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Comment: Re:Simple - NOT QUITE that simple (Score 1) 506

by CppDeveloper (#47465449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

I don't think that it is accurate to say predatory lending laws prevent cards from being LEGAL. They may have prevented them from being profitable enough to grow beyond the upper/upper-middle classes. Amex, Carte Blanche and Diner's club were created in the 1950's.

Having a credit card and using it wisely is an important and vital skill to have - paying off in full each month to get a cut of the interbank fee just makes sense. And if you are really careful taking advantage of interest free / other special offers can really pay off too.

Just because mortgage interest is tax deductible does not mean that you should not pay off your mortgage. No matter how much interest you pay when you deduct it you will only get back a PORTION of it so you are still net out of pocket in almost all situations. When you start taking into account "real" interest rates and rates of inflation then sometimes your advice might make sense. That said, I do have a mortgage and its nice to see the deduction but I am still paying a lot more in interest than it is saving me on my taxes.

Comment: Sure, just do this (Score 1) 306

by CppDeveloper (#46518307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

If you really want to change the way you code then read the following article.

http://binstock.blogspot.com/2...

Pick an old project that you think might be a good candidate for a major re-factoring and follow EVERY SINGLE ONE of the rules and rewrite it using them.

I think that some of the rules are a bit overkill but as an exercise and to force yourself to learn some new tricks follow them all and don't stop following them until they are second nature.

+ - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

Submitted by unitron
unitron (5733) writes "Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?"

Comment: Re:It might be an unpopular opinion... (Score 2) 822

by CppDeveloper (#46082095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

Whether the NSA was breaking the law or not is immaterial. I think that the more important questions is SHOULD they be doing what they are doing?

I think its an important distinction because if they were breaking the law then there are other avenues Snowden could have pursued that probably would not have required breaking his NDA. However since many at LEAST believed it was legal and appropriate that is what required Snowden to go public - and I think makes him more hero than traitor.

Comment: Re:Raspberry PI (Score 1) 420

by CppDeveloper (#45966635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

I bought two Raspberry Pi's a few weeks ago and set one up using the OpenELEC distro for XBMC and it works very well streaming HD video over my wired network using samba shares off of my ASUS N-66RT and other computer shares. Once my cases get here I will be trying to set the other one to output using the composite video. Using the android remote app (over wireless network) to control it has a perceptible lag on the menu but works well and is just fast enough that it is not annoying.

Comment: Re:Appropriate Supreme Court Quote (Score 5, Informative) 314

by CppDeveloper (#45908073) Attached to: Court Rules Against Online Anonymity

I had the same initial reaction then I actually read the article...

It is not as clear cut as it seems. The man is able to map most commenters to identified customers but the seven identified in the suit are exceptions. His contention is that they are NOT customers and are making fraudulent statements bringing it under libel law instead of free speach. Apparently he was able to provide convincing evidence to the judge.

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