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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

gatkinso Re:Anthropometrics (811 comments)

OMG.

I have flown over a million miles on United... and this is appalling. A Premium Service flight *used* to be an aircraft with all Economy Plus seats with increased recline pitch, a section of United domestic First where E+ would be on a conventional aircraft, and lie flat seats in First. Better food and entertainment. The fare price was roughly double.

Having stopped flying in 2010 I now see that as of 2012 a PS flight is simply a normal flight with a few Global first seats up front and wifi.

Well, I guess the decision to stop travelling for work was a good one.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

gatkinso Tabs in Make (727 comments)

Because why not base syntax on an invisible character?

Blahblahblah show whitespace. Whatever. I was showing your Mom whitespace before she met your father, whippersnapper.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

gatkinso Motherfuckers (166 comments)

Coffee is already perfect. Mess with it at your peril.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

gatkinso Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

Stop being rational!

I say that because the people under discussion banned paper bags in their country... simply because a recycled paper bag *might* contain a fiber or two from a Koran... so rational discourse is clearly irrelevant.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

gatkinso No (381 comments)

Not in a million years.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

gatkinso Nuclear weapons (144 comments)

I wonder if any of these shapes are found in the pit of modern nuclear weapons.

IIRC reading about the Fat Man devices the explosives/lenses were the shape of a conventional soccer ball, which as it turns out is sub-optimal.

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

gatkinso Re:98th percentile worldwide ... (561 comments)

>> Everywhere else they usually get what they deserve.

So, for speaking one's mind, someone should "get what they deserve."

I don't know where you come from, but FUCK that place.

about 3 months ago
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Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

gatkinso Re:Are you getting it yet? (206 comments)

No... it means that the people running the equipment produced by AMD, Apple, Cisco, Dell, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun are from the same country as you.

about 3 months ago
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Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

gatkinso Re:Are you getting it yet? (206 comments)

What kind of fools would trust their internal government communications to a foreign company in the first place?

about 3 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

gatkinso Re:WTF? How is this not self incrimination? (560 comments)

He already incriminated himself when he told the cops that there was evidence on the encrypted drives.

about 3 months ago
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The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

gatkinso Re:More Republican garbage (133 comments)

Hitler and Mussolini were fascists... certainly not left wing.

about 3 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

gatkinso Re:I keep *hearing* about age discrimination... (370 comments)

It depends. Having a security clearance helps insulate one from this. Having left such work for pure commercial work I definitely see it, whereas I never saw it in the government space.

about 3 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

gatkinso Pushing 50 and still going (370 comments)

Still on top of the coding game at my age. I went into management for about 5 years but that wasn't for me. I was good at it but I found it tedious and I find meetings to be insufferable.

Will probably get out soon, have some other things I may want to pursue.

It hasn't been easy: constantly learning new technology is becoming a PITA. The same old arguments with the youngsters: no - style doesn't matter as long as it is consistent, yes - this is the way we do it (was not even my second choice of style btw), no - we will not revamp the entire code base because you like tabs, thanks for an hour of useless back and forth.

Also staying late at the end of sprints annoys the hell out of me... mainly because these late sprint spikes are rarely the result of my work (in fact, this has only happened once that I can recall and I told the rest of the team to go home while I fixed my own mess). So yeah, I am leaving now - to go see my kids not that it is any of your business as I don't question you when you show up late with a hangover... no, I am not going to stay late to fix your work yet again.

But all of this is moot: the real issue is that I am not doing a better job than many devs with ~15 years of experience. But I probably make more money (not always tho! Some of these late 30's dev are making BANK). Being completely logical about the issue I would definitely get rid the higher pay guy first. It is that simple.

about 3 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

gatkinso Re:Families come first (370 comments)

What you say is true. I have left work either on time or sometimes early to take care of my kids.

But my younger colleagues often times show up late (or not at all) with hangovers, my piss will test 100% clean and many of theirs will not, and I spend my time at wok actually working as opposed to a lot of socializing and what not.

So choose your poison.

about 3 months ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

gatkinso So write it, John (167 comments)

Nothing is stopping you.

Apache 2.0 please.

about 3 months ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

gatkinso Re:Russians have better engines (179 comments)

Proven technology - not necessarily superior.

that said military thinking prized proven above all else... so your point is valid until proven otherwise.

about 3 months ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

gatkinso Re:Move 10% of the military budget (179 comments)

In case you are not up on not so current events, the last attack on the US was executed by a few guys with box cutters and multitools.

about 3 months ago

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