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Just Say No To College

sydb Re:Did Zuckerberg ever have to get past HR? (716 comments)

In the real world, as opposed to whatever fantasy or corner-case scenario you have in mind, a task of significance will involve dealing with people outside a specialist's specialism. I want my brain surgeon to listen to the anaesthetist because the drugs s/he is using may affect the bloodflow in the brain, for example. I also want my brain surgeon to listen to me because there might something in my family history which makes my brain unusual and isn't picked up on an MRI scan.

Primadonnas are a pain the rear when people want to do something of significance.

about 2 years ago
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Write Bits Directly Onto a Hard Drive Platter?

sydb Re:That's nothing! (578 comments)

Best slashdot comment I've ever read, thank you!

more than 4 years ago
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$1M Prize For Finding Cause of Unintended Acceleration

sydb Re:Kill Switch? (690 comments)

I know who I am. I am an individual who has experience of the motorbike kill switch scenario you describe. OK don't cite me but you can count me.

more than 4 years ago
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$1M Prize For Finding Cause of Unintended Acceleration

sydb Re:Kill Switch? (690 comments)

How is a child going to throw a kill switch placed under the dash to the door-side of the driver, like where the bonnet/hood release lever is normally positioned?

If your child is unruly enough to reach there while you're driving, and you are incompetent to prevent them, you already have a serious safety issue.

more than 4 years ago
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$1M Prize For Finding Cause of Unintended Acceleration

sydb Re:Kill Switch? (690 comments)

You can cite me. A kill switch can easily be designed and positioned so that it's difficult to accidentally throw, and easy to spot that it has been thrown.

The real argument against a kill switch is a marketing one, if a manufacturer's safety people wanted to introduce them then the marketing people would complain that it would give the impression something was wrong with their cars that they required one. Obviously a poor argument from a safety perspective and a good one from a marketing perspective! Maybe regulation has it's place here, i.e. make them mandatory.

more than 4 years ago
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How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

sydb Re:Electric Shock (951 comments)

But no wonder, most people only use photocopiers once every few weeks, if that. Yet their interfaces are quite arcane if you want to do anything beyond copying your documents at whatever their current settings are. Worst are the multifunction devices, people stand staring at them for a minute or two just working out what state they are in.

At the office where I'm working there is a regular episode where a lady who knows how the fax machine works talks developers and other skilled techies through sending their timesheets to payroll. It's amusing as she has to go quite slowly for these people who work with and create quite sophisticated software systems!

more than 4 years ago
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Are All Bugs Shallow? Questioning Linus's Law

sydb Re:Choose freedom, not some $attribute (596 comments)

Don't be so hasty. Software is something that can be made for love of the art. Cars require significant capital investment in fabrication equipment and materials, capital most people do not have.

While not denying they can make good money, many in the caring professions do count the benefit they bring to others as a significant factor in their motivations, and I would indeed prefer it if my doctor had my best interest in mind rather than getting through his "caseload". I don't see why you put forward examples about making one's own tools or medicines by way of ridicule as this was not the GP's thrust. Free Software developers are well known for sharing code which implies using others, they call it "libraries", fucknuts, and the idea is to avoid as much DIY as possible.

more than 4 years ago
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Office Work Ethic In the IT Industry?

sydb Re:People aren't robots (709 comments)

In my experience this "legal requirement" doesn't get much attention beyond lip service at induction time. In fact I've never heard the 30 minutes for two hours rule. I have experience of ten large companies in the UK, mostly in finance. Half hour lunches and no breaks is the norm, and in my experience there is of course some slacking off and getting a coffee but it's nowhere near the amount suggested by the OP or the replies here. Oh wait, I'm in infrastructure not development! Lazy shits.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Wants To Phase Out Checks By 2018

sydb Re:Sounds Hard (796 comments)

In the UK we have a scheme called Faster Payments, one of the four or five decent things our Labour government has done, to which most major banks now subscribe.

link

To quote: It has enabled, for the very first time, phone, internet and standing order payments to move within a few hours - almost at the touch of a button.

more than 4 years ago
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"Loud Commercial" Legislation Proposed In US Congress

sydb Re:I'd much rather... (636 comments)

It is the equivalent of saying "commercials can't be prettier than the program's average prettiness".

Technically, it's the equivalent of saying "commericals can't be of higher brightness than the program's average brightness". Prettiness is a subjective measure, whereas the amount of sound or light energy is objective.

Not that I agree with such regulations. I get commercial TV for "free" so I can't complain and I don't watch much of it anyway. Their noisy adverts have driven me away from most of the programs I might once have watched.

The only influence TV adverts have on me that I'm aware of is in choice of supermarket. I'm definitely a supermarket snob. But when I do watch commercial TV I see no adverts for any of the products I ever buy.

more than 4 years ago
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DRBD To Be Included In Linux Kernel 2.6.33

sydb Re:to be honest, i dont really like drbd (166 comments)

I implemented a DRBD/heartbeat mail cluster for a client about six years ago. At the same time I implemented a half-baked user replication solution using Unison when we should have been using LDAP. I picked up DRBD and heartbeat easily under pressure and found the config logical and consistent once I understood the underlying concepts. Certainly not bloated. Unison on the other hand caused major headaches. So quite clearly, like LSD, DRBD affects different users in different ways and perhaps you should stick to the crack you're smoking.

more than 4 years ago
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Introducing L2Ork, World's First Linux Laptop Orchestra

sydb Re:Hmm (86 comments)

You're right, the human race should really stop trying new stuff out.

more than 4 years ago
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Somali Pirates Open Up a "Stock Exchange"

sydb Re:Behold, a free market evangelists dream takes f (666 comments)

Do you actually work for your money or do you leverage your pre-extant wealth to get others to do the work for you? If it's the former, I sympathise. If it's the latter, I do not.

more than 4 years ago
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Somali Pirates Open Up a "Stock Exchange"

sydb Re:Behold, a free market evangelists dream takes f (666 comments)

I don't think the defining feature of capitalism is lack of bartering or the use of money. It's the "private ownership of the means of production". It involves the extraction of a profit (the owner ends with more stuff than he started with) based on the fact that he can marshall the means of production (labour, materials) at a lower cost per unit than price he charges per unit, thus obtaining a profit margin. Ten individuals acting on their own with ten units of wealth each (dollars, apples, biscuits) will not be able to achieve what one individual with 100 units of wealth can achieve.

Whether exchanges take place with money or apples and biscuits is irrelevant. If I end up with more apples and biscuits than I started with and I didn't do any actual work but merely recruited the means of production with fewer apples and biscuits than I got in exchange for the finished product, that makes me a capitalist.

Money is more convenient than apples and biscuits, it enables the unhindered operation of a free market in the case that people go off apples and biscuits, or in the case that the apples and biscuits themselves go off.

This is why 1% of the people have 99% (or whatever) of the wealth. The rich get richer because they can leverage their wealth. That's capitalism, and the inherent unfairness in the system is the reason for socialism, i.e. taxation and redistribution. The alternative to taxation and redistribution is revolt and murder - which is why the rich agree to it! They don't want guillotined.

more than 4 years ago
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Inkscape 0.47 Released

sydb Re:0.47 (225 comments)

If users make those kind of assumptions based on version numbers, that's their loss. They're probably also the users that don't read the FAQ or the release notes then whine about things that are documented. If I was developing a project like Inkscape I might choose to try and put off those users by keeping the version number fractional.

about 5 years ago
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Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

sydb Re:wow, a whole million? (773 comments)

You type slashdot in your search box?

Look! It caches the URL. And auto-completes from URLs, page titles and bookmark keywords. And it gets it right, 90% of the time. Leave google alone for christ's sake.

about 5 years ago

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