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Comment Re: Won't allow forwarding? (Score 1) 189 189

Of course, this is not fool-proof at all and can be circumvented by simply using older versions, or self-compiled versions lacking this "feature".

"Circumvent" is really an inappropriate word here. By default, all image processing software will "fail to fail" unless the programmer goes to extra trouble to add the defect. I wouldn't even know that I "should"(?) make my projects not work correctly if I hadn't stumbled onto this thread. And I wouldn't know off the top of my head how I would make it fail, though I suppose I could Google it, not that any customer has ever asked for the bug. And then even if I Google it, the chances that I might find as sufficiently easy-to-call library to help my code fail (or a sufficient description so that I can implement the bug myself), aren't that good. And who is going to pay for my time, working on it? Nobody, that's who.

Please don't call it "circumvent!" Not-having this "feature" is the normal, default, assumed, cheapest, fastest, easiest case.

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 428 428

The other option is that those who think they are above average negotiators settle for less than the job is worth to the employer because they are just bad negotiators. Salary transparency is a benchmark that obviates that issue. Collective bargaining is another one.

Comment Re:even stopping it won't stop it. (Score 1) 305 305

Why bring up the 'cultural' issue when it is a mere question of locality? Because you're a goddamn bigot who thinks Indians are inferior brown people, but you just lack the stones to say it outright. Your posting history is illumnating.

Comment Re:even stopping it won't stop it. (Score 0) 305 305

Cultural and time-gaps are a killer

Aka "Those brown guys are too stupid to understand what us 'mericans want".

Funny, as someone not living in the United States, when I get to deal with US-made software, apparently that cultural gap was of no consequence whatsoever, I'm just supposed to suck up the Americanisms and don't complain.

In short, if you ignore the culture gap when the software is written by WASPs, then you can't call on the culture gap when Indians are to be the prospective programmers. If you do, it smells suspiciously like you have other motives, something more essentialist.

Comment Re:How did it react during the accident? (Score 1) 549 549

No, just no. If you keep holding the brakes while being rear-ended, you will not accelerate until the collision energy overcomes the brake friction. It's not a matter of accelerate then brake, it's a matter of not accelerating at all, and letting the brakes and the crumple zones take up the energy.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549 549

Last time I was in the UK is several years ago, so conditions may have worsened, but I was impressed at some things, like how people were much more willing to let me merge than at home (the Netherlands; bloody awful drivers, the lot of 'em). Roundabout etiquette especially struck me, with me probably being the cause of plenty of 'bloody foreigner' exclamations, as I was rather hesitant at times in quickly merging and leaving.

I did notice some drivers not paying enough attention, but not significantly more than normal. And that was with me trying hard to adjust to riding on the left, on a fully loaded motorcycle, with luggage and my partner riding pillion.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549 549

Just let them. Relax the throttle and let the gap widen again. The best thing: if everyone does that, traffic flow improves, and everyone will move faster.

And as an experienced motorcycle rider, let met tell you: you can spot people wanting to merge before they start, so even if they merge and stomp the brakes, you could already have dropped your speed and created space.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 1) 573 573

Are people satisfied with poorer sound than they once were? I see people listening all the time on cheap earbuds.

I remember seeing plenty of people using cheap earbuds in the 1980s, so it's not like this is something that has changed recently, unless you're taking a really long view and going back far enough to where people couldn't (for technological bulk reasons) carry stuff around. And then before the Sony Walkman (and -likes), it wasn't all that uncommon to see mono somewhat-bulky portable tape player+radio things, and even mono single-earbud-like things.

In addition to the speakers not changing much in the last few decades, a lot of this streaming is replacing radio, so even given theoretically perfect speakers, the quality has upgraded or sidegraded. Maybe you can hear mp3 artifacts, but it's not like FM (or AM!) didn't impose loss too.

Yes, it's not as good as your good speakers playing from a CD player in 1988 or LP in 1968, but lots of people are doing that sort of thing in 2015 too. Pick a decade and you've got the living room people and the walkin'-around people, unless you go so far back that people couldn't listen to music while walking around unless they had harmonicas in their pockets.

Comment Re:One word (Score 1) 267 267

So? You can still run gnome without Network Manager; that gnome requires a package to integrate with a non-existent component is irrelevant.

Again, it's obviously only the lusers that are making a noise. Any real Linux users and administrators just get on with using our systems however we like.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?