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Comment: Re:Labour laws (Score 1) 219

by thegarbz (#49803965) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

The employees were left holding the bag anyway, since the company filed bankruptcy and won't be able to pay them. Literally no one won in this scenario. Probably the only people who won were the executives who can now get another CxO job at a company that can give bigger bonuses.

Typically the bankruptcy processes in many countries involve dissolving the company and paying out as many debtors as they can. The order typically goes: Legal obligations, contractual obligations, and investors. I.e. the Employees' severances get paid out first, the banks second, and the shareholders last.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 3, Insightful) 219

by thegarbz (#49803955) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

The company was asking to be allowed to pay installments so they could avoid bankruptcy.

I have a question for you: The idea of instalments assumes the company has a growth prospect and the ability to survive. Companies with those prospects can get loans to get them through those tough moments.

The fact that they didn't do this, or weren't able to do this, or weren't able to find some other investor to get them through this phase is more telling than any court decision. As an ex-employee there's no way in hell I'd be accepting "instalments" from a company that looks like it's about to go under.

Comment: Re:Tony Abbott ... (Score 1) 291

like digging 60M tonnes of coal from central Queensland might be ...snip... bad for Australia

You do realise we don't make anything right? Our entire country's wealth, our way of life, and everything we take for granted is financed by digging shit out of the ground and shipping it overseas along with a few live cows. We are the Qatar of the west when it comes to coal and gas and our wealth comes from the thirst for dirty energy all over the world.

Digging a hole in the middle of the country is not bad for Australia, it's par for the course, it's Australia getting up and going to it's mundane job to pay it's mortgage. It's bad for the environment but no one in power seems to give 2 shits about that.

Comment: Re:It gets better. . . (Score 1) 291

see the nice thing about the au those guys wont have a job soon. idiots like that quickly get voted out. they just threw in a very librel government this run for some reasion there there poplurlty has aruly came to a screeching hult and they know there not getting new terms.

Oh what a great laugh for a Saturday morning. You do realise this guy was an absolute train-wreck BEFORE we voted him in right? In fact he's been a train-wreck since he got in, but funny enough the polling shows he's just getting more and more popular. In fact if we went to election right now there's only a slight chance that they would lose on a 2-party preferred systems. On a primary vote they are still by far the most popular.

Also you're assuming any of the other idiots are any better.

Comment: Re:Don't make kids learn to code (Score 1) 291

If a kid wants to learn coding, they'll learn coding, if they don't want to, they won't.

That can be said for a lot of things which would leave a bunch of kids with the inability to actually make it through life. Like kids not wanting to learn compound interest in math and then not understanding a single thing the car salesman says.

I do agree with part of your post though, teaching Shakespeare, and Drama may not be as useful to a person in later life, but the basics of programming found the basics of logical reasoning. No I won't ever solve the world's problems (or any problem really) using Logo, but the lessons learnt about logic or recursion are about as fundamental as any reasoning skill and all people should have it.

Not everyone is going to be a programmer growing up. But nearly everyone will benefit from some basic knowledge of branching and recursion at some point, even if it's just to make one of their mind numbing tasks a little easier by editing a cell in Excel.

Comment: Re:Doesn't get it (Score 1) 291

We should certainly be providing a well rounded education, but let's not ignore where this whole push to code comes from. It's from the people who pay the coders, and they hate paying high wages.

I disagree with this. I'm not a programmer but there have been times when being able to spit out a small script in whatever language I read the manual for has been very helpful in solving other problems. Learning to program is about logic, and being able to solve logic problems is a life skill that I think a lot of people can benefit from regardless if they end up working for Zuckerburg or sitting in an accounting office staring at Excel all day. Basic programming knowledge is something that can make people's lives a bit easier if for no other reason than being able to understand the difference between someone saying AND and OR. (Yes some people actually need the truth tables drawn up for them).

Comment: Re:UAT (Score 1) 341

by thegarbz (#49802439) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent

Well, how do you test it before you're happy ? If the beacon is 40 bytes, and transmitted every 15 seconds, it would take half a year before you fill up 32 MB. That's a long time for testing.

According to TFS it failed after 2 days. For something that's supposed to be up there for years I would have expected it to last more than 2 days. If it lasted half a year that would be far more forgiveable.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 341

by thegarbz (#49802405) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent

Naive CSV parsers are trivial, but also break very very easily (ex. embedded new lines in a quoted field; quotes in a quoted field; mixed quotes; etc).

That is only a concern when the inputs aren't within your control.

Also while CSV isn't compact it is human readable. Binary files have their place, but just like the complaints about binary logging in OSes storing data in plain text makes it very resistant to corruption and easy to debug. It's also far easier to deal with strings of plain text when you're an amateur coder, and ...lets face it....do you trust someone who can't prevent a file from dynamically growing to create their own binary format that would be in any way reliable?

Comment: Re:outrageous (Score 1) 250

by thegarbz (#49802343) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

That is BS. If there was evidence that he had done that, he would have been charged, and the evidence presented at his trial.

Not necessarily. There's plenty of reasons you may not want to charge someone with a crime you know they've committed. Consider that it may be embarrassing for the prosecutor, may open up new technicalities that allow a case to be thrown out, expose sources of knowledge etc. If someone is going away for life as it is there's very little reason to slap something else on him when you could always do it later.

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