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Comment Re:A good point, but poorly phrased. (Score 1) 351

I won't argue that moc and the voodoo it does it's scary, but the thing is.. it works really damn well. By contrast the weird crap GTK does (with things like glade) is simpler but often causes problems that are a headache to sort out (at least for me).

Comment Re:A good point, but poorly phrased. (Score 1) 351

Trying to write anything using GTK after using Qt feels like going back in time. It's amazing that GTK is still around and so popular, it really is shit.

Dunno if I'd stretch it as far as you have, but definitely agree that as a toolkit Qt kicks GTK's ass and always has.

Comment Re:The real reason (Score 1) 424

Watching old interviews of Lucas is kinda depressing. The guy does have a talent. Maybe he's like Tarantino and needs people holding the leash and a limited budget for it to really work, but I do think a lot of the original trilogy was him. It's sad to see a guy go from being revered to being almost universally mocked.

"A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing."

He once said that! How does a guy go from that to a mind numbing scene that's basically 2 characters smashing light-sabers together on a CGI backdrop for like 20 minutes.

Comment Re:great timing... (Score 2) 43

Off the top of my head:

When a company is getting out of a line of business and no longer needs the skills those people brought.
When a project downscales and there's nothing new for everyone to do.
When a company looks at their workforce and realizes they've got too many of one skillset and not enough of another.

There are legit reasons, but often it's about firing your skilled local (and more expensive) workforce and bringing in cheaper replacements. Shuffle everything around under the guise of a "restructuring" so it's not as obvious, but you end up with the same number of people only a lot cheaper and less local.

Comment Re:Scrum is fine in theory (Score 1) 371

Definitely A.

If your testers, upper management, and customers arn't on board, you end up with exactly what you said.

Personally I think scrum works if you arn't religious about it. Take the bits that work, introduce it slowly, don't get hung up on the "proper" way of doing something. As you said, the core principles are sound, and I'll add that a lot of the management tools built around scrum are pretty decent. Building often makes sense, testing incrementally makes sense, letting the customer see things early (usually) makes sense, etc.

Comment Re:I have no debt and a hefty savings account (Score 4, Informative) 386

For all that people rail on about how stupid and illogical the credit score system is, it does generally seem to work in most cases. People who are financially responsible do tend to end up with good credit scores, and those who arn't tend to have bad ones.

The only area it's weak in is people who manage to get into their adult life without needing credit, but then if you've never had a car loan, a credit card, or any kind of debt, even if it's because you're financially well off, it's still probably a bad idea to hand you a 300k mortgage.

And building credit isn't hard. You don't have to pay interest, just get a no fee credit card, use it for some of your purchases and pay it off every month. Most banks will give you a credit card if you leave a deposit covering the limit with them for a certain amount of time, or you can get someone to co-sign (usually a parent).

Comment Re:The internet hates everything (Score 1) 438

Thing is I really tried to like it. I went in knowing exactly what you said, that no matter what the internet was gonna tear it to shreds and I was going to give it a legitimate chance (I can say the same about the Matrix sequels).

The intro definitely got me excited, in retrospect that and the setting (as was already mentioned) are pretty much the only thing they got right. There were a few episodes I would describe as ok, but most range from mediocre to terrible. I kept watching in the hopes that it would get better, because as you said, starting shitty and improving is kinda the sci-fi way, but unlike most I feel like the show actually got worse as it progressed. The more they explored of the Vulcans, the whole temporal war, it just wasn't pleasant to watch.. and the characters didn't really develop so much as randomly and awkwardly change as required to fit the story. It lacked the warm cuddliness of TNG and the original series but didn't pull off the darker tone the way Deep Space 9 did. You had a bunch of characters you didn't like, didn't care about, and a situation that had no tension because of the time travel element.

TLDR: I don't buy that internet hate destroyed it, it was objectively terrible from beginning to end.

Comment Re:Moral outrage! (Score 1) 236

There's a handful that I entirely would.

For sites that provide a service, or sites which provide new (good) content on a regular basis, I wouldn't mind paying a subscription for them. The two main problems are getting the audience in the first place, and all the sites that are useful but you might only hit once or twice in your lifetime when you were looking for that thing.

But ultimately I don't have a problem with ads either in principle... if only they wern't so shitty. Back in the 90s when sites would hand pick ads, it made sense. The ads were often relevant because the webmaster (we're in the 90s remember!) knew their audience. The ads were also often locally hosted, which meant they didn't slow down the page load. Todays overloaded ad networks serve you at best ads that arn't relevant at all, and at worst scams/malware... and in either case, they'll certainly slow down the page load time and come with all kinds of privacy implications.

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