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Comment: Re:The important bits (Score 1) 54

by BitterOak (#49363297) Attached to: Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision

Secondly, it's an important biomedical advancement made by citizen scientists. (The important part of that sentence is "by citizen scientists".)

Why is that important? Are most scientists non-citizens? Or does that just mean they're citizens of the country where the work is done as opposed to citizens of some other country?

Comment: Re:Bad name (Score 1) 146

by BitterOak (#49361887) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

Reminder that 'flame *throwers*' throw *napalm*, which, I'm pretty sure, is illegal even for governments to use since the Geneva convention.

I think you can make your own napalm-like substitute out of gasoline, styrofoam, and benzene. Apparently it works almost as well as the real thing, but I've never tried it myself.

Comment: Re:It's good if they don't code like 90s C++ devs (Score 1) 279

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) 633

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) 279

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) 287

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.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 287

The reality is that society needs children.

The reality is that you are asking employers to pay for that, but making children isn't their business. If society needs children, then society should pay for children, through income redistribution. Oh wait, guess what? We already give people a tax break for having children. I've known people who made more than me but paid no taxes because of their children. Now you want employers to pay again?

Of course the rules should apply equally to both genders. You could argue that people who don't have kids should get more time off,

Or you could argue that people who do have kids don't deserve to get paid for their time off. A person who doesn't have kids is worth more to their employer. If people can't afford to survive while they have kids (they can) and we need more people (we don't) then it would be worth it to pay people to have kids. Big problem with that is there are too many humans on this planet already, at least while we operate in our current mode. You want more people made, but that's the opposite of what we need.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 633

by drinkypoo (#49360499) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

If I want a car assembled correctly, I buy one which was put together in Germany

You mean like all those VWs built in Mexico?

No, completely unlike those VWs built in Mexico, which are built like shit. The only thing more embarrassing to my heritage than how shit UAW puts together cars is how shit Mexico puts together cars. It's interesting that you mention Volkswagen because Mexicans are known to be particularly bad at that. When VW brought USDM Golf production to Mexico, reliability plummeted. When they took production back to Wolfsberg, it came right back up to the German standards that we know and love.

Anyone who buys a VW built in Mexico is a moron. All of my imports to date have been built in their designing nation, and came over here on a boat fully assembled. Started with imports with a 240SX, then I had an Impreza GC5, couple of 300SDs (still have one) and an A8. That last has electrical problems but the mechanicals are good, anyway. And there's the rub with VW; their electrical is a bit garbage, even out of Germany.

United Kingdom

UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE 137

Posted by timothy
from the strange-circlings-back dept.
Anne Thwacks writes The British Government web site for applying for for a licence to be a security guard requires a plugin providing Internet Explorer emulation on Firefox to login and apply for a licence. It won't work with Firefox without the add-on, but it also wont work with Internet Explorer! (I tried Win XP and Win7 Professional). The error message says "You have more than one browser window open on the same internet connection," (I didn't) and "to avoid this problem, close your browser and reopen it." I did. No change.

I tried three different computers, with three different OSes. Still no change. I contacted their tech support and they said "Yes ... a lot of users complain about this. We have known about it since September, and are working on a fix! Meanwhile, we have instructions on how to use the "Fire IE" plugin to get round the problem." Eventually, I got this to work on Win7pro. (The plugin will not work on Linux). The instructions require a very old version of the plugin, and a bit of trial and error is needed to get it to work with the current one. How can a government department concerned with security not get this sort of thing right?"
Businesses

Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers 314

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-may-not-lift-and-carry-objects-for-anyone-else dept.
Rick Zeman writes: Amazon, perhaps historically only second to Newegg in the IT nerdling's online shopping heart, has not only subjected their warehouse employees to appalling working conditions, but they're also making them sign a non-compete agreement for the privilege. Here's an excerpt from the agreement: "During employment and for 18 months after the Separation Date, Employee will not, directly or indirectly, whether on Employee's own behalf or on behalf of any other entity (for example, as an employee, agent, partner, or consultant), engage in or support the development, manufacture, marketing, or sale of any product or service that competes or is intended to compete with any product or service sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon (or intended to be sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon in the future)."

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 633

by drinkypoo (#49354595) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Tell me about it. The other day I tried really really hard and I just couldn't manage to not buy a TV.

The default is to charge you the fee whether you have a tuner in your household or not. This may be less ridiculous now that they provide a lot of other services, but it was also true back when they didn't.

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