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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

AuMatar Re:We'll "need" Swift? (310 comments)

A pretty trivial non-problem. Make a mutable one and just don't change anything in it.

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

AuMatar Re:NO, all candy bar (540 comments)

What kind of pockets do you have? I fit my wallet, keys, and Note all in 1 pocket.

3 days ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

AuMatar Re:Laziness (145 comments)

I think that HTML5 would make it far worse. Where do most of these bad programmers start? Where the barriers to entry are lowest-- javascript. You'd be making the problem worse, not better.

I do think that there's much improvement to be made with permissions on mobile phones. But that's a separate problem, and one a lot of the Android custom ROMs do well.

4 days ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

AuMatar Re:Laziness (145 comments)

Design guidelines are just recommendations. Frequently bad ones. A developer should design the best UI he can, not follow what Google says regardless of whether it fits. And most developer guidelines, Google and Apple both, are crap.

The problem is that the whole app movement has brought in a whole slew of crappy developers who's idea of coding is to search stack overflow or git for stuff to copy paste. They don't read it, don't understand how to use it right, and expect it to magically work. Worse half of the people writing that code fall into the same category, so its the blind reading the blind. If you pick a library off of github and assume it will work, you deserve what you get. Unfortunately your users don't.

These people have been around for a while (they used to be "web developers" and program by copy pasting big chunks of javascript). The problem is that on a phone they can do more damage. In a world where the number of quality programmers is fixed and far less than the demand for programmers, how do you fix it? Making it easier to program actually hurts, you end up with those crappy coders trying to do even more. Maybe its time to raise the barriers to entry for a while.

4 days ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

AuMatar Re:No surprises here (119 comments)

Sure they are. My school had AP classes, but not everyone in the class takes the test- those who didn't think they would pass skipped it and save the 70 bucks. In each one the teacher suggested to a few people not to take the test because they didn't think they had the understanding to pass. In at least 1 case they talked someone into taking the test when they were borderline (I think he passed).

As for financial incentive- read the article. Google was paying teachers directly. It was going to the teachers, administrators not involved. With financial incentives I can easily see the teachers telling more/all of those tweeners to take it and see if they pass.

4 days ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

AuMatar Re:We need different divisions (175 comments)

Lets be fair- its always been boring. Nobody gives a fuck about these sports for 3.9 years out of 4. Nobody should care about them the other .1 either. Or are you buying tickets to the local synchronized diving competition?

4 days ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

AuMatar No surprises here (119 comments)

You tell teachers they'll be paid if more people pass a test. So they encourage more of their students to take it. Many of those aren't ready, they're just hoping they'll pass for a payout. So the pass rate goes down, as the majority of additional takers weren't capable. Yup, statistics work.

5 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

AuMatar Re:call them (353 comments)

I don't have kids, but when I was one my parents were spending most weekends taking us somewhere to do something. Watching movies was not on the agenda, at least not at home (maybe the occasional trip tot he movie theater). Why would you waste prime family time on movies? You do those on the weekdays because there's fewer entertainment options and most of them are closed by the time you get home from work.

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

AuMatar Re:call them (353 comments)

I think you have that backward. M-Th is when you go to work then come home and want to just watch TV for the night. F/S/S is when you go out and do something because you don't have to be home early.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

AuMatar Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (381 comments)

Unless you like carrying a smartphone in your hands all the time in crowded places, or like leaving your smartphone on the table where it can get lost or stolen, the smart watch is better. Nothing beats a watch for quickly checking something. Constantly fishing a phone out of your pocket, unlocking it, checking stuff and putting the phone back in your pocket can become extremely tedious quickly.

Can't say I've ever left mine anywhere. And I have no problem getting it out of my pockets. Meanwhile a watch is fucking uncomfortable to wear, and tends to break within a few months as you accidently bang it on things. I cried tears of joy the day I realized my new cell phone meant I'd never have to wear a watch again. I think taking it out of your pockets is a problem only about 1% of the people in the world have, everyone else seems to prefer the phone.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

AuMatar Re: Wrong question (381 comments)

There's a few other things in the hardware that would bring up issues:

*Battery- smaller form factor, smaller battery, less life. People complain about that already
*camera- is there any place to put a camera on there that isn't going to be blocked by write hair or inconvenient to take a picture with? Can you see the screen to see the image? is it easy to hold your arm steady enough?
*Text input- voice recognition isn't there yet, and even when it is you don't always want to be public with your messages. How do you type on one quickly?
*Is there enough physical room for everything?
*Heat- if we do all that in a watch, how hot will it get? Will it become a safety hazard or uncomfortable to wear?
*Power- even if everything works, a phone can have the same stuff and more, due to form factor. So why would you limit yourself to the watch?

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

AuMatar Re:I already have one (381 comments)

Two seconds in a year!?! That means in a mere 30 years you'll have to adjust it by a minute. In your life you'll have to adjust it 3 times! DO you know how much effort and time you'll save by buying a $10,000 high end mechanical watch? You'll only have to adjust it once- that's got to save you 2 minutes over the course of your lifetime. Isn't 10K a small price to pay for that?*

*Math void if anything heavier than a feather ever touches it, as it may break the delicate alignment of gears.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

AuMatar Re:No (381 comments)

Even more real answer- I'm in the subway. I'm not getting that call/text because the signal isn't reaching me through 10m of solid earth.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

AuMatar Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (381 comments)

* Displace smart phones/dedicated GPSes used for turn-by-turn directions (visual and audio) while driving. It's going to be great for motorcycle users. I'm not sure yet whether it will be legal for this use.

So could smartphones, at no additional difficulty. In fact they'll do so better if you have a bluetooth earpiece, as the audio will be routed right to your ear. There's nothing here a watch will do better than a phone. (There's also good reasons for continuing to use the dedicated GPS, as they tend to lose signal less, have maps predownloaded in case you go to an area with spotty internet, and have better databases of nearby locations. But I can understand wanteing to ditch it).

It will make the policeman's job more difficult by allowing drivers to check their emails/texts while driving without it being obvious to an observer.

Here's an idea- on the extremely rare occasion you actually have to deal with the police, wait 10 fucking minutes to look at your texts. Also, if you need to deal with the police more than once every 5 or 6 years, take a good hard look at what you're doing wrong with your life.

Provide quick updates to stock/commodity traders who are on the go or not near a desktop/laptop.

So does a smartphone, with a better UI, and more screen space for easy access to information

Allow joggers to skip songs without carrying their smartphones in their hands.

Or they could use voice control. But I doubt holding it in their hands or fishing it out of ones pocket is really all that much worse than trying to fuck around with your watch while jogging. In fact I would bet either of those are easier.

Yeah, still no valid use cases for a smartwatch.

about three weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

AuMatar Re:Not new (253 comments)

I've been doing technical interviews for 15 years. And any day of the week I'd take someone with a degree over someone with 5 or 6 years more experience without one. Oh, I'll miss a few good hires that way, but I'll miss out on more bad ones. And that's what far more important- its better to miss making a good hire than make a bad one. In those 15 years I have seen perhaps 4 people without a degree have even a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of the craft-- and 2 of those I'm thinking of dropped out their senior year of college for medical or family reasons. The rest have all been language of the week cruft who I wouldn't hire to write webpages. I won't even interview them anymore- too many have failed, the small percentage of useful hires you'd find aren't worth the time.

about three weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

AuMatar Re:Not new (253 comments)

But equivalent work experience is a lot longer. I might believe that someone with no degree and a decade plus of experience is as good as someone with a degree and 3-4 years, but he'd have to prove it. I find almost nobody without at least 3 years of college has a decent grasp of the fundamentals of computer science- data structures, algorithms, critical thinking and design. The people without degrees tend to just know how to google for answers and copy the results, and god forbid you change frameworks or languages on them- they're hopeless. Its to the point that no degree and less than 6 or 7 years of experience isn't going to get an interview over a guy right out of college because the odds favor the college grad having a higher ceiling.

about three weeks ago
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Android Wear Is Here

AuMatar Re:Custom ROM? (129 comments)

Google Play Store and Google Play Services aren't free, and Google doesn't sell them to individual users. You can pirate them, but you can't use them legally.

about three weeks ago
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Android Wear Is Here

AuMatar Re:Google play services required (129 comments)

Not legally. You can pirate Google Play Store, then download Play Services through it. But you can't get a legal license to Play Store without paying Google.

about three weeks 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 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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