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Comment: Is there an SWA Twitter police? (Score 5, Insightful) 299

How did Southwest find out about this tweet?

Do they have a team of people sitting around watching a Twitter feed, so that if anyone mentions Southwest they can pounce?

If so, good job guys! You really saved the day here. SWA stock is going to go up tomorrow for sure! :^)

Comment: Re:The price you pay (Score 1) 353

by Jeremi (#47520587) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

You ask for the big picture, agile's answer is that there is none. The whole code base is alive and trying to keep on top of everything else that's happening is too much wasted time. You just keep the bits and pieces you work on working as you make changes.

My intuition tells me that this would cause the codebase to become an incomprehensible mess over time, as it would not have any consistent organizing principles to speak of. Is my intuition correct, or is that not generally a problem in practice?

Comment: Re:Gamers aren't special (Score 1) 905

by Jeremi (#47513237) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

ANYONE feels entitled to vent when you're on the Internet- you're relatively anonymous and there just aren't any real consequences for being a total douchebag.

Too true, and I'm not sure what the compensating benefit is. There are situations where anonymity can be beneficial, but a social/gaming arena is not one of them. Why allow anonymity if it only encourages people to act like irresponsible douchebags?

A half-serious solution for a gaming platform that wants to reduce the douchebag problem: make all gamers register under their real name, and record all of their in-game communications in a searchable database that the world (including present and future employers) can Google. That ought to clean at least some of them up.

Comment: Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (Score 2) 338

by Jeremi (#47508157) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Why would anybody want to wait for a day or two for a piece of plastic when they can access the data instantly online?

Nobody would, except perhaps for those with inadequate Internet bandwidth.

However, for a large number of movies you can't currently "access the data instantly online" (at least, not via Netflix). Netflix's primary focus should be on getting their streaming catalog to match their DVD catalog.

Comment: Re:Another high point is achieved ... (Score 4, Informative) 205

by Jeremi (#47500887) Attached to: New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Finally, the American standard of social discourse, "I'm right because I'm yelling louder", can be brought to the homey confines of the minivan and ingrained on the little darlings early on.

Have you ever tried to reason with a 3-year old? There are times when the "Argument from Because I Said So" is literally the only option left. Finer points of logic are completely lost on a person with an undeveloped frontal lobe who is in the middle of a temper tantrum.

Comment: Re:_why_ can't we keep throwing hardware at it? (Score 1) 160

by Jeremi (#47494121) Attached to: Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Hardware is cheap. It's not an elegant solution, but it's cheap. And getting cheaper.

Right, but if your company comes up with an elegant solution that gets 10x better performance out of a given piece of hardware, and your competitors cannot (or do not) do the same, then you've got a cost advantage over your competitors and can use that to get customers to choose to buy your product rather than theirs.

That will always be true, no matter how fast and cheap the hardware gets. Either your customers will be able to do 10 times more work with your product, or (if there isn't 10 times more work to actually do), they can get the job done with 10 times less hardware (and thus 10 times less expense).

Focus on the UX, because without that, who cares what your kernel can do?

There is a whole world of software out there that runs in the background and doesn't require much (if any) UX. Think of the software that generates your credit card statement every month.

Comment: Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (Score 1) 156

by Jeremi (#47490239) Attached to: Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

end of discussion, the government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers

I think the government has a legitimate national security interest in developing a transportation system that does not completely grind to a halt the day someone sets off a few nukes in the major oil-producing areas of the world.

Hybrid and electric technology is what could make the difference between an event like that being a serious problem and it being a complete disaster.

There's also the small issue of global warming; I think the government also has a legitimate interest in keeping Miami above water and crops growing in California.

Comment: Re:let me solve this right now (Score 1) 552

by Jeremi (#47463395) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

A coal fired plant in Africa may emit more CO2 today, but it will improve people's lives, make them prosperous enough to educate their children, and lead to a lower population 50 years from now, this reducing CO2 emissions in the long run.

Why stop there? Let's burn all the coal today, and thereby reduce CO2 emissions to zero in the long run!

Less facetiously, I agree that improving peoples' quality of life to reduce population growth is a good idea. However, I think we can find better energy sources than coal with which to make that happen.

Comment: Re:For The Love of Glob! (Score 1) 552

by Jeremi (#47463351) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

When there are actual consequences. When there are a few draughts, a few failed crops, several hurricanes in a single year, AND NOT BEFORE. That's the truth. Actions will be taken after Global Warming starts delivering on its threats.

I used to think the same way; now I realize that I was too optimistic. All of the consequences you mentioned above have already happened, and it hasn't been enough.

My new prediction is: people will still be denying global warming even as they are bailing water out of their living rooms.

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy feels great (Score 1) 708

by Jeremi (#47457609) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

So, when we do it, it means we good people are superior. When they do it, it's just an excuse to feel superior. Got it!

Despite what you may have heard, it was never about who is "superior" -- that's a deliberate misrepresentation and a distraction put forward by people who prefer to criticize other people (which is easy and fun) rather than to confront the actual problem (which is difficult and expensive).

Funny how when the wrong side gets caught doing it, suddenly we need to stop pointing fingers and change the subject.

If you were on a boat in the middle of the ocean, and the boat was leaking, and someone suggested that the leak should be fixed as quickly as possible, would you call that "changing the subject"?

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy feels great (Score 4, Insightful) 708

by Jeremi (#47454261) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Of course the entire point of this article (and others like it) is to give right-wingers are an excuse to feel superior to "those hypocrites on the left". So let's not get too self-congratulatory about our own ethical honesty, shall we? It amounts to the same thing in the end.

The thing is, there is a difficult problem to be solved. Finger-pointing and denunciations aren't going to solve it. Expecting the bulk of humanity to spontaneously reduce their carbon footprint -- simply because it's the right thing to do -- is clearly not a viable strategy either. If we really want to solve this problem, it will take hard work, determination, and ingenuity, of both the technical and political varieties. And it will take seeing other people as thr fallable-but-well-meaning human beings they generally are, not as cartoon villains to fear or paper targets to take pot-shots at.

A little more constructive dialog, and a little less demagoguery, please. I'll start: a revenue-neutral carbon tax would be a good way to tilt the market away from carbon usage without restricting it to any pre-ordained solutions that might or might not be sufficient.

Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. -- Henry Spencer