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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

CMonk Re:You underestimate the value (913 comments)

+1 I don't think this person is looking for a college education, I suggest they seek out a vocational school. This will be funny when a google search before a job interview pulls up this post. I don't hire engineers that aren't interested in learning.

more than 3 years ago

Expensify CEO On 'Why We Won't Hire .NET Developers'

CMonk Re:Money (758 comments)

.NET almost certainly requires a lot of licensing that you normally would not be paying (ignoring Mono). Using .NET requires Windows licenses for development and production (and everything in between). It probably requires a SQL Server license . Most shops that I am aware of that do development on windows also subscribe all devs to MSDN (not cheap!).

  MS has bid on a few of my projects. They never include all the required software and CALs required because they assume you are a MS shop. Oh, you don't have windows? You don't have BizTalk? You don't have SQL Server? You don't have sharepoint? No MSDN? Let's just say they've never won a bid even though I'm open minded enough to include them. These license costs add up very very quickly and they don't go away, they just get worse as you get more locked in.

more than 3 years ago

iPhone DSLR Prototype 1.0

CMonk Re:The phone killed the GPS (172 comments)

It killed the consumer GPS market and it will kill the consumer digicam market too. It hasn't and won't touch pro-sumer let alone pro GPS/camera markets. "Phones" are becoming the jack of all trades, master of none.

more than 4 years ago

OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?

CMonk Re:Article is trollbait (405 comments)

> Switch to OpenSolaris

No, just no, not unless you have a specific reason to. As a desktop? They don't call it Slowaris for nothing, y'know.

Way to keep the troll alive. I know you are just trying to get a rise out of people, but come on, digging up a term from like 1995 isn't very convincing. I personally run Solaris (and production systems at work) because there is nothing in the space that scales like it. Even for single thread applications (and only one of them) with no memory requirements it is just as fast (now at least, early x86 versions of Solaris didn't perform as well as their SPARC counterparts) as FreeBSD, Linux, Windows, etc.

I could go on to bash Linux et al but, but what would be the point? What ever suits your needs the best is the best OS. Oh, I remember, this is slashdot, we make uninformed, brash comments here now. In 2000, this was a forum for killing FUD, now it is hear to spread FUD.

To the original poster, I think, if you want a better debate, you should take it to

more than 4 years ago

ZFS Gets Built-In Deduplication

CMonk Re:Does that mean... (386 comments)

Additionally there isn't really much likelihood of that happening considering that ZFS isn't really supposed to be used outside of a ZMIRROR or RAIDZ environment.

This requires a citation.

And why not? ZFS is still great in single disk setups. It will tell you when you data is corrupt way more reliably than older filesystems. It just won't auto-correct it because thare are only check sums, not parity for those blocks. It still is way more robust and resistant to corruption that older file-systems. It's easier to manage ... blah blah blah. Oh yeah, if I set copies=2 or 3 or 4 or 5 I CAN indeed automatically repair corruption due to sector failures,etc just like in a multi disk setup. I can also tell it to make multiple copies of the meta data on a single disk.

more than 4 years ago

Snow Leopard Drops Palm OS Sync

CMonk Re:Stay classy (290 comments)

The only one that didn't want Palm products to succeed was Palm. Horrible products. Support EOL for all their products were the day they shipped. Rarely got any sort of bug fixes, never any additional features. Palm Desktop for Mac is still a PowerPC only application (runs on intel via rosetta). Why bother trying to support something the vendor has no interest in supporting? I'll never make the mistake of buying another Palm product (I've had 2, Palm Pro and Palm T5). I've never heard anyone say a good thing about their Treo so I never went there. I don't expect anything will change with the Pre. I also don't understand the Pre hype, it's not bringing anything new to the table.

about 5 years ago

An Early Look At What's Coming In PHP V6

CMonk Re:Limited cleanup (307 comments)

Ah, I love PHP. Oh wait, that's not love... that's hate, disdain and frustration.

more than 5 years ago

Twitter On Scala

CMonk Re:Should have used PHP. (324 comments)

Please mod this post up. PHP is ridiculously bad. When you build things with a huge committee you are likely to get something bad, when you build something with a huge committee of people that have never programmed before, only edited someone's perl CGI, you get PHP.

more than 5 years ago

Twitter On Scala

CMonk Re:Should have used PHP. (324 comments)

Huh? Are you confused? Both companies made the stupid mistake of using a web scripting language to do backend heavy lifting. Twitter is fixing that with Scala. (leaving RoR on the frontend because its really good at web frontends) Facebook already fixed that with ERLANG, not PHP. (leaving PHP on the frontend because of the technical debt they've accumulated) BTW, PHP is the worst language ever. That is a fact, not my opinion.

more than 5 years ago

Twitter Leads Social Networks In Downtime

CMonk Re:84 hours?!?! (175 comments)

What does rails have to do with building in an unscalable way? You could say the same but sub in php, c, java, perl, .net, etc. As I understand it most of their problems stem from them thinking a SQL database would make a good message bus.

more than 4 years ago

Four X25-E Extreme SSDs Combined In Hardware RAID

CMonk Re:Oh good (228 comments)

I think you're comparing against SATA drives. People that worry about IOPS are normally using FC drives which are much more closely aligned in price with SSDs. (btw, been a while since I was in the market for FC drives)

more than 5 years ago

Amazon Launches "Frustration-Free Packaging"

CMonk Best packaging innovation ever (353 comments)

How much cost does it add to a product to make it retail shelf friendly (theft, presentation)? Hopefully this will save us money down the line too.

more than 5 years ago


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