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Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

Ancient123 Reference (356 comments)

A good "rockstar" coder in my books is one that you can ask reference questions to and get fast concise answers. "How do I do foo?" - " Lookup bar and baz on google" The quick redirection to useful information is super helpful to a large group of programmers.

about a year ago

Bitcoin Kiosks Coming To 5 Canadian Cities

Ancient123 Re:Smartphone: 35 USD per month (121 comments)

You mean the ~$50 it costs to buy a used phone off craigslist and use it as a portable computing device with no phone service (and therefore no re-occurring cost)... If you can't manage that then bitcoin probably isn't the problem.... Honestly if you are using bitcoin then you probably have friends with an unused android device they could just give you....

about a year ago

Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

Ancient123 Re:no surprise there (264 comments)

I have an i7-920. Still have yet to hit a reason to upgrade.... I bought it on new years eve 2008.

about 2 years ago

Windows 8 PCs Still Throttled By Crapware

Ancient123 Re:you don't want a $20 PSU in any system (657 comments)

Uh... Why do you need a 700W PSU? I am running a 750 because I have a machine with a large number of drives, a power hungry CPU (i7 920) , and a power hungry GPU (GTX 570) . Most normal gamer builds are in the 500W or lower category these days.

more than 2 years ago

Is RFID Really That Scary?

Ancient123 Re:Here's a better Defcon RFID story... (338 comments)

Similar incident happened the year before that. Only staff wasn't told and it was done in the vendor area. (Which is generally a bad idea) Last year was at the wall of sheep tables and I believe there was a notice by it informing people who walked by but it still got shut down and data was destroyed.

more than 4 years ago

Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks

Ancient123 Re:"significantly affected"? (911 comments)

I have actually done similar tests with my and my roommates. However the one major thing is that on the track you are not reacting to the environment around you as much as you are to the turns you have repeated over and over in previous runs of the track. I don't doubt your ability to drive but I 'DO' doubt your ability to react to other drivers (fast enough). There are way too many stupid people driving stupidly on the road to predict easily while buzzed.

more than 4 years ago

US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

Ancient123 Re:I guess I'm stupid, too. (1268 comments)

What is "Yea, this is very hard to do." ... Do I get a cookie or a gold star?

more than 4 years ago

Shuttle Reentry Over the Continental US

Ancient123 Re:Well, maybe not (139 comments)

Dear god/NOAA/NASA please have a landing in white sands with >2 hours of warning. Not only would my bosses let me off to drive down and see it they would probably car-pool a company van....

more than 4 years ago

Terry Childs's Slow Road To Justice

Ancient123 Re:Both sides behaved terribly (253 comments)

Since the contract was no longer binding, I think it was terribly nice of him to still offer to hand over the password.

I'm pretty sure most contracts like that ARE binding even after you quit. Otherwise disgruntled employees would leak passwords and/or sensitive materials from major corporations / government organizations to the public all the time.

more than 4 years ago

Online Community For a Call Center?

Ancient123 Re:tsk tsk (138 comments)

Or convince upper management to create a social networking RPG where you level up / score based on your call metrics and reviews.

more than 6 years ago


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