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Comment Re:Avoid INTERCAL (Score 1) 344

Avoid INTERCAL job postings at all costs.

So, you mean the fact that I wrote a c-intercal parser that used obscure opcodes to actually perform the interweave and or and xor isn't a good thing to put on my resume?

Also, my favorite obscure language is LIRL, and that has NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH ME BEING THE AUTHOR... rather, it's an interesting concept of, "what if Perl raped LISP and LISP was forced by the republican state government to carry that baby to term?"

The answer is: implied parentheses. To be clear, the language is absolutely context sensitive...

Comment Re:Actually, the common saying... (Score 1) 274

I ended up booting into DOS directly for most of these reasons.

Oddly, I barely even use 95... went straight from 3.x to 98. Where I still booted into DOS to do my gaming.

Ah... back in the day... I had to tetris my drivers to make sure I had enough conventional and XMS memory for the game I wanted to play... BOTH WAYS!

Comment Re:Fat Cats in the Countryside (Score 1) 196

Actually, no, not really - people like me go out to the country to get away from it, not continue to be burdened by it.

I'm so glad that you fat cats from the city can come out and exploit my country side to "get away from it".

How about rather than screwing those of us who live in the country, you just turn off your phone, disconnect the cable, and take some personal responsibility for your own choices, rather than foisting them onto those of us who live here.

-Rick

Comment Re:Fat Cats in the Countryside (Score 1) 196

You pay cash for your sweaters and gyros. Farmers pay in blood and sweat.

You pay in taxes, taxes which are used to subsidize farms because when you buy a sweater or gyro, you're not paying a fair market value. Because farming is inconsistent, a bad year, or a good year of the wrong crop will get a farmer foreclosed. At the end of the day, most farmers scrap by until someone bigger makes them a retirement option.

It's also a case of opportune costs. If you chose not to subsidize rural broadband, you will in effect subsidize other industries. If I can't remote into the office, I drive in, which means that you will be subsidizing the fuel industry through higher demand. If I can't send emails of videos and high res images it means subsidizing the printing industry. And so on.

All it does is shift costs from one industry to another, typically from more efficient to less, meaning less efficient GDP and slower economic growth.

Is it really so hard for you to cough up a couple of pennies a year to promote economic growth and to increase the likelihood that country kids can have access to the same educational opportunities that your kids have access to?

-Rick

Comment Re:Fat Cats in the Countryside (Score 1) 196

I live on a sheep farm. You wear anything with wool in it? Ever eat a gyro?

Well guess what, I'm paying for your chosen lifestyle. You're welcome.

Right now I have a 1.2 mbps connection, but we're in the process of building our new larger farm, where I can't even get that. My choices are literally dialup or satellite. Satellite would work acceptably for the farm's needs. As long as we can communicate with the vets and buyers, which means piping high res images and videos around, and keeping our marketing going, we can get by.

But in addition to the farm, I supervise software developers, which means working remote, off hours, and overnight support calls. And VPNs and Satellites work together like water and oil.

So yeah, this is kind of a big deal to a lot of us country folks. Just because some rich asshole wants a McMansion out in the country doesn't mean everyone who lives off the beaten path is a douche or bumpkin.

-Rick

Comment Re:Does it have to be in China? (Score 1) 133

The Far East has plenty of factories that can ramp up production of any virtually any non-radical design in a matter of weeks. The West has no such industry, most factories aren't set up to build anything but specific products for the owners of the factory concerned, and it takes months to segue into new designs.

Which is why China is kicking our ass.

And that won't change either, as long as we assume manufacturing is somehow beneath us as a nation.

Comment Re:Like domain aggreggates in MS Access (Score 1) 21

It seems you'd really have to hate yourself to try.

Or just not know any better. Because they don't care to know any better.

I have seen people re-invent the database engine in Java, though.

Because they didn't want to learn SQL. Unfortunately many Java devs are like C# devs, in that they're modern versions of VB* devs.

*Where I went to school, there was the CS program taught out of the school of Engineering, and the MIS (Management Information Systems) program taught out of the school of Business. We did our programming projects in Pascal (and later C), they did theirs in BASIC. I'm interested in software engineering. My coworkers are just interested in solving business problems. Re-inventing the database engine in Java is not acceptable to the first kind of person, but adequately acceptable to the second.

I need to come up with an interviewee question, to prevent working on another team like this.

Comment Re: Germany wants a lot... (Score 1) 687

You are stupid.

Facebook is an American company

There is no such thing as "american company". Did you miss the whole Globalization thing?

they should remove all servers from Germany and let them do the work

omg, you are so stupid it hurts. Doing business is not putting your servers there. It is making contracts (advertisement, FBs business model) with companies there, it is having users (it's product) there.

For all intents and purposes, FB produces in Germany and sells in Germany. That is what "doing business" means, not some stupid hardware.

Think about how much work it is to abide by EVERY law in EVERY nation

Poor multinational corporation. It's so much work to comply with all those laws. Nah, let's not do it, too complicated.

Simple answer: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. If you want to run a world-wide company, yes there is going to be a little bit of work involved. Don't like it? Don't run a world-wide business. So simple.

Comment Re:launchd not as bad as systemd (Score 1) 155

Honestly, you can't rebut someone's point about a feature of systemd simply by stating a random, completely unsuitable, feature of init. Arguments don't work that way. To rebut something you need to actually deal with your opponent's argument.

BTW init sucks. systemd isn't perfect, but at least it isn't init.

Comment Re:long history indeed (Score 1) 687

Then you'll also understand that a) the various regions that make up modern Germany have quite different histories and cultures and b) other than many other countries (USA - independence, France - revolution, etc.) Germany did not have a historic shock moment where enlightenment freedoms were installed into law. The process was more slow, but at the same time more continuous. After the 30-year war, many freedoms were common in (northern) Germany that more catholic nations like Italy or Spain did not possess at that time.

Comment Re:Germany wants a lot... (Score 1) 687

How can you make a comment that is already debunked in the summary posted above?

If you do business in country X, then you need to abide by the laws of country X.

What's so difficult about that? If FB doesn't like it, they are free to do no business in Germany. Nobody forces them to offer their services in Germany.

And yes, forcing FB to remove something is very much what countries can and should do. We can certainly find some country on the planet that doesn't have laws against explicit beastiary porn, maybe some failed african state that simply never thought about such vile things and thus didn't write it down. Post such things to FB from there and point the US minister of justice to it. You think he would say "well, it's legal in where it was posted from, so we should respect freedom of speech"?

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