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Comment Re:Dress for success (Score 1) 169

Looks like I touched a nerve. Like it or not, how you dress does influence how people see and interact with you. It also has an impact on your own sense of self-worth. (That's not controversial. Decades of research support that.)

Consider the following: On the day of a big legal case, your lawyer walks in to court wearing socks with sandals, basketball shorts, and a hooded sweatshirt. How would you react? Why do you think you would react that way?

How about this: You're in the hospital with your kid, who has a broken arm, waiting to see a doctor. Some guy wearing cargo shorts and a Vans t-shirt wanders in to the exam room. Do you let him examine your kid, or do you call security?

What about your accountant or financial advisor? How would you feel about trusting your finances to a guy in a frayed Metallica t-shirt and ripped jeans? Would you expect him to produce careful and accurate results, or do you think his sloppy personal habits might just be a carry over in to his professional work?

Now, take a look at yourself. When clients see you while they pass through the office, how does that affect their impression of your company? Do you think your appearance instills in them a sense of confidence? Does your appearance help or hurt the company?

Comment Re:Dress for success (Score 1) 169

Why is it so difficult for so many of you to dress like an adult?

Do you suddenly become incapable of doing your job if you look like a working professional? No? Then why complain?

If you've ever wondered why you don't get the respect you think you deserve at the office, look no further than your wardrobe. No only will people treat you better, you'll feel better about yourself.

Comment Re:Beating Commodore 64!!?! (Score 5, Insightful) 145

These numbers are crazy. They're probably counting sales and not use.

Surely, most Pi's are just used as cheap C64 emulation machines, letting the C64 continue to reign supreme. (Those not being used as a replacement C64 are all obviously just collecting dust in a drawer.)

Comment Re:Human level processing power, NOT intelligence (Score 1) 161

somebody will figure out a way to grow enough neuronal tissue to make a biological analogue of the brain
I don't see it happening in next ten years thought

Well, perhaps not for you. The rest of us figured out how to produce not only an entire functioning human brain, but an entire body for it as well. It does, however, require a woman.

Before you start screaming "SJW", go upstairs and ask your mother about the process. Don't be so quick to start it though. It takes about 9 months for the initial development, and years of further training and debugging afterward. Even after all that, there's no guarantee it'll function as you initially hope. (Trust me, she knows.)

Comment Re:One word (Score 2) 474

So they claim... I've seen perfectly mundane software that's more than 100x larger than older software that still somehow manages to do less than older versions.

That is, equal or lesser complexity, dramatically larger size, unimaginably worse performance.

I blame the attention paid to "do everything" libraries and frameworks used because they're popular, not because they add value. The defense is always "don't reinvent the wheel" and "if we want to add this or that someday" or some variation of the two. If we didn't reinvent the wheel, we'd all be driving Flintstone mobiles. As for the defense against the future defense, it's not going to happen. That never happens. It never happens because the added unnecessary complexity is guaranteed to make your software less, not more, flexible. Stop doing that!

Stick with small, special purpose, libraries. Your users will thank you.

Comment Re:How many... (Score 1) 95

Not quite. I'm not generally afraid of imaginary things, nor am I concerned with their ethical implications.

I'm also not worried about alien invasions, evil AI, or careless time travelers.

When I see silly science fiction doomsday proclamations that call for my attention or action, I look at it the same way you might look at a Chick tract.

You, in contrast, seem genuinely worried about these sorts of things. I wonder if you've called your insurance company to have 'mad robot damage' added to your homeowners policy, in anticipation of the telephone switching networking becoming self-aware and turning your appliances against you.

I'm sorry that you think that eugenics through direct genetic manipulation is not a bad thing.

This is something I feel I need to correct. I'm against eugenics in all forms. Though I'm not exactly worried about eugenics through direct genetic manipulation as it's a silly fiction, unlikely to be realized.

Comment Re:How many... (Score 1) 95

In no more than 15 years we will probably be fixing genetic diseases.

That's rough... 20 years ago, that was only 10 years out.

It won't be much longer than that before we "fix" other things.

We're running out of time to find the dusty VHS tapes of the '700 Club' warning us about the horrors of "designer babies" before they degrade. They could save humanity!

Seriously, this is like hearing about the imminent danger posed by AI from the Kurzweil nuts. It's science fiction, old science science fiction, that's got you worried. Relax. There are real monsters, like greed and lust for power, that are far more likely to cause you harm in the immediate future than imaginary doomsday scenarios ripped straight from the bargain rack at the local used bookstore.

Comment Re:I think Wix automation is desired (Score 1) 63

It's not a bad idea in principle, but have you ever had the displeasure of actually using a site developed in Wix?

It's not that it's bloated so much as it is obese. I once saw a Wix site take more than a minute to load. I'm amazed they're still in business.

Call the local high school and hire one of the kids to snap a small business site together for you. Everyone wins.

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