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Comment: Openly corrupt (Score 1) 416

by Tridus (#46759849) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

It's kind of refreshing how openly corrupt the US political system is, where a company can simply buy themselves a couple of politicians to push their interests and people call it "free speech".

I mean, sure those politicians maintain the pretense of representing people, but it's not like they try very hard.

Comment: Politically correct sexism (Score 5, Insightful) 673

by Tridus (#46713069) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

This is so flagrantly sexist that it's absurd. But luckily for Google, it's the politically correct form of sexism. It's been decreed that programming being male dominated is bad, and thus taking sexist action to fix it is okay.

This of course totally ignores that university education as a whole has become majority female, and many professions are becoming majority female that didn't used to be. That by and large we're doing a lousy job of educating boys is not considered a problem, so making that problem worse by trying to exclude them from one of the areas they still do well in is considered okay.

Sure, it's total BS. But it's PC BS, and that's good enough, right?

Comment: Gamespy was not competition (Score 1) 145

by Tridus (#46662515) Attached to: GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

Gamespy was competition for nobody anymore. On the PC side of things, Steamworks dominates the market so completely at this point that removing Gamespy doesn't do anything. It's not like anybody was using it in current games anyway.

On the console side, the consoles themselves are getting progressively better about offering this stuff to games on their platform. There simply wasn't a lot of reason to use Gamespy for any game development in 2013 or 2014, which is probably why the list of games affected doesn't include a whole lot of even remotely current stuff.

Comment: Polititicans outdoing themselves (Score 1) 220

by Tridus (#46583657) Attached to: UK Bans Sending Books To Prisoners

It's nice to see politicians from other countries trying to set a new standard of idiocy, and making ours in North America look okay by comparison.

This serves no sane purpose whatsoever. Books are good. We *want* people reading more. Yes, even prisoners. What do you want them doing with their time if they're not reading? Nothing better will be done instead.

This is the hair-brained scheme of some morons who got into power and don't have the slightest idea of what they're doing. It will accomplish absolutely nothing useful in dealing with crime.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 3, Insightful) 200

by Tridus (#46488639) Attached to: Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro


I mean, strictly speaking it's entirely doable. But it's another UI to build, test, and support. That stuff isn't free, and Mozilla doesn't have infinite resources. Considering the general lack of interest in Metro and the fact that the current version works just fine on Windows 8 as a desktop application, they decided it wasn't worth the cost.

It's an entirely sensible thing to do. Metro is hardly setting the world on fire.

Comment: Re:Really good question (Score 1) 326

by Tridus (#46249287) Attached to: NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Not knowing the difference between two similar looking words isn't that uncommon. Average people don't have to pay attention to astronomy or astrology on a daily basis, and stuff is going to get forgotten.

It doesn't mean anything except that people got the meaning of the word confused with another word. That happens pretty much everywhere on the planet, and says nothing about Americans.

Comment: Re:Outsourcing sucks (Score 1) 176

Contractors also cost a lot more, doubly so when you factor in that you have to keep paying them well past the end of the contract to fix all the screwups.

The government needs enough people that it isn't going to need to increase or decreasing staffing by large amounts regularly, and if it does it can fill those gaps with contractor developers.

Hiring contracting companies to do things is just a recipe for failure.

Never put off till run-time what you can do at compile-time. -- D. Gries