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Comment: Re:A Big Compliment! (Score 1) 56

by allcoolnameswheretak (#47972105) Attached to: DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

It may be Chinese law, but at the same time, isn't it protectionism? Some Chinese search engines out there will certainly be profiting from the Google ban, where as Google is being blocked from doing business in China.

Why isn't there a lawsuit against this practice? No complaint in the WTO (where China is member)? In the age of information technology, censorship and free market don't really work with each other.

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 1) 630

by allcoolnameswheretak (#47910715) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Well, let me tell you that this does not mean global warming isn't happening, and in fact, it makes perfect sense that this should be happening.
When you have ice breaking off due to global warming, that ice will slide off its base and drift into the ocean, thereby increasing the water surface that is covered with ice.

Comment: Worthy investment (Score 2) 368

by allcoolnameswheretak (#47870543) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Microsoft
Minecraft

Both start with MI and end in FT. Both are 9 characters long. Further lexical analysis shows that the mismatched infix "croso" and "necra" strings contain the common substring "cr", leaving "oso" and "nea" after the 2nd reduction. Osonea will be the next game developed by Mojang under Microsofts stewardship. It will make 2.5 billion dollars. Earning Microsoft immediate return on investment of 25%.
qed

Comment: Re:9 to 5 is a myth (Score 1) 146

by allcoolnameswheretak (#47779719) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession

Maybe the companies you've worked for sucked. I always book 40 hour weeks, because I can't be bothered to keep exact record of when I arrived at work, when I left for lunch, when I returned from lunch, and when I went home. Most of the time during normal operation I work less, closer to 7h than 8h days. But when necessity demands it, I've worked 12h days for weeks, and still only booked 40h at the end of the week. The important thing to me is getting the job done, and I consider the money I receive by booking 40h the cost to have me do that, whether it actually takes more or less time is irrelevant.
On average, I think I work less than the 40h weeks I always book. But I do my job well, I have a reputation, and nobody questions me.
I think it's more honest. I want to be payed for the quality of my work and not for the time I hang around in an office. It would be easy to hang around until the hours sum up, but I would be wasting my time and fooling my employer into thinking I'm actually doing something during that time. Sometimes I've completed the task for the day in 6 hours of concentrated work, and I'm not in the mood or mind to start something new. I pack my things and leave.
Nobody has ever raised an issue with my work hours so far, probably because I'm very good at what I do. And if somebody ever did, I'd probably get a new job. I don't want to compromise on how I do my job, and if I go, it's mostly their loss, not mine.

Comment: Re:yeah, i'm not interesting in going to space (Score 1) 109

by allcoolnameswheretak (#47770221) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

Thanks for one of those rare, massively informative and to the point posts.

If you consider that zero-g is an environment that is utterly alien to us, which we have zero adaptation for, I'm actually surprised how relatively well homo sapiens is able to cope with it.

If you compare it to other alien environments, like too much or too little pressure, too much or too little Oxygen, too cold or too hot... usually these great differences from our natural environment are very quick to kill us.

Comment: Re:Get rid of the distractions (Score 2) 116

by allcoolnameswheretak (#47645653) Attached to: Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

There will always be non-avoidable bugs

That's what I was thinking. Some bugs are practically impossible to avoid, because it is almost impossible for a single programmer to have the entirety of a software system in his head, with all possible cases and side effects. Without complete knowledge of a system it's impossible to know the perfect solutions.
At some point it's up to testing and quality control to take responsibility and weight off the programmers shoulders.

Comment: Re:HL3? (Score 3, Interesting) 97

Wow. Do you play all your games like that? You must have raced through the game, blasting everything in your path. I realize that official speedruns of HL2 are probably way faster than 3hrs, but it still must have been a hectic run through the game.

I like to be sneaky, explore the environments, enjoy the views, smell the roses and listen to the stuff the NPC's have to say before moving on.

Comment: Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (Score 1) 219

Then there is a growing number of Americans who are prejudiced about blacks/democrats/liberals, take your pick, or have -no idea- about history, politics and governing. In these difficult times of wars and crisis, Obama is one of the best presidents Americans could have hoped for. Better than most of your clueless American public deserves.

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