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Comment: Re:Not Aluminum? Not a good sign. (Score 1) 247

by Herder Of Code (#47384309) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E
Like the parent said, the ph of concrete become more and more neutral as the years go by. Here in Quebec pretty much all the old bridges, pedestrian bridges, etc built in the 60s-70s need to be teared down because they're basically 100% concrete and the rebars have swollen make them lose chunks all the time. As you can imagine that's not a very positive experience for cars going under those bridges.

As for sacrificial materials, well the whole point is that they get "sacrified" ie: eaten up before the metal you want to protect. At some point depending on conditions, your anode will have been fully corroded, galvanized or whatever the reaction is. So, it's not going to be indefinitely. I had a to swap the anode on a 4 year old water heater for example because of the water composition here.

Comment: Re:Why do people put up with this shit? (Score 1) 164

by Herder Of Code (#47009759) Attached to: Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)
Yes and use what? It's not like there's a serious option that's an industry standard. I've never worked in a game studio where artists used something else beside photoshop or someone would even consider something else. They have the same kind of lock in microsoft had, it's not just about the "os" it's about the giant ecosystem of plugin built around photoshop, the millions of line written in custom import script for art assets in most studios, etc.

Also, the thing that strikes me the most is that everyone seems to completely misunderstand the impact of the cloud service being down. They way Creative Cloud works right now is *the same* as Steam works, you use it to download and manage your software. You software is not running in the cloud, it's just a fancy pant download manager. The impact is NOTHING for users who have it installed. The only thing that's impacted is users who want to download photoshop or whatever. They do warn you: "Oh btw, you're not connected to cloud service, make sure to reconnect before the END OF AUGUST if you don't want your software to be disabled.

My users don't really care if their software is being installed through "Steam/Creative Cloud". As a matter of fact they are not allowed to mess with that anyway :). The real story is more how the licensing deals are changing, that's all. For the current studio I'm working at, we've found that *currently* the CC deal is way cheaper and anyway other options are going to disapear. It's not like we're stupid and we don't see what they're doing by trying trap us all with CC licences and THEN jack up the prices but there's not really any choice. Frankly they'd have to jack up prices to some pretty insane level before we'd have to call it quit, too much legacy software is riding on this.

Comment: Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (Score 1) 466

There's a reason why we ask those questions. I always ask the candidate if he can explain to me how a linked list works ( no code ) and then can he please write a small struct/class for a binary tree node. No processing function, just the node with a data payload. Then how would I traverse the tree? The goal is to see if the candidate has some kind of grasp of how pointers work. This is where 90% of the candidates failed. We were also an embedded C++ shop and I needed candidates who knew what a pointer was.

I always asked them questions about personal projects but you needed to demonstrate to me that you had a fundamental understanding of pointers and memory as we had to write a lot of device specific optimization/memory management.

Comment: Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (Score 1) 466

Them words be the truth. HR was pretty clear that we had to have a defense ready in case someone played the discrimination card. That meant written tests that were pass/fail. Even if we interviewed John Carmack, if he did not pass that test HR would refuse him any further interview steps. The interview themselves had to follow a certain pattern and we had to write down what we asked.

As a sidenote, I thought I would've a hearth attack when the manager next to me asked a candidate if she was planning on having kids soon. I was like oh god, oh god, oh god. I guess nothing came of it because we hired her but still.

Comment: Re:The only features ... (Score 1) 243

by Herder Of Code (#46931589) Attached to: The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'
Well, even if you're only interested in making/receiving calls with your phone, you have to admit that *in general*, it's much easier to manage contacts, call logs, sens SMS, etc when using a smartphone than with a dumb phone or a feature phone. Sending SMS on those feature phones used to be a total nightmare and I would do it only as a last resort.

Heck my dad, my uncle and my father in law ( all above 60 y/old) used to barely be able to make/take calls on feature phones. Now they have the cheapest refurb iphone and without having to teach/show them they use contacts and call logs, according to them it "changed their life" for the better having those contacts on hand at all time.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.