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Comment Re:No Interest in me, either (Score 2) 86

Since most of my queries regarding coding are Perl or Bash related. Sorry, Google, I'm old school. Perl and Bash are still my bread and butter, and Perl developers are still getting heaps of job offers. Some amazing stuff is being done with Perl (Fastmail and others), but it's no longer the flavour of the month for the kids, so it gets ignored. Perl, though, does not suffer the internal split that Python has with 2.x vs 3.x development. Python devs still overwhelmingly use 2.x. Perl just works.

Perl would suffer the same split problem if Perl6 were ever released. 15 years in the making and it might (finally) be released by the end of this year.

Comment Re:Sounds helpful (Score 1) 70

If there's anything that starving, homeless people need in a disaster, it's someone to listen in on their phone calls...which they can't make because they have no way to charge phones and no working cell towers to connect to.

Katrina was August 2005. This purchase request was made in July 2006. I'm pretty sure people found a way to charge their phones in 11 months.

Since they didn't include a time travel device in their request, I'm pretty sure that the FBI used their experience at Katrina to justify purchases for the *next* large scale Katrina-like disaster.... which will suffer from similar problems, including lack of coordinated response from the government since there are too many levels of government involved in disaster relief.

Comment Sounds helpful (Score 4, Funny) 70

If there's anything that starving, homeless people need in a disaster, it's someone to listen in on their phone calls...which they can't make because they have no way to charge phones and no working cell towers to connect to.

The FBI would be better off buying banks of phones with a built-in recording device connected to a wireless tower. At least that way they could help people while conducting their surveillance.

Comment Re:gee I wonder why all the need for secrecy here? (Score 1) 221

I don't want my employer to know that I usually vote for Democrats.

Don't the audit tapes just have anonymous ballot numbers? if you don't share your ballot receipt with your employer, you should be safe, especially if your employer is not the researching seeking the tapes since he, presumably, is doing statistical analysis and is not posting them online.

Though if your employer cares enough about how you vote that it actually worries you if they found out, perhaps you ought to get a new job

Comment Re:So then the question becomes (Score 1) 374

Who wants a check from Ashely Madison sent to their home or work?

Before this hack, I had never heard of Ashely Madison, and I suspect that many people hadn't heard of it either. Especially when the hack was first made public all of the news sites described what Ashely Madison was. So I would be surprised if that was discouragement.

If your spouse received a $200+ check from Ashley Madison, wouldn't you be a little curious about where it came from? Especially when you likely are already having marital problems since he posted a profile there. It's not like it'd be hard to research.

Comment Re:Women Count Too Low (Score 4, Insightful) 374

That doesn't sound right. I expect that the men completely outnumber the women, and that the 'women' are largely fake, but only 12,000?

With all the advertising that AM has done, and with the huge number of women online (consider pinterest for heavens sake), and the huge number of women that have affairs, it seems unlikely to me that only 12,000 actual women signed up.

Even if there are huge numbers of women interested in having affairs, that doesn't mean that they want to have random internet hookups from a cheating website. All online dating sites are the same -- the men far outnumber the women.

Comment Re:So then the question becomes (Score 5, Informative) 374

Simply put: you could get your subscription fee back in some circumstances, but you never got refunds on the money you had to spend to message people, to buy virtual gifts, chat sessions etc.

I think this is what keeps most people from applying for a refund:

if it is determined that you have complied with the above requirements, we will mail you a REFUND CHECK for the original purchase (plus any applicable taxes) within 6-8 weeks of receiving your application. Please note that your refund check will state that it is from "Ashley Madison."

Who wants a check from Ashely Madison sent to their home or work?

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 374

" That means for every 7750 men, there were 3 women"

So does that mean there were 2583 men for every woman?

Can someone put this into football fields for me?

Be happy to. Imagine that a woman is a regulation sized 11" long football. And imagine that a men are 100 yard long football fields. There would be one football for every 8 football fields. That football is going to have an awfully rough time trying to service all of those football fields.

Comment Re:Probably will just make our jobs harder (Score 3, Informative) 103

> can't fill positions...everyone is encouraged to use vacation,

How in the heck does that work? You don't have enough people and still allow vacation time? That doesn't sound likely. I'm a developer in my early forties and nearly all of my friends are developers, but I can't remember any of us ever taking an entire week off. If you can't fill positions as you claim (and I believe that part), how can people take time off?

The feature backlog gets longer and estimates for new features get longer... as we add people, then we can finish features faster. Isn't that how most sane companies do it? I don't see how putting a moratorium on vacations is sustainable in the long run -- each week of vacation is 2% of a FTE, if that 2% is all that's keeping your company from failing, then you should start looking for a new job now.

Also, you don't sound very important if you can take three weeks off.

Your company is in a precarious position if no one can take time off -- there should be enough people cross trained that you can take off work without having work come to a screeching halt because you're not there. Making everyone a critical resource that can't be replaced is a terrible way to build a company and will lead to huge problems when a team member quits (or is sick) and suddenly no one can fill in.

Everyone on our team works hard to make sure that none of us are "very important", so yes, I am proud to say that I am "not very important" -- there's no excuse for having a single point of failure on a team, no one team member should be indispensable, and if he is, then he's not doing his job by cross training and writing documentation. Vacation is a good way to test this out -- it's better to find out sooner rather than later where the coverage gaps are.

I've had to cancel at least six vacations that I can remember since I graduated college. I have always been paid back the deposits I lost and have always gotten good bonuses in exchange, but if you don't have enough people, it isn't logical that you let people just not work.

We don't let people "just not work", we let people take time off for vacation, it's not like they are paid to sit around in the break room in a corner all glassy eyed.

I'd never think that a bonus was fair compensation for canceling a vacation, perhaps that's why I can take a vacation and you can't -- you're happy working at a job where you'll accept payment to cancel a vacation, and I'm willing to work for less money but have a more sane working environment.

Comment Re:That's messed up (Score 3, Informative) 187

By 2040 we should have all that crap sorted out. If there are any shortages, it's because some corrupt bastard is mucking up the works. There is absolutely no longer any technical reason to suffer shortages of any kind anywhere.

It can take a decade or longer to do an environmental review, get permits, and build a large desalination plant (and decades more to build a nuclear plant to power it). Building a dam or large reservoir can take even longer (and still needs time to fill).

While some progress will be made, don't count on the problem being solved in 25 years.

Comment Re:Alaska (Score 4, Informative) 187

I love how Alaska gets included with the rest of the nation even though we have nothing close to a water shortage with all the glaciers up here. We should have been grouped with Canada.

Did you read the headline? The Nations That Will Be Hardest Hit By Water Shortages By 2040. Unless Alaska has somehow seceded from the union, I don't see how they could group Alaska with Canada.

There are plenty of other US state drought maps that you can use if you really care about a single state's water, but don't complain that a global representation of drought was not local enough for you.

Comment Re:Probably will just make our jobs harder (Score 2) 103

We call those "hundreds." We have scrum at 11pm to make sure everyone stays late. I will have been in the industry for 30 years as of December, and everywhere I've worked has ended-up like this. I haven't had a full week off since 1993. I've changed jobs several times to get away from this, but the new jobs always end-up like this. Nearly everywhere we've tried to hire more developers, but there's never enough. When you get so far behind, it's harder to hire people since they don't want to work that many hours which makes the problem worse. The startup I work for now has plenty of money in the bank, but we can't even get qualified people to submit resumes. The money is great since there's such a shortage, but I'd rather have my life back.

Why would you continue to work in such a job? I've been in the tech industry for nearly 30 years, mostly with startups, and am currently working for a small (but growing) startup. We're hiring tech staff as fast as we can, but can't fill positions fast enough. Yet we still have work-life balance, even working as much as a 60 hour week is rare, everyone is encouraged to use vacation, I've got 3 weeks off in 2 weeks. If you haven't taken a full week off since 1993, that's your own preference, you can't blame it on a job.

Comment Re:It won't matter (Score 2) 103

Why would it be good for the common man? Seriously, why? Right now I can get a cheap home loan. A cheap car loan. As long as inflation remains relatively low, it's in the interest of the common man for the interest rate to stay right as close to zero as possible.

Indirectly, low interest rates helps provide jobs, which is also good for the common man.

You might be able to get a cheap home loan, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you can get a cheap home. Lower interest means people can afford more house for the same payment, so home prices rise since people can bid more for houses.

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?