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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

ADRA Re:The Economist (175 comments)

Yup, pretty much that and nothing else really. Long live the new flesh!

6 hours ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

ADRA Re:Big data, spying? (74 comments)

This is from Ars Technica, which used sampled statistics from every user's public profile page (it threw out non-public pages as a sample for obvious reasons).
You can bet Valve does know with a lot more accuracy your play habbits. The points is SO WHAT? Where's the Evil part? I know they used countless kill / death spots in TF2 maps years ago in order to help balance the play on those maps and that helped to improve the balance and play. Riot games (League of Legends) has a lot of jobs for Big Data engineers, and you can bet they (and all other multiplayer vendors) are devoting serious effort inot making their games as appealing as possible to the masses.

7 hours ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

ADRA Re:yeah and... (360 comments)

http://articles.latimes.com/20...

There are roughly 9.6 million millionares in the US presently (NOT INCLUDING HOUSES). That works out to roughly 3% of the population, so not a ton.

Given that I think most dev's probably fall into the top 1/3rd earners in society and that the 'millionaire' mark errodes yearly with inflation, its very likely that a large number of software developers will in fact be millionaires by the time they retire. The real question is in 30 years, what will a million bucks be in buying power, and will the next big number be 10 millionare, etc. instead.

8 hours ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

ADRA Re:What about a re-implementation... (279 comments)

I can't say for Flash, but most of the headline Java bugs related to the web start API's / DLL's which are actually outside of the core JVM sandbox (though there were a few in-sandbox flaws which were patched as well). You could say the same thing if there were gaping holes in Jlaunch, or Oracle's JVM API, etc.. The only difference is that web start for better or worse is included in the standard JRE release.

You don't hear about the countless exploits possible in java based server code, considering that basically everything entering a socket on the server is already in JVM, hence not likely to be exploited unless the site developer made some serious flaws themselves.

yesterday
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

ADRA Re:Phone numbers (108 comments)

There are real physical historical reasons why telephone numbers were not portable until recently and why its a beaurocratic nightmare why its a hassle for everyone involved to this day. Think about BGP, but needing to track individual IP's of being nomadic (hell). Telcos do it because pretty much every exchange in the planet can commit point to point channel forwarding at this point, but in the IP world, that would be one a crazy, ineffective, and costly route.

2 days ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

ADRA Rock and a hard place (294 comments)

It sucks currently, because most mom's, pop's, and joe plummer are all switching to touch devices for most of their needs because frankly looking at cat videos or updating my facebook status are about the pinnacle of computing purposes for most people.

For everyone who wants to 'do stuff' with their computers, there will still be a PC market, but don't expect to see the perfectly functional computer anymore, since we're now in the proverbial dog house. The same happened with consoles where around the PS2 era of gaming, a huge number og developers just stopped developing for PC's. Its improving now that the console market is getting a little frayed (and expensive), but for a long time PC gaming was the ugly stepchild that people just didn't talk about.

Oh, and Windows is now learning the hard fact their their market is generally not the new hotness touch crew, and probably never will be.

about a week ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

ADRA Re:The Post-PC era (294 comments)

Don't worry, post-post-post PC era, otherwise known as the fence computing will rock!

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

ADRA Re:Apply to a local university (370 comments)

Funny that you mentioned those information holes. I learned all of those facets from a technical diploma 14 years ago, and I know more than a few CS degree grads that several years into the workforce have confessed that they never 'got' multi-threading. Basically, everyone has holes and most have a ton of them. Being ignorant isn't the end of the world, but being ignorant and incapable of learning is a much larger problem, but I doubt educational background has as crutial in determining the latter.

Assuming that the 'average' 12 year work experience individual is less capable than the 'average' BSC new grad is rather insulting to the veteran's, full stop. If you want to compare individuals of the same seniority, that's a different matter, but frankly at that point you should be able to talk to a developer for a while in order to know which one is full of it.

about three weeks ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

ADRA Re:US dollar (192 comments)

Its the exact same reason why you work hard when you own a part of the company you work for, vs. one you just get paid at. You have a sense of entitlement (ownwership) that you're working hard for your own (and others') good. The US economy revolves around the US dollar in very substantial ways. Nobody wants to see themselves or everyone else fail, so 'a dollar' stays relatively static within the bubble of comfort. Outside the bubble of comfort where USD isn't the universal trade tender, one must be realistic and pragmatic about things. That's why there are thousands of people who go to work daily just making sure the relative 'value' of currency remains in check along with adjusting based on the ability for the backing governments to pay their debt obligations. This is also why its a hell of a lot more volatile to trade in currencies than it is to go to the grocery store to discover the price of milk.

Ther 'loss of confidence' inside the bubble almost always follows the collapse of banks who are no longer able to honor the depositors. When it becomes systematic (think Greese if they still had their own currency for instance), people immediately attempt to pull their money out of the banks. Pulling money out of banks means there's less credit for businesses to draw from. Less credit means either companies collapse or raise their prices. Collapse means less value in the bank, whereas higher prices means there's more inflation on prices, which yet again forces people to invest in tangables which then 'hold their value' better than a nose diving currency.

I'm sure there's a ton I've missed and some that's just plain wrong, but it gives an idea on how 'currencies collapse'

about a month ago
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Singapore To Regulate Virtual Currency Exchanges

ADRA Remember (51 comments)

This is Singapore, the country continually rated as one of the world's greatest countries for economic freedoms... soo

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

ADRA Re:One bias frequently overlooked (384 comments)

That said, there were a few (large percentage of the few ladies in the program) 'skirt flippers' in my classes going through my CS program, so I'd say they aren't totally unjustified in assuming that some ladies are taking advantage of their minority status. It's -possible- that they don't want their tribe looking bad by having a lot of fat skimming loafers ruining the program for the rest of them. You could say that about a lot of tribes all the same.

about a month ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

ADRA Re:Sue? (182 comments)

It has to be false to sue, and even if it was false, the falsehoods have to be presented as a fact (not a supposition) in order to be a successful law suit. All of which would likely cause more headlines before being resolved. Plus, if it was the real whomever/whatever, it is of complete non-starter unless there was actual continual harassment, which doesn't seem to be the case.

about a month ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

ADRA Re:Replace "GOLD" with diamonds, or say, smoke (704 comments)

Diamonds like Oil are essentially 'unlimited' in the grand scheme of things, but its very expensive to make Oil (well in a crude oil form anyways) and Diamonds (by crushing various other carbon). But both have a rest value which is the raw cost of just producing them synthetically one's self. At the moment, its cheaper to just dig them out of the ground, so people still do, but that may not be the case always (especially as scarcity increases).

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

ADRA Re:Unregulated currency (704 comments)

Not if your wallet just got stolen! ... .. . Boorah!

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

ADRA Re:surprised!!!! (704 comments)

Bears are always looked down on regardless of the situation. Nobody wants you to rain on their parade and afterwards, nobody wants a told-ya-so.

I was in the same position in my beliefs of BitCoin, so you weren't totally alone. Don't fear, there will be at least one more major peak and major bust before this roller coaster is over for sure. Lock in for it!

about a month and a half ago
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Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

ADRA Re:Bitcoin is Nuts. (232 comments)

Yes, society is a contract of cooperation and when you fight against general social norms, expect to be punished for it. What now, not fair? Who the hell said life was fair for everyone. I could cry for unborn babies aborted because their potential mothers didn't want them or for the thousands of cattle slaughtered every day, but I don't, and neither do I care about your disestablishmental libertarian views. Society as a whole could care less as well it seems.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

ADRA Job Function (263 comments)

Putting all the finances, benefits aside for a moment (since they've been covered to death earlier), you have to realize that modernizing an existing established piece of software is a huge mine field. Trust this from soneone who's had to deal with several large projects varying from small refactoring of existing architectures to complete software rewrites. There aren't many happy problems, as you'll often face problems with integration, performance, ops support, stakeholder buy-in's, resistence from users (for every even trivially minor change to the existing platform), etc..

So much of this problem is out of your hands that you'll always need to keep a lengthy detachment from the process or go insane frustrated that nothing works the way you like, and in the end its a system that you'd wish was never born. It could take years of maintenance and bug fixes before the software gets to the point where you'd consider it 'good enough'.

Be very sure you want to load yourself up with this responsibility, because I assure you, that there's no easy solution for this problem domain, which is why large software consultencies charge obcene amounts of money at companies wishing to update/rewrite their legacy systems.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

ADRA Re:Interesting (263 comments)

Define the difference between visionary and forward thinker exactly? Ah, thats a minor quibble. Architects are supposed to be developers with more wisdom, and hopefully though not always more bredth of knowledge. I'm still technically a developer but I worked in IT between development jobs years ago, and I have significantly more broad knowledge than most of the Arch's that typcially come from strictly Dev/Ops/DBA backgrounds. That doesn't mean they're bad at their jobs, but everyone on the team has something to bring to the table, and if you assume the hierarical development roles as the pinacle of perfection, then you certainly will end up being doomed from one mistake or another down the road.

Even the most junior straight out of university kid can have great ideas, and its up to development leads and managers to decide the merits of such thrrough their years of development experience. Maybe they're wrong, maybe they're not. Its not the junior guy's fault if a major screw up in design jeopardizes the project / company (assuming it wasn't done without permission).

about 2 months ago

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