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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Drethon Re:Safety vs Law (397 comments)

And then ere are the cities in my area that were forced to up their speed limit by the state because they were setting them too low... then the next city over still has the low speed limits.

12 hours ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Drethon Re:Stupid (557 comments)

Yep, far more likely the hundreds of people I dealt with are the weird ones.

5 days ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Drethon Re:Stupid (557 comments)

I'm a white male and I felt like a wierd alien and shit got uncomfortable for me when dealing with most people outside of a few of the CS students at College.

about a week ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

Drethon Re:Simplified algorithm (177 comments)

Or

if defendant.lawyer_pay > plaintiff.lawyer_pay
winner = defendant
else
winner = plaintiff

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

Drethon Re:biased algorith (177 comments)

You mean like all the cosmological (is that the word?) algorithms and models that match how the universe was created?

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Drethon Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Chaos in the Skies just had an episode about airplane crashes due to autopilot error. A couple things they stated is humans are usually rather poor at monitoring automated systems and that some airlines now require the pilot to have their hands on the controls while the autopilot is in control on approach. I wonder if we will get to the point some day where self driving cars are only allowed if a human has hands on the wheel.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

Drethon Re:Idiots (205 comments)

In software development you need to learn how to program, you don't really need to know how to program in a specific language other than understanding what syntax is. Once you know how to program you can program in most any language with not much more than a quick reference.

about two weeks ago
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Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

Drethon Re:There is a simple solution (171 comments)

How many of those games have obvious in app purchasing before you get the bill?

about two weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Drethon Re:I don't assemble computers. (391 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.

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Drethon Since the i7 (391 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.

about three weeks ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Drethon Re:So! The game is rigged! (570 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.

about three weeks ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Drethon Re:You needn't charge anything (570 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.

about three weeks ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Drethon Re:Who cares? (234 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...).

about three weeks ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Drethon Re:Who cares? (234 comments)

Does the license agreement say it wont install SecuROM?

about three weeks ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Drethon Re:Who cares? (234 comments)

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

about three weeks ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Drethon Um no... (372 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 month ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Drethon Re:Who is stopping him? (372 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 month 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 a month 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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