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Comment Re:What bothers me (Score 1) 434

If Hillary survives to the general election without this snowballing into a legal issue, I really want some brave and fearless soul to stand up in the first televised debate and ask her one question:

"Based on your legal expertise as a former member of the House Judiciary's Impeachment Inquiry staff, and the arguments which led to legal action being proposed against President Nixon, how many email messages would it take to equal 17 minutes of audio tape?"

Comment Online Presence (Score 4, Interesting) 111

As visible in your official company FAQ, you had run a ISP as well as other online services (I seem to recall there having been some manner of MOO/MUSH service for running online games), well in advance of most other RPG publishers. Furthermore, you run your own digital store (e23) rather than using through the DriveThruStuff platform used by the rest of the tabletop industry, and made PDF copies of your books available for purchase before the other "major" industry players (Fantasy Flight, Pinnacle, WhiteWolf, and WotC).

How much of this decision was strategic—based on a firm belief this was "The Way of the Future"—and how much was it exploratory / risk-taking? In hindsight, what decisions for your online presence would you have made differently?

Comment Re:Learn about something before changing it (Score 1) 583

Actually, this suggests I didn't read the grandparent closely enough.

> "before you start suggesting changes"

Just uh. Close your mouth. Suggesting changes is rarely useful, even when asked for suggestions they often bring only peril. If you're doing it yourself, you aren't likely to over-commit when you know it's going to be you that has to fix every problem that crops up. However, telling someone else what to do hardly has such checks and balances.

Even having led projects to get more done than I could finish on my own under a deadline, I never told other developers how to do anything. I merely laid out a plan of what needed to be done along with at least one method of accomplishing the goal. If they find another nearly equal or better solution, who am I to question that?

Comment Re:Learn about something before changing it (Score 1) 583

Very true on the macro/fundamental level, but on the micro level, often changing things is what teaches us.

How can you learn HOW it works without breaking it a few times. Be free to make and revert changes, just be careful with your commits.

(Of course, a single senior dev should be able to revert the bad changes of countless interns, but wasting other's time is always an embarrassment. In larger shops a single build engineer can work integration magic on a whole project during fast-paced changes.)

Comment Re:A couple of things (Score 1) 583

I dunno, if I couldn't trust my company's IT department to back up a simple Mercurial repository I think I'd be deep in paranoia land...

Put EVERYTHING IMPORTANT in the repository... now that I can get behind. (or for really large projects bin/docs can be a file-share of some kind as long as everyone has a copy and it's mostly write-once and not heavily edited)

Comment Re:A couple of things (Score 2) 583

After years of dealing with people who simply haven't learned the discourse of mutual understanding, I find myself automatically translating for them.

After you're answered time and again with "How is this stupid? I don't understand what you would like to change." and have details you never imagined shared with you in an easy to follow manner, you'll start doing the same yourself without even realizing it.

Basically, try to be around people and organizations who already do this instinctively and you'll find good habits can rub off on people as much as bad ones can.

As to your boss, he's probably afraid of "getting in trouble" or "running out of work" which, I've always found when doing a good job, is pretty much an impossibility. Somehow you'll have to ween him off his false-fears. (And maybe share a few real ones with him: poor requirements, unknown project status, lack of transparency, etc)

Comment Re: We the taxayer get screwed. (Score 1) 356

minimum wage 40hrs x 50 weeks is over $18,000 / year but the minimum you have to earn to pay federal taxes is $9,500 / year (about half that). True, many employers keep low earners below 30 or 35 hours a week to avoid paying benefits or treating workers as "full time" but still, they're well above the minimum federal income tax limit.

In most states anyone working over about 1,000 hours/year (even at minimum wage) will most likely have to pay federal income tax.

Comment Re:Hidden features (Score 1) 302

I dunno, I only know about 6 commands in gVim, but that still makes it faster than any other text-editor I've ever used. (of course regexp find and replace are two of the commands...)

Good design is just good design.

PS - If you're going to mention Emacs, I'll try it when I get a meta-key on my keyboard...

Comment Re:"Whether or not you believe there’s a pro (Score 1) 613

I caution attempts at social engineering result in greater injustices than those they seek to fight against.

I would say that the first thing those attempting social engineering should seek is to utilize the solutions they propose. For instance, it's amazing how many of the politicians in the US who seek to raise the minimum wage also make broad use of unpaid interns. If even the crusaders can't manage to pay everybody minimum wage (not the new level of $10, $15, or whatever is being proposed today, but just the current amount), what makes you so certain it's a great idea?

Comment Re:The facade (Score 1) 355

I spent enough time working and studying in college. I certainly didn't need to put in time "pretending" to learn the way some out of his element ivory tower type thought I should learn his material. Thankfully, when I was in college, the engineering professors pretty much ignored all the pretense that had been upheld in grammar and high-school about learning.

Perhaps because they had themselves studied long and hard enough about something substantial to know that lectures are hardly an efficient method in the first place.

"Don't try to outweird me, three-eyes. I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal." - Zaphod Beeblebrox in "Hithiker's Guide to the Galaxy"