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Comment: Re:AND they stole Halo from the PC world.... (Score 1) 63

by afidel (#49380339) Attached to: Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

The Games division is net -300-400M over the last 12 years, up significantly since Q4 2012 where they were net -3B and the XBox One's losses are significantly smaller than the previous two generations at the same point in the cycle despite the recent price cuts. I'm not sure how much knowledge sharing there's been between the gaming division and the Azure division, but if the MS marketing is anywhere near the truth then it's likely that at least some of that groups significant profitability was gained through experience in the gaming division (kind of like how GE can lose money on the generating part of a power plant but make money on the financing or vice versa depending on how they want to structure the deal).

Comment: Re:Moats are still a good idea (Score 1) 175

Water features also provide significant air quality benefits, especially if you aerate them. There's just lots of good reasons to implement them. Trees, as well; I cringe when I see posts permanently erected for vehicle control. Removable or sinking bollards, certainly. They have their purpose. But fixed ones?

Comment: Re:Why people care about sports (Score 2) 165

by drinkypoo (#49370063) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

So you truly have no comprehension of what makes sports popular do you? It's PRECISELY the fact that people think of these teams as "their team".

I like motorsports because I like motorsports, I don't care about any particular team. It's thrilling just to see it. That's what's great about stuff like world rally.

Comment: Re:Engine noise serves no purpose (Score 0) 165

by drinkypoo (#49369605) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

Why? Seriously, why? What does that have to do with the outcome of the race?

What does the outcome of the race have to do with the enjoyment? You're not racing. What do you care who wins? They're doing it completely and totally without you. Same for sports. That's not your team. You just bought some of their marketing crap.

Comment: Re:It's good if they don't code like 90s C++ devs (Score 1) 294

by drinkypoo (#49360941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

If that's all the variable is used for, won't the compiler optimize it out of existence anyway? Or is that too fancy yet?

I think a lot of people don't really understand how the compiler actually works. Not even at a basic level.

Well, no, I don't. That's why I asked. It sounds like the answer to my question is yes?

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 660

by drinkypoo (#49360799) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

But as for taking production back to Wolfsberg, last I checked there were still lots of VWs made in Mexico.

Right. Don't buy them. They specifically moved the Golf back to Wolfsberg. Be careful, though, because I think they moved it back to Mexico more recently. You can get e.g. a "VAG VIN Decoder" app for Android, or just memorize which place in the VIN to look at and a handful of plant codes. Then you'll know precisely where the vehicle was produced.

Comment: Re:It's good if they don't code like 90s C++ devs (Score 1) 294

by drinkypoo (#49360541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

If adding a variable aids readability, add the fucking variable! Shove all the results into a meaningful, readable variable name and then shove *that* into your function argument, not some long series of nested function. It's not the 90s. You don't have to save memory! Memory is there to make your code readable. Use it!

If that's all the variable is used for, won't the compiler optimize it out of existence anyway? Or is that too fancy yet?

Comment: Re:Wouldn't Want To Be In The Same Room With Her (Score 1) 342

I got my job just because the company I work for had over twenty developers that were all male, and it looked bad on their EEO report.

Not because you were the most qualified applicant? That means the company you work for hired you not because they should have, but because they were strong-armed into it. In fact, they should not have had to have hired you, they should have been able to hire the best-qualified applicant.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.

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