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Comment Very Strongly Disagree (Score 5, Insightful) 360

Theaters suck, I will never go to a theater again

Drive across town, pay to park, drive around looking for a spot, walk to the theater, wait in line, try to find a good seat, wait until the movie starts while being forced to watch commercials

Once it starts, it can't be stopped, paused or rewound

Worst of all..no subtitles. I'm old with bad ears (too many years in the rock band). Without subtitles it's almost impossible to make out what the actors are saying, especially when the music and FX are mixed loud

At home, I can have a beer and a reasonable priced snack, while being in control

Comment As an old (63) guy.. (Score 3, Interesting) 207

My main talent is using tools to solve problems

Over the years, I have accumulated many tools..software development, circuit design, woodworking, metalworking, many construction skills, artistic skills and many more

I'm still getting paid very well to write software and design circuits

Young people ask.."how do you keep up on new languages?"

I answer, I program in C and C++, it's the best choice for embedded systems. Wanna talk about learning?

My latest project was on a new processor (~1900 page datasheet), a new OS, and 10-20 new components, communicating through nontrivial hardware adapters

Yeah, I can keep up with the young guys

It seems odd that they don't realize this

Comment Good move (Score 1) 159

I have been using the VisualGDB product for linux development. If this works as good or better, I'm happy

I have spent lots of time trying to find a decent IDE for linux, but none of the available options comes even close to Visual Studio

Yeah, if I have no options, I can get work done on any system, but a good IDE makes everything easier

Comment Good! (Score 1) 37

Sony was the world tech leader until they decided to get into the movie/record biz

Then, they were crippled by powerful people who valued fashion and power over tech

Source.. I worked for one of Sony's awful companies..we built the Metreon

Comment Not just USB (Score 1) 299

Yes, I agree that hardware improves over time, but some specialized applications depend on the old hardware

Lots of old stuff depends on a hardware parallel port..NOT an emulated USB to parallel printer adapter

Even more stuff, mostly industrial, requires a serial port, and sometimes the USB to serial adapters don't quite work

The mass consumer market is not the entire computing market

Comment I started programming in 1972 (Score 1) 342

I'm still getting paid well to write code today. I realize that this may sound egoistical and boastful, but I have only met one guy in all those years who was as good as me..and on a good day, I could probably beat him

I encourage young people to learn programming. I hope we develop more powerful tools that allow us to more easily manage the complexity of software. I'm not happy that software talent is very, very rare

In order to move beyond the crappy, bug ridden state of the art, we need bold, creative new ideas (and no, I don't have them). What we don't need is another layer on the shit cake of one shitty framework on top of another

It's just a fact that I don't understand. Most people suck at writing software

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