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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Drethon Re:I don't assemble computers. (229 comments)

I have a bit of that but usually with some fiddling I can get it to work again. The testing department loves me because I can break pretty much anything for them with minimal effort.

2 days ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Drethon Since the i7 (229 comments)

Haven't seen a whole lot of need to upgrade my last computer since I built it with a first or second generation i7 processor. Still plenty fast enough.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Drethon Re:So! The game is rigged! (560 comments)

Yep, I've got ~725 credit and have never (to my knowledge) paid interest on a credit card. Actually they pay me since my two cards are cash back so I rarely use cash, just watch every charge like I was spending cash from my bank.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Drethon Re:You needn't charge anything (560 comments)

I've got a credit score around 725 after 10 years out of college and I've always paid my balance. I've always had a good credit score, I think the only significant strike is low account age as I've closed out a couple bad credit cards.

2 days ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Drethon Re:Who cares? (232 comments)

The license agreement with the federal, state and local governments say Balmer can't throw a chair at me. His parents signed that agreement when he was born (I'm presuming he is born american...).

2 days ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Drethon Re:Who cares? (232 comments)

Does the license agreement say it wont install SecuROM?

3 days ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Drethon Re:Who cares? (232 comments)

How do you vote with your wallet on a free game?

3 days ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Drethon Um no... (368 comments)

I would not work for a company that told me to just write code. While a lot of standards and management go overboard, it is mostly about the fact that when working in the corporate environment I have almost never reworked my own code. 95%+ of what I work on is updating someone else's code and I'd rather the time and effort learning their code be saved by them following some sort of standards.

Most companies don't even spend enough time writing requirements to define what the software should do. They often focus on the most important 5% of the design and ignore the rest, then complain that what I implemented doesn't match what they didn't tell me they wanted.

about a week ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Drethon Re:Who is stopping him? (368 comments)

In my line of work its less often a moving target and more about being too vague. When multiple implementations meet the requirement I often seem to end up with the one that the designers say don't match... even when I tell them my plans before hand.

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Drethon Re:Boobies (362 comments)

In avionics sexual harassment is part of business terminology (well not really). At one point I had like a half a dozen different examples like this: http://www.airliners.net/aviat... (avionics fast erection).

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Drethon Re:Newsflash! (362 comments)

Personally I am very offended by the lack of profanity around some of the offices I work at. Overly polite workers are hiding secrets that could explode out and lead to a workplace rampage. Excess profanity indicates people who are dealing with their anger at work in a very healthy manner.

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about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Drethon Re:The death of trains (195 comments)

Meh, mostly in the US if something is dangerous we prefer to regulate it out of existence rather than make it safer anyway.

I do find it interesting we can design a stock car that allows the driver to walk away from a 200+ MPH collision with a brick wall and still go like a bat out of hell but not so much with trains. I suppose fuel efficiency was never a major concern with the stock car though.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re: No real surprise (710 comments)

Me, gullible? I've never fallen for anything! Excuse me, I have a bridge in New York to procure.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:Someone who gets it!!!!! (710 comments)

I want your coordinated lights, where I'm at I'm lucky to hit three in a row most of the time so I'm used to not getting up to speed for that light in a quarter mile that will still be red 15 seconds after I get there (and 20 seconds after the brake dust clears from the guy that went as fast as he could).

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:user error (710 comments)

Yeah most of my areas are when I'm going to have to stop already, I just prefer not to wear out the breaks when I have a chance. I don't slow down unless I have an indication I will have no choice and I tend to avoid being particularly drastic in heavy traffic (ex only slowing down early enough that I get there maybe 5 seconds later than the guy slamming on the brakes). But your points are still valid, like I say use when appropriate.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:user error (710 comments)

I'll admit 2-3 gallons per load is pretty good but my wife usually uses about 2 gallons, plus our dishwasher is at least 10 years old and I'm not too big on buying a brand new one.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:user error (710 comments)

75% of the time I end up catching up to them at every stop light. And my non accelerating ass gets up to 60 in about 8 seconds when there isn't a car in front of me. I tend to only hypermile when I'm going to have to stop shortly, otherwise I get up to speed and stay there (You know, five miles above that number on those white signs over there? Many of those people that blow by me do it when I'm at the speed limit too and wonder why I'm always catching up to them).

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:user error (710 comments)

Almost no sensors along the streets I drive and few filter lanes though the point is valid.

about two weeks ago

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C/C++ Most Popular Again?

Drethon Drethon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Drethon (1445051) writes "On this day in 2008 a submission was posted that C/C++ was loosing ground so I decided to check out its current state. It seems that C has returned to the top while Java has dropped by the same amount, VB and PHP have dropped drastically, C++ is holding fast but now in third place and Objective-C and C# have climbed quite a bit.

2008 data thanks to SatanicPuppy:

1. Java.....20.5%
2. C........14.7%
3. VB.......11.6%
4. PHP......10.3%
5. C++.......9.9%
6. Perl......5.9%
7. Python....4.5%
8. C#........3.8%
9. Ruby......2.9%
10. Delphi...2.7%

The other 10 in the top 20 are:
JavaScript, D, PL/SQL, SAS, Pascal, Lisp/Scheme, FoxPro/xBase, COBOL, Ada, and ColdFusion"
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What is holding back the paperless office?

Drethon Drethon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Drethon (1445051) writes "CNN has an article (are we up to the millionth article on this topic?) asking if the paperless office has arrived: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/18/paperless.office/index.html?hpt=Sbin.

This got me wondering, what are the main things holding back the paperless office? Just off the top of my head the main thing keeping me printing out documents is the ability to spread a dozen pages of a document under review out on my table and marking it up by hand. PDF and Word markups are not too bad but they still lack the ability to spread many pages out to look over at the same time and could be improved to make markup a bit less restrictive. I do find myself printing out less with the use of dual monitors to have source documents and work under progress up at the same time, perhaps something like Microsoft's tabletop computer used as a desk will let me have at least a paperless desk.

I know there are other reasons why offices are not becoming paperless. What are your reasons?"

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