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Comment Re:A pity, but not a surprise (Score 2) 95

After all, what sort of person goes on Amazon to write a review for an item they haven't even purchased there? In the past 15 years, I can say that the few times I've done so, it was to rant about something.

Every once in a while I run across something I bought years ago from elsewhere and bang out a quick review. Usually I'm looking for something related like a part or extension and the original pops up.

My motivation for doing so is that I actually like the thing, found that it's lasted for a while, and feel the urge to spread the love.

I've noticed other people doing this too, and quite frankly I consider these sorts of reviews from experienced owners to be a shitload more convincing than someone who's pulled the thing out of the box and played around with it for a few minutes.

Comment Re:Overall Result (Score 1) 95

The overall result is that instead of 20 fake reviews from a single account, there are now 20 fake reviews spread over four different accounts.

At some point, the review system notices that these accounts review 5 items/month, but never actually buy anything... Then the next generation of fake account owners has to ensure that each fake account occasionally buys something, but then they have to get it shipped to the fake address since having fake accounts tied to their home/business address might raise flags.

More likely they'll going to have to hack the verified buyer mechanism somehow...

Comment Re:overpriced. (Score 1) 101

$50 for a chip in bad package is too much


$50 for a first run chip, which they're billing as a collectable.

Looking at the other tiers that have the dev board, the per-chip price ranges from $3 and $10. Which still seems a bit high (I think the STM32's are around $1 each), but it's nothing like $50.

Comment Re:Trump is requesting an amendment (Score 1) 361

Trump says "Everyone knows that Harley riders rev their jackhammer-sounding engines not because they are assholes, but because of the safety factor it gives them on the dangerous streets."

Oh. Wow. Here I was thinking it was because they stall if they idle for more than a dozen seconds...

Comment Re:dumb stuff (Score 1) 497

In some languages (e.g. Java) multithreading is no worse than any kind of parallel processing.

I know of one large Java system which took the appproach of "threading is hard, so we'll write the app for a single thread first and then add threading later".

Yeah, you know that's not going to end well...

And that, in a nutshell, is arguably the most vexing meta-problem in programming... "we'll add it later". You think a hard problem will get easier once you've built the entire system without a solid understanding of the stuff you'll be bolting on when you eventually get a handle on it?

Comment Re:No. (Score 3, Interesting) 598

That's just what you're used to. After a few months on being on GMT, it'll be second nature to say set your alarm for 12PM to get up on the East coast - what was 7AM.

Not entirely. I've been working in the military weather business for 25 years, and while I mostly think in terms of UTC I still have problems with mapping UTC to local "events" like noon and midnight (although these days it's *mostly* a consequence of DST messing up the offsets). If I still have trouble with it, people who've used local time (with a 12hr clock) their entire lives are going to have a hellish time adapting.

And midnight is particularly problematic... having the hour increment throughout the day and only rollover when most people are asleep is actually conceptually simple and convenient.

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