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Comment: Re:Lobbying and Contributions (Score 1) 440

by mwvdlee (#49468369) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

Wait until a few more moderations come in.
You're judging an entire community by the actions of a few individuals.
Right now GP is at "+5 Informative".

In my own experience, there seems to be a general "lifecycle" to comment moderations.
The more controversial their subject matter, the more pronounced this seems to be.
1. Random votes. (i.e. -1's and +1's mixed, "average" jumps all over the place).
2. Going up to +5.
3. Back to +4 (only if really controversial and may take a few days).
Few serious comment seem to end up negative, regardless of whether people agree or disagree.

Comment: Re:scratch (Score 2) 315

by mwvdlee (#49445189) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?

What kind of IDE/environment are you using?
I think the biggest hurdle is not the language choice, but how to get things to run.

My first language was Logo. Couldn't do much with it, but it was fully interactive, which meant that you got immediate feedback as soon as you pressed Enter.
I've recently had to make a simple graphics language for my day job, including an interactive editor which ran the program (= redraw the image) on every change; feedback while you're typing. The language is quite strict and unforgiving, but if a similar language could be made friendlier, it could be a great kids' language.

Comment: Re:Managers need an algorithm for that? (Score 4, Insightful) 210

Subtle things like...
- Not being so darn stubborn when a salesperson sells a 12 month project to be delivered in 3 months.
- Taking up leave days, even though running behind on schedule.
- No longer working late or taking work home.
- Generally being cheerful and somehow more "care free".

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 5, Interesting) 442

Disallowing foreign competition is what is distorting the playing field.

You mean like disallowing customers to import goods sold on foreign markets at lower prices? You know; import protection.

If companies are against protectionism, they shouldn't get benefits of protectionism either.

If you don't have time to do it right, where are you going to find the time to do it over?