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Comment: I'm afraid that I... (Score 2) 212

by Psychotria (#47991457) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

I voted for the current government. Why? Because of the fiasco with the previous government changing leaders every 10 minutes and some proposed legislation (by the current opposition) I didn't -- and don't -- agree with.

The problem from my point of view is that I voted to try and make the best of a bad situation. Unfortunately, both major parties seem to have the same policy ideas! So, shit, they may as well be the same party. How can we elect leaders when they all seem to have the same ideas (well, once elected)? So, as mentioned I am part of the problem (because I gave them my vote) but what is the solution?

Anyone would think that we're a country led by the USA rather than a Commonwealth country of Britain. It's stupid. And this all started with the Free Trade Agreement. Personally I'm sick of the USA sticking their nose up other people's arses, but I'm out of ideas on what to do about it.

Comment: Re:Unit Tests are Not Optional Anymore (Score 2) 447

by Psychotria (#46723265) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

No production code without unit tests. Every possible type or class of input must be tested. All assumptions must be tested. All outputs must be verified for each possible combination of inputs. All failure modes must be exercised. No excuses, just do it.

Nope. It's a waste of time. Much of the time the people writing the unit tests are the same people writing the code, so their assumptions are also in the unit tests.

Comment: Re:There is a major difference (Score 1) 132

There was a real practice among facebook recruiters to search through linkedin and any other source, where they could identify Google engineers and contact them. I saw enough evidence pointing towards those people being contacted simply because they were currently working for Google. Personally I had zero interest in switching from Google to facebook, I don't think I even bother answering, when I was approached by facebook..

For what other purpose would you put your employer in your linkedin profile?

Comment: Re:You appear to not know fundamentals. (Score 0) 306

by Psychotria (#46514683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

At the very least, you'd benefit from using some type of interface builder to build a GUI program; it doesn't matter if it's for iPhone or Mac Desktop or Windows. You *can* learn to do this on other platforms, but they're generally pretty poor IDE environments compared to the ones available from commercial vendors like Apple and Microsoft, and it won't *force* you to think the right way about the problem space, if you use something like "Eclipse".

And what, exactly, does using an "interface builder" to build a GUI program teach you? Nothing. Respectfully, it seems that you seem to be part of the problem rather than the solution.

Commercial IDEs from vendors like Apple and Microsoft are "better"? Better for what? I think that after a statement like (in addition to the "gui builder") that you need to take a step back and consider what your stance is and how well you really understand things.

Tell me, what is the "order of the algorithm" that the gui builder generates?

Comment: WTF (Score 1) 144

by Psychotria (#46319219) Attached to: WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

I know that editor's at slashdot have a reputation for not editing summaries, but this has got to be the worst example of a summary I've ever seen. Perhaps Timothy's shift key is broken, or is it now acceptable to start sentences with a lowercase letter? Proper nouns seem to have escaped the need for an uppercase letter as well. I normally just ignore typos in the summaries, but this is beyond belief.

Comment: Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 210

by Psychotria (#45786651) Attached to: Could an Erasable Internet Kill Google?

That might be interesting if: (a) somebody didn't reference the law every time they see a headline ending with a question mark (i.e. every couple of minutes) - I assume to look intelligent; and (b) if it were actually true. Did you know that any headline ending in a question mark can also be answered 'yes'? Or even, shock, 'maybe', or even more shocking 'possibly'?

Comment: Re:Its (Score 1) 145

by Psychotria (#45784369) Attached to: Developing Games On and For Linux/SteamOS

I agree that the grammar could use a lot of work, however their name is Panagiotis. This name suggests to me that English is not their native language, so I'll cut them some slack. Delving deeper, the name Panagiotis suggests that the person is from ancient Greece. I'd have to do some more research but it's even possible that they're from a period even earlier than the so-called Archaic Period. This dates them at somewhere between 2000 and 4000 years of age. Given the transformations that all languages have experienced throughout the last 2000 to 4000 years it seems reasonable to expect some differences in grammar and punctuation.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming