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Comment: Coping with this is a life skill (Score 1) 804

by twoshortplanks (#34708746) Attached to: Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?
This is a pointless debate. The question of if the other person should be using a computer in this particular situation is neither here nor there. In reality, you're going to be faced with this exact problem many times in the workplace (with laptops - often for legitimate reasons - being brought into meetings, seminars and even one-to-one conferences.) It's not going to be in your power to stop this happening.

Learning to cope with this and being productive is therefore an important life skill. Yes, it might suck. Suck a lot. But many things you have to put up with in life do...

Comment: Try it with people (Score 5, Funny) 118

by twoshortplanks (#33316130) Attached to: Sorting Algorithms — Boring Until You Add Sound
It's always more fun to do this with real people (sort by height, for example). The London Perl Mongers tried this as a drinking game: You get enough people down the pub (or, in one this case, outside a bar in portugal during conference season) and apply booze. Then bubble sort them as a group (lots of shouting Stay! Switch!.) Add drinking penalties when people screw up the algorithm. You get the idea.

There's a video on the internet somewhere. Free pint to the first person to find it.

Comment: Re:How do you "leak" public information? (Score 3, Funny) 163

by twoshortplanks (#33056972) Attached to: 100 Million Facebook Pages Leaked On Torrent Site

I saw that excellent security documentary with Steve Martin about the dangers of being listed in the phone book.

That wasn't Steve Martin, that was Arnold Schwarzenegger. If I remember correctly it wasn't just a pain for Linda Hamilton, but her roommate and date had an even worse time of too.

Comment: Re:Someone's hiring smartly! (Score 1) 553

by twoshortplanks (#32838052) Attached to: Chinese Company Seeks US Workers With 125 IQ

Slashdotters constantly seem to think that a $80K developer in the US is much better the $10K developer in India

I think most slashdotters actually think that that a $80K local developer is much better the $10K developer in place with different time zone outside of the normal management chain and support system.

I personally suspect (though I admit that I have no evidence to back it up) that projects originating in India oprobably are equally good as those originating in the US.

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