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Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 167

When you had to wait forever just to see if your thing would even compile, you spent a lot more time ensuring its correctness.

It used to be even worse - when you spent several hours writing a mainframe routine and coding it to punch cards, without knowing whether it would even compile until the next morning after the batch run, you took extra care to make sure you wouldn't have to waste another day because of something stupid.

Comment Re:jobs (Score 1) 167

Who is going to hire someone out of prison with a record as a programmer. It is tough to get hired as a gardener with a record

I have a good friend that makes quite a comfortable living as a senior dev, in spite of being a convicted felon. He got into a bar fight and put a guy into the hospital about 10 years ago, but he's actually quite pleasant to work with and writes solid code. He says it's never been a problem, as he's up-front about it and doesn't try to hide it, along with having a great work record.

Getting a job as a felon with no real work experience is going to be a different story, though.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 19

What really bothers me is it should only take a few lines of code to replace garbage characters that slashdot shows with an ascii code for that character.

The worst is that it looks fine in preview, but the garbage comes out on the post. It's like they're deliberately trying to run off users.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 19

It wouldn't matter to me if they were Hindu, Jewish, or atheist. What bugs me is when someone doesn't practice what they preach. But religion should play no part in politics, except that hypocrisy is a no-go for me.

Take gay marriage, for example. Government should have no part whatever in marriage. I should not need a license to get married, and why is it all right to discriminate against single people? Why should a married couple earning $50k pay less than a war widow with a child earning the same amount?

If government had no hand in marriage, the "gay marriage" issue would have never come up.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 19

Just because Trump attends a Presbyterian church doesn't make him Christian, it makes him a wolf in sheep's clothing. Trump worships only two things: Himself, and the ancient Greek god Plutus.

I hate it when someone who seems to always go against Jesus' teachings claims to be a Christian.

That goes for all the Republicans, with the possible exception of Carson and perhaps Rubio. Actually I have my doubts about almost all politicians. You know what Christ said about lawyers and the rich, which almost all of the Senators, Congresspeople, Governors, and President.

The optimal answer is for politics to avoid setting itself in conflict with faith, and there are reasonable compromises to achieve this.

Agreed. Remember the three in the furnace who were to be burned alive for refusing to follow the law and bow to the idol. I'm not Hindu, but I would be aghast if they passed a law making it mandatory to eat beef every Saturday.

As to the unicode, that's slashdot's fuckup.

Comment Re:Hillary has... been opposed to single payer (Score 1) 29

You are pants are on fire?

IMO any of the three Democrats would be a better President than any of the Republicans, although there are two or three Republicans that might not fuck up America too badly.

Perhaps the conspiracy was cooked up by her supporters? The insurance companies are the major reason health care is so expensive and ineffective here.

I'm disgusted by the Republican candidates' cowardice and heartlessness when it comes to refugees, and the fact that none have served in the military but are all for going to war. Back in the Vietnam war days those sorts were called "chicken hawks", and you'll find few veterans who can stomach them.

Unless you're rich and white you'd be a fool to vote for any of them.

Comment Re:End of open and honest? I'll disagree. (Score 3, Insightful) 246

Speaking under your real name is not always good for one's career, or relations with one's family.

Or for your personal safety or liberty, if you happen to be critical of the mayor or other official with some degree of power. It takes just a phone call to the local chief of police to make your life a mess.

Comment Re:Less service? (Score 1) 480

Mine tend to last under 20k miles, and I seem to need new discs every 30-40k.

Yikes. I replaced one of the rotors on the truck when I did the brakes, but that was mostly because it was faster and more convenient for me to replace the rotor than to take it someplace and have it resurfaced. The other three were fine.

What kind of pads do you have? My truck came with semi-metallics and I replaced them with the same, but a lot of cars come with cheap organic pads that don't last very long.

Comment Re:I've never found it quick or easy to buy any ca (Score 1) 480

It took me nearly screaming at him to tear everything up before he would give in inch. Still pissed at myself for giving in to the "mandatory" processing fee and agreeing to 19.2K.

No need to scream. Just say, "the agreement was 19K out the door. Not a penny more.", and walk the moment they refuse to honor that. For bonus points (and because I'm a horrible human being), tell the closer that it makes you smile thinking about him explaining to the sales manager how he let you get away that late in the deal.

SCCS, the source motel! Programs check in and never check out! -- Ken Thompson