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What if Somebody is not to Blame for This? What if the doctors did everything correctly as well as we know with current medicine? If they did everything right, but it still went wrong, then no one is to blame. Bad things just happen, even to good people, even with families. The family being dragged in makes sense from the point of view of the person bringing the suit. It pulls at the heart strings, which helps open the purse strings, but it does not in any way affect whether or not the physicians were at fault or committed malpractice. I also have a hard time thinking that it adjusts the value of his life. That is a great unknown. Had he survived, what would his contributions to society been? You were in a very hard place. I am glad I did not have to help make that kind of decision.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2012 on Somebody is to Blame for This at Coding Horror
Weird Al said it very well in the song "This Is the Life" from Johnny Dangerously. "If money can't buy happiness, I guess I'll have to rent it."
Toggle Commented May 4, 2012 on Buying Happiness at Coding Horror
In addition to the remote removal of content, another issue you missed is the loss of historical content. If the author changes the content (or censors the content) in the new edition, how can we see the historical views on the information. Imagine if all books had been digital since the 1930's and Germany had won. References to the holocaust would be removed. As people who experienced it (Jack Tramiel) die off, that entire history is lost. Also imagine as formats change, the history lost there. If you find a paper you wrote in the 1980's on a 5 1/4 floppy on a machine other than DOS, what are your chances of recovering that information? What do we leave behind for the archaeologists?
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror
@Seth Heeren So, what about the 1Mhz, 32K machine I have in my basement that still works great? Busicalc is still quick, even after all of these years.
@Vostok4 You are absolutely right. More hardware is no excuse for bad code. Sore, I can make bad code still run if I throw enough hardware at it, but imagine if I write a decent piece of code, how well it will scale! I agree that the last little bit of optimization is often a waste considering programmer time taken, and machine time saved, but the work to get to pretty good is worth it. Being primarily a Linux user, I see a great value in that much RAM. It is very aggressive about file system cache. My disks will appear to really fly with that much space to work with. BTW, the new sign in for posting comments is OK, but I miss orange.
The laptop keyboards and the Apple flat keyboards drive me nuts. I like the longer travel. I am, however, a keyboard killer. I beat them mercilessly until they start skipping keystrokes. I would love to be able to try one of those Cherry switch keyboards before buying it. I have an old IBM keyboard, and it is great except that the plug doesn't fit anything any more (AT only). It is about time for a new keyboard again (space bar, "M", and "T" skip) so I will take this all into consideration.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
So commodity routers are much like commodity PC's. If you throw away all of that junk software they come with and just install the free open source stuff, they really get faster and more useful.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2010 on Because Everyone Needs a Router at Coding Horror
Most of the time developers need just read access to production. This is to allow them to know that the code is really the code they expected. I have had a hard time getting even that. Write access just leads to accusations that something was changed at 3 AM. Not having write access to production, and the separation of duties is a nice point for audit as well. Note: I work on large financial systems, which is gamed, could pipe money to me. Not having that ability is good in that it removes suspicion that anyone is doing it.
I don't carry a smart phone. I am a phone killer. I carry a Samsung B2100. It is water resistant and mil-spec. It even has a flashlight. It also acts as file storage via blue tooth. I still carry a USB drive, though, because you can't boot from blue tooth. I also always have a Cowon D2+ which is a media player, USB drive, and SD card reader all in one, plus it sounds better than an iPod, and the video is gorgeous. For tools, I carry a small lock blade knife (CRKT M16-10KZ $20)with both smooth and serrated edges, so it cuts boxes and rope. I used to carry a multi-tool, but the Phillips screwdriver died, and it eventually ended up being the property of the TSA when I forgot that it was in my backpack.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2010 on What's On Your Utility Belt? at Coding Horror
Could http://www.eyewriter.org/ be adapted for this purpose, and put actual eyeball tracking in the realm of realistic for everyone?
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2010 on Usability On The Cheap and Easy at Coding Horror
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