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Comment Re:Well that makes sense (Score 1) 181

[...] where you can't get anything done because there's a meeting soon. [...]

What kind of undisciplined clowns are you employing there?

It's no different at all than lunchtime coming up. You work until it's time to take a break. A meeting is a break from work. Are you not able to get anything done in the three hours before lunch?

Comment Re: Virtual Private Raid (Score 3) 151

But the chance of losing your data is triple.

I was about to say, "That's not how probability works!" but it turns out that you are actually correct.

If each site has a 1% chance of being seized, then it means each site has a 99% chance of not being seized. Multiplying these probabilities together gives .99^3 = .970299 or about a 97.03% chance that no site will be seized — which means that you've got about a 3% chance of having one or more site seized.

The key here is that 1 – (1 – x)^3 is very close to 3x for small x.

Comment Re: Doing it wrong? (Score 1) 600

*Every* embedded software design standard expressly forbids recursion

My embedded software design standard doesn't.

Thank you. GP is a fucking moron. As you go on to point out, many algorithms have natural limits on the recursion depth. A recursive mergesort, for example, can never go deeper than ceil(log2(n)) calls, where n is the number of elements to sort. If you have room on your stack for 30 calls deep, you can sort a list of a billion items. People who say recursion has no place in embedded software design either haven't thought their arguments through very carefully, or are very inexperienced programmers, or are just plain dumb.

Comment Re:I have a remote option but go in anyway (Score 1) 250

I get things done quicker leaving the distractions of my home and going to a dedicated work environment.

This is a sign of poor self discipline.

It is not.
Self-discipline is on a completely orthogonal axis from distractions at home. At home, you might have small kids running around, or a blaring tv to try to ignore, or flatmates making noise, or the people in the apartment nextdoor might be fucking loudly. No amount of self-discipline can fix this.

Also, even if you're home alone, it just might not feel right doing work at home.

My favorite and most productive location are the local library and coffee shops, in 3-to-6 hour chunks of time. I get tons done there when I'm unable to focus at home.

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