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Comment Re:Uber? (Score 1) 641

In the instant case, if the driver had been in a base Ford Escort or Chevy Cruz, they'd probably be alive today.

They'd have been alive long enough to eventually hit another car (head-on, wrong way down a one-way street) and kill innocent people. They did society a great favor by killing only themselves.

Comment People have always sucked, and always will. (Score 1) 954

People tend to have a disconnected view of history. We think of things that happened before our lifetimes as ancient events performed in very different times by very different people, depicted in black and white images from our textbooks. Those crazy primates voted for Hitler. And they participated in the Salem witch trials. And they bought slaves. And they committed genocides.

But thankfully they're not the same people as us. We learned from their mistakes, right? We're enlightened. We have smartphones and shiny teeth and refined morals. We'd never do that kind of thing. Would we?

Comment Re:The question is 'why' (Score 3, Insightful) 308

As a developer with >20 years of embedded experience, nothing makes me sadder than seeing desktop developers (like your .Net monkeys) programming in an embedded environment. They don't understand multi-threading. They don't understand being efficient with CPU cycles and with memory. They struggle if luxuriously rich API's and libraries are not available.

Whenever I see a kiosk or a bank ATM with a BSOD or windows error dialog on the screen, I know that the wrong kinds of developers worked on that project.

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