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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

ADRA Re:My thoughts on these selections. (297 comments)

Trust me, from a guy who's dealt with COBOL and Java, they're nothing alike in either corporate philosophy or boat-anchor of coding. For better or worse, Java and C# are essentially analogs in terms of what you can 'do' with them. Java sucks more in UI's, and some syntactic sugar that makes your life easier, and C#/.NET lacks the trillion toolkits used in Java for pretty much any common need. Many popular Java lib's are ported to .Net, but still a boat load you'll only find in Java land for now. Lets not labor the point. There will be a millions fan boys to jump on the point, but on a language stand point, they're so close that it shouldn't matter.

PHP is a simple language for beginners and it got its entrenched status because some novice PHP dev's wrote some great sites / tools which people have organically grown around. Its a lousy language, and a very specific use case. I've never used RoR, but sounds about the same but in a more sexy buzz word.

Erlang like all functional languages universally are very useful for their very limited number of business areas where they rock, and enevitably the evangelists of these languages always trump out how they're great for everything and the kitchen sink, but we all know they aren't, and will continually be relegated to areas where they shine. Hybrids like Scala have a chance, but frankly I'd hate to sit down and listen to a dev lead's meeting in a scala shop lay down the laws on when to use strictly functional no matter how broken it makes the code, and when to just use other paradigms that probably just work better, simpler, and faster to develop.

yesterday
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

ADRA Re:Radicalization (801 comments)

Population per sq. KM:

Rank Country/Region Density
(Pop. per km2)
1 Singapore 7301
2 Hong Kong 6396
3 Gaza Strip 5045
4 Bahrain 646
5 Bangladesh 1034
6 Palestine 711
7 Taiwan (R.O.C) 646
8 Mauritius 631
9 South Korea 505
10 Lebanon 475
11 Rwanda 407

Its hard to find a place in the west bank that wouldn't be around something of importance, and many many people. You may as well say that Hamas shouldn't set up missiles anywhere, because invariably any blow back will guarantee human fatalities. Just submit nicely and live in your holes while your friendly neighbourhood rulers do the same.

yesterday
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

ADRA Re:How to regulate something that is unregulateabl (164 comments)

Because essentially all of that virtual money sitting in the banking system (unless you're exceedingly rich) has been very well insurred against losses, and has decades of technology and policies to help reduce 'people losing their entire life savings' or 'banks losing all their depositor's cash and now they're going belly up'. Bitcoin has literally no protections for prevention of all your value.

So if you lose your crypto key (dropped $1mil on the ground on the way to grandma's house - one reason BitCoin can't be equated to real cash) or if your bit coin repository gets robbed (akin to bank robbery but without the gov insurance), or the owners steal all your money (gov insured for certain levels), or the bank simply goes bust due to insolvancy (gov insured for certain levels) you have completely different levels of assurance that your wealth is 'safe'. If you deposit $1mil into the bank of fly-by-night, you only have so much protection for the ' being stupid with money' lever, but for people of more modest means where their money is essential to their livelihood, protections are in place to support them.

2 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

ADRA Re:Yeah and people watch "reality TV" too! (116 comments)

Money talks and no matter how much you huff and puff about useless semantics, the world will move on and accept e-sports into the cultural fabric like so many new forms of expression and entertainment before them.

5 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

ADRA Re:I'll believe it when it actually happens. (116 comments)

DOTA in one form or another has been around since Warcraft III. League of Legends is close enough to DOTA that most pro's can swap between the two if they ever chose to. Strarcraft and its predecessors have been around since Starcraft 1, and most knowledge carries over. These people are used to rule changes, as generally every new game patch has the potential to introduce radically different play styles to succeed. Counterstrike and games like it haven't evolved significantly in style since the beginning of FPS's, so no worries there.

So absolutely, games change, but typically the games that are picked up for long term, high reward e-sports competitions are ones that have longevity.

5 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

ADRA I am one (116 comments)

I got really into watching DOTA 2. I first started watching games to learn how to play it better. The game has a pretty big learning curve, so being able to watch how people played helped me learn the basics. Once that was over, I found that there are actually a lot of interesting casters who do daily live plays which are *shocked* actually entertaining in themselves. I don't necessarily spend every moment glued to the screen like I would during major tourney's, but a nice semi-background activity to spend time on.

5 days ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

ADRA Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (174 comments)

Well, if you've used it every job you've ever worked at, then clearly every liberal arts major should be mandated to learn it too. And by that vein, all CS grads will be required to take Latin Studies and Advanced Musical Therapy because, who the hell knows, some day you may need to learn these things.

about a week ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

ADRA Re:~50% have no degree... (174 comments)

Clearly your ability to rationalize and look at the big picture had nothing to do with the roughly 6 years between when you hacked code and when you re-entered the market as an experienced software engineer. Don't get me wrong, eduction is great to help become a 'better person' (though I wouldn't judge them more capable than one without based on many job categories), but to assume your radical transformation had nothing to do with simply growing up is a little disengenous.

I know that when I left school, I was the biggeest hot shot coder on earth and everyone else was wrong. Flash forward 10-15 years and now I know I'm a piece of the team, and if I can't function well in the team, we all fail, etc. and so forth.

Wisdom, eduction, and experience (in life and career) change your outlook on how you do your job and live your life. Cookie-cuttering it into one category would be an oversight, and highly simplifies one's personal development.

about a week ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

ADRA Re:ads (175 comments)

Most applications from Google can be specifically configured to not run over mobile. Just don't watch videos or download countless imaginees and you'll be fine. The first month is ALWAYS the heaviest month you'll use mobile data on any given phone, at least from my experience (because you want to try everything, and still working out how best to integrate the phone into your life, etc..).

about a week ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

ADRA Re:Take responsibility for your decisions (175 comments)

"We're whining that all products sold near us are designed to do something that we find undesirable."

Whining about a lack of choice is perfectly reasonable, and in the perfect world, a large enough population of people should be able to solve the issue with market forces and unrestricted market entry.

Dumb phones still exist, so the choice is yours for not settling for them, or the many other competing phone platforms in the market. We as a society have chosen walled gardens and interconnected services, many because they wanted it that way, many because the heavy marketing convinced us to do it despite reservations. Don't blame people for buying what they wanted.

about a week ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

ADRA Re:"reasonable" is a term often used in law (175 comments)

I've got a Nexus 5 and the amount of data wasted on systems updates is pretty small, and that's with syncing my entire google catelog of services. How can someone sue for a service that can be TURNED OFF, hence saving your entire reason for sueing.

The shitty thing about this suit is that Google actually makes very good use of elecricity and has spent years getting it to the point where battery usage for regular background activities like described are well performing. Its an insult to all good nerds to be insulted by a bunch of ignorant people looking for their handount.

about a week ago
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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

ADRA Pardon for clearification (131 comments)

"boots it off the network"

How exactly is that accomplished? I'd assume that anyone inside a network has basically unfettered access to the device, but how would a 'drive by' attacker be able to accomplish this?

about two weeks ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

ADRA Re:Stop copying hard drives too! (150 comments)

If the police enter your house on spousal abuse and see a pound of coke on your coffee table, you're still going to arrested for both. If you wanted to be a smart criminal, learn to segregate your data better, stupid.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

ADRA Re:Windows 8 (300 comments)

Well hey, people have their own opinions no matter how much those opinions may contradict your singular world view.

about two weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

ADRA Dubai has bigger problems (265 comments)

Dubai a city with a significantly challenging future and it has little to do with a dome. It's the center of little, its propelled by wildy deep pockets vs. social need, and wealth centers in the middle east are already distributing their investments to other regions. Forget the fact that once the oil's gone the wealth remaining in the region will leach away as there's so few people (though it'll take a very long time). UAE: 9mil, Yeman: 23mil, Oman: 4mil, Saudi Arabia: 30 mil. They have huge gulfs of weath distribution, and generally horrible climates. Why would people go to Dubai if it wasn't a spectacle or a huge weath gaining opportunity? My advice: Bilk Dubai for all its worth now, because in 50 years it'll be a distant memory of largesse gone awry by modern standards.

about three weeks ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

ADRA Re:But it wasn't for "national security" (353 comments)

Since when is a password in itself evidence, or in any way incriminating yourself? What the police find from access granted by said password is another matter.

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

ADRA Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (311 comments)

Laws exist in a large part to protect the dumb, naive, incapable, or ignorant individuals in our population. Choose your insult and blame society for being too liberal supportive of any group and you can say the same thing.

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

ADRA Devil's Advocate (311 comments)

I can't say much about the merit of the case or common sense, but considering radar jammer manufacturers can be held accountable for miss-use (intended abuse of the law) its at least possible that the case will go to trial. The significant note of the case (if it continues) will be if TOR is designed to facilitate breaking the law or if it has enough legal uses to be considered incidental support, like the internet, air, electricity, etc...

about three weeks ago

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