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Comment: Re:Time to stock up on shotgun shells (Score 1) 71

by Pharmboy (#49361329) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

That is silly. A falling bullet has a much lower speed than one that was just shot. I've been hit by shotgun pellets at the end of their range, it was like having gravel slung at you.

A returning bullet CAN hit someone, and possibly injure them if everything is lined up right, or there is a very low angle of fire, but they have a small fraction of the energy they had in the first km after being fired.

Comment: Re:It happens... (Score 5, Interesting) 166

by TWX (#49361091) Attached to: Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison
I had to go through jury selection a few months back for a capital case, going through three or four rounds of appearances and interviews. Part of what struck me about the experience is how incredibly poor the paperwork was. They gave us number cards when there were 250+ people to go through in my group, they were all handwritten even though the numbers corresponded with the computer-generated numbers we were assigned when the original mailing for service was sent. Forms and questionnaires looked like they were generated in Clarisworks by first-time users in elementary school. Nothing had letterhead, nothing had any sort of official feel.

Your story about no letterhead and using fax machines is totally believable to me, and I'm amazed that it isn't abused more often.

Comment: Re:It's good if they don't code like 90s C++ devs (Score 1) 281

by drinkypoo (#49360941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

If that's all the variable is used for, won't the compiler optimize it out of existence anyway? Or is that too fancy yet?

I think a lot of people don't really understand how the compiler actually works. Not even at a basic level.

Well, no, I don't. That's why I asked. It sounds like the answer to my question is yes?

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 633

by drinkypoo (#49360799) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

But as for taking production back to Wolfsberg, last I checked there were still lots of VWs made in Mexico.

Right. Don't buy them. They specifically moved the Golf back to Wolfsberg. Be careful, though, because I think they moved it back to Mexico more recently. You can get e.g. a "VAG VIN Decoder" app for Android, or just memorize which place in the VIN to look at and a handful of plant codes. Then you'll know precisely where the vehicle was produced.

Comment: Re:old (Score 1) 140

by fhage (#49360713) Attached to: UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE

Their just old.

[... whine... whaaa ... ]

There is no solution, there is no fix or magic arrow, and all the bitching of the world won't make them die any faster.

Maybe, instead of focusing all your adolescent angst on your elders, take the time to attend public meetings and vote.
Yeah, we know; you're too busy to do that. Please, stay focused on your little screen while we change the world.

Comment: Re:Isn't Government wonderful? (Score 1) 140

It may be a private company, large portions of UK (and US I believe) functions are performed by private contractors and have been since the 1980s.

That said, even if it isn't, this experience is something most of us have suffered over the last 15 years from public and private entities. Most have ended up capitulating under pressure to knock it off with the "IE6 only" BS, in part because Microsoft (yes, Microsoft!) forced the issue with IE7 and its follow-ons, itself in part because too many people liked Firefox for Microsoft's comfort.

It shouldn't surprise anyone there's still "IE only" crap out there. Especially amongst organizations that are (1) large, and (2) constantly cutting their budgets and having to apply "defered maintenance" to everything they do to stop going under.

And those budget cuts are, for the most part, the fault of the same people who insist governments are always incompetent.

Comment: Re:It's good if they don't code like 90s C++ devs (Score 1) 281

by drinkypoo (#49360541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

If adding a variable aids readability, add the fucking variable! Shove all the results into a meaningful, readable variable name and then shove *that* into your function argument, not some long series of nested function. It's not the 90s. You don't have to save memory! Memory is there to make your code readable. Use it!

If that's all the variable is used for, won't the compiler optimize it out of existence anyway? Or is that too fancy yet?

Comment: Re:Wouldn't Want To Be In The Same Room With Her (Score 1) 291

I got my job just because the company I work for had over twenty developers that were all male, and it looked bad on their EEO report.

Not because you were the most qualified applicant? That means the company you work for hired you not because they should have, but because they were strong-armed into it. In fact, they should not have had to have hired you, they should have been able to hire the best-qualified applicant.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 291

The reality is that society needs children.

The reality is that you are asking employers to pay for that, but making children isn't their business. If society needs children, then society should pay for children, through income redistribution. Oh wait, guess what? We already give people a tax break for having children. I've known people who made more than me but paid no taxes because of their children. Now you want employers to pay again?

Of course the rules should apply equally to both genders. You could argue that people who don't have kids should get more time off,

Or you could argue that people who do have kids don't deserve to get paid for their time off. A person who doesn't have kids is worth more to their employer. If people can't afford to survive while they have kids (they can) and we need more people (we don't) then it would be worth it to pay people to have kids. Big problem with that is there are too many humans on this planet already, at least while we operate in our current mode. You want more people made, but that's the opposite of what we need.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 633

by drinkypoo (#49360499) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

If I want a car assembled correctly, I buy one which was put together in Germany

You mean like all those VWs built in Mexico?

No, completely unlike those VWs built in Mexico, which are built like shit. The only thing more embarrassing to my heritage than how shit UAW puts together cars is how shit Mexico puts together cars. It's interesting that you mention Volkswagen because Mexicans are known to be particularly bad at that. When VW brought USDM Golf production to Mexico, reliability plummeted. When they took production back to Wolfsberg, it came right back up to the German standards that we know and love.

Anyone who buys a VW built in Mexico is a moron. All of my imports to date have been built in their designing nation, and came over here on a boat fully assembled. Started with imports with a 240SX, then I had an Impreza GC5, couple of 300SDs (still have one) and an A8. That last has electrical problems but the mechanicals are good, anyway. And there's the rub with VW; their electrical is a bit garbage, even out of Germany.

Comment: She was comfortable around men. (Score 2) 291

She had a not-showy manner of dressing that looked both excellent and comfortable.

She was comfortable around men. Men accepted her as someone with whom they could talk.

Most women in the U.S. show by their manner that they aren't comfortable around men.

+ - Internet Explorer website wont work with Windows-> 3

Submitted by Anne Thwacks
Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "The British Government web site for applying for for a licence to be a security guard requires a plugin providing Internet Explorer emulation on Firefox to login and apply for a licence. It wont work with Firefox without the add-on, but it also wont work with Internet Explorer! (I tried Win XP and Win7 Professional). The error message says "you have more than one browser window open on the same internet connection". I didn't. and "to avoid this problem, close your browser and reopen it". I did. No change. I tried three different computers, with three different OSes.
Still no change.
I contacted their tech support and they said "Yes ... a lot of users complain about this. We have known about it since September, and are working on a fix! Meanwhile, we have instructions on how to use the "Fire IE" plugin to get round the problem". Eventually, I got this to work on Win7pro. (The plugin will not work on Linux). The instructions require a very old version of the plugin, and a bit of trial and error is needed to get it to work with the current one.

How can a government department concerned with security not get this sort of thing right?

Besides a massive amount of bribery and corruption, what could explain how the designers of the web site can't fix a chronic useability problem after 6 months?"

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