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Comment: Re:It's good if they don't code like 90s C++ devs (Score 1) 252

by drinkypoo (#49360541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

If adding a variable aids readability, add the fucking variable! Shove all the results into a meaningful, readable variable name and then shove *that* into your function argument, not some long series of nested function. It's not the 90s. You don't have to save memory! Memory is there to make your code readable. Use it!

If that's all the variable is used for, won't the compiler optimize it out of existence anyway? Or is that too fancy yet?

Comment: Re:Wouldn't Want To Be In The Same Room With Her (Score 1) 214

I got my job just because the company I work for had over twenty developers that were all male, and it looked bad on their EEO report.

Not because you were the most qualified applicant? That means the company you work for hired you not because they should have, but because they were strong-armed into it. In fact, they should not have had to have hired you, they should have been able to hire the best-qualified applicant.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 214

The reality is that society needs children.

The reality is that you are asking employers to pay for that, but making children isn't their business. If society needs children, then society should pay for children, through income redistribution. Oh wait, guess what? We already give people a tax break for having children. I've known people who made more than me but paid no taxes because of their children. Now you want employers to pay again?

Of course the rules should apply equally to both genders. You could argue that people who don't have kids should get more time off,

Or you could argue that people who do have kids don't deserve to get paid for their time off. A person who doesn't have kids is worth more to their employer. If people can't afford to survive while they have kids (they can) and we need more people (we don't) then it would be worth it to pay people to have kids. Big problem with that is there are too many humans on this planet already, at least while we operate in our current mode. You want more people made, but that's the opposite of what we need.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 628

by drinkypoo (#49360499) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

If I want a car assembled correctly, I buy one which was put together in Germany

You mean like all those VWs built in Mexico?

No, completely unlike those VWs built in Mexico, which are built like shit. The only thing more embarrassing to my heritage than how shit UAW puts together cars is how shit Mexico puts together cars. It's interesting that you mention Volkswagen because Mexicans are known to be particularly bad at that. When VW brought USDM Golf production to Mexico, reliability plummeted. When they took production back to Wolfsberg, it came right back up to the German standards that we know and love.

Anyone who buys a VW built in Mexico is a moron. All of my imports to date have been built in their designing nation, and came over here on a boat fully assembled. Started with imports with a 240SX, then I had an Impreza GC5, couple of 300SDs (still have one) and an A8. That last has electrical problems but the mechanicals are good, anyway. And there's the rub with VW; their electrical is a bit garbage, even out of Germany.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 628

by drinkypoo (#49354595) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Tell me about it. The other day I tried really really hard and I just couldn't manage to not buy a TV.

The default is to charge you the fee whether you have a tuner in your household or not. This may be less ridiculous now that they provide a lot of other services, but it was also true back when they didn't.

Comment: Re:Cookie authenticated or open WiFi is insecure? (Score 1) 40

by drinkypoo (#49354031) Attached to: Big Vulnerability In Hotel Wi-Fi Router Puts Guests At Risk

What you use is noscript, and then you allow only the scripts necessary to get the portal working, and you don't run any flash or java from the portal, etc etc. And you keep your browser updated. It's not rocket surgery. It's not foolproof, but it's best to act as little like a fool as possible.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 4, Insightful) 216

by drinkypoo (#49353913) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

He specifically said no fines, that they have to provide the service as the fine.

And if they don't?

Fine them enough to bring in that line from the telco, installation and service. If that means they're paying for a fiber pull so you can get a fractional T3, so be it. It makes it a simple cost decision. I'm tired of blatantly fraudulent coverage maps, too.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 1) 216

by drinkypoo (#49353883) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

I guess it depends on what the fine is for not complying. For your above scenario to make sense, the fine itself would have to be more than the cost of installing the line.

Sounds good. Let's set the fine to be twice the cost of installing the line.

Also, there's no law saying how much they are allowed to charge you, and they often don't charge the same fees for everybody.

So the law says they can't charge you more because you're on a line which was installed under this program.

Comment: Re:It the UK, you insensitive clod! (Score 1) 376

by drinkypoo (#49353161) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

As a Scotsman, it is my duty to say "England" is not interchangeable with "UK". Even in the published piece from Educational Testing Services the term *actually* used is "England / Northern Ireland". While Nothern Ireland is a part of the UK, calling it out alongside England only adds to the slight. The possibly non-existent / mythical Scotland and Wales are many times larger than Northern Ireland but clearly down't merit a mention.

You chose to be part of the UK, you can live with being referred to as a citizen thereof. If you don't like it, you can try another referendum.

Comment: Re:Aww poor baby (Score 1) 628

by drinkypoo (#49353143) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Good point about screwing with the delivery, though I would assume that the BBC is big enough and has a solid enough reputation that this would be a 'blip' rather than a noticable loss of confidence.

You're forgetting that Top Gear is the most popular television program... in the world. It's rather on the same scale as mismanagement of the Superb Owl.

Comment: Re:Well past its Best Before date (Score 1) 628

by drinkypoo (#49353107) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Like just about everybody, my picks for a new co-host include Sabine Schmitz

Her English is very good, but not good enough.

But they have to look very carefully at the show and decide if its worth continuing first. I'm not convinced it is.

You cannot sub out the cast and have the show work. So they shouldn't, but not because it's not worth it, but because they can't do it.

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