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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

David C Billen I guess it doesn't matter enough (108 comments)

I used to work on casino games, and gosh, with all that money at stake we never lost track of a penny in the field.

3 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

David C Billen Re:Number of interviews... (429 comments)

They all get through school by huddling around one or two "naturals" who show how to get their school projects working. Then they show up in the real world with a piece of paper that says they're qualified. Some companies know how to make use of them but it takes herds of them and lots of infrastructure and project management. It's very expensive.

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

David C Billen It's about the objective (443 comments)

Flight wasn't invented by developing flapping feathered wings - as many once seem to have envisioned. Flight was understood to be getting from point A to point B without negotiating the terrain. Better ways were found to do this mechanically. AI should no more duplicate human brain thinking than flight should duplicate bird flying.

Besides, if you succeeded in creating a human brain in a computer it would be as disturbed as a human raised in a dark basement. Our thinking requires a lifetime of delicate social interactions and lots of other experience moving about in a human body.

3 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

David C Billen theodp is a genius! (186 comments)

He figured out a way to contrive this smoking hot topic into something tech related so we could curse about it on Slashdot - brilliant! Next topic: Bill Cosby. I got nuthin...

5 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

David C Billen They should have gone Boodigo (397 comments)

Who uses the default search engine anyway?

about a week ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

David C Billen Re:Everybody's special. (215 comments)

Seriously, every programmer that believes there are 10X programmers also believes he's one of them.

Firstly I think "10X" was intended like when one says "a gazillion". Secondly I think we need to also profile people who don't believe some programmers are more productive than others.

about two weeks ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

David C Billen Re:10x Productivity (215 comments)

Programming is easy...

That's like saying "woodworking is easy". It depends on whether you're making birdhouses or you're a luthier making Stradivarius. I work with embedded DSP code and it's not easy to find capable programmers.

about two weeks ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

David C Billen Re:Here's the deal (215 comments)

As someone who often does the hiring, I agree with you (at least in our case). We consider what to pay a developer and if a recruiter is used then that fee is an entirely peripheral issue. I've never been witness to a person summing the two in order to fit a budget. Maybe that happens in some much larger companies that are trying to quantify everything, but it would be new to me.

about two weeks ago
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The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

David C Billen Re:Parallel Programming Hype (66 comments)

It's been fairly day-to-day in embedded development if you count SIMD, but as to the future I'd agree it's more on the way out for common development than the way in.

about two weeks ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

David C Billen He crashed my newsreader (245 comments)

Seriously, his long post crashed my RSS app (OSX NewsBar). I've seen this once before. It won't refresh Slashdot again until the article falls out of range.

about two weeks ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

David C Billen Re:Awesome :) (641 comments)

Can we work systemd into the discussion?

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

David C Billen I respect the effort (223 comments)

Reminds me of a character in a Douglas Adams novel who contemplated suing the CIA until a lawyer friend of his advised him that would be like "attacking a lunatic asylum with a banana".

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

David C Billen Re: Car analogy (260 comments)

...or Ford patents the steering wheel.

about three weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

David C Billen Your politics are NOT based on science (282 comments)

I think it's laughable how many people believe their politics are based on scientific fact these days. Sure - on a specifically scientific issue like this you may take the side of scientists. But you can't even have a position on something as quantifiable as economics without first defining what the objectives should be. That requires your whole sense of what is morally/ethically right and wrong. That sense you pulled out of your ass or learned from someone who pulled it out of their ass. Your politics are ultimately no more or less "scientific" than someone who believes they got theirs from a mystical being.

about three weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

David C Billen Why not us? (206 comments)

I want full video slashdot - find out how pretty you all are...

about three weeks ago
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Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

David C Billen Re:Really? (116 comments)

+1 funny for "fake tan retards"

about three weeks ago
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Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

David C Billen It can only hurt you if you get too close (116 comments)

If you keep your perspective on what FB is, a superficial and very public cyber-hangout, then I think it's kind of fun to mess around on there. But then - I don't really care if someone figures out how to target an ad at me...

about three weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

David C Billen Re:does have a significant, but modest effect (217 comments)

It makes sense. Don't think "significant" like "important". Think "significant" as opposed to "insignificant".

about three weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

David C Billen Who gets to decide? (217 comments)

I've programmed over 30 years professionally. If there's every been an occasion, (on at least a medium sized project), where the choice of programming language wasn't pretty much dictated by some kind of requirements - I can't remember it.

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

David C Billen Re:the ones to blame are the 350.org, etc (695 comments)

Thank you. It's refreshing when someone bashes both sides in this pathologically two-sided society of ours.

about three weeks ago

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