It seems like people want to literally pay more money just to think less.
That surprises you? Most people will do almost anything to avoid thinking.
My ex-wife is computer semi-literate — she knows how to do stuff with a computer but almost nothing about computers themselves. She knows what she knows, but she doesn't really know how to learn; she needs someone to teach her, step by step, any new task that she needs or wants to learn.
As we were splitting up, she wanted to buy a new computer — a laptop — with some of the money from the sale of the house. (I took the desktops, the newest of which was already getting a bit long in the tooth.) I suggested she would get the most bang for the buck with a Windows system, but she decided on Apple. The main reason for this was that, for an extra $100 when she bought it, whatever she needed, she could walk into the Apple Store and they'd make it happen. Whether that was showing her how to, say, copy-and-paste from one application to another, creating and restoring backups, or reinstalling the OS, she paid the Apple Geniuses to think about it so she didn't have to. (Sadly, the initial $100 didn't cover damage from dropping it — my ex loves things that are fragile, but they don't love her — but still, she didn't have to think about it, just pay them to make it right.) She considered this money well spent, and she used it for far more than $100 worth of support.
In Poland it's kinda funny in this department and I'm not sure why. If a holiday is on Saturday, you get an additional day off of paid leave. When it's on Sunday you can go fuck yourself.
There probably is a reason for this. I guess not a very good one.
Holidays on weekends used to give additional paid leave, both on Saturday and on Sunday.
Then came the political campaign for reinstating super important catholic holiday on 6th of January (which no one cares about). As one of main arguments against it was that there are already too many free days and it would hurt the economy, the reached 'consensus' was that 6th of Jan would become holiday, but Sundays wouldn't produce additional paid leave.
What the fuck is up with this article completely and utterly ignoring those things called "CDs"?
But soulless too high audio quality!
Although, that makes me wonder what type of cassette tape gets used nowadays.
Most old (80s/90s) audio cassettes that I've seen were Type II (chromium dioxide). Which is not the shittiestmost emotionally warming type.
@Gurth 5500w on 110v on that wire? I wouldn't go over 10A on that. In a dry room.
You'll be glad about every bit of voltage drop you can get before it passes through you
I stayed at a hostel in Ecuador a couple of times where you got a pretty strong shock if you stood under the shower and touched the metal faucet. I let the staff know, and next time I got the same room they had fixed™ it: by wrapping the faucet handle with insulating tape.
That was about when I stopped bitching about the impractically fat wires you need for 110V systems.
I've never really seen the point and can't think of any situations off the top of my head where having another clipboard, especially one that could be cleared by clicking and dragging in the wrong place, would have made my live easier
@dkf that was civil suits over copyright infringement; I'm talking about felony charges for copyright infringement. They're totally different things, handled in totally different ways.
For someone to sue for copyright infringement, they do need to own the rights to royalties on the specific materials whose copyright they claim is being infringed. But criminal charges can be brought against someone even when the victim isn't on board with the charges.
It'd be bad press to charge a library with a felony, but I'd think it would also be bad press for a library to be guilty of committing a felony even if they're not charged with it.
Tangentially related: I'm in the process of renovating and reopening a small cafe that is situated within a complex of car dealerships. We'll mostly be serving breakfast and lunch plates to the delearship staff, mechanics, valets, and customers waiting on car repairs. It's a swanky little outfit. Mini, Lexus, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Land Rover. Even a damn Maserati dealership. I can sell these folks cheeseburgers, right?
Today as I was elbow-deep cleaning out a deep-fryer, I was struck by a thought: where's the grease trap? I gotta clean that out pronto, because if the last guy left his fryers in this pitiful condition, I'm sure he didn't do the twice-monthly chore of cleaning the grease trap. So I asked.
The site manager sighed. He pointed to a locked door marked IT DEPARTMENT ONLY. I was like, you have got to be kidding me. He shook his head and unlocked the door. And there, sitting on the floor of THE FACILITY'S MAIN SERVER ROOM, is my cafe's grease trap.
And I can't clean the damn thing while they're open, the stench will drive people screaming from the building. I just hope it doesn't back up before I can get to it on Sunday. No idea what they were thinking or how that's even code-compliant. Ugh.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 1:31 PM on January 3 [6 favorites]
There. Quoted without permission. Was that so hard?
...and posting that guess to our tech support case was enough to get our first-level support guy to cease faffing unproductively about and escalate the issue, after which a patch that fixed it got sent in about 40 minutes. Nice work from the dev team there.
Looks like there's some script or event which triggers after the webview has navigated somewhere, and which causes the WinForm to resize the embedded IE component. Shoddy, but the devs and QA people probably never caught it because they test on localhost and probably only see the spinner for a split second.
Now, about the dialog itself..
WHAT THE FUCK. Who designed that? Why do nearly all of those inputs look like they are disabled, or just labels? Why is the alignment fucked up everywhere? Why do the "Audio", "Co-organizers" and "Password" buttons look that crappy, are they supposed to represent tabs or something? If they do, why don't they look like a proper tab interface?
@HardwareGeek Of course, I know these things now, but unfortunately I am an optimist and I tend to assume the best until worse happens when I know very little. When I was fresh-faced out of college, I assumed that every interviewer was more prepared and professional than me. Actually, I guess you could say it was kind of a pessimistic approach, because I assumed every interview would be my hardest for those reasons.
that job with JS and Fortran was the job I was trying to leave.
Hmm. That looks like a nice front-page material. Of course, when there was a front page.
Not as much as you'd think. The JS wasn't browser JS, but server-side with GTK bindings to allow rapid prototyping of new screens, and, aside from the inevitable JS weirdness, wasn't too bad.
The Fortran, on the other hand, was a major clusterfuck, but to be fair to the company, they were trying to get rid of it, and to get rid of the hundreds of thousands of lines of C that had been part of an informal attempt to prove the old adage that a Real Programmer can write Fortran in any language.
On the downside, some of the things people did with C++ were, indeed, front page material, since there were programmers who had no fear of:
undefined behaviour of any sort
overriding class-specific operator &() (address-of) and making it return something that wasn't a pointer to the object, given that the object wasn't a smart pointer. (There's a very narrow set of circumstances where overriding address-of is, marginally, OK, but every single one of them is a smart pointer of some kind, and the alternative type is a pointer to the contained raw pointer, see ATL's COM pointers as an example.)
defining the truthiness operator of a class to return bool rather than some sort of pointer. This causes ... issues ... when you use the class as the key type in a std::map - you may find that your map can contain only two items, one for the false cases, and one for the true cases.
Also, the details of the structure of the applications was such that structural weirdness in one area usually impacted only that area.
But then, in that job, "big" was a noun and "66" and "49" were verbs.
Data subsequently comes in, but none of that data contains unsupported categories.
Data can come in for an unsupported category. If it does, a message is logged and the data is skipped. This is normal and reasonable behavior. It's the other place in code where they loop through where the intent isn't to actually access all of those field conversations for external use.
At issue, I think, are the uninformative unsupported messages during initialisation in (2), when instead they should be being produced if unsupported categories occur during (3), which if I'm reading the OP correctly, will never happen anyway.
And I think the question was, should testing be performed to account for unsupported categories appearing during (3) especially if "it will never happen" and perhaps more pertinently "there is little to no access to the only system where it can be tested on."
@Jaloopa Hmm. That's actually a really old-school way of writing messages, which I think used to be very popular. I'm familiar with it even though I'm young, but nowadays I only see it on specific (usually really old) message boards. If the person is really savvy, then they'll add some variation of "(n/t)" at the end of the subject to let you know that the body has "no text" and you can just skim past reading the subject.
the explanation with the fewest assumptions made is that the 4 or 5 years old mobo is failing
Another possibility: if the USB port experiencing these problems is on the PC's front panel and the PC was built by dickheads, you might find a long and shitty bit of ribbon cable between the front panel USB ports and the USB pins on the mobo instead of proper shielded USB cable. I've seen that cause weird issues before.
Build it myself. I am allways very paranoid about doing everything exactly the right way with computers, I got the biggest best heatsink that could fit in the case, the best cables, a very reliable PSU with lots of watts to spare even after everything is installed... Basically I just made sure to only get the very best I could when I built this machine because I knew back then that hardware would not advance much for at least two and a half years, so I could very well invest in all the good shit because I wouldn't have to upgrade it one and a half years later this time.
And lucky for me, Intel, AMD and Nvidia performed even worse than I thought, fuck all reason to upgrade either my overclocked CPU or my graphics card for all this time. Only now do I start to see real perfomance advantages I could get by upgrading after more than 4 years. But even then, I can still play all new games I want to play on at least high or very high and none of the coding I do at home would really profit from more power. I think the reason I might just have to upgrade soon is because some of the silicon is going to start to give up after all these years of daily heavy use
I still have no second keyboard to try out, but I did check everything in the case and the PSU and the cables to the USB panel look fine, just as the all the other cables. All fans are still turning perfectly well too. The only thing
That is, of course, one angle from which you could approach this, but on the other hand most women I know would simply laugh in your face if you told them they only all need to stop working if their husband works, and wage levels will adjust so they wont have to work anymore.
Also, while this might be correct for America/wherever you come from, please remeber that I am speaking from the German perspective here, where WW2 nessesitated that a big proportion of the women enter the workforce to keep the economy going, effectively emancipating them without any big fuss about it. Only even more so after the war, where the big numbers of dead husbands and millions of former soldiers as POWs and also often forced workers (especially in the Soviet Union) meant that the mother were now often the ones supporting the family. This of course meant the conservatives back in the day often promoted the traditional one income family model with the father as the one who works, once the POW slowly returned, because that would push down unemployment numbers, and the POWs often did too, because they returned to a world they didn't recognize anymore.
But then the post war economic miracle happened, just like in Japan, and there were simply so much more jobs than there were both men AND women available for the work force that you can't just cut your number of potential workers in half to support outdated values when you are already short MILLIONS of workers even if every man and every woman starts working. Why do you think Germany got so many contractual immigrants from countries like Portugal, Italy and Turkey? Because even all the women in the workforce were not enaugh.
My home city was a big industrial center in an otherwise rural area, a BIG portion of all modern inhabitants is descendant from the thousands of Portugese/Italian/Greek/Turkish immigrants that were brough here by contracts from the factories, and even with a huge amount of workers artificially pumped into the workforce, both my grandmothers could start their own buisness running independant of those already run by their husbands and run a profit from day one because the demand was just still that fucking big.
So sorry, I highly doubt this actually applies. This all just shows me how even more sad it is how long it took for women to get equal pay etc despite all this. Though I do think it is not a big problem anymore, nowadays the "wage gap" here is almost exclusively due to women working jobs that pay less or not being as high up the pay grade as men. And only the latter of which is something we actually actively need to do something about, and to come full cycle here, the measure I am talking about is actively prohibitive to that as it rewards women for leaving the work force for even longer, get even farther removed from work experience and dangles a carrot in front of their eyes to reward them for not asking the farther to split the burden, which also btw statistically costs them them WAY more money in salary cuts than they get back from it by far.