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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

AuMatar Re:HTML = programming (297 comments)

Sorry, you're wrong. By your definition, this post is programming because I'm encoding commands for what should be displayed on screen in the form of ascii commands. HTML and CSS are not programming, they're design.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

AuMatar Re:So, the problem is.. (297 comments)

He's making sites from scratch without programming because HTML isn't programming. Most small business/personal websites require little to no work even at the javascript level. He isn't talking about writing a blog, he's talking about a dozen screens for a restaurant with their location, menu, and a few pictures. Which still probably shouldn't be done by hand anymore unless its a personal for fun project.

3 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

AuMatar Re:Because it sucks (208 comments)

And that's stock, not cash. I don't think even Google has 200B cash sitting around. For the sale to go through they'd have to give stock, and at a premium. Realistically you'd see FB owning 35-50% of the new company in an all stock deal. Just not feasible.

3 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

AuMatar Re:Because it sucks (208 comments)

I doubt FB would take that offer, and I'm not entirely sure Apple actually could physically make it. But ignoring that it would be the worst possible merger you can imagine. There are no 2 more polar opposite cultures in the valley than those two.

3 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

AuMatar Re:Because it sucks (208 comments)

Have you see FB's market cap? I'm pretty sure they don't.

3 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

AuMatar Re:Take out the camera (321 comments)

It would get rid of the only piece of functionality worth having. The screen was tiny, hard to see, impeded your normal vision, and more or less utterly sucked. It couldn't be interacted with and couldn't take text input well. The only interesting thing about the device was the camera and what you could do with it in the realm of computer vision. I'd rather lose the screen and have a wearable camera with bluetooth to my phone for display and processing. I already have a far superior screen in my pocket and I can perform real input on it. The screen was useless.

3 days ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

AuMatar Re:Windows XP? (130 comments)

People don't care about support. Big business might, but small business and individuals only care about if the computer runs and runs fast enough to not be annoying.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

AuMatar Re:Just hire a CPA (450 comments)

If they had just said "Hey we're raising prices" rather than hiding the price increase by removing features and making you pay extra for them, they'd probably have come out ok- a bit of a hit from the higher prices, but not too much. The dishonesty of this is what's killing them.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

AuMatar Re: Makes sense. (629 comments)

Which has very significant changes to how external storage, SMS, and several other features are handled that break a significant number of applications. 4.4 was not a minor release.

about two weeks ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

AuMatar Re:Programs people want to use... (449 comments)

ANd when I said C++ would lead to a nicer syntax- I mean C++ 01 without std::thread and autos. Mainly because you could make it a template function instead of special casing for the type of using void pointers.

about three weeks ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

AuMatar Re:Programs people want to use... (449 comments)

Here's pure C, C++ would lead to slightly neater syntax.

void do_operation_on_all(my_struct *array, int size, threadfunc func){

  for(int i=0; i<size; i++){
     launch_thread(func, array[i]);
  }
}

Where launch thread is a function that calls the correct OS specific function to launch a thread (probably pthread in most cases).

It would then be called:

do_operation_on_all(array, size, func);  which is actually even simpler than your solution.

about three weeks ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

AuMatar Re:Programs people want to use... (449 comments)

Because in C and older versions of C++ launching a thread takes significant typing and ugly code,

Bullshit. It takes 1 function call- because if you had a need to do all that repeatedly, you would write the damn call once, turn it into a function, and let it be done. People didn't do it because the tasks weren't parallelizable- they had massive resource contentions on memory object. Contentions that would be non-trivial to solve, and would cause using threads to be a minimal gain or even a loss in efficiency.

Libraries like std::thread don't do anything that people weren't already doing- they just prevent people from going out and writing their own implementations. But any problems that would benefit from them were already being solved with roll your own solutions.

about three weeks ago
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US Army Could Waive Combat Training For Hackers

AuMatar Re:Why not as civilians? (223 comments)

Except in this case you totally would. You'd be signing up to be a hacker. There is no reason to deploy hackers outside of the US- you'd have lower access to infrastructure, making your goal more difficult. Whereas a member of the traditional army makes sense to deploy around the world.

As for undersea cables being cut- if the cables are cut and you can't reach the country you're attacking, the "cyberwar" is over.

about three weeks ago
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US Army Could Waive Combat Training For Hackers

AuMatar Re:Why not as civilians? (223 comments)

And that makes sense for people who will be in a live fire zone and shot at- having no training makes them a liability to those who will have to protect them. It makes no sense for people who will never leave the US and will work by typing on a computer. These people aren't soldiers. They're programmers and IT workers. By adding these restrictions onto them you reduce the pool of talent you can reach by eliminating people for useless reasons.

A better question though is why to put these people in the army at all. They have almost no overlap with the work of the army. It would make better sense to either keep them civilian or create a new division.

about three weeks ago
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Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

AuMatar Re:Liability? (90 comments)

You, for owning and running it. You may then have a claim against Google if you can find fault or negligence. And yes, you'll have to have insurance just like you do now. If you lend your car to your friend to drive, you're still on the hook to insure the car for damage it can do to others, you just might have a legal claim to recoup from the friend.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

AuMatar Re:Seperate Phones (232 comments)

It doesn't even need to be a phone. If all you need is data inside the clean room, a PC or laptop will do as well.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

AuMatar Re:Hmmmmm. Interesting decision history... (280 comments)

True, a degree doesn't mean they have those traits. But this is where conditional probability comes into play. More people with the degree will fall into this category than those without, because the degree gives them the knowledge to wield those traits effectively. That means that when looking at a resume, you're more likely to get a good hire from one with a degree than without. And several of those traits are positively associated with a degree. Additionally, the floor is higher- while even those with a degree can be a bad hire, a mistake is more likely to be a mediocre worker than a bad one. So you minimize your risks and maximize your potential gains by just dropping the other pile, looking for diamonds in the rough isn't worth the time and money. Especially since the type of person you're discussing won't be easily discernible from a resume, you're looking at phone or in person interviews at much higher cost/effort to have a chance.

One exception I would make is with a personal testimonial of the non-degreed dev's skill by a developer I trust. But you're looking at corner cases there.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

AuMatar Re:Hmmmmm. Interesting decision history... (280 comments)

No, it absolutely won't. First off- drop the idiotic lingo. All it does is make you look like a tool. Secondly- the "rockstar" tends to have a degree. That's part of why he's so good, he's studied the foundation of his craft and understand the costs and benefits of different approaches. Once again, someone with a degree is far more likely to be able to do that then one without.

Secondly, when looking for high impact workers- the things you want don't correlate to no degree. What you want is hard working, creative, a willingness to step up and take ownership, and high intelligence. Lacking a degree means he's not likely to be hard working, he wasn't willing to put in the work to go to college. It means he wasn't willing to take ownership of his own career path. And it means he was either too stupid to get into college, or too stupid to see the benefits of it. The only one you might get is creative because he "went a different way"- but he did so without thought or a good reason for doing so, which again isn't what you want.

So yeah, the non-degree holder loses again. THere's a few exceptions (although only 1 I've ever met and he had 3 years of college before quitting for health reasons and needing cash too much to return), but I'm happy to miss out on them- a given engineer is more likely to be high impact with a degree than without, so again I'm using it as a good first screen to weed out the 90%+ who are useless in that category.

Now I have found some good engineers with alternative STEM degrees and a passion for coding- physics, EE, comp eng, mech end, etc. But you have to carefully screen to see if they actually know what they should, I would expect their math to be on par (or better), but not necessarily their knowledge of CS concepts.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

AuMatar Re:Hmmmmm. Interesting decision history... (280 comments)

Because you have to prove merit. A degree proves that you've studied the field for 4 years. A lack of degree show absolutely nothing. Thus to have equivalent background you have to show much more.

Now we have a pile of resumes. 50% of them have a college degree, thus 4 years studying the field. 50% do not (and don't have at least 4 years in the field professionally). I'm throwing out the 50% without a degree because the signal to noise ratio is too low. Will I throw out a few good hires? Maybe. But I'll throw out a lot of bad ones, and that's more important.

THat doesn't even get into the fact that school teaches different things. School teaches theory. The vast majority of self-taught programmers without a degree that I've seen are very weak on theory. They can maybe throw some libraries together, but they don't understand how to actually solve hard CS problems and couldn't explain basic concepts, causing their designs to have massive flaws. Many of them even take pride in this, their entire attitude being that they didn't need that "academic BS". These kinds of programmers tend to cost time and effort in the long run. So yeah, I'd rather have the degree and someone taught the theories behind everything than someone who thinks reading documentation on weekends will make him a good programmer. SO yeah, no degree means you better have a LOT of experience to even things out. I'm not going to hire you as anything but a web monkey if you have less than a decade.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

AuMatar Re:Please don't (280 comments)

You should check out the unemployment and college debt numbers for law school grads. Unless you're going to a top of the line law school and are an extremely competitive person, odds are very good you'll never recoup that investment. Many law school grads never find a job practicing law.

about a month ago

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What next for a programming career?

AuMatar AuMatar writes  |  about 3 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  |  more than 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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