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Comment Re:Contractors (Score 1) 501

Yep. In a big project nobody wants to take responsibility of the whole thing, as long as their little corner is somewhat decent their conscience is clear.

I've always wondered, why is it that when government builds stuff for citizens, the citizens almost never have a say about what gets done? I bet there's plenty of professionals who could give their time even for free just so something that now makes their lives harder would be corrected.

Why not at least have community process where decisions are based on votes and people who e.g. have a relevant degree to the matter at hand get more points?

Optimally, public services should be solid enough that anyone can look at the source without risking security of the system. They should start putting everything on github from now on and hire a small army of devs to process peer reviews.

Comment Re:If you have to ask why this is cool... (Score 1) 207

Keep in mind that even your comment is already 368 bytes in size.
While pushing random pixels on the screen might be possible (depending on the hardware) with pretty much the same amount of code as hello world would take, fitting anything more complex than that in 64B has never been possible.

Comment Re:ZOMG!!1 (Score 1) 209

Might have guessed, all of them seem to feature ridiculous music, unnecessary commentary and/or run of the mill conspiracy theories/end of the world prophecies.
Would've hoped http://www.youtube.com/user/nasatelevision had something but so far the most informative I came across was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DE6sPnm4Pk (at least you can mute it)

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."