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Comment Re:What makes an engineer in the US? (Score 1) 513

My definition of 'engineer' includes 'legally responsible for the work they do', which is what happens with P.Engs in Canada. I don't know how it works in other places, but an engineer signing off on something means something. I have no legal liability for my code and I make no guarantees to anyone about it. (Keeping in mind that I'm a game programmer so, y'know, whatever.)

Comment Re:Catch? (Score 1) 179

I've been running iOS 10.3 beta for the whole run on an iPhone 6 with 16GB of storage. There haven't been any problems, despite the limited space that it has to work with and how much it has to go and flush cache files and whatnot. I'd be surprised if there are more than a handful of problems related to the upgrade.

Comment Re:Uber issue, not a tech issue (Score 4, Insightful) 272

Your anecdote isn't data. It's nice that you've worked for progressive companies and that you yourself are good about working with women, but it's absolutely a systemic issue. Story after story after story confirms it.

Rather, I think you and the companies you work for are outliers. Congratulations on that; I hope you keep your streak.

Comment Sounds a lot like USB-Câ power delivery (Score 2) 76

My eyes kind of glazed over reading the description but none of this sounded like anything you can't already do with USB-C power delivery mode. You can already run a 1080p display off of your cell phone, both power and data on the same cable. If you hook it up to a capable hub you can plug in your mouse and keyboard too

Comment Re:Two Solutions (Score 2) 266

"Premature optimisation is the root of all evil"

is an aphorism that is exactly trying to get across what you say at the end

"Don't assume, Profile!"

Basically, the guy that originally said it was trying to say you can't guess what the problems are going to be before you lay the code down. Write the code correctly, but don't try to tinker with your scheduling algorithm to make it provably optimal when it's going to be dwarfed by order-of-magnitude problems with the network code.

Comment This happened to my friend (he's now a Vet) (Score 3, Informative) 181

This happened to my buddy. He got in a car accident or something. This was shortly after he graduated from high school, and his father had just died. He ended up on pain meds, ended up getting addicted after a couple of months. When his prescription ran out, he called up our mutual friend who was in to drugs and got more. This went on for about 18 months before he decided he wanted to become a veterinarian, somehow his friends and family weaned him off pills, and after two years was accepted in to vet school. Through no small miracle he made it through grad school and graduated, he's now pretty successful.
 
I grew up in a pretty rich suburb, we had time to help him and his family through the addiction, and he had a strong goal to strive for. Many people don't have the opportunities or strong safety net that he did.

Comment One up side (Score 5, Funny) 320

There is one real up side to this. Microsoft as you know only puts out small, efficient updates in the minimal needed package sizes. This should be great comfort to users on metered connections, they are only being lovingly graced with the minimum needed amount of bytes. Can you imagine if Microsoft was one of those companies that pushed out near-daily 100+MB behemoths to update a spelling error in notepad's FAQ? Luckily they don't do this, and we all win!

                    -Charlie

Note: Yes this is sarcasm. If you didn't get that by the 19th word, go play with some tiles.

Comment Re:NO ONE is anywhere close (Score 1) 87

I was crossing the street in mountain view on... monday I want to say... The driver had to take over manual control doing a right turn on to central expressway from castro st/moffett blvd. The car decided that it was time to pull on to the highway. There was a car in front of it waiting to turn right as well. It's kind of a weird intersection though, as there's a double set of train tracks right next to central expressway, which you cross, then come to a stop again, then turn right at a light. Add to the fact that it's a major public transit junction with the caltrain + VTA light rail stations (Two different train stations) at the same intersection means there's a lot of pedestrians to look out for. There's probably 10 such intersections in the country.

Comment Three (Score 1) 174

USA (and some Europe) friends: Facebook
South America & Asia: WhatsApp

Work: Slack

I used to use Google chat (gmail chat? google messenger?) But over time everything's moved to FB/WhatsApp. I think WhatsApp is the superior chat app these days, especially on a cell phone. Although I like that Signal (what WhatsApp builds on top of) doesn't require SMS to verify your account.

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