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Comment: Re:Buying music? (Score 2) 198

by SirGeek (#46036879) Attached to: Canadian Music Industry Calls For Internet Regulation, Website Blocking

Sorry, but your argument is wrong.

Most "Owned" Bands (i.e. on a Major Record Label) do NOT make their money on the CD Sales. They make a pittance. They make most (if not ALL their money) on tours.The reason we have things like JB, is they sell their souls to the music industry and allow them to be totally manipulated and peroform cookie cutter music that you can't tell from the other 20 performers of that style of music.

As for the "ugly" comment, You're telling me that a performer like Ted Nutgent.. I mean Nugent can't sell tickets ? Sadly he does.

If you want REAL musicians, Look up an Indie artist. There are a bunch. And some are even geeky. You have Marian Call, The Double Clicks, Molly Lewis, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and others.... Support them and support their music.

Comment: Re:Pass the cost to the end user (Score 1) 73

Not "quite". Places are allowed to say "Price: X.XX, Cash Discount of $ Y.YY"

I've seen a few gas stations saying this. And doing this (offering a cash discount) is perfectly legal.

I would just like to see more places that do debit and credit (that don't charge more) asking people to use their debit cards (AS debit cards) whenever possible because it saves them CC Transaction fees - and thus saves THEM money because they don't need to raise their prices to pay for the fees).

Comment: Re:You answered yourself. (Score 1) 361

by SirGeek (#45402691) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?
It isn't necessarily the "what you said", its the "how you say it".
  1. If you need to email someone, don't forget to be pleasant (it actually can make a huge difference - saying something as simple as "Hi Jim, I wanted to let you know that there may be a problem with your spec. I believe it should be .... Thanks Mike."
  2. If you're replaying to an email/communication with lots of people, be specific in whom you respond to (i.e. the "Hi Jim" comment above). It makes you come across as much less "curt" or blunt.
  3. Ask the more senior programmers for advice there. They will know the 'political landscape' too.

As for keeping the team informed, ASK THEM WHAT THEY WANT :-\

It may be as simple as telling them "I've met milestone 20131112, I'm moving on to the next task unless someone needs me to work on something else."

Comment: Re:I think he's ready (Score 1) 274

by SirGeek (#44308901) Attached to: Former Student Gets Year In Prison For College President Election Fraud

I think this kid's ready for the big time! Future statesman, you heard about him first on Slashdot!

I'm not sure mentioned on slashdot is any kind of endorsement. You don't see Wil Wheaton in the DC, do you?

Nope. Because Wil Wheaton :

  1. Is NOT a lawyer (and he doesn't play one on TV either)
  2. He HAS A SOUL

Comment: Re:Paranoia (Score 1) 276

Ok. How's this for a very "possible" scenario.

You're driving a different route (due to road construction/etc.) And your car goes past a house that is under surveillance for some crime (Say prostitution or drugs).

Your car's plate gets "snapped" in front of the house. They don't CARE that you're just driving by, You're driving past a crime scene. They get your data, and then they check your plate and find you had unpaid parking tickets. Then they visit you at your place of employment or better yet your home. They ask for you in regards to a crime at house where Prostitution/Drugs are used.

Does it MATTER to the police that you were just driving by the hose ? Nope. They can use it as an excuse for harassing you.

Does it matter they already knew your plate # ? Nope. They can use the cameras to determine ANYTHING they want:

"Gee. You drive from Camera A to Camera B, a distance of 1 mile. You drove it in 45 seconds, It should have taken you a full minute @ 30MPH. So you're speeding - DING ! Ticket issued. Camera B to Camera C, another Mile. Another 45 seconds, DING Another ticket.

Is that OK with you now ?

Comment: Re:What point does public discussion serve? (Score 3, Insightful) 98

by SirGeek (#44061061) Attached to: Nationwide Snooping System Launched In India

Having the public outraged against war is what got the soldiers OUT of Viet Nam before they were all massacred. People can do something, the problem is that too many people are currently more concerned with who won American Idol, or the next episodes of Big Brother, etc.

People need to stop the "I'm not doing something wrong so who cares" attitude. The point is what happens if a wrong number calls you and They ARE doing something bad, you're now "Associated" with that person so they're going go through you you wouldn't believe. And for what ? Receiving a call from a WRONG NUMBER ?

THATs the problem. They can do what they want, to whomever they wish, for any reason (or no reason other than "Your name looks funny, You must be doing something wrong."

Comment: Re:first (Score 1) 334

by SirGeek (#44029035) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Promises Profanity Over Linux 3.10-rc5

I'm SO with you. My 1st "full time" programming job was for embedded systems where throwing "more RAM" at a problem wasn't an option. It was programmed with ASM (including a Custom Macro ASM language for the company's own CPUs).

There is ways to be efficient and there are ways to be lazy and there is some happy medium. My biggest gripe is that too many people rely on:

  • Their IDE to tell them all the syntax, etc. instead of having to know when its right.
  • Their IDE to do everything "under the hood" so they don't have to.

I didn't use an IDE for almost 20 years of my career (and I'm only using one now because of all the "young" programmers that can't even write a hello world program without one). While I'm no longer doing ASM programming, I still try to do things as efficiently as possible (code reuse, static libraries when possible, etc.)

Comment: Then you've got companies abusing the FDA process. (Score 1) 230

by SirGeek (#43916829) Attached to: New Drugs Trail Many Old Ones In Effectiveness Against Disease

A perfect example of this is when Colcrys was approved. It was a "tweaked" version of the drug Colchicine which was grandfathered (i.e. no patent).

They patented Colcrys and killed Colchicine. The new drug was "purer" than Colchicine but it didn't work for many people. And the price went from $0.09 to $4.85 per tablet. The old drug was also used for treating joint issues (but the new version didn't work).

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