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Comment Fixed size arrays to handle unknown N items (Score 1) 671

Memory is cheap. Sometimes it's just plain faster and simpler to allocate an oversize fixed-size-array than to mess with dynamically allocating and freeing memory.

Fixed size arrays explode if N ever gets above your array size. There are many cases where you should NEVER do this... anything safety-critical or crash-critical or anything which might come under attack. However there are cases where you can assign an acceptable real-world practical limit on N and simply allocate an abundance of memory for it.

Comment Depends on what you use it for... (Score 1) 114

(Posting again as myself and not accidentally AC)

Honestly it comes down to what you end up using it for. I have an older 360 that I mainly use for media right now and occasionally gaming. The ability to upgrade to a XB1 which has backwards compatibility for most games I play, coupled with both a 4K video player and a UHD-BD drive for $299 is very tempting. Most new UHD drives cost way more than that (I know price will come down).

That being said, as a casual gamer and more media consumer, this hits my sweet spot.

Comment Re:Not to worry (Score 1) 104

Is that how it works? "App has permissions it was explicitly granted" isn't a great headline.

I was sort of hoping someone on /. would explain this. I've read three different puff pieces, and I still have no idea how these permissions were granted. Have people been tapping "Grant all rights to my Google Account", and being surprised by the result?

Comment Re:Do Whatever You Can Afford (Score 1) 765

>If you're not being mistreated, then don't be a jerk.

I don't even think you have to be a jerk. I worked at company that's software product was devved and QA'd by Indian and Pakistani relatives. There was token non-Indians like me (We were also the most customer facing), and the nepotism was so rampant that the rest of us had to carry most of the work. The relatives were completely useless, completely clueless.

My boss called me a "Stupid baby" in front of the HR lady. We had gotten into it months earlier, I took a picture of a funny note I had left in the kitchen over some stolen pizza on facebook. He said, "People know you work for us, they're gonna think we have theives here" I had kept detailed documentation of all my work and just sat there calmly as he read me the riot act. It made him even more pissed off that I sat there with a smug look on my face presenting my side to HR. Even things like really nice letters from the customers, and my complete Jira history.

Thing was, I already had a job offer... The next morning I calmly walked in before he came in and sat down with the HR lady. I handed in my laptop, a printed sheet of passwords and told her I was done after the previous days meeting. What else could I say?

It made me pretty legendary status how cool I just left the situation. Just skated on out of there with a smile on my face. My job was going to get better, and this H1-B relative of another H1-B was still going to be working for his cousin.

Comment Re:Galactic North... (Score 0) 268

Actually, it would be a good reason to dust off aether theory. Maybe all these quantum waves really do travel through a medium.

(and before anyone jumps on me, the Michelson-Morley experiment only proved that we can't detect aether using Newtonian models. It never proved aether can't exist)

Comment Re:Uber income (Score 5, Insightful) 323

Really, given the facts on display and a history of the 19th century only a few clicks away, why exactly does Uber still have defenders?

Because the taxi racket has been enjoying its monopoly for too long. Where I am, we have some of the highest taxi prices in Canada while many the taxi drivers are near minimum wage (because the drivers rent the licenses from the people who could actually afford them). An Uber driver told me he makes more money on Uber than he did driving a cab, although I didn't ask if that factored in vehicle wear'n'tear.

Everyone I know had pretty much stopped taking cabs because they were so unreliable. You could end up waiting an hour longer than claimed, or the cab just wouldn't show. Uber has effectively brought taxis back into our lives as a viable option.

From everything I've heard, Uber takes advantage of its workers and uses some pretty shady tactics. I support government regulation to ensure drivers can make a decent wage. But they've disrupted a market that desperately needed disrupting and have noticeably improved my personal standard of living.

So given the choice between Uber and the previous status quo? Yeah, I'm an Uber Defender, if a cautious one.

Comment Re:No, aliens are silent because of time (Score 1) 559

The galactic scale actually helps the pro-alien viewpoint. There are so many billions of planets in the galaxy that we would expect them to spawn life. Many systems in our galaxy are far older than Earth. By the time the Earth was formed, the linked solar system had already had a chance to evolve from accretion disk->Kardashians.

And yet the galactic scale is no impediment to colonization. Assuming a 0.0025*c travel speed, it would take only 50 million years to colonize the galaxy. That's nothing in galactic terms.

So maybe alien life is common, but not a single one of the isolated species decided to expand to the stars. Maybe travel between the stars is somehow impossible, even for machines. Maybe they're extinct or maybe then never existed to begin with. But one thing that doesn't explain the absence of aliens is the vast galactic scale. It's smaller than you think.

Comment Re:The man in the mirror (Score 3, Insightful) 217

I think that's the point of calling you sociopathic. You shouldn't need a reason, because the empathy present in most humans would be enough.

I can't give you a personal reason, but I can give you one that applies to people as a collective: I live the full live I have now because of the sacrifices made by the generations that came before. People who put off their own happiness to improve the world in some way. It's a form of paying it forward, and I have a huge debt. I'll never be able compensate those countless generations who got the world to where it is now, but I can do my part to improve upon their work.

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