the public domain in the United States” en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_i

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@newt maybe you shouldn't be questioning the abolishment of copyright on the grounds that it's a necessary means for people to make a living, and instead question why people need copyright to _make a living_. Why is the human needs for food and shelter contingent on having a viable business model? Should we infringe upon the individual rights to share information for the sake of making that business model more viable - or should we maybe make sure that people's basic meets are met, period?

The stock market can have a little recovery, as a treat

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@jordyd boost this instead to receive a deluxe UUID

So yes, don’t automate your voting systems. You’re trading a little extra work for a loss of accountability, security, and confidence in the democratic process. Plus it might not even work.

The best code ever written is the code never written.

@sir I won’t be at FOSDEM but I’d pay you for some srht stickers

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thinking about how dwarf fortress has free healthcare, food, clothes, and housing

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