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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

Bamfarooni Re:And yet (268 comments)

BS. It's not like people are turning down Jobs at Google and Apple because they don't pay enough or wont negotiate on salary. These companies are hiring everyone that's qualified and passes the interview. The advanced tech worker shortage is real and is completely orthogonal to salary shenanigans.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Bamfarooni Build stuff (637 comments)

Yes, the concern is real and common. The antidote is building stuff. A bunch of stuff. The more stuff you build, the more likely it is you'll have to get "dirty" with the underlying guts of it, the more you'll know, and the more valuable you'll be.

For instance:
Of the many garbage collectors Java offers, have you ever used anything but the default? Do you have any idea what the trade-offs are and when you might want to use another one?
Have you ever profiled any Java code?
What do you know about Java byte code?
Ever SWIG wrap anything into Java?
Ever used Java serialization? Do you know what's wrong with it and why you wouldn't want to use it?
Custom class loaders?

My adivce: go learn everything there is to know about "something", it doesn't really matter what (maybe you want be the worlds foremost expert on malloc). In the process of gaining a very, very deep understanding of that 1 specific sliver; you're going to also learn about a ton of other stuff on the way.

about 4 months ago
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Asteroid Passes Closer To Earth Than the Moon on Nov 8

Bamfarooni Re:No deflection? (169 comments)

Too small to see.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Discontinue Google Labs

Bamfarooni Re:Google Code Search (165 comments)

Whoops. Maybe I'm wrong. Says right there on the logo that its in labs. Huh.

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Discontinue Google Labs

Bamfarooni Re:Google Code Search (165 comments)

Code search isn't part of labs. If it doesn't have a googlelabs.com address, it's probably not affected by this.

more than 2 years ago
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FSF Suggests That Google Free Gmail Javascript

Bamfarooni Re:Yeah right (413 comments)

What, you don't write all your code that way?

more than 3 years ago
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Federal Judge Rejects Google Books Deal

Bamfarooni Re:unobtainable books. (234 comments)

As for the future, well, digital copies are actually a LOT harder to preserve long term. I myself have files that I can no longer open, because I no longer have a copy of the word processor "Sprint" running on MS-DOS 5.0. They're less than twenty years old, and are essentially unusable.

Well that's just short-sightedness. There are still converters for Sprint format however, and I'd be happy to convert them for you if you promise not to put them into another proprietary format.

By contrast, I once held and read a hand-written breviary from fourteenth century Italy, a good six and half centuries old and still usable. If we could find a way to archive digital information which would guarantee its usability a mere century from now, I'd rest a lot more easily.

Yeah, but I have more books on my cell-phone than currently exist from the fourteenth century.

more than 3 years ago
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Federal Judge Rejects Google Books Deal

Bamfarooni Re:Victory against Google-oply = good (234 comments)

Could you be a little more obviously prejudiced? And while you're at it, could you please identify how anyone (Google or not) goes about getting access to (or rights for) a book by a dead author that's not longer in print?

It sure would be nice if all those works weren't effectively dead (and their knowledge lost) just because my local bookstore or library can't get them.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Wireless Voting For Students?

Bamfarooni ODK + Fusion Tables (167 comments)

You can set up an ODK form (http://code.google.com/p/opendatakit/), kids vote with their smartphone (or computer), and all the results go into a Google Fusion Table (http://www.google.com/fusiontables).

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft On List of Most Ethical Companies

Bamfarooni Re:"Most" doesn't mean "very". (465 comments)

The list of highly questionable if not outright illegal activities is very long:

You can start here with "A History of Anticompetitive Behavior and Consumer Harm"
http://www.ecis.eu/documents/Finalversion_Consumerchoicepaper.pdf

and then move on to a catalog of their attacks on standards:
http://www.grokdoc.net/index.php/Dirty_Tricks_history

and then any of these:
Illegal tying: http://www.ecis.eu/documents/ECISPressStatementonOperaSO1.pdf
Unethical marketing: http://www.nearsoft.com/blog/MS-test.html
Antitrust: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/600488.stm

Or these:
http://slashdot.org/story/00/05/02/158204/Kerberos-PACs-And-Microsofts-Dirty-Tricks
http://www.technologyevangelist.com/2007/02/microsoft_dirty_tric_1.html
http://techrights.org/2008/12/01/leaked-oem-vista-ad-incentives/
http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/57261/index.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/368660.stm
http://www.groklaw.net/staticpages/index.php?page=2005010107100653
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/06/08/23/1251210/Microsoft-Admonished-by-US-District-Court-Judge
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-tried-to-muck-with-anti-linux-facts/235
http://www.zdnet.com/news/fact-and-fiction-in-the-microsoft-sco-relationship/139743
http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2001/10/23/13219/110
http://lproven.livejournal.com/102128.html
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/7654

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Calling For $53B For High Speed Rail

Bamfarooni Re:Stupid Idea (1026 comments)

An additional question: Where would it be efficient?

Answered in TFA, which the poster conveniently didn't link to: http://www.america2050.org/maps/

The entire west coast: San Diego > L.A. > San Jose > San Francisco > Portland > Seattle
The entire east coast: Boston, NY, Philidelphia, DC, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Miami

And more.

more than 3 years ago
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Indie Pay-What-You-Want Bundle Reaches $1 Million

Bamfarooni How's this compare to total sales? (238 comments)

I wonder how this compares to the total sales all 5 (now 6) games had prior to being included in the bundle?

Oh, and awesome job, guys. Goo is a great game. Haven't had time to get to the rest yet.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Gates Funds Seawater-Spraying Cloud Machines

Bamfarooni Re:Is this a joke? (403 comments)

Fortunately, they're not suggesting that increased evaporation is the important part. It's an increase in cloud cover.

more than 4 years ago
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Glitch Has Users Fuming, Google 'Frantic'

Bamfarooni Re:And In Other News... (349 comments)

Regardless of whether is it currently free or not, I suspect Google hopes to have a paid version of this in the near future.

You mean like all the other google tools that you have to pay for like search, mail, maps, sketch-up, earth, docs and spreadsheets, calendar, picassa, ride finder, video, groups, alerts, reader, whatever.

Yeah, I'm sure that they're just ACHING to get a paid version of this out the door.

more than 7 years ago

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