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    My LII dad will ignore an instruction manual if it's less than 30 pages long, but if it's 3 inches thick he'll pore over it for months. Is this typical of LIIs, or is it just him?

    (I suspect it's because he (subconsciously?) believes that if it can be summarised that quickly, he already knows what to do. This had ended badly several times.)
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    I don't typically pore over any manual for months; but with that qualification removed it sounds like something people in general do (i.e. erring on the side figuring things out yourself and not letting the manual confuse you).

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    This had ended badly several times.
    If it goes wrong once for ever five times it goes right, you've probably already made the favorable time investment.

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    If it helps, they were more like C++ textbooks.

    I generally skim the manual, especially if it's short, in case there's something in there specific (something I wouldn't normally expect) that I need to look out for. I wouldn't call it confusing, it's more like an exercise in confirming my assumptions and reassuring myself.

    He puts stuff up, it breaks because he overtightened it, he walks away without making eye contact or laughs awkwardly and leaves.

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    If it goes wrong once for ever five times it goes right, you've probably already made the favorable time investment.
    Lol, I think that's his justification... unfortunately it generally happens when it's my stuff he's meddling with.
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    C++ is potentially something you'll be using lots of times throughout a lifetime, so it's something I'd be more likely to read up on the details of than, say, a video recorder.

    unfortunately it generally happens when it's my stuff he's meddling with.
    When configuring another person's "stuff", tiny differences in habits turn into major obstacles and undermine the assumptions that enable you to configure things quickly in your own domain. I think it's pretty common for people to underestimate the difficulty of the task, regardless what type they are.

    I'm personally reluctant to ask people for help on such things for this reason. They always end up being confused by something I do "different".

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    LIIs are reading manuals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timeless View Post
    LIIs are reading manuals.
    truth

    I would be so good at writing manuals, omg.

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    Who needs manuals, when we have google.
    The mode of goodness conditions one to happiness, passion conditions him to the fruits of action, and ignorance to madness.

    Chapter 14, Verse 9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by octopuslove View Post
    If it helps, they were more like C++ textbooks.
    C++ itself isn't really a well design language that you could figure out using 'common sense'. It has so many gotchas that it's justifiable to read it while trying to program. The question is: why isn't he using .NET/Java?

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    Something that has deep, interesting logic to it - yes.

    Something that is as dry and voluminous as a telephone book I leave to the Te-egos...
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