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Comment Re:Happy, happy, joy, joy... (Score 1) 381

The SNP surge is irrelevant, since they're anti-Tory. (Except perhaps for the scare games it allowed the Tories to play.) If every SNP seat had been won by Labour, the Conservatives would still have a majority. And if Labour reached a point where they would have a majority if only they had those SNP seats, the Tories would be out of power because Labour and the SNP would certainly unite to block them, even if they weren't able to unite to do much else.

Comment Re:Revisionist history? (Score 1) 223

The new headline does actually convey strictly more information than the old one, since as well as conveying what the bank spokesman is saying, you can deduce from his criticism of "inappropriate" that it is not illegal, otherwise the criticism would be that it was illegal, or at least contain this information.

Comment Re:Does not work (Score 1) 260

Porn isn't a problem in general, but a fair amount of porn is problematic, the "rapeyness" of some porn is normalising non-consensual sexual pratices amongst teenagers to a certain extent. It's probably a good idea to surreptitiously promote "responsible" porn to divert their attention away from the completely unfiltered mix of what's out there, but the methods for doing this aren't obvious.

Comment Re:macro assembler (Score 1) 641

You can be a good programmer without reference to assembly language by doing proper input validation, avoiding the impulse to be unnecessarily clever, commenting your code well, thinking about all the ways things can go wrong, checking for errors and handling them appropriately, designing sensible interfaces, writing tests, making sure you release resources you've finished with, avoiding clone and hack etc.

Comment Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 1) 270

So when the poor fail to cross an additional hurdle of saving for something which shouldn't be necessary whilst not having enough money to feed themselves properly, which the wealthy don't need to worry about, or simply refuse to go through such unpleasantness in order to obeise themselves in front of the systems which oppress them, you accuse them of lacking self-discipline, and use that as an excuse to deny opportunity from them and keep participating in their oppression.

A perfect example of why suit culture is not just unpleasant, but is actively evil, and anyone ethical should help resist it.

Comment Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 2) 270

I think the real key is that developers (in common with a few other groups of people like mathematicians) cannot get away with waffling and convincing some person that they're probably right about things. They have to actually get things precisely correct, or their code won't compile or will produce warnings etc. So ideas which depend on illusions, like suits being linked to professionalism, have a far harder time surviving in their culture, because everyone is in the habit of making sure things are right.

Comment Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 4, Insightful) 270

One problem with it is that the bizarre notion that a suit is "professional" is a tool of social exclusion, and anyone wearing one where it's expected will support the notion, and hence help to exclude people who aren't interested in them or can't afford them.

Also simply just having to abandon my own personal culture and yield to a hateful culture where we judge people by arbitrary qualities of the clothing they wear is an awful feeling, and if I could do this willingly, I wouldn't be so good at demanding correctness elsewhere, and hence writing disciplined and secure code. You want to be able to be yourself at a place you'll be spending a significant proportion of your life. The suits game is wrong on multiple levels, and utterly rejecting it is part of my being.

"Summit meetings tend to be like panda matings. The expectations are always high, and the results usually disappointing." -- Robert Orben