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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

goofballs Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (2288 comments)

they are two inches by four inches, you fucking cocksmoker.

no, no they're not. a 2x4 is 1.5" x 3.5".

more than 3 years ago
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Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

goofballs Re:Developers Bitch (335 comments)

The tethering app wasn't discovered because it was extremely difficult to trigger - it required very specific network settings, a multi-step setup process, and tapping different colors in a specific pattern just to enable the tether. Very different from discovering an app is sending your data off wholesale.

yup, different. much more like THIS iphone app. ;D http://www.pcworld.com/article/188595/

more than 4 years ago
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Murdoch's UK Paywall a Miserable Failure

goofballs Re:Duh... (428 comments)

I wouldn't call the economist far right... they are in favor of legalization of drugs, for instance, and are generally against all forms of prohibitionism. I think they are quite left-wing on many social issues (in favor of civil liberties, etc), and a bit right wing on economy (as in strongly free market oriented).

simply put, they are classically liberal.

more than 4 years ago
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Zoho Don't Need No Stinking Ph.D. Programmers

goofballs Re:Yay for common sense (612 comments)

Paying 4X my current taxes for 40 years will be cheaper than my student loans.

sounds like you did an astonishingly bad job picking a school and major.

more than 4 years ago
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Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time"

goofballs Re:he won't be (619 comments)

Maybe I`m a masochist .. but I would _love_ my day in court to rail against this straight jacket society that we are becoming.

Like everything eventually does .. fair hiring has gone _way_ too far. I`m all for everyone getting a fair shake, but eventually you won't even be allowed to ask for a name.. lest they don't get the job and claim it's because you have it out for guy's named "Jack".

I figure if I ask the question in good faith.. I'd feel quite happy arguing my point in a court room.

you might be happy with it, but it's pretty well established that there's a pretty f'in good chance you'd lose. then you would have caused yourself a ridiculous amount of time and money for no good reason (being that it's been well established what the safe bounds of interview questions are).

with your attitude, if your company lets you continue to interview, they're opening themselves to a LOT of liability.

i used to feel the same way as you do, until i became a manager and had to take all the legal training regarding what you can and can't ask, with real life examples of when the company has gotten in trouble for w/ hiring. it's absolutely amazing how easy it is to get into trouble legally.

about 5 years ago
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Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time"

goofballs Re:he won't be (619 comments)

As for what a person does (non programming) in their off time.. again.. I think perfectly reasonable. Also on the table in my opinion are what their favourite classes in high school were, what books/movies that like, what music, what they do with their friends on a Friday.

those are some horrendous questions to ask. say you're interviewing a great programmer, and you ask those questions. they answered that their favorite movie was brokeback mountain, and on fridays they hang out in west hollywood and suck d*ck at a glory hole. the next guy you interview for the same position ends up even more qualified, and you then end up hiring them. you may not care that they're gayer than big gay al, but the og great programmer doesn't know that, and may sue your dumb ass.

that's obviously meant to be an extreme example, but even more realistic scenarios will get you into trouble (i.e. a guy says he likes to go out with his boyfriend, or a woman says she likes to spend it with her kids, someone says they go to temple, etc).

there are some questions you can't ask, but asking some technically allowed questions will get the same answers as if you asked a illegal question, which can cause you massive headaches down the road. so stick to the questions pertaining to the job itself.

about 5 years ago
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Apple Update Means Palm Pre Can No Longer Sync With iTunes

goofballs Re:Sometimes Apple still thinks too much like a... (841 comments)

Clones are what nearly bankrupted Apple back during the 90s. Admittedly the clones were of poor quality, but they just about did the company in. While Steve did do more than just kill off the agreement under which the clones were being made, it did put Apple a fair ways back towards prosperity.

So it's more than a little understandable that they'd be clone shy.

far from being of poor quality, apple could not compete with the quality, speed, and price of the clones.

more than 5 years ago
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US To Require That New Cars Get 42 MPG By 2016

goofballs Re:Wish in one hand, crap in the other... (1186 comments)

I drive a small car... I hear the whole 'squished like a pancake' thing all the time, but despite hearing it and seeing lots of even major car accidents on the Los Angeles freeways, I see a lot of people take hits in small cars and not only survive, but their cars are still working well enough to drive them away from the scene.

maybe that's because the average commute speeds in LA are so low (5-11 mph average in the sepulveda pass). :P

more than 5 years ago
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First Look At Windows 7 On an Entry-Level Netbook

goofballs Re:Dell Mini 9 + OSX = win (435 comments)

i've only been using os x since 10.5 (on a santa rosa macbook), and had to get a new printer because it wouldn't reliably print to my canon i860 attached to a print server, even though it could see it, and the printer works with our xp and vista laptops. i replaced that printer with a hp l7580 aio- the printer works fine, but it pretty regulary can't scan.

more than 5 years ago
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A Gates Foundation Education Initiative Fizzles

goofballs Re:I stopped reading... (459 comments)

For example, the access to my country's equivalent to the ivy league schools doesn't depend on your family's wealth, which means that if you are dumb as a door knob and you happen to be the son of a billionaire then you still have to work your ass off in order to be admitted to one of those schools. It also means that if you are terribly smart and talented then you may enrol in those schools, no matter how poor you are. It's raw talent that matters, now raw cash.

and of course if you're terribly smart and talented, you can pretty much enroll in any school in the u.s. as well, and especially at the best- harvard, for example, requires NO contribution from students whose families make less than $60k, and families up to $180k are expected to contribute up to 10% of their income. it is NOT cash that prevents those who are "terribly smart and talented" from going to schools- maybe it prevents the average student, but that's a different topic... :p

more than 5 years ago
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Is Microsoft Improving Its Image?

goofballs Re:Why it is impressive (746 comments)

But is 10.3 and 10.4 being faster than 10.0 and 10.1 really an achievement? Early OS X releases, if we are to be fair, were crap.

They were only "crap" in the sense that not everything in the window manager (essentially) had been worked out as much. People didn't like Finder as much as the old, there was not as much software - but the core was in OK shape.

no no, it was also "crap" in the sense that it was pretty dog slow. it's pretty good these days though.

more than 5 years ago
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How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

goofballs Re:80 hours (1055 comments)

I think the point is more that if you're working at the kind of place where it's "up or out" and 80-hour weeks, you've probably made a bad decision somewhere along the line. If you WANT to work in that environment with those kinds of hours, you should probably see a shrink.

or they just have different priorities than you- the thing about an 'up or out' place like the poster is describing is that the payoff is HUGE; these hours are a short term sacrifice to make the seriously big bucks.

Those of us with a life outside of work (you know, wife and kids, hobbies, outside interests, a social life) can clue you in: you're not going to take any of that stuff you're buying with you when you die, and you're not going to get any of those hours back. Ever. I can guarantee that I'm not going to regret quiet evenings spent reading with my wife, afternoons spent at the pool with my daughter, or any of the many other things I enjoy doing. I doubt you can say the same for the myriad hours you're spending in the pursuit of money you don't have the time to enjoy.

when these dudes make partner and cash out at 40, i don't think they regret their choices either. for example, my buddy is a sr. manager at deloitte, on the partner list for next year. already making bank. should *easily* be able to cash out at 40. his kids will be 6 yrs old then- and he'll be able to spend as much time as he wants with them, travel with them, etc, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

goofballs Doing it 10 years- it ROCKS (1055 comments)

i've been on 9/80 for just about 10 years now. it SERIOUSLY ROCKS.

the only thing that sucks is the 'long' 5 day weeks.

more than 5 years ago
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Wiretap Whistleblower, a Life in Limbo?

goofballs SOP (521 comments)

"After the raid, Justice Department prosecutors encouraged Tamm to plead guilty to a felony for disclosing classified information -- an offer he refused. More recently, Agent Lawless, a former prosecutor from Tennessee, has been methodically tracking down Tamm's friends and former colleagues. The agent and a partner have asked questions about Tamm's associates and political meetings he might have attended, apparently looking for clues about his motivations for going to the press, according to three of those interviewed."

uh, that's maybe supposed to sound all spooky and scary and stuff, but that's stuff that happens BEFORE you even get a clearance!

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Blames Add-Ons For Browser Woes

goofballs Re:Bullshit. Plain utter bullshit. (307 comments)

yeah, bullshit is right- bullshit power users don't use add-ons; look at the examples given in the article and the summary- flash, pdf, and quicktime? unless you categorize all the youtube users as 'techies', eh?

more than 5 years ago
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Job and Internship Salary Comparisons?

goofballs don't worry about it... (231 comments)

accepting or not accepting an internship based on compensation... sounds really dumb. pick an internship based on what you're going to learn and how it's going to prep you for the future, as well as if it's going to make you more competitive when getting your first 'real' job. as an intern, you're probably not going to be able to negotiate that offer, but you're that's not the case with the first job.

more than 5 years ago
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Suit Claims Diebold Voting Machines Violate GPL

goofballs Re:remember freedom? (252 comments)

Only a moron would be scared to legitimately use open source software because someone else illegitimately used open software. That's a little like being afraid to closed source software because a warez site got raided. The only companies that "don't understand" what they can and cannot due under the GPL are the ones that are using an "I'm stupid" smoke screen to try and hide their illegal behavior.

uh, no, there are real grey area issues here, and it's not a matter of stupid people don't get it and smart people do- from the gs-dev message linked, the gs folks 'do not consider bundling as an integrated component intended to work with other software as "mere aggregation" under the GPL.' the point to note is they do not consider it an aggregate- not that it isn't. it's a grey area - look at the gnu fact- http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#MereAggregation : "Where's the line between two separate programs, and one program with two parts? This is a legal question, which ultimately judges will decide."

it's acknowledged right up front that this is a grey area legal issue.

more than 5 years ago
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Advanced Excel for Scientific Data Analysis

goofballs Re:eh? (303 comments)

"The first chapter alone will have you in awe as you see the author turn the lowly Excel into something that rivals Mathematica using VBA, brains, and a heaping helping of fortitude."

Then why not just use Mathematica?

  1. you want to interact directly with excel data you receive
  2. you need to give the results to someone w/out mathematica
  3. a license of mathematica costs $2500, vs $150 for Office Home and Student

about 6 years ago

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