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Comment: Why not? (Score 2) 222

by Maltheus (#49755655) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

After you wade past the trolls, Disqus is already the best fact checker for any story out there. Obviously, you have to follow up with a search to confirm what you read in the comments, but that's where I usually find the most important (unreported) portion of most stories.

Same is true of slashdot. Which is why most of us don't even RTFA.

Comment: That Explains My First Notice (Score 1) 219

I always VPNed to Canda for torrenting until I got a notice for torrenting a show about pirates (ironically enough). Wasn't sure if it was the VPN provider cracking down or a Canada thing. Haven't had any issues after switching to another country.

I do wish the movie/TV industry would sell me the content in an acceptable format though. I haven't pirated music in many years. Not since I could get a decent quality, non-DRM MP3 for a reasonable price. Money is not the issue for me, so much as the video format.

Comment: Depends on the Language (Score 5, Interesting) 438

by Maltheus (#49730643) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE

If the langugage is Java (or even Python to a lesser degree), then I haven't come across anything that even comes close to IntelliJ. It's code completion and introspection are so good, that I find I don't need to test as often. And I rarely find any issues when I do.

I also use Eclipse and Netbeans, and everything seems to take an extra step or two and that really adds up, over time. Netbeans is good for C++ though, so I muddle through with it.

Comment: Re:Around the block (Score 2) 429

by Maltheus (#49639663) Attached to: Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers

Overengineered designs come from people who don't have the experience of having to maintain an older product. The kids out of college are smart and fun to work with, but between the overengineering and their difficulty in perceiving fads from the frameworks that will endure, I find I'd rather not work with them until they have a few more years under their belt.

Comment: It's the Latest "Cloud" (Score 5, Funny) 208

by Maltheus (#49580005) Attached to: IBM CIO Thinks Agile Development Might Save Company

My senior managers recently discovered the agile process and have proceeded to school the development teams on it. They were so excited about how it will improve our company that I didn't have the heart to tell them that all the development groups have already been using it for years now.

Comment: No Point to 2nd Amendment if Ignoring the Others (Score 3, Insightful) 209

by Maltheus (#49530533) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance

Republicans like to talk up the Constitution, which I'm a big fan of, but they really only care about a single amendment. And the only point of having that is to defend against the loss of the others. But what's the point of it? If they won't even vote to defend the others, they sure won't fight for them.

Comment: Re:How about freedom for all? (Score 1) 1168

Since everybody is required to do business to survive, you're effectively saying that nobody has rights. Where in the Constitution does it say that we lose them when engaging in business? I can accept that for corporations, who are making a bargain in exchange for limited liability, but not for partnerships and proprietorships.

Comment: How about freedom for all? (Score 1) 1168

I've always believed that gay people should be free to live the way they want and that they shouldn't have to ask anyone's permission to get married. I also believe that people should be free not to associate with them (or anybody else), if they'd prefer.

If everyone is required to think the same way, they you're not actually free. It seems though, that many people have a passionate desire to save bigots from their own bad business decisions, and would rather just give them their money blindly, without making the decision to shop elsewhere on their own. If businesses want to attempt to discriminate, in this day and age, then let them try and watch them go out of business. Prevent them from discriminating and all you're doing is saving them from themselves.

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