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Comment I hate coding (Score 1) 192

And that is precisely why I am good at it. I would never write long-winded BS that was mostly copy-pasted, loaded with huge if-else chains that can't be unit tested.
At my current job I delete more code than I produce. I refactor the BS written by junior coders in the past ten years and it is not uncommon to replace 100 lines of code with 2 or 3. Deleting BS code is so satisfying 3
"Work smarter, not harder!"

Comment Soylent Green (Score 1) 414

If the rich don't suddenly turn half the world into an authoritarian regime, start killing the poor and feeding them to each other, civil unrest may lead to war and massively thin the population. Or what have you. The UN predicts the world population will peak at 9 billion and then go down on its own...

Comment Re:You will own nothing (Score -1) 63

None of my old CDs work anymore. You thought you owned yours forever? You must be young.
Nothing is permanent. Everybody dies. Everything will rot away. In order to preserve anything, you must continuously renew and repair it. This incurs an ongoing cost. You can pay for it yourself with your own time and money, or have someone take care of that for you. Like a landlord, or Apple.

Comment Only took 70 years (Score 2) 112

It has been 70 years already since the first nuclear bombs were used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is only to be expected that scientific and technological progress democratizes these things. My phone has more computing power than every single 1945 computer in the world put together.
Millions of people know fairly advanced physics and electronics.

Comment What diseases do these germs cause? (Score 1) 434

Has anyone actually been sick lately? The most sick I've ever been was catching the odd cold in the winter but these days I take the flu shot, so, not even that.
Most bacteria and viruses are harmless, they're everywhere, you inhale and ingest them routinely.
That's why you have a strong acid in your stomach and antibacterial mucus lining your respiratory tract?
Gotta love that immune system! :)

Comment No, they have second marriages instead (Score 4, Interesting) 282

They have kids with the high testosterone alpha males, and then some of them go on to do menial work, turn out to be aggressive, or they simply grow tired of each other after some years. But their first choice is usually some animalistic notion of "good genes".
And then later when they're older and wiser they marry the type of beta male they had friendzoned before, because they're more peaceful, less risk-taking and often smarter and more successul.
Read: Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors, by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.

Comment UX/UI is stuck in the 90s (Score 0) 30

Let me start by saying... Can we be less american-centric? I bet statistics show most users here are not american.
As for UX: Just look at your competitors and do the same as them. People expect certain modes of interaction.
This is like, UX haphazardly developed by "bits and bytes" geeks, and I myself am one of those old school bit logic and assembly lovers, but I'm not going to pretend I can do a decent GUI (let alone that I would enjoy it).
Showing raw ID codes for users? ID codes for posts? What. You call this web design?
I mean I stare at IDs in databases all day long, but normal users shouldn't see the guts of a system.
What other website / forum has such a limited number of votes?
The zoo system. Do people actually use that? It's strange and unwieldy.
Preview? Why? Can we just edit our posts like everyone else has been doing for the past 15 years, in forums, social networks, whatever?
Why do we have to have a privileged few random people moderating? In other places, everyone can vote, or "Like", or "+1" a post.

Comment Phones fail? (Score 1) 220

Phones are, for a lot of people, fashion accessories, status symbols, you buy the latest "just because".
A phone, failing? What? You can't afford to buy a new one every year? Or every two years, even. It's about 1% of an average IT salary?
Do you wear clothes until they start falling apart?
I mean, people crave novelty, I don't care if your phone is built like a brick, we want new toys on a regular basis, that's why the market provides them.
It's not a conspiracy to steal money from your pocket. There's simply no demand for a phone that lasts 10 years.

Comment Corporations will lower salaries to compensate (Score 0) 412

If you give me €200 / month for free, any future employer will offer €200 less. Who's gonna pay for that, corporate taxes? IRS? Please don't tell me I have to pay for handouts from my taxes while simultaneously earning less money.
Salaries around here seem to be determined by what you will reasonably need (what they can get away with).
People even have the nerve of asking me in interviews how much I "need", rather than deserve, or paying me according to the immense value I can add to a company by optimizing their website for SEO or reducing hosting costs through performance improvements.
It's as if they think a highly skilled professional with 15 years of experience should live barely above the poverty line. What I make, is what people made back in 1999 or so. Hello, inflation? Jeeze.
And before you tell me I don't know how to negotiate, I already make more money than everyone I know.

Comment Why do we need 10,000 news sites repeating shit? (Score 1) 98

People just grab stuff from Reuters and propagate it. Why would this be a real profession? I worked for a radio once, they basically churned through unpaid interns who vaguely retouched the crap they got from Reuters and then read it outloud in the sound room. It's not exactly highly skilled labor. And then half the reporting world is fucking dishonest. Sensationalism, clickbait, etc. ?
It's not like you need a huge investment to copy information these days. You don't need giant printing presses and distribution chains.
Can I just get it straight from Reuters without intermediaries? Thanks.

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