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Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

AuMatar Re:So ... (91 comments)

The data gets off it via bluetooth to a more powerful device. So yes, no UI at all.

5 days ago
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Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

AuMatar Re:So ... (91 comments)

The trick to wearables is not to have a UI. Everyone has a powerful computer with a great UI in their pocket. Wearables should leverage that by providing absolute minimal controls (no more than 1 or 2 buttons/knobs, no more than a small digital watch like display) and should transmit their data to the users phone via BLE. Then an app on the phone should provide more advanced control and display of results. The value of wearables is in providing additional sensors for apps, not in UI.

5 days ago
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Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

AuMatar Re:Shut up and take my money (88 comments)

Because Civ is a single player game. It isn't meant for multiplayer, and multiplayer has always been a terrible experience. I'd prefer if they dropped it entirely and spent more time on polishing the AI or released it earlier. Because they shove in a half baked multiplayer we get a worse game.

about two weeks ago
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State Colleges May Offer Best ROI On Comp Sci Degrees

AuMatar Re:Bullshit. (127 comments)

Yeah, your post is pretty much bullshit. A CS degree from Harvard isn't worth anything more than any other college. They aren't known for their science or engineering program. One from MIT is worth more due to their reputation in the field, but no more so than a couple of other top schools like UC-Berkley or UIUC which are public (or Stanford which isn't)..

Basically there's 3 tiers of degrees. The elite CS schools (about the top 5-6) earn bonus points, but more is expected from you. Then there's a middle tier of about a dozen schools with a good reputation but not up to the elite. It may help you get to an interview, but gives you no bonus points once there. Everything else just lumps together in the yes he has a degree box.

Please note that online degrees, MOOC certs, University of Phoenix type schools, fall under no degree at all.

about three weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

AuMatar Re:Obligatory Fight Club (357 comments)

Maybe a better analogy than jail would be foster system. We need to take the company away from mommy and daddy for a little while (or forever) because they weren't responsible parents, and give it to someone who will follow the law.

about three weeks ago
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DVRs Used To Attack Synology Disk Stations and Mine Bitcoin

AuMatar Much better this year (75 comments)

This april fools is believable.

about three weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

AuMatar Re:Obligatory Fight Club (357 comments)

The problem is that there's no way to do that with the current short term management techniques and high CxO salaries. If they get away with it for 1 year and make 10-20 million, which the lawsuits can't touch, they don't care. We need to change the corporate veil so it protects small investors but not those who run the company day to day.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

AuMatar Re:No (824 comments)

Depends on if you care. Most likely these employees are talented programmers, and the hiring environment is good right now. For those who have a bit of money set aside losing their job is an inconvenience at worst, a nice vacation at best. Especially if they were smart enough to start shipping resumes as they took their stand.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

AuMatar Re:You're getting old? (218 comments)

Designers who don't code are worthless. They make horrible solutions because they're too separated from the actual problems with their designs. Senior devs should be designing, but they should still be coding most of their own designs.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

AuMatar Re: Maybe it's not you (218 comments)

Like I said- there's exceptions. Maybe you're one of them, I can't tell as I don't know you. But you'd need to prove you were an exception in the interview, because most of the people who stay that long have stagnated.

I stick by 3 months though. That's plenty of time to learn the system, if it takes longer than that you aren't really trying. If it takes you a year (as a senior, not as an intermediate or junior), you've been let go by that time. Of course your experience could be biased in some ways- the best engineers I know would avoid the kind of place where you work on 1 system for 5 years, so you may be looking at a lower overall talent pool.

May I pass up on some good talent because of this? Maybe. But I'm not particularly worried about it- passing up on a good hire is a less harmful mistake than making a bad hire. Besides which, the few exceptions that I'd miss aren't looking for new jobs anyway. And they probably wouldn't be happy at the type of company I prefer.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

AuMatar Re:Maybe it's not you (218 comments)

One other comment, I forgot in my original reply. Each year of experience doing the same thing brings diminishing returns. By branching out and doing other things, you learn additional skills and tricks that are used in other fields. I've done firmware, web services, mobile software, porting, etc in my career. I can bring knowledge from one field to bear on another. Someone who's moved has seen a variety of business practices, protocols, and development practices while someone who's stayed in place likely hasn't. So 10 years of mixed experience will very likely just be a better programmer than 10 years of staying in place.

about 1 month ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

AuMatar Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

I use that method of subtraction today, and have since grade school. I just typically do it in reverse- figure out what numbers I need to add to the smaller number to make the bigger number, and typically with larger numbers. Its a solid way of doing the math, there's no reason it shouldn't be taught to them.

I agree that the term shouldn't be taught to them. Its something educators should know so they can discuss techniques. Although you will find that term in a lot of math textbooks these days.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

AuMatar Re:Maybe it's not you (218 comments)

I see 10 years of experience as a valuable thing, you've been around long enough to see a lot of mistakes and know to avoid them. 10 years in one place isn't- you're likely stuck in your ways. The fact that you were willing to do the same job for 10 years shows a lack of ambition or mental curiosity in other realms in the field of programming.

In fact your post proves me right. "Stable job" "all the way to retirement". You're looking for safe over interesting, over doing something worthwhile. Those aren't the types of companies I would even interview at, and not the type of programmer I'd hire. You're even looking at it in terms of doing it for a salary increase- my last job change was a pay cut to go to a startup. Not because I expect to become rich (I know that at best I'll break even), but because its more interesting, more fun, an idea that could really make things better, and I have more leeway to do things how I want and define how this company runs. You might be technically competent, but unlikely to be a culture fit.

And ignoring the culture fit part- most people I know who want safety that much require it because they're average to below average and don't want to risk being on the job market, and depend on institutional knowledge to be useful. There's a few exceptions, but I'd say that goes for 80-90% of them. I wouldn't refuse to interview someone like that to see if they are the exception, but it would be a yellow flag and I'd need to be convinced otherwise in the interview to give them an offer.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

AuMatar Re:Basci inerview tips (218 comments)

Horrible advice.

I don't care if you have a bear or not, it doesn't effect your ability to code. Same with the hair cut. As or the suit- if you need to try and impress me with how you dress, I assume its because you can't impress me with your code. You can overcome that, but it won't help you and may hurt you.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

AuMatar Re:You're getting old? (218 comments)

Why the hell would you want to do that? If you like coding, keep doing it. You'll be miserable as a manager if you don't have a passion for it but do have one for programming. You're better off retiring than that.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

AuMatar Re:Maybe it's not you (218 comments)

3 years isn't long, but in the programming industry its pretty standard. 5 years is a fairly long stint somewhere. Much more than that is a real long sting- if I see 7 or so years at a place I wonder about his ability to switch to a new job. Its a series of less than 2 years (or less than 1) that worry me- less than 1 means he's always looking for the next job, less than 2 means he's easily bored.

A year to get up to speed? A senior programmer should be contributing something by the end of week 1, and should be fully up to speed on language and architecture by 3 months. If someone takes anywhere near a year they need to be fired- they aren't pulling their weight (junior and intermediate level programmers get more time, of course).

about a month ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

AuMatar Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

I think having them thinking about how something might work before feeding it to them is the best way to teach. When you figure it out for yourself, you'll remember it better. Even when you don't, you'll understand it better when you are taught, because you've already started thinking in terms of principles. My absolute most effective courses in college all worked like that- homework would start testing what we learned in a lesson, then lead into the concepts for the next one. This is how you teach people to figure out new concepts, its thinking like a scientist.

100% agree that helping!=doing. If you're doing it for them, they aren't learning anything. The only time you should do it for them is if they completely don't understand as an example, and then they need to be told to do another one on their own.

about a month ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

AuMatar Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

It isn't questionable at all. You're not going to bring out your phone for every simple problem in life. Need to make change for a 10? Do you really want to have to take out your phone and type this in? The vast majority of math people need its an order of magnitude quicker to do it in ones head than to do it on a calculator.

A better argument is that paper and pen math is what's no longer needed, as the problems complicated enough to do that on actually are as fast to type into a computer. But those are far rarer, and paper/pen is pretty much a necessary step to learning how to do it mentally.

about a month ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

AuMatar Re:Horrible article (140 comments)

In 13 years I've never worked at a place where everyone used the same IDE. Generally there was a mix of IDE users, terminal vim and emacs enthusiasts, and a few people in between (using souped up graphical text editors). There's no good reason for forcing people to use the same editors- the loss of efficiency from learning a new way will never be made up.

about a month ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

AuMatar Horrible article (140 comments)

With a very biased verdict. Giving Android Studio the edge because of Gradle support? That's great- if you want to use gradle. I don't. I don't even know what it is- before Android Studio came out I'd never heard of it. And I have better things to do than play with build tools unless it offers a huge advantage- which it doesn't. The fact its impossible to use Android Studio without switching is a negative, not a positive as Eclipse supports both. The edge here should go to Eclipse for giving you choice between build systems.

UI? The UI that you know is better than one you don't- always. If I have to spend even an hour finding new options, that's an hour I'll probably never make back. Eclipse has lots of flaws, but I'm used to those. The real advantage here is Eclipse if you know it, or draw if you don't.

Basically his argument seems to boil down to he likes new shiny stuff. No thanks.

about a month 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  |  more than 2 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 2 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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