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Comment: Re:Carpooling should be as free as speech (Score 1) 286

by drinkypoo (#47925191) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Of course it's who they approve of - because the point of carpool lanes is to effectively remove significant traffic and air pollution, and they felt that Uber doesn't qualify.

Bullshit, they're still letting licensed commercial vehicles use the HOV lane. The fact is that HOV lanes are shit. They're a waste of space which accomplishes none of the stated goals. Simply adding another general lane does more to reduce emissions, because it does more to reduce congestion, and thus reduces idling — where vehicles without start-stop systems get 0 MPG and thus are producing pure pollution. They're always trying to justify the existence of HOV lanes with bullshit like this, but they still are unjustifiable.

Comment: Experience counts (Score 1) 33

by msobkow (#47925045) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

I've seen plenty of "fear driven development" over the years, but the "fear" was usually on the part of incompetent employees who were afraid they'd be caught out as idiots and fired. They'd churn paperwork and documentation rather than touching a line of code, because if they broke something, their incompetence would become apparent.

Fear is the mind killer.

But if you're afraid to do your job, it's because you have a problem with confidence in your own skills. Blaming management for such fears just takes the incompetence you exhibit to a whole new level of blame-gaming.

Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 1) 252

by mjwx (#47924825) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

I'll give it a go.

You people who believe you'd run a functioning society without taxes and the things it pays for are completely deluded.

In a taxless society, there would be no one to run it other than those with wisdom and experience. But they wouldn't "run" the society as we understand it today.


LoL, "Wisdom and Experience".

No, the people that will run it are those with the desire for power and the force to defeat all the others with the same idea. We have a word for this, despotism.

All the societies you quote lived as pre technology civilisations. You may notice I used the past tense, none of them exist any more as independent people. The Native Americans had quite a few wars. Unless you expect every single American to divide into small tribes and live off the land you're going to end up with a government forced on you by others... Just like what happened to the Native Americans or Australian Aborigines. We've been doing this since the Roman times.

Awaken from your dreamy state Libertarian, what you claim will not work in reality. Any attempt at what you propose will end up as a series of dictatorships at best, outright fascism at worst.

Comment: Re:COBOL: Why the hate? (Score 1) 99

by Jane Q. Public (#47924493) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

However, since if it is still being used, then it still has some capability that is not available in other solutions.

No, no, no, no!

COBOL is still in use because because mid-to-large corporations spend many millions of dollars on systems that WORKED, and now it's far cheaper to keep them working, the same old way, than it is to do it all over again with modern equipment and languages.

This is called "installed base" and it's a particular problem for COBOL because that was one of the first business languages, and has one of the largest, large-corporation "installed bases".

COBOL has nothing to offer that newer languages don't do better. Not. One. Thing.

Comment: Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 2) 99

by Jane Q. Public (#47924475) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Every professional workplace has an expectation of a formal atire.

No, they don't. This is a statement made by someone about ready to REtire.

Most high-paying tech jobs today do not require a suit and many not even an office to go into. Often you can work at home in your pajamas, if you like.

Yes, really.

Comment: Re:Lifetime at 16nm? (Score 1) 46

by Jane Q. Public (#47924301) Attached to: Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

seems like the average life expectancy of SSDs are well beyond the needs of most people at the moment, unless you're doing some serious content creation with massive amounts of read/writes.

The lifetime has been exaggerated from Day 1. Further, multiplying this problem manyfold, is that when an SSD fails, it tends to fail totally. In contrast, when a hard drive i failing, you tend to get a few bad sectors which flag an impending problem, and you main lose a file or two. Bad SSD usually means "everything gone with no warning".

If you use SSD you should have a good HDD backup.

Comment: Re:Ehhh, cases. (Score 1) 305

by mjwx (#47923849) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

My Nexus 5 is pretty thin. I don't use a case with it. The screen has not broken. I haven't gone out of my way to be especially careful with it, either.

It's just not that damn hard to use a phone without breaking it, unless you're ridiculously careless.

Same with my Nexus 5. It's 1.5 mm thicker but that 1.5mm is just because of a larger battery that affords it 25% longer life to an Iphone 6.

However thinness is pretty much all they have, the Nexus 5 we have has better specifications (higher res screen) or at worse, is the same as an Iphone 5 (both have Lets ignore the Nexus 5 was released in October 2013.

So I'm happy to let the Iphone have that one. It's thin. Enjoy your 1.5mm tiger.

Comment: Re:Online only gives the illusion of accomplishmen (Score 1) 272

by mjwx (#47923299) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

The problem with non-online only games, is that you can't prove that you accomplished anything in it, since it is so much easier to cheat.

And to whom, exactly, do I need to prove anything?

I play video games to relax, unwind, and kill a few hours. It's recreation. I'ts diversion. It's play.


I play X3 Terran Conflict on occasion. I also use Cycrow's cheat script because, well because I like the game but dont want to spend umpteen thousand hours flying cargo around. People who complete missions like the Hub without cheating must have the patience of a saint and no life (and no doubt they're out there). I find 95% of the game fun, I like flying around, exploring, combat but hate the repetition and grinding.

Also, if you've got a big monitor, you can get a mod that lets you play the TC missions in AP so you get the bigger and more eye friendly interface.

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James