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Comment Re:Less than zero is a valid timestamp (Score 1) 77

Perhaps someone somewhere in the system frameworks shifted from a timestamp (which is really a double internally in iOS)

Depends on what you mean by "internally". At the Mach layer, you have what mach_absolute_time() returns, which is a 64-bit unsigned integer in platform-dependent units. Above that in the Mach (osfmk) and BSD (bsd) layers, it's mainly seconds since the Epoch and microseconds since that second, i.e. either struct timeval or other pairings of those values. time_t is signed, but in some of the other pairings, the seconds is unsigned (e.g., clock_sec_t).

Perhaps in some layered-atop-UN*X userland frameworks it's a double, but not down in the engine room.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 92

I'm not represented by a union.

That is highly unlikely. If you're employed by the state and eligible for a state pension it is difficult to imagine the powers-that-be would have forgotten to put you under one of their many umbrellas, and if they have then you're a special snowflake and I'll confine my remarks to the 99.999% of state employees that are union members and are part of the problem.

there is nothing wrong with the pension system as it was created

I'm sure that argument is going to have a big impact with the judge that will have to unwind who knows how many decades of corruption.

Nobody told me to hate Rauner.

No one had to tell Louis Lerner who needed to be targeted. No one had to order the Cologne police to cover up the rapes. The fact that you weren't explicitly instructed where to put your loyalties means exactly nothing to me. You know the score and you don't need to be explicitly told anything.

You're very angry

You are ruining this world and my time in it. My entire family are effectively refugees of governments run by people with your mentality. You destroy things. We are enemies. And if that's news to you then I'm pleased to have that advantage.

Comment Re:But that would destroy the economy! (Score 1) 155

If people can store cash in their mattress, you can't jack up negative interest rates and force consumers to spend like they should! The flow of money to the 1% would decrease slightly! Won't anyone think of the 1%?

No, you just print more money, and hand it to the 1%. That keeps the money flowing that direction, and devalues the cash in mattresses.

Comment Re: Smart! (Score 1) 155

I can imagine many gov't entities that may choose to not accept 'cash', because accepting cash requires additional security that checks, CC, and money orders don't, requires you to keep sufficient change on-hand, make bank deposits, etc.

No, government agencies cannot refuse to accept cash for anything which is mandatory, and they can't refuse pennies either. On the other hand, if you think pissing off your local government with a shitstorm of pennies is a good idea, you've got another think coming. The definition of legal tender is that you can use it to settle a debt. If someone doesn't want your pennies, they have to tell you before you incur the debt that they won't accept them, same as how a gas station has to post a sign saying no 100s if they don't want those and they let you pump before paying.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 92

I am the original poster, and the post with the Tribune link was me as well. Honestly not sure why that went up as AC; I fully intended to put my name to it.

Rauner tried to vilify the state workers themselves and a LOT of people believed it blindly. That's what I was arguing against

As far as I'm concerned state employees deserve vilification. It's your employee pressure groups — unions and lobbyists — ripping off the system. You elect them. Your dues pay them. You vote for the politicians they need to enable all this. The only way any of this could ever get corrected is if you employees reformed the institutions that represent you, but we all know you won't. You knock back the kool-aid, hating on whom you're told to hate (Rauner, herp derp) until the whole thing lands in a bankruptcy court.

No, you deserve it. 100%.

But there's no point linking me to a paywall. Especially the Tribune.

Chrome+Ghostery hides that simplistic paywall. I never saw it, but hitting the link "incognito" does indeed reveal the paywall.

Comment Re:'Reversable' (Score 2) 93

Or better yet just spill that forty of Old English 800 right on your keyboard

Eew. I'll have you know I drink quality microbrews, they match my neckbeard. Right now my favorite is Knee Deep, but I'm a hophead.

Don't worry without shitposting on Slashdot

Well sorry, I come from BBSes and USENET. My people invented shitposting.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

I like the P-R-N-D-4-3-2-L layout on the Toyota RAV4. Very functional and safe IMHO. Pretty hard to fuck that up.

If you like that, then you should love classic euro slush shifters, like what's in my '82 300SD... it's actually taken from another car in the same vein, probably a gasser. It has a wiggly little gate so that it's trivial to pull it back to one below overdrive, then you can push it back up into OD without looking. If you want to grab a lower gear you wiggle it to the right a little while pulling it. If you want the lowest gear, there's a gate switch which pushes over to the right from there. I don't think my trans implements that function, though. It's load and cable-controlled, though with an electric kickdown switch. It's easy to do a lot of shifting with it, I get it all the way down sometimes just for laughs in the canyons. Torque on tap...

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

It's kinda like the emergency/parking brake in a car. Often you have to do two things at the same time to release it, e.g. hold a stiff button down and move a lever. You don't want it to be too easy to disengage.

That's going away, because manual parking brakes are going away. Eliminating the cable and its protecting sheath actually saves weight, even when you implement electrics which can apply the parking brake.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 499

Maybe your navigation system does, but GPS knows absolutely nothing. Unless your maps are up to date it doesn't even know where the road leads, much less how the current conditions are.

Spend literally another $20-30 on a GPS and you can get one with traffic reception. The feature only really works in metro areas, and only once have I ever had a notification of an upcoming roadwork, but they at least know something when there is a major traffic insult ahead, and this data gives the detour function something to work with. If you buy last year's GPS refurb'd or just on clearance, but with lifetime traffic and maps, then you can get the feature actually cheaper than buying this year's GPS... and you get the same map data.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 499

It's all anecdotal of course, but I can tell you that I always do at least 10 MPH under the limit (to offset police speed gun errors) so I can concentrate on the road,

Holy shit, you're an asshole. Speed the fuck up, you road obstruction.

and sometimes that causes idiots to try to overtake on a blind bend.

Why don't you try pulling over when you're holding people up, you self-entitled fuckbag?

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