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Comment Re:Big Sister is watching (Score 1) 750

I demand that you change the extension ... only after polling every single ethnic group, subculture, and political and religious belief in the world to ensure that none of them can figure out a way in which it offends them.

This isn't about offending three people in the Congo. Women make up 50% of the population, but there is a major problem in the United States of women being underrepresented in computer science / programming. Why would you do anything that contributes to the perception of that problem?

Comment Re:Big Sister is watching (Score 1) 750

Reading these comments are enough to indicate there's a problem.

Totally agree. There's a great piece in the nyt today about how these subtle stereotypes are keep programming a secluded all-boys club. The co-working spot I work at is covered in Star wars nerd crap, I totally get it.

Comment Re:Why would I help Google with 'open source'? (Score 1) 94

This is part of a general trend that I call 'open season', basically big companies persuading naive people to do their work for nothing, under the banner 'open source

While the trend you highlight is disturbing, the alternative is worse: back-room deals between the same "big companies" to stuff this software into your phones and web-apps without your knowledge or say-so.

Comment Re:About time (Score 1) 241

Commute time is a personal choice. You can choose to live closer to work, and pay more in housing / get less space, or you can live further out of the business districts, get a bigger house but have a longer commute. By making commute time count as work time, we are effectively subsidizing those who live outside of city centers, encouraging longer commutes, and wasted time.

Comment Re:Changing landscape (Score 2) 367

A root of this issue is the 18th, 19th and 20th century concepts of employees / employers and an outdated set of definitions. Like so many modern issues near and dear, we will have to reassess out fundamental assumptions about all kinds of things, this being just one.

I disagree. The fundamental concepts of employee and employer are as true now as they were then. It may take some time, but modern-day legal tools are more than capable of sorting out uber's employment issues without any fundamental shift in thought.

Comment Re: Apple - What's Happening in France (Score 2) 233

It's France, they do strange things in Europe. For instance when Muslims kill French people, the French respond by harassing Jews. It's not for us to judge, it's a part of the rich European cultural heritage.

It's Slashdot, they do strange things on the Internet. For example, when a poster discusses the use of Apple computers, the trolls respond by bringing up islamophobic ideas and allude to the holocaust. It's not for us to judge, it's a part of the rich Internet cultural heritage.

Comment Re:Not Very Hard (Score 1) 285

Another hated class of bugs are library bugs. These may actually be quite easy to debug, but they force you to go into someone else's spaghetti code and spend countless hours becoming a master of some library you'll never use again.

And the worst part is that often they aren't really bugs, but programming errors as a result of crappy documentation.

Comment Re:Not Very Hard (Score 1) 285

I had a race condition in my code, my product would crash randomly once every few days or weeks. I killed myself trying to reproduce it reliably. I wrote software that would instrument the code, adding random sleep timers between each line. That didn't work. I eventually went line-by-line trying to deduce the issue, and found two potential bugs by thinking through it. I never knew which of my two fixes fixed the issue (or if either did), but I never saw the bug again.

Comment Re: Only? (Score 1, Insightful) 664

The harassment (not physical attack) is well deserved. The perception of an invasion of privacy is enough to rightfully make someone angry.

If someone held a camcorder to your face, but told you it wasn't on because the red light was not on, you would still feel uncomfortable. That person would still be a jerk.

COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from a corporation whose president codes in octal. -- J.N. Gray