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Comment Re:The guy was ripping off leftpad (Score 2) 480

What an absurd statement. You only need to understand the implementation details if you have the responsibility of changing or fixing something - the whole basis of high(er) level languages is that you don't need to understand how absolutely everything works in order to use it; and the same applies to third party libraries.

Comment Re:It's not so easy (Score 1) 217

Is this actually a problem? What if you actually won the lottery legitimately and decided to give away half to family members because you can? Over here in the UK, as long as the person who gave you the money doesn't die suddenly I don't think you pay tax on it as it's a gift, although if they do you need to pay inheritance tax, which is a whole new kettle of fish. .

Comment Re:VLC implements this one new trick in their... (Score 0) 121

(My personal foible: I stop and start videos a lot, and hunting with the slider to find out where I left off is a royal pain, so I googled "how to make VLC remember position". Big mistake. VLC doesn't implement this simple feature, but you can get a plugin that does.

I encountered the same problem and VLC does seem to have some kind of built-in bookmark feature, but in my case the "go to bookmark" hotkeys did not work.

Woe is me! This FREE software that I don't pay anything for doesn't fulfill every niche requirement I want! Have you even submitted a bug report for this? Perhaps you could even contribute a fix if said issue irks you so?

Submission + - Are you a robot? Introducing "No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA" (

Hamsterdan writes: While the new reCAPTCHA API may sound simple, there is a high degree of sophistication behind that modest checkbox. CAPTCHAs have long relied on the inability of robots to solve distorted text. However, our research recently showed that today’s Artificial Intelligence technology can solve even the most difficult variant of distorted text at 99.8% accuracy. Thus distorted text, on its own, is no longer a dependable test.

Comment Re:Not just women (Score 2) 571

I don't really think trolls and the KKK are quite in the same bracket for general hate crimes. The prevailing argument seems to be if you can be offended by people who you don't know, in another part of the world, by them saying nasty things, then you probably aren't that well equipped to deal with normal life. Assholes exist, learning to deal with them in a positive way instead of getting butthurt all the time is a valuable skill, regardless of gender.

Comment Re:COBOL (Score 1) 387

For what it's worth:

I work in the power industry. We are upgrading to the very latest version of the application we need to operate our power plants.

It is COBOL throughout.

The vendor is taking away access to the source code soon, as the version that replaces this one will be Java. By Java, they mean all the COBOL code wrapped in Java.

So, a major application for use in the power industry will be COBOL until at least 2030.

Our COBOL devs make nearly six figures. And after our salary review is done, will get some serious raises.

They're all in their late 40s-50s. We have no COBOL people in the pipeline.

Nearly six figures, or nearly seven? I know a place in my current locale that pays about $300,000 to experienced COBOL guys, with a history in the financial market. And let me tell you, you can live like a king around here for even $100,000.

You're assuming he's talking in dollars, whereas in GBP or EUR that's a very decent salary.

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