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Comment Blame it on golf (Score 1) 352

Golf is the only activity that absolutely must have natural light.

The movers and shakers of this (first) world like to play golf, and hate getting up early in the morning

DST might make a difference in the southern US, but it really makes no difference much north of 46 degrees latitude, since in mid summer the sun is up at bedtime, and it's up again before we rise.

Comment Professional or Competent (Score 2) 347

Professionalism is some mixture of attitude and effort.
If a programmer has a willing attitude, and puts in a good effort, the competence will come with time.

No matter how competent, a programmer whose attitude is lacking, or whose effort is lacking will hinder whatever project they're a part of.

As for building competence, I really liked "Code Complete"

Comment Who's watching then? (Score 1) 180

Doesn't every polling place have observers? In Canada (and other British Commonwealth countries), every political party is entitled to have an volunteer observer called "scrutineer" present at the registration table, and that person also assists in the ballot count.

Does this happen in the US?
If not, it seems reasonable to have somebody watching what goes on.

Without neutral observers asserting that the process is fair, it seems pretty certain that it isn't.

Comment Re:I really just don't get it. (Score 1) 189

Has free-thinkers and weirdos ever caused an actual revolution? Changed the course of government that they were able to rid it of corruption and incompetence?

I think it happened in the 1770s in some English colonies, but I'm not a history buff, so I may have it wrong.

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