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Well-Kept Gardens Die By Pacifism – LessWrong 2.0

Good online communities die primarily by refusing to defend themselves.

Somewhere in the vastness of the Internet, it is happening even now.  It was once a well-kept garden of intelligent discussion, where knowledgeable and interested folk came, attracted by the high quality of speech they saw ongoing.  But into this garden comes a fool, and the level of discussion drops a little—or more than a little, if the fool is very prolific in their posting.  (It is worse if the fool is just articulate enough that the former inhabitants of the garden feel obliged to respond, and correct misapprehensions—for then the fool dominates conversations.)

So the garden is tainted now, and it is less fun to play in; the old inhabitants, already invested there, will stay, but they are that much less likely to attract new blood.  Or if there are new members, their quality also has gone down.

Then another fool joins, and the two fools begin talking to each other, and at that point some of the old members, those with the highest standards and the best opportunities elsewhere, leave…

 

Source: Well-Kept Gardens Die By Pacifism – LessWrong 2.0

The Top 5 Free Tools to Split or Merge Music Files

Command Line Supported Formats: Any.

One of the nifty things about Windows is that you can do a lot of cool stuff using the base command line utilities that come with the operating system. The copy command, for example, can actually merge MP3s into one. Start by opening a Command Prompt window. You can do this by searching cmd in the Start Menu or by selecting Command Prompt in the Power Menu (keyboard shortcut Windows + X). In the Command Prompt, navigate to the directory where your MP3s are st

Source: The Top 5 Free Tools to Split or Merge Music Files

Fuck you Android Framework – Anon – Medium

Source: Fuck you Android Framework – Anon – Medium

 

Fuck you Android Framework

Fuck you Android Framework for those horrible XML I have to write for each screen density. Fuck you for your useless layout editor that generates spaghetti code every time I change something. Fuck you for that Constraint Layout which is the most unused library till this date.

Fuck you for those horrible core components like activities and fragments. Fuck Android OS that can not even manage state changes by itself. Fuck you for those TransactionTooLargeException. I can’t even simply pass the data between UI. Oh, I forgot to fuck all those IllegalStateException from FragmentManager. Fuck you for making me so ill to write this fucking boilerplate code for content providers.

ELI5: Do computer programmers typically specialize in one code? Are there dying codes to stay far away from, codes that are foundational to other codes, or uprising codes that if learned could make newbies more valuable in a short time period? : explainli

ELI5: Do computer programmers typically specialize in one code? Are there dying codes to stay far away from, codes that are foundational to other codes, or uprising codes that if learned could make newbies more valuable in a short time period? : explainli.

Inside Roald Dahl’s Own Measles Tragedy

Dahl shared his experience in a leaflet published by the UK’s Sandwell Health Authority in support of the then-newly-available measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, reports the Guardian. It reads in part (in full at io9): "One morning, when [Olivia] was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything. ‘Are you feeling all right?’ I asked her. ‘I feel all sleepy,’ she said. In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead."He goes on to explains that in 1962, there was nothing doctors could do to save Olivia from measles encephalitis.

And more than 2 decades later that is still the case.

via Inside Roald Dahl's Own Measles Tragedy.