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Comment Re:Proposed solution is more sexist (Score 1) 304

I wear a jacket in summer at work, because it's too damn cold in the office. I've got an AC vent draft coming straight into my cube, even though it's really hot outside. In the winter of course, it's still cold so no one thinks that unusual. I even remember being cold at work during the summer back in early 2000's when the state had rolling blackouts because of a power shortage; company sends out memos to conserve power and it still had the AC on full blast. I got a "ticket" at work for having a space heater (borrowed from another coworker who left the company).

Not new either. My father was a school teacher and he'd complain regularly about how cold they kept the classrooms.

On the other hand, if you've got a building full of heat producing machines (not just PCs) and the AC goes out then those labs can become stifling hot.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 282

Yes more expensive per bulb, but not more expensive when it comes to replacing bulbs. Much cheaper than CFLs in my view, for incandescent you just have to wait longer to amortize the cost. I used to always have a few incandescent boxes because they were always burning out (it varies, I have one fixture that I haven't ever replaced a bulb in, and others where I replace them often).

Comment Re: Why not just forgo paid content? (Score 1) 89

15.5% comes from federal funding in 2010, so that's a minor part of their budget. It would hurt to go without it, especially small stations, but it could weather that storm. If people are upset about government waste of taxpayer money, then this is amazingly low on the list of things to worry about and only gets used as a proxy for elitist values (and it fails badly for that purpose too).

Comment Logged off everyone at once. (Score 2) 245

I had a job with a group managing shared minicomputers. One program I was writing was to log someone off after being inactive for some time, to free up a port for other users. So my loop to check every 5 minutes involved incrementing the time to wake up by 5 minutes on each iteration. Ie, it woke up at a specific time. So it would theoretically wake up at 12:00, 12:05, 12:10, etc.

The problem was that this operating system for some reason blocked when sending the alert message to someone's terminal. There was possibly some non-blocking way to do this with some extra effort, but it didn't seem like any additional effort was needed. However some user type Control-S on his terminal and then went off to lunch, probably typed it by accident. So a warning message went to his terminal, but blocked because of the Control-S. So the program was stuck until he came back from lunch and typed Control-Q. At which point this unblocked my program which then printed out one after the other on everyone's terminal in two buildings:
"your terminal has been idle and you will be logged off in 15 minutes",
"your terminal has been idle and you will be logged off in 10 minutes",
"your terminal has been idle and you will be logged off in 5 minutes",
"logging off due to inactivity."
This was shortly followed by a line of people coming into the office to complain, including my boss.

Comment Re:One stray ; burned a week... (Score 1) 245

If you're paying attention that is. You can edit code, save it, pop up the window and type "make", see stuff actually build, then hit your debugger and it's loading the wrong code. Happens if you're forced to use some lame IDE or debugger for the chip while using better tools to develop with (because every damn chip maker thinks they should make some proprietary half assed IDE rather than make open debugging tools).

Comment Re:One stray ; burned a week... (Score 1) 245

I stick with the ";" for loop bodies but it's always on a line by itself so that it's obvious.
Another problem along lines with this is to not trust the indentation from other people's code. So you miss the ";" at the end of the line with the "while" because the indentation is fooling you. Some people just insist on their own indentation style even if the code above and blow it use different styles. I even had a boss once who cut and pasted code without re-indenting afterwords.

Comment Re:Compiler optimizer bugs (Score 1) 245

This is tough in college when it happens. No one believes the student who says things aren't working because of a hardware problem, the other students don't even believe it. There are a lot of software people who are trained to assume hardware never has problems; some even think operating systems don't have problems.

So in my class at school we always got the new minicomputers, the ones that had never been tested on a full classroom yet. One of them had a bug in a divide instruction, and when used incorrectly it would crash the machine. But the OS never used that instruction incorrectly. The problem was that this machine was used for the compiler class, and we were generating machine code directly. We were getting crashes which kicked off 30 students at once which meant that it very quickly became an issue to try and figure out what was going wrong rather than the usual practice of waiting and hoping it goes away. Eventually one student group figured out it must be them, because it always crashed when they executed their program and it was probably their code. Even then the system admins were dubious at first, because it wasn't the sort of thing to cause crashes. They did figure out which instruction it was though and everyone avoided it after that.

Comment Re: Why not just forgo paid content? (Score 1) 89

The government support of PBS is minor. The majority of funding comes from individual donors and corporate donors. Actually some of the biggest PBS supporters in congress come from sparsely populated areas, like Alaska, because such services like PBS and NPR are much more valued, even though such areas tend to swing towards limited taxation and limited government. And those are also the areas where most of the government support to BPS/NPR goes.

Comment Re:G+ isn't a failure (Score 1) 261

I had to turn off the "what's hot" feed on Google+. After last November's election is became dominated by hard left and hard right politics with no voices of reason. It went from having some occasional interesting things to see from around the web to utter crap. I have no idea how they decide what's "hot" or not, it did not seem like it was number of responses or +1s or reposts. And no advertisements really (except for the "Windows 10 is out!" fan posts which are really astroturfed marketing).

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