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Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 385

by russotto (#47562977) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Funny that you believe you should have to pay a bank money, just for the "privilege" of spending money. You already earned your pay, but you think you should pay a bank so that you can spend it? This is exactly what I was referring to about people not understanding the scam.

Apparently you've failed to understand "credit and loans". That's when I spend the bank's money, and pay them back later.

Comment: Re:The Rich got Richer over the past 30 years (Score 2) 385

by russotto (#47562651) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Hell, I heard the other day that in the last ten years the US median household income has fallen from ~$80k to ~$50k. That's insane!

And false. US median income in 2012 was $51,017. US median income in 2002 was $42,409 ($54,127 in 2012 dollars). Peak median income since 1975 was 1999, ar $40,696 ($56,080 in 2012 dollars).

Comment: Re:So much Fail. Ignore. (Score 1) 272

by russotto (#47561799) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

GC is not about forgetting to free memory. It's about higher level abstraction removing the need for the programmer to do the bookkeeping that the machine can do.

Abstractions leak. GC tends to leak in a way that can fixed mostly by doing the same sort of bookkeeping you'd do in an explicit allocation model.

Why don't we still program in assembler?

Because computers have gotten so complex that good compilers can beat good hand-assembled code nearly every time.

Comment: Re:Taking responsibility? Ha! (Score 1) 489

by russotto (#47554283) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

I suspect that this conversation is a lost cause; but it's worth pointing out that that is one of the reasons why public health types get twitchy about prescription opiates.

Such public health types need to be introduced personally to some major trauma -- then made to follow their own advice about skipping the opiates during recovery.

Comment: Re:Gateway Drug Bogosity (Score 1) 489

by russotto (#47554235) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Actually there probably are some, people who got addicted to prescription opiates they started using for medical reasons, and switched to heroin because it's cheaper and because they can't get enough legally and weren't getting good medical support for getting out of the addiction.

So what you're saying is prescription opiates are a gateway drug for heroin?

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 960

by russotto (#47515339) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Every time some man acts like an ass to some woman, it counters 10 men being perfectly civil. If you don't like it, try to keep your bro's in line. It turns out they're assholes, and no one likes assholes.

It turns out I neither have power, authority, or even influence over those "bros". So, you can take your collective guilt elsewhere; I'm not buying.

Comment: Re:This just in: PNRs include notes (Score 1) 217

I know, Occam's Razor would explain this by simply having all airline employees be psychic, but in fact, when you call and talk to someone, they note what you talked about, then when you call and talk to an entirely different person who magically knows what you talked about before, they're just reading that note. OMG!

I've never actually had this experience when dealing with an airline; I typically have to explain the situation to each employee, often more than once.

"Just think of a computer as hardware you can program." -- Nigel de la Tierre