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Comment I worked for Y! as a contractor.... (Score 1) 217

back in 2013 and was able to see this from the inside. Everyone would spend most of their time playing Diplomacy and just like the board game, it was impossible to win without stabbing someone in the back. Even if you survive one round, to survive the next you'd need to betray someone new. I have no idea why anyone would think "Survivor" would be a good work atmosphere -- but that's probably why I don't have a multi-million dollar salary.

I was happy being a contractor because (a) free food was good (b) I had no job security -- but neither did they and (c) pleasing my manager by doing good work was easy enough.

The other problem, was of course, most of their products are completely worthless. As one investor put it, Y! has three businesses worth keeping: mail (most popular provider in the world), Finance (most popular free stocks site), and Sports (again, most popular free site -- more users than ESPN). All three teams could easily fit inside a single building with some room to spare for day-to-day operational stuff (server maintenance and the like).

So cutting divisions like Games (bingo...seriously?) totally makes sense.

Comment Re:Basically no (Score 1) 532

Modern socialism relies on capitalism -- and always has. "Communism" is socialism without capitalism.

In the US, we already have a socialist system -- largely state controlled -- where individuals get free food, housing, and healthcare, but will have a hard time finding a job if they do -- for a cool $30K a year. Emergency room is provided for free, but is much more expensive than traditional care. The words "social justice" are used here to mean that if Johnny smokes pot, he receives a prison term (despite having marginally harmed society) compared to white-collar crime which is almost never punished.

I am not sure how education for all -- we already do, Bernie merely wants to expand this to include college -- somehow invalidates the idea of the self-reliance any more than teaching someone to fish somehow makes them more reliant on you for fish. There's a different between a police state and a socialist state -- it's the reason you don't have to take off your shoes to get on an airplane in Sweden.

Comment Re:Two Words: Metal Detector (Score 1) 313

Really? so they have 3d printed plastic bullets as well? you do know that bullets are metal casings with metal projectiles that easily are detected with current metal detectors.

My pants buttons have about as much metal as a bullet has in them and pass metal detectors just fine. Given that most of these plastic guns can only fire a few shots reliably (before becoming structurally compromised), I'm skeptical of why anyone would take any more bullets than that.

Comment Two Words: Metal Detector (Score 1) 313

The conventional defense against bringing firearms into crowded places (like sports stadiums, political speeches (when four of your presidents get shot (McKinley, Lincoln, TDR, Kennedy) it's kinda an issue), airports) has been metal detectors. If you start making guns that can bypass metal detectors, you open up a new vector of attack in said crowded places.

Given that using firearms in a crowded place to defend people is a Bad Idea (TM) because of collatoral damage, how do you propose we protect people? Americans, after all, have a long history of disarming people in crowded places that goes back to the Old West and further.

Comment Vote for Sanders? (Score 3, Informative) 278

Sanders opposes and has opposed Citzens United, Corporate Financing of Election, the TPP, and the Iraq war since the beginning. He has never accepted corporate money in his entire career and isn't now that he's running for president.

AFAIK he is the only candidate with a long political record who's speeches are in line with his actions. You could vote for him or, you know, talk about the cynacism of the two party system and how political change is impossible.

I do know one thing. Cynacism is obedience to the plutocracy. Sure, it talks differently, but it functions exactly the same way.

Comment Re:WMDs (Score 1) 295

According to a 2011 BBC documentary, the attacks resulted in the deaths of an estimated 9,000 civilians and military personnel, while 12,000 forced laborers and concentration camp prisoners were killed producing the weapons.
~Wikipedia

Seems like a basic tenet of a "good weapon" is killing more people than are killed building it.

Comment Re:I doubt... (Score 1) 109

Uh, the debt is just a number. If the debt goes too high, the dollar drops relative to other currencies, making US goods cheaper abroad. If debt is too low, the dollar strengthens our currency relative to other currencies (based on their debt:GDP ratios). However, we haven't seen a weakening of the dollar nor the incoming inflation apocalypse predicted by debt worry fetishists fear.

The newer housing market seems to be fine as increased regulatory scrutiny have caused most banks (the ones I've talked to anyway) require quite a bit more principle on down payment as well as more thorough proof of income. This seems like a valid business model to me.

Comment I doubt... (Score 1) 109

So you're an investor, and are trying to make money. We were in love with Ali Baba, but it tanked along with the Chinese economy -- too risky. How about Europe? Well, most of that's tied into the EU with an ever-increasing risk of a Greek Euro exit and disastrous austerity policies, that's probably a good place to stay out of too.

The fundamentals of the US economy are looking great in comparison. Housing prices are starting to come back, unemployment is down, and a deficit to GDP ratio that looks to be under control.

The Dow was up 4% in trading today along with the Nasdaq as investors look for a safer but still profitable place to put their money.

Comment Screw Karma (Score 2) 432

A worker works for who pays them. Hillary's current gig is financed by Goldman, Citigroup, and Chase. She'll say whatever she likes to get elected, and serve the people she works for. Biting the hand that feeds you is bad for business.

You could always vote for someone who takes money almost exclusively from unions and individuals and talked about corporate greed and struggling workers before it was "cool", but hey, how can you get elected without at least 3 major banks funding you?

Comment Re:Not just a GUI toolkit (Score 1) 80

why not write that in C/C++ and the rest in something easier?

I guess that's my point -- it's not easier anymore.

Python comes with its own problems; it's hard to write object oriented code in a weakly typed language because (1) changing object interfaces means your code appears to work until it suddenly fails during execution (typed languages check at compile time) (2) no IDE can autocomplete methods on an object (because it's impossible to infer the type and thus the impossible to infer the methods able to be called on an object) (3) writing "glue code" is not a 0 effort proposition (not writing any is;)) and the code itself can contain errors.

With Qt/C++11 it's entirely possbile to write code that is both performant AND readable with less effort than an interpreted language (even one I've been using for over a decade -- yes I'm Perl guy). YMMV.

Comment Re:Spending cuts one way or another (Score 1) 431

Real money does not come into being by magic, it is not printed into existence, it is not magically created on a computer. Real money is the result of productive activity

So basing your economy on shiny rocks? The Lakota Sioux thought the stuff was generally worthless and called it "the yellow metal that makes white people crazy" (no tribe in the Americas ever had a gold based currency). Good to see there's still some insanity left.

Comment Re:Not just a GUI toolkit (Score 1) 80

I don't have a direct comparison with my current project, but having worked on other projects in the HPC, it's not 2x. It's more like (O)n vs (O) n log n -- or worse. There was a project I worked on with did feature tracking and at one point, I was asked to save the data for a small project to a DB so another product within our company (team of around 20 on each project) who was working on equivalent functionality in Java. I lazily saved the whole thing for each change which took under a second, but it took 20 seconds to load the same data in Java-land. No matter what feature you tried, it was always dog-slow.
Think of it this way. You've got a triple nested for loops going over a 3D array of data (very common in vision, etc). So the C/C++ programmer goes in and you can optimize the innermost loop with extreme efficiency -- maybe even to the register level -- but it's rarely needed. Much more common is to simply try and reduce your new/frees to take outside of the loop and if it's really a bear, calling something like CUDA can increase performance dramatically (I've seen over 100x) as there's direct hooks from C++. But in Java/Scala/interpreted language land, you just optimize to the same level.
90% of your time is usually spent in 5% of your code, so it's really the ability to optimize easily when you need to without resorting to convoluted tricks and hooks into other languages.

Comment Not just a GUI toolkit (Score 5, Insightful) 80

Qt is not just a GUI toolkit. Doxygen has been using it for years. I do high performance computing and copy-on-write data structures (as Scott Myer suggest a decade ago in "More Effective C++") means I don't have to worry about functions returning references to a std::vector because QVector's copy constructor is O(1) as Scott Myers recommended a decade ago. I have a sane cross-platform cross-DB SQL interface. My strings are Unicode (and copy-on-write).
Qt allows you to write high performance code but in a style closer to Perl (especially with 11. "Auto" is "my") while enabling a coder to use high performance C code without needing to write fancy interfaces and compile schemes Everything from threading (QtConcurrent is great!) to file access to JSON to regex to is well-documented and the compile errors are sane (see: boost) and the code is terse (also: boost).
If you're doing serious C++ development with a small team, Qt is the best way to get things done in my experience...and it's also trivial to make a GUI to represent a SQL query.

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