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Comment: I watch a lot (Score 1) 267

by Cro Magnon (#49821399) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

I watch a lot of stuff on Netflix. There are several shows that are on TV and Netflix, and I watch those on Netflix. Netflix has 2 things going for it. It has quite a bit of content that I like. AND IT HAS NO ADS!!!

I tried the free Hulu, and even for free it wasn't worth it. If NF wants to raise prices and stay ad-free, fine, it's worth quite a bit more than I'm currently paying. If they want to do ads, that will totally ruin them at any price, even free.

Comment: Re:How to read f*ucked up code (Score 1) 335

by Cro Magnon (#49784569) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

But what counts even more is that the person is a good working fit with the senior programmer in general, and appears to be someone who can learn as they go (because no matter how good their C++ skills are, they're going to be DOING IT WRONG according to the senior programmer).

Very very true! I'm not a C++ guy, but everytime I got put on a different COBOL project, I had to adjust to a different way of doing it.

Comment: Re:3.11 hit the sweet spot. (Score 1) 387

by Cro Magnon (#49774941) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

At college we used to say that only a fool would have win at the end of his autoexec.bat. The rest of us would run windows when we needed it, from the DOS prompt as God intended. I had a friend who ran OS/2 2.1 with a text-mode shell that multitasked MS-DOS apps, and that was far more useful at the time than Windows was, since all our apps were DOS apps back then.

IIRC, I got a machine in that era that had an autoexec.bat already set up. One of the first things I did was comment out the "win".

Comment: Democratic coalition (Score 1) 609

by ProfBooty (#49730333) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

The funny thing is that the groups that actually make up the democratic coalition are opposed to one another. Should the GOP go to demographic ill-relevance, the Democratic party will likely splinter.

For example:

Hispanics and blacks are at odds with one another for jobs and public resources. Hispanics have pushed blacks out of some of their historical neighborhoods.
Women's rights are at odds with muslim beliefs.
Asian's are at odds with other non-white demographics over AA admissions and democratic economic policies run counter to asian entrepreneurs.
Gay rights are at odds with hispanic and black religious beliefs.

The Republican party has the perception of being the party of white people, largely because they are indifferent to minorities, not because they advocate for whites. Its not like they are going to embrace being the white party because they are afraid of being called racists. A clever Republican politician could play those democratic groups against one another, but would probably take a lot of heat for doing so.

Comment: Re:America's War On Drugs is a Failure (Score 1) 110

by Cro Magnon (#49725405) Attached to: Silk Road's Leader Paid a Doctor To Help Keep Customers Safe

Yup. And it's not just true for the President. My city recently had a primary for mayor. The 3 choices were the current mayor, with a history of raising taxes and spending on "projects" while neglecting failing infrastructure, a crazy guy who doesn't even LIVE in the city, and some guy nobody's ever heard of. The crazy guy got eliminated, so the big race will be between the status quo and the no-name guy. I don't think no-name has a chance.

"Love may fail, but courtesy will previal." -- A Kurt Vonnegut fan

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