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Code.org Discloses Top Donors

ADRA Re:its all about salaries (59 comments)

You are half right, but utterly delusional for the rest.

An increase in competent available programmers will surely drive down the salaries of developers. Look at game dev's. They're often payed significantly less and work them dry because game companies know there will always be the next great fool to jump into the deep and and work then next set of recruits dry. With greater supply comes less demand, and ultimately that's the start and end to the discussion. There's no need to over-describe your nefarious shitty code problem. If we had more talented people being channeled into our in-demand industry vs. another program that may already be in over-supply, then its a win for all.

From my personal experience in Canada, I'm seeing soo many kids churning through schools from grad programs that are essentially guaranteed to find no jobs at the end. These kids have been deluded or coerced into thinking that if I wanted to be a -whatever-, then that's the career path they take. Currently, about half of them end up in the service industry or other 'underemployed' positions and many will never leave it. Many, if not most could be perfectly employable in fields that are actually in demand (like IT/programming).

My friend is 30 and has jumped around careers. First he entered a chef's program (mostly because he had lousy high school grades and his family was poor) and was a professional cook for lets say 5 years? Then he decided that being the bottom end of a restaurant was not where he wanted to end his time, so he had an opportinuty to travel with some friends, and ended up being an English language teacher in China and Korea for a couple years. This was lousy money, but at least it allowed him to travel to interesting places. When he came home, he realized that cooking or teaching wasn't cutting it, so knowing a lot of nerds (but not really being one) he took non-university level technology development for hardware engineering and software development. It was something that really challenged him intellectually in a positive way, and he ended up getting top marks, finding a job the day he left, and loving a much more satisfying lifestyle than the had previously. Now imagine if my friend had -found- his drive for technology much earlier. His road to success could've been years shorter and it would be a net gain for the economy as a whole.

about two weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

ADRA Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

Blame is a poor choice of words, but there are definitely activities that cause your probability of being the victim of crime to improve dramatically. If I walked down Harlem yelling racial slurs, I'd have a better chance of getting shanked or shot than say the middle of Austria where'd they just think you're nuts and lock you in an assylum.

I'm not saying its right or not, but life choices can and do lead to consequences. Do we want to live in a better society where women don't feel afraid to walk down the street at night? Absolutely. Are we there yet now? Not for most of the world. So to -blame- a woman for doing what she should be entitled to do like any man can do is wrong, but surely she puts herself in greater jeopardy for creepers and assholes, absolutely.

about three weeks ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

ADRA Redhat is Great (232 comments)

When I had a choice in Linux desktop, it was always Fedora because I was sued to it, and even with its bleeding edge slant, it rarely fell over with updates even with some third party repos in my mix. That was from Fedora 1 though like 16? They're up to 20 now so I have some catching up to do!

I don't know if anyone's mentioned that Redhat owns JBoss and all the tools and technologies around that which are very popular in the enterprise development markets. When I think of Redhat, I see a company:

1. Does server-side well for everything except for microsoft centric computing needs
2. Struggling to get into cloud computing (not so well)
3. Token support for Linux desktops which is fine for the not-so-large revenue market that it entails

about three weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

ADRA Re:New rapid release cycle? (251 comments)

When the latest and greatest OS can dymanically update itself to the latest and greatest while still being 100% compatible with the giant hodge-podge of software and hardware required in a large company, then by all means 'business people' will flock to it. If it makes a company's life easier SURE. The problem is they aren't. No company remains as compatible with the exisitng corporate networks de-jour as Microsoft. Some of that is very very on purpose making their own tech hostile to others. That's not the point. The point is OSX, Linux, BSD, QNX, ChromeOS, etc.. are all LESS suitable for corporate operations, and unless you have an extreemely cavaleer IT VP, you won't be moving any time soon.

Its VERY costly to change processes and software mid-stream unless there's a good value proposition. Windows only dominates today because *NIX and Mainframe price points were just so significantly higher than PC commodity servers (with the benefit of integrating MUCH better with them). Like it or not, unless the TCO of alternatives drops significantly lower than Windows, don't expect the mass exodus.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

ADRA Re:How long until every stream links to Amazon? (61 comments)

For those not familiar with Twitch, every stream contains a "Now Playing: (Game)" thing with it, and you can select which game you're playing from a pre-defined list of games.

Bets on how long until that become a link straight to Amazon to buy said game, and how long until streamers become Amazon affiliates and start getting money for driving people to buy their games off Amazon?

Because that's the only angle I can see Amazon having here: trying to get gamers to grab games off Amazon. (And they do sell digital game downloads, so they do compete with things like Steam.)

Maybe Amazon can fix some of Twitch's more recent problems like the horrendous stream lag that makes it impossible for streamers to communicate with the stream chat since the stream now has something like 30 seconds of latency between streamer and audience. Then there's Twitch's new weird anti-piracy thing where they mute audio if they detect that the audio contains a copyrighted song (hint: for video games, that's always) and whatever other issues people are complaining about Twitch these days since I never bother to use it.

Amazon has been smashing faces with Google for a long time, and although I'd hate this be be a spate move (since I actually enjoy Twitch streams a lot), I see this as a fuck you to Google. Of course this isn't Amazon's first foray into streaming video, but it certainly is potentially their biggest dollar spend to build it up.Youtube has all but locked up the mindshare for static video, but most know that Youtube's a relatively small player in Streaming video, and Twitch is the top of the heap of this very specific and popular niche of that market.

You could very well be right in all the above and I wouldn't be surprised to see that at some point, but frankly who cares? Twitch has always had ads and the tiny bit of integration with mother ship seems fine.

As for lag, there's no 'lag' between gamer and chat. The streamer can and will put on stream delays to prevent cheaters from attempting to use up to date information against them in-game (Stream cheating does happen alas). There is always a little bit of lag, but generally speaking it doesn't happen notably most of the time. I do want IRC integration with twitch chat, but oh well... The song thing sucks, but to be fair, they are generally playing real artists songs without permission so at least that's a fair argument. I hope streamers just ditch the stream music all together. Its generally annoying more often than not anyways.

about three weeks ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

ADRA Re:Hye, how about this... (113 comments)

Their innovation was that they invent something that people like. Their advantage is that they invented it first and should have both the buzz and the initial profits of said game. If you think that magically a clone game company can write the exact same game at a fraction of the cost, I'd say you're a liar, the original company did it horribly, or they stole the content assets from the original.

1. Yeah, most likely. Games are not trivial to write. They're incrementally easier if you know exactly what you want it to do, but a trivial to develop game being trivial to write will get cloned... a LOT. How many platformers that behave 99% like mario exist in the market? Oh yeah, a metric F-ton.
2. The 'early into market advantage' is ruined due to expensive development, oh well. Do better next time
3. Direct copy is easy to identify and Google / Apple / etc.. will honor DMCA takedowns like anything else

about three weeks ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

ADRA Re:Misleading headline (131 comments)

Yes officer, I just yelled fire because 'someone else' did. I didn't start a panic for nefarious purposes or anything. There's only ONE place to report the threat of a bomb, and that's to authorities, not to a general public who can often knee jerk a response to a potentially real emergency without any form of organized response.

about three weeks ago
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What's After Big Data?

ADRA Dear Slashdot, (87 comments)

Coming up with my own startup is just too hard to do. Instead, can one of you think of a cool technology I can half-assed write in the hopes of getting a huge payout from some monolithic corp decides that they-too want to jump into the hot market of the moment?

about a month ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

ADRA Simple Answer to a simple question (105 comments)

e-books are less weight meaning they travel more often, and I am reading on average twice what I did on dead trees. Single data point entered.

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

ADRA Re:Open Source Integrated email/calendar/phones/et (579 comments)

I used Lync for precisely one thing, and that was to redirect my handset to my personal cell. I never touched it again. Instead I plugged in Pidgin which has relatively ok IM support for Lync and never touched it again.

Desktop sharing is built into the OS, and frankly I never used. I try to use hangouts whenever I get the chance, but sometimes I'm forced to use gotomeeting with some customers when they use it. No customer has ever asked for RDP / Lync based demos, and frankly I'm not even sure if its possible externally (well RDP is, but its an even worse demoing tool).

Meetings/N-way calling/video conferences / etc.. all rely on you converting your entire PBX infrastructure over to the MS way of things as well. So yeah, if you're FULLY VESTED in MS technologies, then absolutely you're going to get lift.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

ADRA Re:The problem is hipsterism, not engineer culture (262 comments)

In 2006/2007, you had two large fads in computing -- Web sites and Windows apps. There were billions of other things, but they were the big ones with high visibility. Today, add in 'remote virual hosted' (AKA developers are now the IT guys *shudder*) and mobile apps (A marketplace which is only now getting good tooling / support from more than a handfull of vendors) sure things may be crap compared to desktop/web which have many years of established practices and trained staffing. Look at the web in 2001 vs. 2007 and tell me there wasn't an entire f-ing world of difference in terms of quality and reliability? Try 1997 - 2004 for desktop apps?

There will always be 'developing technologies' that come out scrappy and crappy but over time they'll start getting boring and predictable like all the other technologies before them. This is just the way our eco-system (and most others) work.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

ADRA Re:It's not arrogance if... (262 comments)

Its a sad first world problem when you complain about possibly earning > 250K (gross) in property appreciation and then complain about how you can't claim 100% of a tax break that you're no longer entitled to (because you make too much). Dumb laws they may be, but you sir, complain for the wrong reasons.

I'd also address the note on savings accounts, but frankly its way to factual, boring and irrelevant to bother. Go look it up online if you want to know why your savings accounts are worth penuts these days, as sad as it is. There are reasons, but you may need to spend a lot of boring hours appreciating it.

about a month ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

ADRA Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

Don't get me wrong, I know the nuance of the change, I just had to laugh that 4K video was the selling feature of a tablet. I'd be hard pressed to see the difference in 1080 / 4K with my 52" TV and I'm 20/20, forget a screen pixel density significantly smaller pixel density rating or even perceived pixel density rating.

about a month ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

ADRA Thank GOD (96 comments)

Because what I was missing from a tablet was 4K movies!

about a month ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

ADRA Re:Confusing the issue (337 comments)

Microsoft has had arm ports of their embedded OS's for over a decade. The only reason it got any ink is because they tried to shove it into use by the general public. Since RT is probably more WinCE than NT under the hood, this just makes sense.

about a month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

ADRA Re:Just like C then? (371 comments)

async+await seems a lot like features included in java.lang.Concurrent which has been in Java since 1.5 and as a popular third party add-on before that. Maybe they aren't language sugar in the same way level C# integrates with it, but it also means I can swap in various implementations of the provider if I found a more optimal solution for my specific problem area.

about a month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

ADRA Re:Oracle Forms (371 comments)

Dunno what you mean. Java has supported multiple JRE impl's on the same PC for at the very least 5 years and if a crap tool like FORMS does something wrong, then I'd say they're crap for it. Why not blame Flash because my Twitch video is stuttering, or blame HTTP because the web site I want to view threw a 404. Ultimately, if the end user vendor sells a crap product then blame the product, not the tool generally.

about a month ago

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