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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Anonymous Codger Re:List the STL? Seriously? (479 comments)

Sexually Transmitted Libraries.

Actually, Standard Template Libraries. Your homework is to google it if you need more detail.

about a month ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Anonymous Codger What about existing 25/25 (234 comments)

My current plan is 25/25. Looking at the press release, I don't see any upgrade for that plan.

about 3 months ago

Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

Anonymous Codger Re:Absofuckinglutely (398 comments)

Nice troll. Ukraine isn't a US ally, and Iraq refused to sign an agreement with the US to keep US forces in country unless we allowed our troops to be subject to Iraqi law (fat chance of that!)..

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Anonymous Codger 30? Too old? Im speechless! (451 comments)

I lied, I'm not speechless, but if you think you're too old at 30 you need an attitude adjustment. Or to hang out with some olds who aren't as limited in their vision as you are.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

Anonymous Codger C++ puts you at an advantage (149 comments)

If you know C++, you have the fundamentals and then some. Picking up Java, C#, etc. will be something you can do in your spare time over a couple of weeks. I know, because I was hired as a Java programmer on the strength of my C++ experience, in spite of having written only one tiny Java class. I read an ebook and was productive immediately. Granted, it took a lot longer to learn all the rest of the ecosystem, like HTTP and all the godzillions of available libraries, but it wasn't hard.

about 8 months ago

Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

Anonymous Codger Re:Here in Baltimore (290 comments)

Silver Spring, here. Shovel now, like you suggest, and you'll have ice directly on the sidewalk and the car. Have fun with that! I'm waiting until it's over so the ice is on top of the snow where it's easy to remove.

about 8 months ago

South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Anonymous Codger Re:Sink or swim (665 comments)

Our current congress (at least the House) would probably vote to allow teaching creationism, so Congress should NOT get hands-on with standards.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

Anonymous Codger OOO First... (387 comments)

Learn object oriented programming, using Java or C++. That will give you a strong basis for almost anything else you want to do (I used to be a C++ programmer, and was hired as a Java programmer in spite of having no Java experience, on the strength of the C++).

if you want to do web stuff, learn a little HTML and CSS - you don't need to become an expert because most companies have people who specialize in HTML and CSS. You just need the basics so you can understand and modify pages. Also get familiar with HTTP.

Then Javascript, followed by some back-end language(s). Start with Java and/or PHP.

Most professional-grade sites are built on CMS's. Drupal is quite popular. Learn that with PHP and you should have a leg up.

Be prepared to keep learning new technologies constantly. Things are changing quickly, and even if you establish yourself as a PHP or Java programmer, new libraries are always popping up that you'll need to learn.

about 9 months ago

How long do your computer mice last?

Anonymous Codger Obviously depends on maker (361 comments)

I just replaced a 5+ year old Apple Mighty Mouse - the first Apple mouse I've ever worn out (bluetooth was getting flakey). On the other hand, the mice that I get with my work PC laptops have generally lasted months, not years. Dell mice are utter crap.

about 10 months ago

I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

Anonymous Codger Re:Physicians are useless (415 comments)

Bleh. Unless you're actively spurting blood from someplace, physicians are bloody useless. Haven't solved a single problem I've ever had over the years.

My internist saved my life. Found a tumor that was asymptomatic and would have killed me in a few years.

1 year,4 days

Water Discovery Is Good News For Mars Colonists

Anonymous Codger Re:water bottles like you'd take to the gym? (247 comments)

Lousy explanation using lousy measures ... if your audience can't understand standard units, just say what fraction by weight would be extractable water.

And if they don't understand fractions?

1 year,23 days

Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

Anonymous Codger Re: It was a myth (986 comments)

>We haven't seen a true libertarian society yet.


about a year ago

Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

Anonymous Codger Re: It was a myth (986 comments)

The difference between the corporations who want to control us and the government is that we elect the government and have some say in its operations. Of course, if we're idiots and vote for power-hungry psychopaths based on political advertising and propaganda (Fox) paid for by wealthy individuals and corporations, the government we get isn't going to do a lot of good. Hence the need for controls on campaign financing, etc.

about a year ago

Amazon Angling For Same-Day Delivery Beyond Groceries

Anonymous Codger Not at their grocery prices (193 comments)

I've occasionally compared the prices Amazon charges for grocery items to what I pay locally, and the local stores, even Whole Foods, have always beaten Amazon on price. Amazon has good pricing on everything else, why not on groceries, Bezos?

about a year ago

Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

Anonymous Codger Re: It was a myth (986 comments)

There will be two kinds of people in a true libertarian society: the super-rich and the minions. That's why so many rich people want to shrink the govt. - so the people have no recourse against their power.

about a year ago

Excess Coffee May Be Linked To Early Death

Anonymous Codger Re: Running out of hearbeats (220 comments)

No, because if you exercise regularly your resting heart rate will be lower, which presumably will compensate for the higher rate during exercise (I exercise a lot, and my resting heart rate is 49 bpm - a real athlete's rate will be even lower).

about a year ago

Why You Shouldn't Trust Internet Comments

Anonymous Codger Re:Tell me about it (180 comments)

And reciting Emily Dickinson poems!

about a year ago

Texas School District Drops Embattled RFID Student IDs; Opts For Cameras

Anonymous Codger Re:Texas teachers (244 comments)

My mother was a teacher and based on her experience, I'd say you are a conservative blowhard. The teachers unions can screw up, but for the most part they have been defending not just teachers, but their students against idiot administrators, bureaucrats, and, worst of all, politicians. Right wingers have succeeded in demonizing the unions as part of their efforts to demonize the teachers themselves in furtherance of their goal to undermine public education.

about a year ago



Anonymous Codger Anonymous Codger writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Anonymous Codger (96717) writes "Today is primary election day in Maryland, and electronic voting machines are once again proving their worth. Some problems have already been reported in Prince Georges County with the machines mis-registering votes.

A bigger problem is human error — in Montgomery County, the voter access cards were not delivered with the machines, leaving the machines as boat anchors.

Many precincts are providing paper ballots, but others don't have enough ballots and are turning voters away. Many voters will not be able to return later, so their voting rights have essentially been taken from them. A number of races are expected to be quite close, and this screwup could throw off the results enough to determine those races.

More details here."


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