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Comment: Dream Theater (not the band) (Score 1) 310

1. What is the most unusual location you have written a program from?
Underneath a theatrical stage

2. What is the most unusual circumstance under which you have written a program?
Same place with a raccoon staring at me.
No knife, but I think I would have been less scared if had one like the 'possums in this skit . At least the knife won't have rabies

3. What is the most unusual computing platform that you wrote a program from?
The "Whole Hog" Lighting console.

4. What is the most unusual application program that you wrote?"
not an application per se but programming the lighting cycles for a penguin exhibit. Not difficult at all but the need for accuracy was vital.

Comment: Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (Score 4, Insightful) 399

by xclr8r (#46858513) Attached to: Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches
Just as there are certain types of "Audiophiles" (for better or worse and they do not all exhibit the same amount of ...), there are also Watchphiles too. They hang out at sites like . Watches are highly individualistic time peices. I see lots of people foregoing the watch because their smartphone has the time. There will be some culling of the lower tier watches that don't adapt but their will always be room for the "classic time piece" e.g. there's still a market for pocket watches.

Comment: Re:One misused word spoils the whole discussion. (Score 2) 311

by xclr8r (#46816615) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor
A lot of people (in the U.S.) in middle class are classified as exempt (from overtime) as they are in management. There are FSLA rules that regulate the hours exempts work but since they are management they are project driven and no one who wants to climb the ladder is going to report working extra hours all the time.

Comment: Re:"hacking charisma" (Score 1) 242

by xclr8r (#46594727) Attached to: Hacking Charisma
You can be self aware and still be uncharismatic. I am so self aware that I am uncharismatic by bringing up every fault or error that someone might perceive. I know I'm doing it - I can perceive that it's tiresome for some but in my mind I don't want to be the "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" guy.

To write good code is a worthy challenge, and a source of civilized delight. -- stolen and paraphrased from William Safire