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Comment Re:Most people hate their job (Score 1) 69

Most fast-food workers and other low-level workers probably do hate their jobs, and for good reason. They're called "work" for a reason.

But we're supposed to be highly skilled professionals here. Do most doctors hate their jobs? I sure hope not, or else we'd have all kinds of problems in the healthcare industry (and I don't mean the insurance/payment side of things). Can you imagine a surgeon hating his job? That's a recipe for disaster.

So no, I'm sorry, I don't buy this "everyone hates their job" tripe. For shit work, sure, but not for highly-skilled work. I think that's mostly unique to tech workers.

Comment Re:Core code in C/C++. UI code in Obj-C, Swift, Ja (Score 1) 72

Perhaps you're dense or something because I wasn't referring to writing business logic or network applications. I was referring specifically to what games have to do to avoid GCs in Java. The context is extremely clear. And yes I've developed lots of Java software.

Comment Re:Heh (Score 1) 69

I interviewed at a place that had some of that, like an air-hockey table. I didn't see anyone using it. Maybe it got some use over lunch break, but stuff like that seems like a waste because if you use it, then you're obviously not working, and that isn't going to look good if you use it too much. You could use it after work in your off-hours, but who wants to spend their spare after-work time at work? By then you're ready to get home and eat something.

Comment Re:Heh (Score 1) 69

One thing I've noticed is someone who is very good at a tech job isn't just twice as productive as someone who is lousy at it; the discrepancy could easily be 10x; or it could be that he produces positive progress and the lousy guy produces anti-progress. This is clearly true for software developers, but I've seen it happen with network administrators too: small cadres of happy, super-productive admins outperforming armies of miserable tech drones.

But the thing is if you don't understand anything about (a) the technology or (b) human beings, how do you get a worker to be more productive? You make him work longer.

I'm not talking about striking while the iron is hot. When opportunity produces the occasional 80 hour work week, that's a totally different matter than having no better idea of what to do than setting unrealistic goals and leaving it to workers to make it up through sheer, unsustainable effort. Too often in the latter case you end up producing the semblance of progress. Yeah, I finished the module but someone's going to have to throw it out and rewrite when it blows up in the customer's face.

Comment Re:3D... (Score 1) 80

A high res is probably most useful for VR. I have a fairly high DPI OnePlus phone and when I plop it in a cardboard headset I not only see the pixels, I can see between the pixels. 4K means 2K to each eye and is probably dense enough to overcome the effect in VR. I wouldn't be surprised if Sony has other plans for the disply than just a phone. Maybe it'll end up in VR headsets.

In every day use in a phone however it's a waste of time and probably just taxes the phone far more than necessary for minimal difference to the end user experience.

Comment I can think of only one use for this (Score 1) 80

4K might be useful if you were using Google Cardboard where pixels get magnified quite significantly. Maybe that's what Sony ultimately intend to use the screen for in their PS4 VR headset.

Otherwise not so much. It just means the DPI goes into stupid territory and the phone OS ends up having to upscale apps to stop them looking like postage stamps.

Comment Re:Wait for the results. (Score 1) 72

Well he *is* going to test the hypothesis. But he has to test the *procedure* as well on a smaller scale before he uses it on his research subjects.

People underestimate how much of science is like this. Advancing science isn't just a matter of creating more theoretical knowledge; a lot of the time it's about advancing know-how.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 229

I agree, I just don't see it happening. Getting the ISVs on board with that (especially shitty but large and entrenched companies like Adobe), and MS actually doing it for free instead of taking a big cut like Apple does, just isn't realistic I think. MS sees all the money Apple is making with their App Store and greedily wants to do the same, but like a typical cargo cult can't understand that they're just not in a position to replicate what Apple did.

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 1) 122

Good luck with that. First, many reviews are anonymous, and even if they aren't, how exactly do you prove that they're falsehoods?

"The food tasted lousy" is a subjective claim. That isn't libel. It doesn't matter how great your food is, someone can claim it tastes lousy to them, and that's Constitutionally-protected speech.

Almost any online complaint is going to be a he-said-she-said situation. Libel laws don't help with those.

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 1) 122

Think of all the good, normal, upstanding stuff you do every day, and of course nobody notices and splashes "PopeRatzo is a great guy!" all over the internet. But you don't think and screw up one time and you could find yourself destroyed online. There are no 1000 good stories about PopeRatzo to drown out the one about the time you passed out drunk and shit yourself in a Wendy's. Reputation management is good for such cases.

Actually, this isn't quite true. That guy who dressed up as Batman and visited kids with cancer got his story put all over the news. Of course, he was hit by a car while stopped on the road and tragically killed, which is why he was in the news....

So yeah, if you want to be in the news for good deeds, just go do a bunch of really good stuff (and get no public recognition for it), then get yourself tragically killed somehow, then you'll be in the news. You won't be around to read it though. :-(

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 1) 122

The problem is, that doesn't work. Very few people are motivated to spend the time writing a positive review (unless maybe they're paid for it). But angry people are quick to post negative reviews. I'm not defending false reviews, mind you, I'm just pointing out how "reputation management" (in the most vague sense) can be seen as necessary. I don't really have a good quick-and-easy solution for restaurants with a few angry customers. Most of the time though, what works for me as a customer is to look at how many negative reviews a place has, and read the reviews to see if they're highly specific and seem legit, or if they sound like insane ramblings by some obnoxious self-important asshole who's mad the server didn't wait on them hand and foot and ignore the other patrons. If there's too many negative reviews that look totally legitimate and not nit-picky BS, then I eat elsewhere, but I keep in mind that even the best restaurant is going to make a mistake from time to time so you can't expect 100% positive reviews.

Also, it's unfortunately common for many small businesses to write shill reviews for themselves, so I keep that in mind too.

Comment Re:I don't see anything different. (Score 1) 96

They changed it because serif fonts are hard to read at different resolutions and don't scale well on small devices...like phones and watches.

At 60pt, they could write it in frickin' Viner Hand for all it matters and people would still have no trouble recognizing it even on the tiniest of screens.

On an iPhone 5, for example, it literally spans a good inch and a half, and roughly a third that height. "Hard to read" just doesn't apply.

Comment Re:match.com (Score 1) 281

BTW, I did a little googling, and everything I found indicates that eHarmony is almost explicitly Christian; their site even refers to their Christian principles in places, and this leads some to criticize them for not clearly indicating that they're really only a site for Christians wanting to date, and are not open to everyone (which makes sense, they're liars who want other people to pay $$$ to join and then go away when it doesn't work out for them).

They don't even allow people who are separated to join.

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