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Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 629

by Grishnakh (#49360699) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Interesting. I'll be sure to avoid Mexican-made VWs then; I had suspected that. But as for taking production back to Wolfsberg, last I checked there were still lots of VWs made in Mexico.

I tend to hang onto my cars for a long time; so far I've had a Japanese-built Acura which was bulletproof, and now I have a Belgian-made Volvo which seems pretty bulletproof too (even though Belgium is not where it was designed.

Comment: Re:It's good if they don't code like 90s C++ devs (Score 1) 255

by drinkypoo (#49360541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

If adding a variable aids readability, add the fucking variable! Shove all the results into a meaningful, readable variable name and then shove *that* into your function argument, not some long series of nested function. It's not the 90s. You don't have to save memory! Memory is there to make your code readable. Use it!

If that's all the variable is used for, won't the compiler optimize it out of existence anyway? Or is that too fancy yet?

Comment: Re:Wouldn't Want To Be In The Same Room With Her (Score 1) 221

I got my job just because the company I work for had over twenty developers that were all male, and it looked bad on their EEO report.

Not because you were the most qualified applicant? That means the company you work for hired you not because they should have, but because they were strong-armed into it. In fact, they should not have had to have hired you, they should have been able to hire the best-qualified applicant.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 221

The reality is that society needs children.

The reality is that you are asking employers to pay for that, but making children isn't their business. If society needs children, then society should pay for children, through income redistribution. Oh wait, guess what? We already give people a tax break for having children. I've known people who made more than me but paid no taxes because of their children. Now you want employers to pay again?

Of course the rules should apply equally to both genders. You could argue that people who don't have kids should get more time off,

Or you could argue that people who do have kids don't deserve to get paid for their time off. A person who doesn't have kids is worth more to their employer. If people can't afford to survive while they have kids (they can) and we need more people (we don't) then it would be worth it to pay people to have kids. Big problem with that is there are too many humans on this planet already, at least while we operate in our current mode. You want more people made, but that's the opposite of what we need.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 629

by drinkypoo (#49360499) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

If I want a car assembled correctly, I buy one which was put together in Germany

You mean like all those VWs built in Mexico?

No, completely unlike those VWs built in Mexico, which are built like shit. The only thing more embarrassing to my heritage than how shit UAW puts together cars is how shit Mexico puts together cars. It's interesting that you mention Volkswagen because Mexicans are known to be particularly bad at that. When VW brought USDM Golf production to Mexico, reliability plummeted. When they took production back to Wolfsberg, it came right back up to the German standards that we know and love.

Anyone who buys a VW built in Mexico is a moron. All of my imports to date have been built in their designing nation, and came over here on a boat fully assembled. Started with imports with a 240SX, then I had an Impreza GC5, couple of 300SDs (still have one) and an A8. That last has electrical problems but the mechanicals are good, anyway. And there's the rub with VW; their electrical is a bit garbage, even out of Germany.

Comment: Re:The Hillary email thing is a nonissue (Score 1) 146

by DerekLyons (#49360413) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

She has every right to delete email she sends and receives. Saying she doesn't is a slippery slope towards making all of us responsible for data retention wrt our own email.

That's the thing, these weren't her emails. They were the official communications of an elected official, OUR emails.

Comment: Re:WIMPs (Score 1) 150

by Rei (#49360117) Attached to: Dark Matter Is Even More of a Mystery Than Expected

One thing that dark energy can't be is *all* fundamental constants, plus position, velocity, etc scaling up evenly. Because if such was the case then there would be no perceptible change.

If youe saying that for example what is ground state would change too then it seems like you're arguing that things at the quantum level *aren't* moving into higher energy states. But things at the macroscopic level absolutely are moving into a higher energy state. So are you arguing that dark energy doesn't act on the quantum scale? I find that difficult to accept if so.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 146

by Paradise Pete (#49360115) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail
i don't question President Obama's legal qualification to be president. But what I don't understand, and I'm surprised this hasn't gotten more attention, is that you can download a copy of his birth certificate directly, and yet there are many edits in the layers. You'll need something like Adobe Illustrator to see the layers, but it's obvious a lot of work was done on it before it was posted.

Here's a video showing the layers. I assumed the guy was a nut case, but they're really there. At the very least an explanation is in order.

Comment: Re:Time to leave (Score 1) 231

It's probably not a matter of will, but of opportunity. The guy said he took work in a warehouse stacking boxes... how the hell do you expect him to afford an Altium license? Obviously, that's something you learn on someone else's dime. But if they're not willing to hire you because you don't know that tool, then you have a catch-22.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.