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Comment: Re:Processed foods (Score 1) 235 235

It doesn't matter where the processing occurred - in your home, in a factory, or wherever, so long as the food doesn't contain excessive quantities of crap.

Processed foods purchased from a store tend to have high amounts of sugar, salt, fat, preservatives, additives and other ingredients to make them more appealing and/or have longer shelf life.

In other words, store-bought processed foods are high in crap. I think you too are in violent agreement.

Comment: Looks like a job for refactoring (Score 1) 185 185

Now what we as Engineers can do, is improve on the design

In other words, the idea guy who can code makes the prototype, and the engineers refactor it into something durable.

get rid of those calls to Microsoft Access, and switch it to a more sturdy relational database.

Is Access really the problem? One of my previous employers ran Stone Edge Enterprise, which is an order fulfillment system with an Access+VBA front-end to a Microsoft SQL Server database. Fortunately, our database was small enough that it could fit into the 4 GB limit of SQL Server Express.

Comment: Back up the tables on SSD (Score 1) 185 185

What changes are needed to prevent sudden power outages.

A UPS. There's already one in your laptop. And for power outages exceeding an hour, SELECT can still be served from a cache in main memory, and INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE can be made durable by keeping the table files on an SSD.

Comment: Music plagiarism (Score 1) 185 185

It reminds me of when people talk about "originality" in art, and dismiss everything as "unoriginal" because it was inspired by something or other. Set a standard so high it can't be reached.

If by "people" you mean "lawyers", I'll agree. Especially with respect to things like Gaye v. Thicke ("Blurred Lines" copied "Got to Give It Up"; Marvin Gaye's son won in court) and Petty v. Smith ("Stay With Me" copied "I Won't Back Down"; settled out of court with Tom Petty and his co-writer sharing one-fourth of the song's royalties).

Comment: Re:Nice (Score 4, Insightful) 105 105

A refund for what? It's not like he's paid for the copy of Windows that comes with it.

Then who did pay for it? I was under the impression that PC makers paid about $60 per copy for a lawful Windows install. Or are you claiming that publishers of Windows-only trialware completely subsidize the Windows license?

Comment: Ask for it? "We went with another candidate" (Score 1) 284 284

Why are people so quick to assume that they can't ask for something, and negotiate their compensation?

Because when I have asked for things, the result has ended up being "we went with another candidate for this position", and "how can I make myself a better fit for your company in the future?" has gone unanswered.

Comment: A driver's license can cost thousands (Score 2) 284 284

How is that feasible when it reportedly costs $6,000 for a driver's license? Some jurisdictions reportedly require 120 hours of logged supervised driving on a learner's permit before they will issue a license (source), and not everybody has parents who both drive and are willing to sit in the car that long. At $50 per hour for a professional instructor, it starts to add up.

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.

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