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Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

Thirded. I've owned three inkjets over the years and they were a constant source of frustration. I bought a color laser printer and it Just Works every time. If you can afford the initial cost, you'll save money in just a few years. More importantly, printing is no longer a thing I dread.

Comment Re:Motion Sickness (Score 1) 233

I love the /. mod system. +5 Interesting despite literally every response saying I'm wrong.

I'll bow to the collective knowledge of people actually suffering from motion sickness. Maybe there's some other technologies that could be added to autonomous cars to fix it, but simply putting up dark curtains sounds like it won't be enough.

Comment Fixed size arrays to handle unknown N items (Score 1) 674

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.

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