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Comment: It's called job security... (Score 2) 349

by IflyRC (#40921425) Attached to: Bad Software Runs the World
True, most software is badly written and there are entire jobs dedicated to maintaining legacy and even current systems. Some software is so badly written that it requires a team to prop it during peak usage times or War Rooms to determine fixes. Managers usually only care about meeting a deadline and push for that. Young guys don't care about if something is correctly written - just that "it works" in that instance in time. Being a good developer requires being enabled to be a good developer by your team.

Comment: Out of business (Score 3, Insightful) 247

by IflyRC (#32965666) Attached to: eBook Sales Outpace Hardbacks
So, I have books on my shelf from the 1960s. Sure, they're old and tattered but still readable. What happens if Amazon goes out of business in 30 years and my Kindle is dead? What if I buy a Nook and Barnes and Noble goes out of business in 15 years? I can't really move DRM'd stuff over to another e-reader can I? Or is that something that we'll be able to do one day? I've always liked the durability of books. Sure, they can be destroyed but they are physical "things" - not bits stored somewhere.

Comment: Re:This assumes... (Score 5, Insightful) 930

by IflyRC (#32898176) Attached to: Toyota Sudden Acceleration Is Driver Error
I would think that verifying the validity of the data would be one of the first things they would do in a study such as this. This question would most likely be proposed in any aircraft crash situation as well when the black box is checked. If this study is right - it sounds almost like a bandwagon effect where everyone was trying to get out of higher insurance premiums, out of fault from an accident they potentially caused, etc. It's a lot easier to say "It wasn't me, it was my Toyota!" than "My bad, it was my fault. I'll take responsibility for pulling out in front of you."

Comment: I can see it now... (Score 1) 438

by IflyRC (#32885632) Attached to: Electric Cars Won't Strain the Power Grid
Boss, can't make it in to work today. Yea, we lost power last night during the storm. The whole block was out for a good 3-4 hours. I only have a 20% charge on my car. The whole block is charging right now and we're getting an occasional brown out. Needless to say, I won't be charged until this afternoon.

Comment: To clarify (Score 2, Informative) 342

Charles Bolden did make these comments. You can google it, it's out there. However the White House has made a statement stating that his comments were out of line and they had asked of him no such thing. They also stated they would be in touch with him about his comments. My guess is a bit of hand slapping went on.

One of the most overlooked advantages to computers is... If they do foul up, there's no law against whacking them around a little. -- Joe Martin

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