Protiguous Quote


You have the right to an opinion.
You’re wrong, but you do have the right.

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First Amendment Protiguous Quote Universal Rights

“Free” Speech

“Your right to speak freely stops before it reaches my nose.”

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I mean this literally. As in what you just said, “stinks“.
And as a play on the popular phrase, “My right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins.”

What stinks? Anything presented as the truth when it fails rigorous fact-checks. Fact-checks as done by Experts on the subject matter, by the proper Scientists, and/or unbiased Journalists.

You have the right, the duty, and the responsibility, to yell “Fire!” in a building where others could be harmed or killed by a fire.
However, the fire must be a real event. If there is no fire (“calling wolf!”) then you must also bear the burden of consequences for your action.

I am a huge believer in the innate gift of the right of Freedom of Speech for all Beings.
However, if you abuse that right by spreading falsehoods (lies), then you will suffer the consequences. Think of it as “Karma in Action”.

If Facebook, Twitter, newspaper, media, company, business, or whatever platform fact-checks your statement and finds your statement is spreading falsehoods (lies), then they have the right, the duty, and the responsibility to add a warning label upon or near your statement.

This is NOT censorship. This is not “taking away your right to free speech.” as some morons are claiming. This is NOT political.
This is them attempting to diminish the harm your foolish statements could (will) cause to others.

The fact that morons even have the right to protest these warning labels should realize that they are using that same right they are protesting about being violated!

Hypothetical: Bob buys an advertising space for a road-side banner proclaiming that your vehicle can save gas (increase MPG) by driving double the current posted speed limit.

Jane, as an experienced responsible driver with many years of accident-free history knows this to be false and even worse: dangerous, then she has the right to place a banner immediately before, above, below, left, right, or even after your banner proclaiming that Bob’s banner is wrong and you should NOT raise your vehicle’s speed above the posted speed limit.

What are your thoughts on this? Let’s have some civil discussion..


Trump’s New Slogan!

“My ignorance is better than your knowledge.” – Paraphrasing Trump

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Protiguous Quote

An Open Mind

A closed mind has no place in a civilized world.

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programming work

“Annoying Bosses” Vent

So. Our team worked to improve the performance of the company’s two 16-year old desktop C# applications.. I focused my work on the applications and on the database procedures.

I personally made the main application load in 1 second on an Intel i5 with 4GB of ram running around 3ghz.. when it used to take ~10 seconds to load on the same types of computers. Literally 10 times faster!

I also cut the codebase literally in half, coalescing logic that was duplicated across multiple methods. Also fixed all known errors (and found some traps that would have been bad for the company.. such as calculating taxes and shipping incorrectly).

I changed the main internal logic to use awaits and async where appropriate. I also added error trapping (catching & logging logic/network/user exceptions) to almost the entire codebase.

I updated the .NET framework to the latest version.

I found and fixed all possible SQL injections.. the company had had no idea that the injections could even have happened. I made the database calls clean, fast, and error free. Cached static (information that rarely changed) responses so the geographically remote branches only had to pull information once from the main database. And there used to be methods that made the same database calls information repeatedly.. sometimes a single keypress would fire off a chain of duplicate database calls.

I created unit tests.. the CIO of the company had no idea what a “unit test” was.. or how to create & use LINQ in C#. I fixed most of the Array(s) of Objects that they stuffed Controls into because they wanted a “dynamic” interface. (It was horrible!)

The rest of the team and I (mostly 40% me and 60% them) also reworked the database tables to use the proper types. For example: changing bigint or int down to tinyint where appropriate. And tinyint to ints. Datetimes to Date where the “time” part was not needed.

We normalized almost all of the tables.. removed any unused or duplicate indexes.. the applications performances’ became very fast and responsive.

I spent the entire year fixing this mess they had created with multiple so-called ‘programmers‘ over the last 16 years. I worked nearly constantly.. never spent more than a minute or two away from coding. Excluding meetings, sick days, bathroom breaks, and lunch of course. If I was at my desk, then I was working.

I also took on the task with half the salary it should have been because I liked the company. Big Mistake™ on my part.. I blindly ignored the fact that companies can and will replace you with a cheaper programmer on a whim.

And can you guess what they did on the day I fixed the last known bug? They let me “go“. As in, “See yah, now we don’t need yah!”. Didn’t even get a thank you “for your hard work and saving the company thousands of dollars!” 🗯

I was like “Really? How rude..!

But I also figured, “Okay.. they can pay someone else to keep this application maintained and updated by the newbie programmer they hired next.. the bosses’s son.”

Professional nepotism.. and that’s what is annoying.

Oh well.. I’ve updated my résumé and moved on from that nightmare of a mess we had fixed.

Thanks for reading my vent.


3 Foot Tall Imp Logic

If a 1 foot tall imp has 2 feet, then a 1 foot tall imp has 3 feet.