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

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) 118 118

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) 163 163

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) 553 553

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.

Comment: Re:Incredible (Score 1) 957 957

In the UK a parking ticket is not "in trouble with the law". It's not the police that issued it, just the local council. Sure, the police get involved if you don't pay it, but it's not a criminal offence to park in the wrong place. This is why it's called a "Penalty Fine Notice"

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (5) All right, who's the wiseguy who stuck this trigraph stuff in here?

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