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Comment Re:Country? [Re:As a C programmer] (Score 2) 185

No. Let me try to rephrase it.

The increase and/or popularity of C may be a result of embedded programmers working for manufacturing companies, who are mostly NOT in the USA or Europe. (At least manufacturing is not growing in here.)

Thus, if you live in the USA or Europe, you probably should NOT take these numbers (popularity) as a sign that C is a good employment opportunity. The growth is not where you live.

Being Slashdot content is written in English, I assumed mostly USA or UK readers. Perhaps I should have stated that. At least that's who my target audience for the location warning.

Clear now?

Comment Re:C is the best (Score 1) 185

C and assembly are all you need to know. The rest is just syntactic sugar.

That's what the Lisp folks usually say: it can be any paradigm you want, even one you made up.

(Which can back-fire when you use it to model how your head works, leave the company, and the new guy discovers you are insane by his/her standards.)

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 1) 185

People struggle with pretty much every language, it's just that the bugs are different in each.

It's usually not the language that throws me for a loop (no pun intended), but the screwy poorly-documented API's and Web UI stacks (DOM, CSS, etc.), which seem to break whenever a new browser version comes out and have to be tested on gazillion devices and browser brands. Time to rethink web UI (non) standards: it's a fscking time sink. [Insert the rest of my usual UI rant here.]

Comment Country? [Re:As a C programmer] (Score 0) 185

Being more devices and consumer goods probably have embedded programming in them, I suspect that accounts for most of the C increase, and it's probably being done overseas, where the manufacturing hubs are.

Keep that in mind before jumping on the C bandwagon.

I purchased a fairly basic electric fan, and it has a digital control for level and a timer. It's probably programmed in C. I even saw a toilet seat in one store that glows via an LED light that turns on when you sit on it, if the light is off. Could be C in that controller also. You may be sitting on C now and not even know it.

Comment Trademark infringement mostly (Score 1) 209

If they're basing this on owning the copyright to the Olympics, this isn't going to work - owning a copyright on the name of a thing doesn't mean that you can prevent anyone from talking about your thing, just that nobody else can sell it.

It's not only a copyright but a trademark too. They Olympics and symbols relating to it are all trademarks so the primary argument would be trademark infringement though in many cases their argument would be a weak one. Often they don't have a solid legal leg to stand on but they have demonstrated in the past that they will no hesitate to sick their flesh eating lawyers on anyone who crosses them.

Basically they are trying to protect the (substantial) money they get from their "official sponsors".

Comment Not an idle threat (Score 3, Informative) 209

You can bluster and threaten as much as you want, but reporting on the facts is perfectly legal.

That's true but the IOC and USOC don't care. They will sue you even if you did nothing illegal and I don't think this is an idle threat. They (mistakenly) think they are protecting their corporate sponsors by doing this. They sued Wizards of the Coast for using a symbol that could not possibly have been mistaken for the Olympic rings.

Comment Corrupt bastards (Score 1) 209

Commercial entities may not post about the Trials or Games on their corporate social media accounts

Good luck with that.

Apparently the letter says that any company whose primary mission isn't media is forbidden from using any pictures taken at the Olympics, sharing, and even reposting anything from the official Olympics account.

Reminds me of the time when the IOC decided the card game Legend of the Five Rings somehow infringed on their trademarks.

This from the same crowd that refuses to ban Russia in the face of clear evidence of a state sponsored doping program.

Comment Accountability (Score 1) 168

The bean counters would still do it without the CEO's direction, since it directly affects the company's ability to pay the employees (including said bean counters) salaries.

Company wide tax mitigation does not happen without C-suite executives being involved. Period. Virtually everything accountants do affects the financial statements and those are reviewed closely by the CEO and his direct reports if they care to keep their jobs. As such it does not happen without oversight with the head of the company leading that oversight.

And they would be under less pressure to do illegal tax dodges, since they would bear direct responsibility for those decisions instead of "just following orders.

Accountants DO bear direct responsibility for their actions and can (and occasionally do) go to jail for "illegal tax dodges". They are the first ones thrown under the bus if something shady is going on. Most tax dodges are 100% legal and there is a cottage industry in finding clever ways to legally reduce tax. The only ones who do it illegally are the ones who are too dumb to know better.

Hang the CEOs, watch the company do better as the people who actually know their jobs do them without outside interference.

If you want to see what a company looks like when you let the accounting and finance people do their jobs "without outside interference" I direct your attention to Enron. What you are proposing is a one way ticket to Fraudtown. A CEO who isn't keeping a close eye on the where the money goes in the company is not doing his/her job and should be fired.

Comment Wishful thinking (Score 1) 566

But airplanes have been flying with Autopilot for decades, and the legal situation is quite clear - the pilot is responsible for flying the plane, and the Autopilot is just an assist that automates some of the boring stuff.

And that is exactly how it should be in automobiles as well. The driver is the responsible party. When we get to fully automated vehicles things might get a little more complicated but for now it's pretty simple who is liable. The only real question is if Tesla has some sort of contributory negligence style liability as well.

Exactly the same as Tesla's Autopilot - probably why they named it Autopilot was to remind people of that.

Problem there is that to fly a plane you need to demonstrate a high level of competency and substantial amounts of training with tests to fly even the simplest of aircraft which lack autopilot. They don't let you use autopilot until they are damn sure you know what you are doing. The only tests we give to drive are some ridiculously easy tests that most teenagers can pass and we never evaluate their driving competency ever again even though many are seriously lacking in driving competence. Trusting that drivers will understand the connection to the use of the term in aviation is wishful thinking.

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