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Comment Okay (Score 4, Informative) 300

First off, this guy is not a programmer. At all. He's just the boss.

He thinks that a word doc detailing the project is 90% of the work.

He doesn't have a problem with waiting until 4:45 p.m. to come into the IT room with a "simple request". (To be fair, about a third of the time it is a simple request.)

Last year, we had a day off for some holiday or another (not one of the major ones); HR announced it and everything - no body would be working that day. He came in anyway, and was passive aggressive pissy for the rest of the week because none of the rest of IT came in.

He emails people way, way, waaaaaay after hours about projects.

He doesn't seem to understand the idea of detailing a project from start to finish. Like, we're given a project - do {X}. Only it turns out that {X} is only step one of a much longer project, and that if told us that {X} led to {Y} which led to {Z}, we'd code it differently. But he doesn't do that, so we've spent time refactoring to handle the parts he didn't tell us about. (He's getting better about this, but it's still bad.)

He thinks hard-coding the users which have access to a module in the system is a good idea. Because no one is ever fired or quits. (That's sarcasm)

Comment Re:"Goes" Digital? (Score 1) 76

Hate to break it to you, but digital tools to enhance the pen and paper game have been around for some years as well. Dungeon creators, mapping tools, random encounter generators, character builders. Again, this is "more digital", but it's hardly just now "going digital".

Comment Re:Google as gatekeeper of truth (Score 1) 429

Why is it appalling? Because millions of people died in the Holocaust, and pretending that it didn't happen is appalling. Because Holocaust deniers aren't interested in an honest conversation, they're interested in pushing their particular view of history regardless of the facts.

If someone claimed that the Flintstones was a documentary, we'd laugh at them. If someone claimed that the Queen of England was a reptilian, we'd laugh at them. But we're supposed to let Holocaust deniers have the benefit of a place at the table in this discussion?

Fuck that.

Comment Re:That's funny... (Score 1) 57

Well, the Yahoo hack happened in 2014, and they're just now getting around to charging these Russian spies. So, you know, investigations such as this take a while to run.

Now, the Trump administration is almost certainly doing everything they can to slow-walk any investigation into the election, but that's not the same thing as no investigation happening.

Comment Re: Well yeah (Score 1) 364

Don't count on that.

Let's say robots end up planting, tending, and harvesting all our crops. Crop prices will not drop to some amazingly cheap level, because there will still be the inherent costs of seeds, fertilizer and irrigation, as well as the costs of transporting the crops to market.

Then add in the power and maintenance costs of the robots.

Then add in any overhead I missed.

Then add in the profit margin for the corporation who owns the farm and robots.

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 1) 195

Except that, depending on the forum, you're already accepting limitations on your freedom of speech by agreeing to their Terms of Use.

I assure you, if I were to (for example) go on the official World of Warcraft forums and start spouting racist nonsense, I would be banned from the forums so fast it would make your head spin. (Now, I wouldn't do that because I'm not racist. It's an example.)

Now, it doesn't matter that I have freedom of speech. I had it. I used it. I used it in a manner that the organization hosting the forum found unacceptable, and they showed me the door.

The problem isn't freedom of speech (or the perceived lack thereof). The problem is people who post toxic stuff and then act like they have an absolute right to do so without any consequences.

Most of us, if not all of us, have seen someone pull this sort of behavior. They act like a jerk, and then when someone takes offense or asks them to stop, they pull a "well, it's only a joke". Now, I'm not saying every post on every forum has to be squeaky-clean and never ever offend anyone. It's just not going to happen.

But most forums ban specific behavior. And they do so for a reason.

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 1) 195

If they're refusing access to the forum because the user is a protected class, that would be a potential issue.

Being an asshole isn't a protected class.

And I'm hard pressed to think of a forum that doesn't have some Terms of Use. And most of them spell out behavior that will get you banned.

But does a forum run by a game company, or a business, or a political group or whatever count as a public accommodation? Even if it was, even in a business of public accommodation, there is behavior that will get you shown the door, if not getting the cops called on you.

Freedom of speech is NOT freedom from consequences.

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