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Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

Xordin Re: Is MtGox Bitcoin? (232 comments)

A bank going broke is a bad thing because it hurts people who are unrelated to the bank's behavior. For example, a plumber could lose his pension; a butcher could lose access to his current account; a big payment to a hospital could be lost.

An economy runs better it has a trustworthy financial system. We should share the cost of bank failures so we all sleep better.

about 7 months ago

Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

Xordin Re:Boost price vs expansion price (253 comments)

Obviously, that means the price of the expansion is also $60. :)

I think that's on the high side, especially giving economic conditions. It's also a bit sad that they require you to buy the earlier expansions as well. That's a very high barrier for new players.

about 7 months ago

Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

Xordin Re:Can't imagine many will see the point (253 comments)

First, when you buy the new expansion, you get a level boost to 90 for free. You only need to buy it separately if you want multiple characters at 90.

Secondly, being good with your class is now only required for Flex level raids and higher. You can see all of the game without knowing how to play your character. Blizzard has at times re-introduced minor difficulty in 5-mans (heroic 5-mans at the start of Cataclysm, Icecrown 5-mans) but while some people liked that, most of the players didn't.

Thirdly, you say you'd be "mad to pay" $60. I could easily see myself having $60 worth of fun trying out another character class. What other things can you buy for $60? You can easily spend more just eating out in a good restaurant, and that'll give you only two hours of fun.

about 7 months ago

Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Xordin They deliver different things (712 comments)

Google has had a huge positive influence on people's lives the last decade. Search, Android, Maps... wow. They took a lot of real risk and made the right choices.

Banks are basically part of government. I'm not quite sure what JP Morgan does, but I don't think they made many people's lives better. They also don't take any real risk (they're government backed, after all) and ... they did not make quite the right choices.

The numbers are too large, but I do not doubt that Google's number should be larger.

about 7 months ago

GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

Xordin Re:Distaste of C++ (476 comments)

It's impossible to use templated code (even "well tested" code like the STL) without having to debug template issues yourself.

Even std::list is so unbelievably tricky to use that writing your own C list would give you better quality.

about a year and a half ago

GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

Xordin Re:Distaste of C++ (476 comments)

Totally agree. I've maintained a couple of C++ codebases in my time. It would take weeks to expand my C++ knowledge to where I could understand the favorite language patterns of the old maintainer.

Running old C++ code through Valgrind is hilarious. It's hard to believe how many things even experienced C++ coders get wrong.

about a year and a half ago

GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

Xordin Is this about Copyright Assignment? (476 comments)

The LWN article linked to is about "Copyright assignment" (

The author seems to complain that he cannot retain copyright over his work.

Does that mean he doesn't want to code for free anymore?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?

Xordin 6 months is normal (341 comments)

Big companies tend to negotiate long payment periods. We're I work we don't pay anyone within 6 months. We also make it a point to dispute invoices.

Our suppliers have professional salesmen that make a living trying to rip us off.

That's the environment. Play the game- charge more for your next contract, keep trying to collect your invoice, and above all,stay on friendly terms.

about a year and a half ago

Actual Damages For 1 Download = Cost of a 1 License

Xordin Re:Not quite punitive (647 comments)

It's not stealing; that would be taking someone else's software away.

It's more like sharing what you do not have a right to share. So if you put up a song, you get to pay for it a hundredfold. Seems pretty punitive to me.

more than 2 years ago

Tenenbaum remanded for further proceedings

Xordin Cost award (3 comments)

The court said it awarded costs to plaintiffs. Any idea what price range that would be in?

more than 2 years ago

Dutch To Introduce Net Neutrality By Law

Xordin They'll have to compete on network quality now (228 comments)

Telco's are basically searching for a way to get a share of Google's profits. The plan was to introduce new subscriptions that would allow them to block Google. Unless Google agreed to pay them per search.

This wouldn't work if there was real competition. But there are just 3 telco's and they're all hurt by decreasing income form voice and sms.

This law will encourage telecoms to compete on bandwidth and network quality instead of financial trickery and monopoly abuse. Should be a good thing for consumers.

more than 3 years ago

The Laidoff Ninja

Xordin Re:recruiters (237 comments)

I think they were afraid if the company and I contacted each other (i.e. I interviewed) without an agreement in place for the recruiter, the company would somehow be able to duck their fee. Fees are usually between one and three month salaries, which is real money. In addition, they can negotiate a lower salary without a recruiter present. Recruiters are just doing their job. Don't call someone "self-serving" just because his interests are not aligned with yours.

more than 4 years ago

Singer In Grocery Store Ordered To Pay Royalties

Xordin Re:The radio makes senes, but not the singer (645 comments)

The money I make a year on songwriting could maybe buy a nice dinner. Without someone looking out for my interests, I'd make nothing. I've heard that maybe 1% of the price people pay for songs ends up going to the artists.

more than 4 years ago

The Duct Tape Programmer

Xordin Re:Architecture astronauts (551 comments)

The idea of a programmer getting better in transitions is a fantasy. Programmers start out good or bad, and on average don't improve much. They move up the ladder by getting more knowledgeable about the organization; coding less, and talking more.

You sound like you moved past the coding long ago.

more than 4 years ago

The Duct Tape Programmer

Xordin Re:Bad Mischaracterization (551 comments)

[quote]But the reality is that anyone who thinks they are a DTP isn't one, and they'll cut too many corners, and produce something that is the equivalent of a go-cart that makes it through one race and then falls to bits, because duct tape just isn't that durable, and people who rely on it in production environments are dangerous idiots.[/quote]

Netscape transformed the face of IT; maybe even of humanity.

What kind of impact do your programs have?

more than 4 years ago

The Duct Tape Programmer

Xordin Re:So, does the Duct Tape Programmer... (551 comments)

No, I don't forgive them for writing obfuscated spaghetti code and leaving it for me to maintain.

"Spaghetti code" is just a term used by programmers to describe someone else's work.

more than 4 years ago

Why Developers Get Fired

Xordin Re:Show UI stuff (535 comments)

And guess what, they're right. If you show UI early on, people get a better mental image of where you are going. You can then respond to feedback early in the development cycle, which is priceless.

The strategy you ironically list as "unrewarding" results in an excellent code base that doesn't solve anyone's problem.

more than 4 years ago

Humans Evolving 100 Times Faster Than Ever

Xordin Trolls way ahead in evolution (584 comments)

What be happening mon?

You concept of evolution is slow compared to our daily respec.

more than 6 years ago


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