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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

St.Creed Re:Damn cars! (106 comments)

That strongly depends on the make and brand of the car.

In my car, if you do that you won't even be able to leave the driveway when it has snowed. On the other hand... I see what you did there :)

about two weeks ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

St.Creed Re:Not creepy (106 comments)

"Left! Left!"

"I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that."

about two weeks ago
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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

St.Creed Re:Sinking ship... (93 comments)

We were running a casual guild, open to all, no requirements except "don't be an asshole". Even that was too much for some people.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

St.Creed Re:Bah humbug. (415 comments)

I was saying that basic was an intermediate stage that noone wanted to bother with. If you want memory locations and jumps, going straight to assembly is the easier route, IMO, because it drops the syntactic clutter of C64 basic. If you want conditionals etc. you are better off with Pascal.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

St.Creed Re:Bah humbug. (415 comments)

Don't teach people GOTO and GOSUB, teach them loops, conditionals and data structures. Then teach them assembly.

No need to learn them a bad intermediate language nobody uses. And even most C64 owners dropped it ASAP and went straight for assembly.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

St.Creed Re:Java or Python (415 comments)

Why o why do people drop Pascal? It's still one of the best languages to learn how to program: it's typesafe, compilers plenty, and you can easily create custom types (records). With pointers to records you can make lists, trees etc. - all the constructs basic to the trade.

about three weeks ago
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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

St.Creed Re:There is no such thing.... (93 comments)

He means he needs time to grind all those cards and get them in one deck together. Not much skill involved, no.

about three weeks ago
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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

St.Creed Re:Sinking ship... (93 comments)

My biggest gripe is the ability of a committed player to solo or PUG almost anything in the game, meaning relationships of trust and teamwork aren't required as they were in XI or older WoW. There's your maturity issue - anyone can be a childish jerk because they can just reform the party or queue up for a random assignment...

For me, that was the reason to quit as well. When there was no longer a need for 80 people to behave in a guild in order to even have a shot at running Molten Core, or Deathwings Lair, the pressure on behaving yourself dropped. By the time 10 people were enough for everything, every guild had fractured and you could just PUG everything. For me, the social aspect of the game was the most interesting. When that went out the door, the appeal went as well.

I'll never regret my time spent as part of the leadership of a large guild though. It gave me a lot of experience in dealing with people - enough even to quit my job and start out for myself because I felt I had outgrown the job I held at the time.

about three weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

St.Creed Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

The problem with eugenics was not just that it said that culling undesirables was a way to improve the species, it also specifically designated who was undesirable: the poor, the retarded, the jews, blacks, and everyone who differed from the social norm in general. Now tell me: what genetic condition would produce dissenters? Or unemployed? The whole concept was way more retarded than its victims.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

St.Creed Re:Job Hopping (282 comments)

I was a permanent worker with a job for 3.5 years and one for 10 years, then I went freelance and got all kinds of 6 months/3 months/12 months contracts. That gave me a different perspective. What I see is that there is zero correlation between length of employment and how good someone is. I know a couple of freelancers that have very long CV's, but they're not so hot because they're hot potatoes that don't deliver. And I've seen a few people who stayed for years at the same company because they couldn't get anything else. And all the situations in between.

Anyone selecting workers based on their history alone is basing himself on a KPI with very low predictive value. The reason *why* someone left is much more important.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

St.Creed Re:We can thank corporate America (282 comments)

I run projects with companies that last for 3-6 months, delivering complete data warehouses (at least the first iteration, documentation and trained permanent employees). And that includes the time to start things up, get the resources, people and materials, etc.

18 months is longer than my longest project to date. I've had to fire someone from a project where he wasn't making a positive contribution in *week two*. Let alone 18 months. I really can't imagine that.

Maybe it's a bit like the people who claim you need years of experience with a certain toolset to become proficient. To which I reply: "so getting a Ph.D. in physics or CS is easier than learning the quirks of your tool? Get a better one." The same goes for your business. If it takes 18 months to learn the quirks, there's something wrong and perhaps you need to bring in someone with a fresh perspective for a second opinion.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

St.Creed Re:We can thank corporate America (282 comments)

This system was actually prevalent in more countries, like The Netherlands. However, the pension funds *did* check any suspicious last-minute pay rises (over the last few years before retiring). My father worked for a company that did that once, the pension fund inquired, they couldn't provide a good reason and the pension fund said: "okay, we'll not harm our client, but every cent we have to pay above the normal pension she'd have received otherwise will be payed by you". They then pre-calculated the pension and fined the company for the full amount. They never tried that particular trick again.

So my view is that the last-month pension isn't the problem by itself. It's the lack of checks and balances which made it untenable.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

St.Creed Re:Maybe (282 comments)

If you're good at negotiating, you can even get yourself a 4-day work week.

In the financial sector (locally), it's impossible to work *more* than 4 days a week. You don't get any contract offered with more than 36 hours (4x9). I work slightly less, because I'm on schedule with 4x8 (and a bit). Fortunately I got a new contract with a 50% pay rise this year.

about a month ago
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Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

St.Creed Re:Gambling with exchange rates (115 comments)

I expect exchange rates to move in my favor, but that's just a side benefit. The real advantage of abandoning the Dollar for Bitcoin is that my liquidity and savings are no longer tied up in murder-based blood money.

Bitcoin is a human rights movement.

Are we talking about the bitcoin that was used on Silk Road? Because i'm pretty sure it wasn't the Red Cross and the Salvation Army trading their stuff there.

about a month ago
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Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

St.Creed Re:Draper didn't do anything wrong (115 comments)

Yes, I'm sure that will deter the mafia when they come over to collect their assets: "it wasn't me! honest it wasn't! I just happened to find the bitcoins at an auction!" :)

about a month ago
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FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

St.Creed Re:T-Mobile's Reponse (110 comments)

Given the FTC complaint, if the statements made there are true T-mobile's going to be paying a lot of money this year: The FTC claims they made it impossible for the customer to detect the fraud in the first place, ignored all warning signs from those that managed to detect it anyway, then did not provide full refunds in all cases but partial at best, none at worst - and told those customers to deal with the scammers themselves while failing to provide the contact details they had.

If these things can be proven (should be pretty easy, the accusations are highly specific), T-mobile is looking at a pretty hefty class action suit.

about 1 month ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

St.Creed Re:Plastic is not _only_ plastic (304 comments)

... a plastic is like a steak. It is definitely _not_ only a piece of beef, but also the sauce (which itself is made of the starchy gravy - which can be broken up to other more basic components, - the flavoring [salt, sugar, spices, and so on]), plus the added chemicals, such as the aromatics (which is largely benzene group) that were formed when that beef was put over the fire

What are you *doing* to that poor steak??? With that much shit tacked onto it, you might as well eat fishsticks.

about 1 month ago
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Want To Resell Your Ebooks? You'd Better Act Fast

St.Creed Re:The right to read. (72 comments)

Fortunately, in the EU it's been slapped down hard. If you want to have a rental license, it means recurring payments and the right to cancel the license (why do you think Microsoft is focusing so hard on Office365 with its monthly payments?). If it's a sale, you get one payment but afterwards First Sale doctrine applies and the rights of the original seller are exhausted.

Sanest decision in years, IMO.

about a month ago
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Fixing Faulty Genes On the Cheap

St.Creed Re:CRISPR (105 comments)

* Which would be amusing given the penchant for the right to be mostly white, convervative males, in the US and Europe. Boy does this joke suck or what.

about a month ago

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