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Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

halivar Gives a new meaning... (71 comments)

...to das Auto. Then again, that pun already works in English, so nevermind.

8 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

halivar Re:Modula-3 FTW! (453 comments)

It's ok! I got you covered! Wait... crap!

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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

halivar Yes. (453 comments)

Or, more specifically, Object Pascal. The work that Anders Hejlsberg did on Turbo Pascal and Delphi are very underrated, and conceptualized a lot of ideas that would bear fruit in C#.

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Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

halivar Re:Ppl who don't know C++ slamming C++ (175 comments)

What is true OO and how C++ prevents me from doing it? Show some code.

It's like a resume question from Evil Overlords, Inc. software division.

2 days ago
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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

halivar Re:Who cares? (122 comments)

Real gamers use swords and steam tunnels.

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

halivar Re:JJ has a chance, maybe (418 comments)

I avoided the prequels; haven't read a single one. It's the two follow-ups to Chapterhouse that have me pissed off for all eternity. They took Frank's notes and shoved Brian and Kevin's fan-fiction into it. That, on top of the fact that the writing was high-school level next to Frank's.

3 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

halivar Re:JJ has a chance, maybe (418 comments)

The TZ novels were fine. I enjoyed them thoroughly. The rest is trash. In particular, I have special dislike for Kevin J. Anderson who, after ruining Star Wars Expanded Universe, went on to ruin Dune with his fan-fiction bullshit.

3 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

halivar Re:Lucas has lost it. (418 comments)

Given that Star Wars was in any case not "cerebral" to start with

Oh, but it wanted to be. The places where it tried were solipsistic, cosmic-humanistic dreck, and the weakest dialogue in the original trilogy.

3 days ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

halivar Re:They want us all to be dependent on them (128 comments)

Actually, this is GOOD. Farmers that don't buy the missing ingredient won't have to pay Monsanto for cross-pollinated crops. Their own harvests won't be contaminated by unlicensed GMO.

4 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

halivar Re:People attacking the IRS here are dumb (253 comments)

for every dollar spent on the IRS, government takes in 5-7 dollars.

Just because it collects the revenue does not mean it generates the revenue. You need to demonstrate that reducing the IRS's budget will, in fact, mean that people pay fewer taxes, which is a specious argument.

4 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

halivar Re:Nice to see the usual approach here (253 comments)

it seems like having a functional government would be something to support.

Bolded the key word there for you. We currently have the most inefficient, nonsensically bureaucratic bloated warthog of a government in the western hemisphere. It's eating our capital to sustain its own largesse and that is stealing.

4 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

halivar Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

Hence my question: why did they wait until now? I don't think they had plans to upgrade until there was a crisis that could prevent them from doing so, loudly and publicly.

4 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

halivar One has to wonder (253 comments)

If these upgrades are so critical, why did they wait until THIS year, and especially during tax season, to do them? Sounds like PR, like the public park "closings" where they actually increased staff to keep people out.

4 days ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

halivar Re:silly (126 comments)

but you'd think the smart play would be to avoid obvious telltales like an overlarge amount of shipments to your house.

Perhaps Amazon Prime has gotten me under FBI surveillance, then.

5 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

halivar Re: More proof (661 comments)

Or perhaps they are simply scoring points on your demonic ignorance? :D

See, now it's a religious argument.

5 days ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

halivar Re: Wow... Just "no". (203 comments)

I dispute that being Mitt Romney's plan makes it conservative.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

halivar Re:Rent seeking (567 comments)

I don't think that's an apt analogy. I agree that subing for an OS is idiocy (I thought the same back when my shop still rented HPUX for ungodly sums). But Adobe CS sub was a fantastic way of getting people like me, who want to be honest and pay for the software we need, to be able to do so without resorting to piracy. Even better, after a full year on my CS sub, they gave me a full license to the latest version that I can keep in perpetuity. I don't know if the new Creative Cloud pricing model continues that; probably not because they've dropped version numbers, but all told I am paying much less per year than I would have spent shelling out for the CS Master Collection.

5 days ago
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Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

halivar Re:Less chit-chat? (106 comments)

Anecdotes aren't evidence, but they are data: every team I've been on where there is camaraderie and extracurricular activities and discussions was more productive than those where interaction was strictly business. Any sufficiently large project relies on successful communication to succeed, and having a good social dynamic is the best way to foster a team attitude that enables such communication. Also, teammates are more likely to root for, and push each other to success. A bad or missing social dynamic correlates (IMHXP) to office politics and under-bus-throwing.

5 days ago

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