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Comment Re:Obligatory reading (Score 1) 419 419

It's amazing how much time and effort goes into scaring people about nuclear disasters instead of coming up with safe and reliable reactor and educating people about radiation.

The worst thing is that we are now practically forbidden to install new models of reactors. As a result, we continue operating old type of reactors way longer than they should have been used. Also, we continue to use coal. And it is the worst possible coal, that is full of heavy metals and it spreads way more radioactive material than proper nuclear plant (which emits none).

Comment Re:Obligatory reading (Score 2) 419 419

I've read somewhere that radiation detectors often alarm in ports because of bananas. Bananas are rich in potassium, which is slightly more radioactive than average matter. Which is quite impressive - we have developed really precise sensors. But most of the people would understood this as a proof that we have developed really radioactive bananas.

Actually, eating one banana per day increases your risk of getting a cancer as much as smoking half of a cigarette per year. Of course, getting potassium is good thing and eating banana a day is recommended as it decreases your chances of getting sick. But even supposedly well-educated people will get confused when comparing the odds like this.

Comment Re: Design flaw? (Score 1) 72 72

They generally were willing to sacrifice performance for ease of production and quantity

Generally, it is easy to get into situation where a few percent in performance improvement can make your cost double. E.g. current jet fighters, tanks. Or even better example - medical treatments. And at the end its old F-16 or cefalexin that gets the most of the job done.

Comment There's no point to do so (Score 1) 429 429

I've seen recently on LinkedIn that two of my ex-colleagues got promoted to "senior" positions in their new companies. The trouble is that neither of them has three years of experience. I've looked at the open positions at those companies, and indeed, they both advertize "senior" software developer positions and require only two years of experience. So I certainly could not get a job there - with my 15 years of experience, what would I be in their company? A jedi master?

What is worrying me is that in "regulated" industries, like electrical engineering, after two years of experience you would be happy if they would allow you to take the "state exam" to get the license. And what is especially worrying is that you need to pass a serious exam just to be licensed to design house electrical installations, which is actually not too complicate. But that also explains why house installations don't kill people every minute and why is typical software so buggy.

Comment Re:leave open a Skype channel (Score 2) 208 208

My habit to leave work PC running during the night disappeared as soon as Windows update rebooted my PC, together with a Linux VM running on it. So my habit now is to pedantly close all my applications, VMs and to shut down the PC when I leave the office.

Comment Re:You're probably not poor enough if... (Score 3, Interesting) 690 690

You're probably not poor enough for free electricity if you can run cloud servers... But you will have the benefit of paying taxes so that those poor enough can get free electricity!

Rich people don't pay taxes in Greece. Most of the wealthy doctors, attorneys and similar higher middle class report their income to be about 1000EUR/month, and basically pay no taxes. That's one of the reasons how the entire problem started. An effort to make them pay taxes after the crisis started ended miserably.

Comment Re:Can't eat what you don't grow (Score 4, Insightful) 690 690

It is one thing when we speak about company founders. But there are many CEOs, CFOs and other tom managers that never too any risks and became CEOs/CFOs/whatever. The most problematic part here is that CEO actually does not actually suffer from his own decisions. If company goes bankrupt due to CEO's bad decisions, CEO will be able to live quite comfortably to the end of his life (in some cases, his kids as well + several generations), while the worker will end homeless and his kids would become beggars. So the real risk is with workers, not with the top management.

Comment Re:Virtual Machine = Only Safe Way (Score 1) 230 230

My problem with this update was that VirtualBox did not want to start virtual machines. So running Windows inside VM solves all problems with this patch: just as you don't have to worry about AMD and Nvidia drivers, you don't have to worry about VirtualBox because it makes very little sense to run VM inside a VM.

Comment Re:Null Terminated Strings (Score 1) 729 729

I believe none of you actually programmed in C. A string terminated by \0 can be represented by a single pointer and an have any length. You can also easily let the string keep growing (until the allocated memory is finished.)

The problem is that you usually don't know where the the allocated memory is finished.

I understand the rationale behind the pointers like they are, but I'd still prefer if pointers could keep both address and size of the buffer. But it's too late now for such kind of redesign or upgrade.

And yes, I do code in C every working day.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.