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Comment: Re:A comment from the linked site: (Score 5, Informative) 273

by tompatman (#47613155) Attached to: Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix
The G37 Sport package includes paddle shifters on the steering column. If you wanted them on a non-sport version though, there was an ebay seller who sold the paddles. All of the wiring and functionality was already there, just bolt on the paddles plug them in and you were done. Car manufacturers include a lot of stuff like this by default because it would be more expensive to install different features based on what the buyer was willing to pay for.

Comment: Re: Pointless posturing (Score 1) 200

by tompatman (#44784151) Attached to: New Jersey Congressman Seeks To Bar NSA Backdoors In Encryption
Run for office you are 100% correct, on the first two points anyway. Term limits would solve many problems and contribution limits would solve most of the rest. This can only happen if the majority of the public forces it to be a front and center issue and that will only happen when the majority of the public learns how to think for themselves.

Comment: Re:Surcharge (Score 1) 338

by tompatman (#43812039) Attached to: AT&T Quietly Adds Charges To All Contract Cell Plans
I just bought two pre-paid phones and was planning to use ATT, but they infuriated me before I could become a customer. They have a pre-paid plan, but hide all information pertaining to the prices their site. Even the support person online couldn't find the info. I gave up and just signed up with T-Mobile, where I'm sure I'll be much happier. T-Mobile signed more new customers this quarter than any other carrier, it's no surprise why.

Comment: Re:Don't have to be perfect, just better (Score 3, Insightful) 352

by tompatman (#43471125) Attached to: Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road
Good point, So, of these who is the better driver? The doctor who just finished an 18 hour shift half asleep at the wheel, the idiot teen texting while driving, the guy who had one too many at the bar or Google's self driving car? I know which one I'd vote for.

Comment: No Magic Bullets (Score 5, Insightful) 635

by tompatman (#43173149) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
There's no magical way that's going to keep you in shape without a little effort to eat well and take some time to exercise. Lay off the fritos and mountain dew. Stick to water and coffee/tea and get some veggies in your meals. Make time to exercise over lunch or right after work, for at least 30 min. You're just making excuses if you think you can't carve 30 min. out of your day. I go to the gym at lunch and find it makes me more relaxed and more productive at work.

Comment: The Cable Companies Understand This Trend (Score 1) 697

by tompatman (#35902602) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?
The problem is that in most cases, if you ditch cable, the internet price goes up. I have FIOS and I think the price for stand alone internet goes up by almost $30 if you drop cable. Then, savings from dropping cable is not so great. It always seemed obvious to me that this was a monopolistic practice and I'm surprised it's allowed. If I could get high speed internet for the same price with or without cable, I'd drop cable for sure.
Microsoft

Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting 390

Posted by kdawson
from the one-man's-readable dept.
An anonymous reader writes "For years, Microsoft has allowed Visual Studio users to define arbitrary tab widths, often to the dismay of those viewing the resultant code in other editors. With VS 2010, it appears that they have taken the next step of forcing tab width to be the same as the indent size in code. Two-space tabs anyone?"

Comment: Re:Point & Click programming (Score 1) 558

So, you're looking for job security by continuing to use languages where it is difficult to code something up? Good luck with that. If point and click programming does the job well and can be done quickly, why would a manager not want to use that style of programming for their projects? I wonder how much C# programming you've done yourself. It's an excellent language and very readable/maintainable when used by software engineer who pays attention to quality.

Comment: Re:Documentation (Score 2, Interesting) 569

by tompatman (#29003055) Attached to: What Questions Should a Prospective Employee Ask?

This exact issue recently came up for me. I had an offer from what I thought was a good company with a pretty good future, doing embedded systems development. However, i was concerned that there was no cohesive software development group, no version control system or codebase with only basic interest in this, no SQA. It was suggested I have a conversation with a higher up, and the conversation proved that there was no knowledge and no interest in changing any of these things and that there was a lot of reinventing the wheel as a result.

The job didn't work out, it's too bad, but things like that can't be changed unless the job you're being offered comes with some authority to make changes and the support to do it.

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