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Comment: Here's what good code is to me.... (Score 1) 298 298

  • Functions that span 1000 lines with heavily nested if and switch statements and behaves differently depending on global variables
  • Massive 10k line classes that are more mystifying than God himself
  • Everything is an interface because you may want to create a mock for it, and you get multiple inheritance!
  • No comments. Code essentially comments itself!
  • Functions should create side effects, otherwise life would be boring.

Comment: Adopt the German Rules (Score 5, Informative) 331 331

In Germany, a non-compete clause is only enforceable if compensated, since that goes against the the constitutional right to work where you want. The company has to pay at least 50% of your salary during the non-compete period. That means even if you did sign a non-compete, it's not valid unless the old company is compensating you. Effectively, this forces companies to balance the need for a non-compete with the cost. Effectively, this means only high up people have the clauses in it.

Comment: Re:The retro bulbs look fantastic. (Score 1) 328 328

These are a great idea, but I read that these filament LED bulbs suffer from poor quality, low lifespans, and bad yields, I guess because they're difficult to manufacture. Philips and the big western manufactures have stayed away from making these bulbs, so they're mostly made by Chinese manufacturers, which unfortunately push for lower cost rather than higher quality. I'm not really keen on buying cheap Chinese LED bulbs on the internet because they may not be that safe due to insufficient insulation or distancing and isolation of components.

Comment: Re:To me the Microsoft comparison can't be more cl (Score 1) 271 271

The problem with Microsoft is they're reactive, not proactive, ... followers, not leaders. I can't think of a lot of things Microsoft has done in the past decade where they were the innovators and leaders. Except for Visual Studio, which is by far the best IDE. However, I think that's changing. They are doing some really cool research. Like their stitching technology Photosynth and Image Composite Editor, and their cool touchscreen technology. I think they feel their fire burning under their asses.

Comment: Apple now a trend follower? (Score 2) 730 730

I don't see a new 4" iPhone 6 in the lineup, did they just abandon this size? It's interesting that Apple is now following the trend, rather than making it. All the iPhone users I know say that they would hate 5" phones because they're too big. Now it seems they have no choice. Although I prefer a 5" screen, I could imagine people would prefer to give up a bigger screen for a smaller phone.

Comment: Re: While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (Score 1) 207 207

Secondly, they borrow in US dollars and that currency is being devalued on a daily basis. The Fed is making sure that inflation will wipe out Cisco's debt in real terms, and since the interest rates are very low, it won't be much of that they will have to pay back in nominal terms either.

Actually, this explanation makes so much sense. My assumption about Cisco stock has nothing to do with Cisco specifically, but just that the indexes have been hitting all time highs. I'm expecting that a significant correction will occur in the stock market in general...

Comment: Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (Score 1) 207 207

I don't get it. You borrow money for free and buyback your stock at its top. How are they going to pay back this debt, especially if/when the stock tanks? Issue double the amount of shares at half the price? Why not just buy treasuries with the borrowed money and earn risk free interest? Then buyback stock when the stock market tanks.

Comment: Re:Small-scale, real-time. (Score 1) 502 502

I've become skeptical about the cost calculation of Nuclear power. If you include the long-term storage and disposal of the nuclear waste, I'm almost certain nuclear power is more expensive. But good thing the tax payer will pick up that tab.

Comment: Re: Appre (Score 2) 225 225

If this is how people from India are using the H1B program, then it makes sense that wages will be driven down. I think people from other countries like China want to stay in the US. Another problem is the H1B basically makes you a slave to the company. If you get laid off, you have to leave. Also, switching jobs is really hard. In Germany, you have one year of unemployment, then you may have to leave. This one year also gives you enough time to find another job.

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