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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

AuMatar Re:Nope... Nailed It (179 comments)

Maybe you guys do, in which case it will probably work out fairly well. Most places use Agile for design and development- in fact Agilistas will claim that any time spent on design is wasted, and that one of the benefits of agile is not needing to do design, that a design will form as you go naturally. It tends to turn things into a major cluster fuck.

2 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

AuMatar Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (195 comments)

I've read many issues. 100% of it agrees with what I said above. They believe they have no duties or responsibilities to their fellow man or society, and they redefine the terms "freedom" and "rights" to be a tautology of what they believe in. From a logical standpoint they have no ground to stand on. From a moral viewpoint they are the most vile philosophy on the face of the earth, the entire point is to allow themselves to feel morally superior for throwing away all sense of empathy and care. And that's the kindest way I can think of to describe it.

3 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

AuMatar Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (195 comments)

Sorry, your definition of anarchy is wrong. Anarchy is lack of a government. There's nothing in it preventing others from limiting your freedoms in it. In fact that would be the 100% goal of most of the population in an anarchy- to amass power over others and use it.

3 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

AuMatar Re:Wrong question. (195 comments)

Very short sighted answer. I'm not willing to sacrifice my values. Am I willing to work for/with others who have other values? Of course.

I'm pro-choice. Not all my coworkers are. We work together just fine.

I believe in welfare. My boss is a hardcore republican. We work together fine.

Why? Because those morals don't apply to the job. Now to get closer to the mark:

I believe in minimal accumulation of only annonymized data for use in improving my project. Some of my coworkers want far broader reaching data retrieval. We comprimised somewhere in the middle. We're not using this data for anything I consider immoral or selling it off, but we're keeping more than I consider absolutely necessary. I'm ok with this, so long as there's certain things we don't track.

I work for/with people with vastly different morals all the time.

Even ignoring that, its possible to be in a situation where you can't/it's difficult to leave a job, or for there to be something you're slightly uncomfortable with but doesn't breach your morals to the point where you have to leave in a huff. The world isn't black and white. And that's of course assuming you actually know everything the company is doing (you don't) and understand all the implications and future uses.

4 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

AuMatar Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (195 comments)

You misunderstand how libertarians use the word free. To them, freedom means being able to do whatever they want whenever they want in any way they want without any form of responsibility to anyone or anything. In other words they mean anarchy, and they're deluded enough to think they're all Ayn Randian supermen who will rise to the top in such an environment. Holding a rational debate or explaining anything to someone like that is a waste of time, it's like trying to convert the pope to Buddhism.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who's the Doctors Without Borders of Technology?

AuMatar Re:Boom...Done (111 comments)

I don't think I'm going to trust an organization of engineers where every link off the home page is a 404

about a week ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

AuMatar Re:About effing time (214 comments)

HP/Dell/etc don't customize the OS. Samsung/LG/HTC do.

about three weeks ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

AuMatar Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

2)There's a lot of card companies out there. Find one that doesn't charge fees. That's trivial.

4)I've had other experiences, with a hold far greater than the rental amount placed on a debit card. It was a major rental car company- Avis? Hertz?

5)CC debt is the first thing to go in bankruptcy. So if you're really in that position you want lots of it and no extra liens on the house.

6)That doesn't help you if they decide to flag your card and shut it down. It will take a few days to get the new one, and in the meantime you can't use the old one. That's assuming you're in the right place to even get it. Would have totally sucked to not have had a backup while on my 3 month trip to Europe. Or when they flagged my card right after I moved because I used it in the same hardware store twice in an hour. Never rely on one card.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

AuMatar Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

1)TO prove that you repay your debts. Car loans also help, but credit cards are the most easily acquired debt history.

3)No. Checking accounts earn interest. You can have a checking account with or without a debit card. Even if you have a credit card, you can put your money in a checking account. Having the card does not get you additional interest.

5)You can get home equity loans in the US as well. There's generally minimum loan amounts though (you can't use it for less than X amount), it puts a lien on your house, and you have to own a house. You also have to qualify. Its easier and better to have a credit card.

6)A credit card can be always on you (short of being mugged). A spouse or rich uncle, if you have one, may not be reachable.

about a month ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

AuMatar Re: How many really make $140k ? (198 comments)

No, it doesn't. Math just doesn't work out. I don't even know startups out here that offer that little.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

AuMatar Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

In several ways

1)Debit cards don't build credit history. This makes it hard to get a car or house loan at good rates.

2)Credit cards have 0% interest if you pay at the end of the month every month.

3)Debit cards do not earn you interest. If you have an interest checking account (rare, and usually such a low rate that its a joke, sub 1% in most cases), you earn that money regardless of if you have or use a debit card.

4)In the US, many purchases such as hotel, rental car, and gas put a hold on your account for more money than the actual charge. This hold goes away once the car is returned/hotel is checked out/a few days (for gas), but in the meantime that's additional money you can't access.

5)Emergencies/hard times. Sometimes shit happens. You may lose your job and run low on cash. You may have a series of car and house repairs. Its always a good idea to have an additional emergency fun you can call on for short term cash.

6)Your bank may put a hold on your debit card for suspicious activities. In that case, your card is useless. Having a backup is always a good idea. There's been several times this has saved my ass when traveling.

about a month ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

AuMatar Re: How many really make $140k ? (198 comments)

First off, glassdoor isn't a representative set. Secondly, it counts salary only, not bonuses and equity that can be half of your take home. Third, it does averaging but doesn't drop out old days points- days points from 09 are horribly outdated, but included in their averages. Glassdoor is good for reviews, but it's salary numbers are junk.

about a month ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

AuMatar Re:I wish McCain would retire (242 comments)

The point of the blackouts is to extort money from the fans for an overpriced live experience. If they really wanted to sell out every game, they should study basic economics and drop prices. They'll still make ridiculous amounts of money.

about 2 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

AuMatar Re: Application sandboxing (577 comments)

Android does sandbox apps. The default internal directory for each app can only be read/written by itself. Prior to version 4.2, the SD card was public and could be read/written by anyone. 4.2 and later, only parts of the SD cared are publicly readable and only parts are publicly writable.

In both cases before and after 4.2 uninstalling will remove the private directory. It will also remove any private directory on the SD card, so long as the app used the default location. Some apps don't, purposely, so their data will persist if reinstalled.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

AuMatar Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

In the last few years I've gone to games and I've watched on TV. I'd never pay sticker price to go to a game again- TV is a MUCH better experience. No weather, no annoying asshole standing up in front of you, better food, better priced food and drink, instant replays, etc. If you're watching sports (rather than participating) its just better all around on TV. I'm more engaged at home.

Funnily enough, I'd rather go to a concert. That's an experience. Sports in person don't do it for me, even if I like the sport.

about 2 months ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

AuMatar Re:May not take apart? What? (175 comments)

No, only iPhones are like that. I don't know a single Android phone that doesn't have a replacable battery. And most phones are not from Apple.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

AuMatar Do you want to do research or be a programmer? (479 comments)

A Phd is a researching degree. If you want to use that degree, you should be making very targeted applications at companies that are looking to hire people in your subfield. You should not be applying to general developer positions, you should be applying to very specific jobs you specialize in.

If all you want is a job as a developer, then you're going to get interviewed like a developer. Don't hide your phd, but don't expect it to mean anything. A Phd isn't going to help you write a webpage, or develop a standard business or phone app. The things they need aren't addressed in a phd program. They need programmers. So they're going to test that you can actually program. They're going to treat you just like any other applicant, whatever degree they have. That means starting with the "is this guy a complete fraud" test.

I've gotta ask- why did you get the Phd? If you got it because you wanted to work on a specific field, work in it. If you got it because you wanted to call yourself doctor or you thought more degrees the better, you should have done some research before spending 6 years of your life on it.

about 2 months ago
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Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

AuMatar Re:How long is rent going to go up before?dun dun (71 comments)

Because face time is important. Interacting with coworkers is important. Being able to go over a design at a whiteboard together rather than reading the same powerpoint slide separately is important. THe best ideas I've had in my career have been created as a result of talking to my coworkers over lunch/coffee break/tangent from another discussion. Telecommuting is a loss to productivity even if they are perfect about actually working (which having done it for a year- its not an easy thing to do, there's a lot of temptations). Its not only easily worth 15-30k, its worth 2-3 times that to have then onsite. That's ignoring the fact that a large number of people won't be on point when working from home- many without even meaning to cheat the system.

about 2 months ago
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iOS 8 Review

AuMatar Re:Keyboard (216 comments)

I doubt you paid much attention to this. I do, I've been developing keyboards for 5 years now. Some of those at Swype, some at a second startup (I left Swype a few months after the buyout and have had neither residuals nor stock in the company or its new owner since May 2012), and now well its still on keyboards but I'm under NDA preventing me from stating where. Do all Android users use continuous path input? Of course not. Not even a majority. But a very solid percentage do, and a majority of those wouldn't use a device without it for a phone sized device (answers differ on large tablets where swyping isn't as efficient). So no, I don't think I oversold the importance of the technology- its a blocking issue for millions of people moving to iOS. Would they have moved had it been available when they were making their OS choice? Some large percentage of them would have. Will they now? Who knows- now they're locked in by various apps and expected behavior. We'll see.

about 2 months ago
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iOS 8 Review

AuMatar Re: Keyboard (216 comments)

THe shift key changes state slightly- colors in blue when manually capped, outlines blue when in autocaps mode. But no, it doesn't show on the keys.

about 2 months ago

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What next for a programming career?

AuMatar AuMatar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AuMatar (183847) writes "I've been a professional programmer for 10 years. The startup I work for was recently bought, and while I was offered a full time job I opted to accept only a 6 month contract. At my most recent job I was lead developer for a platform that shipped tens of millions of units, leading a team that spanned up to 3 geographical areas, I've done everything from maintenance to brand new apps. About the only thing I haven't done is been lead architect on a large system. What else is there to look for in the next job so it won't just feel like the same challenges all over again?

Oh, and since I know slashdot all too well- I'm not interested in starting my own company. I don't want to deal with sales and marketing, and I have no desire to do a consultant type role. I'd consider technical cofounder of a startup, but I have no ideas I want to pursue at the moment. So I'm looking for suggestions assuming I'll be working for someone else."
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Non-kindle eink devices?

AuMatar AuMatar writes  |  about 3 years ago

AuMatar (183847) writes "I'm in the market for my first ebook reader. I like the battery life of the eInk devices, but I don't want to be locked into only buying from Amazon. Are there devices out there which support both Amazon and Barnes and Noble? Any hints as to removing the DRM from downloaded ebooks also appreciated."
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Swype 3.0 enters beta

AuMatar AuMatar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AuMatar (183847) writes "Swype, the keyboard for Android and other OSes that allows you to enter text by gliding your finger across the keyboard, has released a beta of their new version 3.0. New features include a predictive tap algorithm, tablet support, resizable keyboards, and better dictionary management."
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WA election to try online voting

AuMatar AuMatar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AuMatar (183847) writes "According to the Seattle Times, the King Conservation District is going to allow online voting to combat chronic low turnouts. The voting portal is found here. As a citizen of WA seriously concerned with politics, anything that completely removes a paper trail like this scares me. Luckily this is probably the least important election in the state. Anyone want to hack the election so 300% of voters vote for Firefly or Stephen Colbert or something?"
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