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Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

anarcobra Re:Heh (151 comments)

Sounds like Larry Nivens Cloak of Anarchy.

about two weeks ago

Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

anarcobra Re:I would rather see 1000 terrorists go free... (562 comments)

If the choice is between dying and not dying, then yes, not dying is better.
But if the choice is between loosing my freedom and maybe dying, then having my freedom is far more important to me.

about two weeks ago

FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

anarcobra Re:Time to abandon normal phones? (217 comments)

Maybe it's time for phone companies to allow white lists for who can call a number.

about two weeks ago

Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

anarcobra Re:Biased Institutions FTW (784 comments)

Are you saying they set up these plans without consulting the actual people they are making plans about?
What happens if you move, or change jobs?
Do they purposefully make it hard for people to follow their rules?

about two weeks ago

Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

anarcobra Re:Right Place (448 comments)

How often do you have to watch sports in order to not become a fat ass in the basement?

about three weeks ago

The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

anarcobra Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Why should anyone have almost perpetual* control over something he thought up one day?
14 years is more than enough to make money off the movie, and after that there is nothing stopping you from making more movies about it.
Get a trademark for the "Star Wars" name if you don't want others using it. Also, Disney doesn't get to "take" anything.
Sure they could make a remake or whatever after 14 years, but then again, so could the original creator.

* I know that 70 years after death isn't perpetual, but it might as well be since everyone who was alive when that IP was released will be dead when it comes out of copyright.

about a month and a half ago

Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

anarcobra Re:Yes!!! Please don't pay me overtime!!!! (545 comments)

The point of overtime pay isn't to get payed more.
It's to encourage your employer to hire more people rather than overwork you.
The fact that you misunderstood this and used overtime to get more pay doesn't mean that overtime is bad.
Without overtime your employer will just make you work more without paying you more.
And I'm sure if you don't want overtime pay you can negotiate with your employe about it.

about 2 months ago

Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

anarcobra Re:And for a contrarian view.... (545 comments)

This whole expectation that people put in 60 hours without compensation is the problem in the first place.
So is the "you haven't managed to negotiate a better deal? sucks to be you" attitude.

about 2 months ago

Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

anarcobra Re:If I demanded overtime, I'd be unemployed (545 comments)

> a dozen or so extra unpaid hours a week
That's more than 2 hours extra per day (assuming standard 5 day work week).
That's pretty bad.

about 2 months ago

Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

anarcobra Re:No (545 comments)

Yes, it is to be expected that you be able to pay people for the work they do.
If you can't finish your project without overtime that is a management failure.
You either pay for the extra work, or you hire more people.

about 2 months ago

Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

anarcobra Hard to say (346 comments)

Without knowing what he means by "digital media company" and what changes exactly were taking place it's impossible to know.
Maybe the staff overreacted to some BS corporate email?
Maybe the publication was being turned into something with typical clickbait articles, because it makes more profits?

about 2 months ago

Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

anarcobra Re:Depends on Embargo Lift (474 comments)

I think you should be able to write a review for a shitty game in 17 hours.
All the other companies will be tied to the 17 hour embargo. As a company that isn't allowed a preview copy you can just buy one on release, play it for an hour, and then publish a story about how shit their game is. It seems like a better deal than getting the preview game.

about 3 months ago

The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

anarcobra Re:motion sickness (286 comments)

I thought the problem with motion sickness was the discrepancy between your eyes telling you you're moving, and your body telling you you're not?
So wouldn't this be better for them?

about 3 months ago

The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

anarcobra Re:Monochrome, Yes (347 comments)

Having three lights is pointless anyway.
You only need one.
Stop when it's off, go when it's on.

about 3 months ago

FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

anarcobra SR1107 2011-12 SUPEREAL (700 comments)

I think the most interesting part of the story was this little gem:
> This chip is completely different! We can notice right away that number of contact pads is much higher than needed. Chip has marking "SR1107 2011-12 SUPEREAL"

I'm guessing that's supposed to be SUPER EAL, which as far as I can tell isn't an actual Evaluation Assurance Level, but that's just hilarious given the situation.

about 3 months ago

GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

anarcobra Start rant here (156 comments)

Ok, maybe I've been doing it wrong all these years, but emacs default indenting scheme is completely braindead imho. (or should I say GNU indenting scheme)
Of all the indenting schemes they could have chosen, they chose the one that is the most inconsistent.
Generally here are some common indentation schemes:
Tabs only
Spaces only
Tabs for indent level, spaces for alignment
Which one do you think emacs uses by default? None of the above.
No, emacs uses spaces for indenting 4 spaces, and tabs for indenting 8 spaces.
This means that if you write a function whose name is at indentation level 0, the braces will be indented by 2 spaces.
The code will be indented by 4 spaces. If you then start an if statement, the code in the if statement will be indented not by 8 spaces, but by 1 tab.
This is completely braindead and breaks completely if you ever over one of those files in an editor with tabs configured differently.
At least with the other approaches you can still open the file in an other editor and have the indentation levels make some kind of sense.

about 3 months ago

Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

anarcobra Re:A bit silly (245 comments)

It doesn't really matter though.
You can use git to commit onto an svn or perforce or whatever repository.
You get to use git locally, and the company gets to have its big central repository.

about 3 months ago

Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

anarcobra Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

I just have to be a pedant here, but a DAC is a digital to analog converter. Anyway, I've never had customs check my suitcases when leaving the US (or noticed it at least). Maybe it's different for Argentina, or for high end stuff like Teslas. It seems pretty strange that they'd make such a big deal of it, since they ship lots of units to other countries, which presumably don't limit the amount that are sent to other countries (unless they do, I wouldn't know).

about 5 months ago

Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

anarcobra Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

The US is notorious for inventing reasons not to import stuff, but that story about the Teslas is a bit strange.
How would they stop you from simply flying there, buying 10 of them and taking them home in your suitcase?
It's not like they check your passport when you buy them is it?

about 5 months ago


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