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Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 334

by theshowmecanuck (#46763321) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained
How about locate your fucking company somewhere other than San Francisco? Somewhere that has room to build more houses/apartments/condos and doesn't require a 3 hour commute to work. You know, there are other places. Even in California. Some of them even aren't on a major fault line too! Google's supposed to have so many smart people working there. Why can't they figure out a no brainer solution like this?

Comment: Re:Hero ? (Score 1, Interesting) 236

If you are a professional engineer you sign that you agree to a code of ethics. That includes putting your name on your work and being responsible for it. If you don't like it, don't go into the profession. If you do something wrong like obfuscate the trail of a life threatening defect, you own it. Also, fact the engineers didn't go public with the defect should also be owned by them and they should lose their professional accreditation and face jail time due to their not honouring their code of ethics in outing dangerous conditions. If this were done more often, engineers would do what they're supposed to. A few people in Ontario several years ago were killed in a mall collapse when an engineer didn't do what he was supposed to. He is facing jail time and loss of accreditation.

Comment: Re:Just what we need... more Mazdas (Score 1) 330

The population of those four combined is half of the population of North America. Heck, try 90 % of the world's population drives left hand drive vehicles. And in case you missed the memo, Mazda and all the other Japanese car makers have figured out how to send cars to other countries. A new a novel thing called 'the boat' helped with that. The international market dwarfs the Japanese market.

+ - Pulling an All-Nighter Can Make You Stupid->

Submitted by nani popoki
nani popoki (594111) writes "Skipping a good night's sleep can cause brain damage.

"Are you a truck driver or shift worker planning to catch up on some sleep this weekend? Cramming in extra hours of shut-eye may not make up for those lost pulling all-nighters, new research indicates. The damage may already be done — brain damage, that is, said neuroscientist Sigrid Veasey from the University of Pennsylvania.

The widely held idea that you can pay back a sizeable "sleep debt" with long naps later on seems to be a myth, she said in a study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Long-term sleep deprivation saps the brain of power even after days of recovery sleep, Veasey said. And that could be a sign of lasting brain injury.

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+ - Toyota Paying $1.2 Billion Penalty for Safety Issues

Submitted by theshowmecanuck
theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Remember the safety issue with Toyota vehicles causing them to accelerate uncontrollably while not allowing the drivers to turn them off? The one caused by killer firmware? Seems they have now been dinged for $1.2 billion for lying about it. From this article on the CBC:

Under the agreement, announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the company will admit that it misled U.S. consumers by making deceptive statements about two safety issues affecting its vehicles. As a result, Toyota will pay a $1.2-billion financial penalty under a "deferred prosecution agreement."

The article also said, "the payments are unlikely to hurt Toyota's finances much." It seems even if the government has decided to punish Toyota, the consumer hasn't."

+ - Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Unreal Engine 4 from Epic to game developers is launching now. Supported platforms are Windows, OS X, iOS and Android, with desktop Linux coming later. The monetization scheme is unique: anyone can get access to literally everything for a $19/month fee. Epic is working to build a company that succeeds when UE4 developers succeed. Therefore, part of the deal is that anyone can ship a commercial product with UE4 by paying 5% of gross revenue resulting from sales to users, helping the ecosystem. The tools you get are the Unreal Editor in ready-to-run form, and the engine's complete C++ source code hosted on GitHub for collaborative development. Provided also is the foundation for the community: chat in the forums, add to the wiki, participate in the AnswerHub Q&A, and join collaborative development projects via GitHub. The company is also shipping lots of ready-made content, samples, and game templates. So, will this effort succeed? That's up to you and your judgment of the engine’s value. Unreal Engine 4 has been built by a team of over 100 engineers, artists and designers around the world, and this launch 'represents all of Epic's hopes and dreams of how major software can be developed and distributed in the future'."
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Comment: Re:Practical application is the only way (Score 1) 306

by theshowmecanuck (#46518713) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?
A good example of this is from back in the day, people trying to learn C++ after being a C programmer. It was very common to write bastardized C programs with C++ syntax. Mostly because C++ doesn't force you to write object oriented. I found it easier to learn Java first then go back and learn C++, because you had to understand OO better to write Java.

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