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Comment: Building code is not the same as building a wall. (Score 1) 716 716

by Timmmm (#46223153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wall-building happens pretty much the same way every time. There are building codes and whatnot. The builder has built the exact same wall many times before.

Code is usually the opposite. It is more like building a bridge or a skyscraper. They're generally all different and involve architects. I'm pretty sure if there is a budget over-run when building a skyscraper the common practice is for the client to pay. Actually in some cases it is the contractor who pays, but the key point is that is negotiated in advance, and no sane programmer would agree to fix all bugs for free.

Comment: Re:Strange form factor (Score 1) 219 219

by Timmmm (#45892259) Attached to: Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

RTFA. It's clearly in an SD form factor, or close to it.

This isn't without president. Here's an ARM Cortex M3 with wifi in an SD card form factor that also isn't actually compatible with any SD card readers:

https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11395

I agree it is weird and confusing though. I guess it avoids the development of a new case, and the technology for packaging chips in SD card cases is mature. Also people know how small they are so you don't have to have photos of them on peoples' fingers and whatnot.

Comment: nVidia artificially restrict their driver on Linux (Score 1) 278 278

by Timmmm (#44400371) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hardware Accelerated Multi-Monitor Support In Linux?

This is worth a read:

http://hackaday.com/2013/03/18/hack-removes-firmware-crippling-from-nvidia-graphics-card/

It seems nVidia restrict you to two monitors on Linux whereas you can happily use three on Windows. I have no idea why other than that they are clearly bastards.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 2) 566 566

by Timmmm (#44230375) Attached to: HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

Compression of a verbose text-based format is never as good as having a compact binary representation in the first place. It's slower, harder to use and usually bigger anyway because compression algorithms are not magic.

There's a reason modern web APIs use JSON, protobufs or thrift instead of gzipped XML.

Comment: Re:H1B itself proves american arrogance and stupid (Score 1) 353 353

by Timmmm (#43080623) Attached to: UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

I totally agree. Everyone here is obsessed with H1B's and seem to equate it with outsourcing to Bangladesh. No-one seems to consider that talented first-world people might want to work in America.

Often Americans ask "how can I emigrate to the UK"? Well the answer is you basically can't. Tight immigration controls aren't so great then are they?

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