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Comment: Re:To be more specific ... (Score 2) 322

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49780791) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

If you don't have any meetings, how do you know what your coworkers are doing? How do you coordinate tasks with them? How do you keep everyone on the same page? Talk to everybody in the team in person? Takes alot more time than just telling everyone in the same room, once.

Some meetings take too long, some meetings are pointless (especially the ones initiated by managers that don't understand your work) and not everybody has to be in the same meetings. But some meetings are also essential.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 3, Insightful) 742

Then they shouldn't have joined in the first place.

Greece shouldn't have been allowed into the Eurozone in the first place. The government at the time falsified and hacked balance sheets, economic and financial data to be allowed into the Eurozone.

Comment: Re:Plant? (Score 5, Insightful) 382

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49750121) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

Java is certainly not dead. If you're a software engineer, my gut feeling is that 70% of job offers involve Java programming. Java is widespread in the enterprise as well as open source frameworks and platforms.

But parent is right in the fact that Java in the browser is practically dead. Some office environments still require Java for entperise applications, but practically all ordinary users don't need Java in the browser.

It's a little ironic, since Java on the web was one of Java's main, original use cases. Now Java applets are niche and fading out, whereas Java is pretty much rampant everywhere else.

Comment: Re:Is anyone else bothered? (Score 1) 95

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49742145) Attached to: Grand Theft Auto V Keeps Raking In Money

That sounds familiar. I'm also weird in the sense that even though I'm a deeply kind-hearted person by nature, I enjoy playing dark characters in games, such as an undead knight, an assassin or a brutish ork. I find these characters more interesting than "generic good hero guy".
But this leads to some interesting conflicts, as I mostly choose the "good" actions in games opposed to the evil or selfish actions, I just can't help it. So in the end I'm actually unable to play these dark personalities in character.

Once I decided to try and play a really "evil" character in The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, doing the Dark Brotherhood and Daedric (Demon) quests. One quest requires you kill a unicorn for its horn, which I did, but I really had to push myself to do so and felt bad for days afterwards.

Comment: Re:Now Germany! (Score 1) 100

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49736709) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals

You are exaggerating, but there is some truth to that, for sure.

Maybe it's worth mentioning that due to some cataclysmic events you might have heard about in history class, Germany has issues with many things related to patriotism and militarism.

It's no joke. Expressing patriotism or sympathy for militarism is kind of taboo and still frowned upon in Germany.

Comment: Re:Now Germany! (Score 1) 100

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49736483) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals

All german parties except of the CDU/CSU (which are "sister parties"), led by the leftists, who were created from the remaining parts of the totalitarian SED that governed the GDR, and, out of this "tradition", have a very anti-US and pro-russia position

Are you serious? That is ridiculous. The FDP (liberal party), the SPD (social democrats) and the Green Party are not pro-Russians. None of the parties are pro Russian except the extreme left (Die Linke) and the extreme right (NPD, AfD).

There is some pro-Russian sentiment among many former citizens of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), but the vast majority of Germans, especially in West Germany, are very pro USA. Most Germans were actually quite let down by recent revelations that the US does not consider Germany one of its closest allies, at least in terms of intelligence cooperation, as the general perception in Germany has been that it is indeed one of the closest allies.

The presidency of GW Bush has hurt public perception of the US in Germany a lot, but that is not singular to Germany, this has been the case in almost the entire world.
Still I would estimate that if forced to choose a side, 80% of Germans would favor partnership with the US over Russia.
Like Bush before him, Putin seems like he is doing all he can to hurt the Russian reputation accross the globe, but especially in Europe.

Comment: Re:Seriously? Slow day or what? (Score 1) 121

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49719229) Attached to: Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars

Well, Star Wars *is* a global phenomenon and a staple of US culture loved and adored by millions across the globe. So, now that you draw the comparison to the founding fathers, in our modern times George Lucas has probably been more significant to most people than the founding fathers have.

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