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Comment Re:Let me be clear (Score 1) 185

classic government program designed to funnel public money into the hands of a few private contractors or corporations

Fix the the problem and the games over...

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer "This is the dumbest kid in town.... watch while I prove it to you." The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks "Which do you want, son?" The boy takes the quarters and leaves. "What did I tell you?" said the barber. "That kid never learns!"

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. "Hey, son! May I ask you a question...

Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?"

The boy licked his cone and replied "Because the day I take the dollar, the game's over!"

Comment Re:An Open Letter to California Air Resources Boar (Score 1) 496

I largely agree, but it's also true that Musk/Tesla is advocating creating a competitor in the EV space.

I think that the basic thrust is sound. VW is going to have to spend a huge amount of money in fines and fixes. This money is essentially wasted on trying to fix fundamentally broken diesel technologies. Investing in EVs and production in CA might not have an immediate ROI for VW, but it's a better way to invest the billions that they are going to loose anyway then in just damage control.

Comment An Open Letter to California Air Resources Board (Score 1) 496

I think that this proposal, signed by Elon Musk amongst many others, has an interesting approach: http://www.takepart.com/open-l...

tl;dr Instead of burdening VW with the huge cost of fixing the problems and fines, mandate that they invest the same money in Electric Vehicles and plant (ie economic development and jobs) in the affected states (in this case CA).

Comment Re:It's a NEV, it's not allowed over 25mph (Score 1) 350

An NEV is also an extremely good design choice for a prototype vehicle - I wasn't aware that Google had taken advantage of this. We're all clear that neighborhoods, residential streets, etc. are the most difficult for an autonomous vehicle to navigate. Testing in a vehicle that is MANDATED to travel slowly is an intelligent engineering approach.

If you don't like the idea of a slow vehicle, then argue with the lawmakers, don't blame the smart engineers.

It's also a very handy law if you want to take your recliner to work with you. Because the maximum speed is 25mph, the requirements (safety, lighting, etc.) for building such a vehicle are minimal.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 246

No. The Republicans want to use the ACA as a weapon but would be devastated if it went away. It was written by one of their biggest donor groups (the health insurance industry) who continue to salivate at the premiums that are being paid to them by the government. They also protected another donor group - big Pharma - by inserting an amendment to prohibit drug price negotiation.

What's surprising is that Kentucky is in the mix. Mitch McConnell pretty much ran on a ticket of how much better Kynect - the Kentucky exchange - was than the ACA. Since Kynect IS the ACA you start to wonder at the stupidity of the average McConnell supporter.

Comment Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (Score 5, Insightful) 278

and the first clue should have been "negotiated in secret". This is almost all the bad IP parts of the bills the Congress has been trying to pass but couldn't because of the public scrutiny (see SOPA, CISPA, etc.). Now they just get to vote "yes" on a "jobs" bill. The only remaining question is can they do it without drooling at the prospect of the campaign finance monies they'll get for doing the bidding of their handlers.

Comment Re:You really make it hard (Score 1) 308

they will leave in bugs [...] to ensure any apps relying on that continue to work. I've submitted my share of bugs that ended up in the "won't fix" pile due to this.

This is often not good for any API. What tends to happen is the another function with the bug fix is created and then you end up with groups of functions (A,B,C,D and W,X,Y,Z) that have apparently the same functionality, but if you mix calls between the two groups you end up with the most obscure and difficult to find bugs. I suspect that this, and the half a dozen different string pools account in large measure for the legendary instability of Win32 API applications.

Comment Re:Netbeans is looking just fine (Score 1) 141

I think you've missed something. If you're using Maven then you have a compile cycle. Eclipse incremental compilation takes, effectively, no time. Hot-swapping frequently saves restarting the application and getting it back to the state where you can reproduce the bug.

NetBeans does not do either of these well

Remote debugging is always very cool, but it's a little frustrating in that when you finally finish a session with Eclipse, including hot-swapping code on the fly - you then have to actually compile the remote application (personally I use Ant, but Maven would be just as frustrating - time spent watching the application compile).

J2EE apps are mostly awash between the two environments since there's almost always a compile/redeploy phase.

Comment Re:Netbeans is looking just fine (Score 1) 141

I assume that there is some type of application for which NetBeans is as good as (or better than) Eclipse - that application is NOT desktop/standalone Java application.

As a long-time Eclipse user, I moved to NetBeans for just short of two years before the delay when starting an application and the very flaky dependency building (when multiple projects are included in the final application) drove me over the edge and back to Eclipse.

In Eclipse you hit "debug" and it starts debugging the application. In NetBeans you hit "debug" and it starts to compile. Change code in Eclipse, hit save, and quite often the application continues with the new code. In NetBeans the on-the-fly debug changes are unreliable and slow (another compile cycle).

Haven't tried IntelliJ but if I have to wait for it to compile I have no interest.

Comment Fix the Date, Phone and Reservation ID (Score 1) 187

Haven't tried United recently, but websites where they ask you for a US phone number and then complain that you entered dashes, spaces, etc. really piss me off. A US phone number is 10 digit. If you ignore everything that isn't a digit and end up with 10 digits (or it starts with a 1 and you have eleven) then it's a freaking phone number.

Credit card numbers ditto.

Reservation number. If the first character is a space (as it often is after a copy/paste from e-mail) then ignore it and take the rest of the characters and see if they match the format you defined.

The date is a little trickier but not much.

If the people you hired to program the site can't manage these simple basics, there's really not much hope that the site is secure.

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