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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

EMG at MU Can't just quit every time (164 comments)

I have worked on embedded machines that implemented no security. My boss said "our competitors don't worry about security why should we?" I said because someone could die. It isn't that hard to envision a scenario where someone could compromise our system and render it inoperable because our lack of security.

Guess what, I was a junior engineer with no pull on a project that was do or die for the business. I finished and quit as soon as possible. Not everyone can do that. This isn't a software engineer's problem, it is a business problem.

yesterday
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

EMG at MU Not our education system (269 comments)

You can't blame everything on our education system.

First, the majority of people do not possess the ability to think critically. You can't teach that skill. You can try to foster what ability a person might have but you can't turn someone with no ability to think critically into someone who exemplifies that ability. By middle school someone either can think for themselves or they can't.

Second, why is everything the education systems fault? Why don't parents encourage their children to think critically? Why aren't parents responsible for enriching their child's development so that they develop the skills needed to succeed.

Reality check: not all teachers think critically. There are a lot of people of average to below average intelligence / critical thinking ability that are teachers. Want great teachers? Do you want the cream of the crop? Then pay them to deal with your whiny privileged spawn instead of the much more glamorous and lucrative jobs they have. Instead of attracting the best talent we have states actively eroding teacher benefits which drives the talent away and opens the door for Teach for America type excuses for real teachers.

Yes I agree there are a ton of people in IT and every other profession who completely lack the ability to think critically.

No I do not blame "our education system"

yesterday
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

EMG at MU News? (133 comments)

This would have been news if Comcast didn't give every member of congress that had anything to do with their merger money.

People don't care anymore. The people in power have switched the conversation from us (regular people) vs them (those in positions of power) into us ("democrats") vs us ("republicans"). If you point out that huge corporations bribe congress someone will point out that huge unions bribe congress. If you point out that the oil/gas sectors bribe republicans someone will point out that hollywood bribes democrats. We can't have a conversation about how it is wrong for any special interest to have that much influence just because of $ because we are too busy beating each other over the head.

The argument people have now is: "my special interest should be lobbying, your special interest shouldn't".

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

EMG at MU Re:Back up your vote with your wallet (195 comments)

I could have fought it but decided it just wasn't worth the effort. Sometimes, life's too short.

They know that, that's why they win.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

EMG at MU Re:Back up your vote with your wallet (195 comments)

My point is that many individuals form a collective. If every person says that individual economic pressure isn't worth it then the collective never grows large enough to make a difference. It's the same thing that happens with voting for third parties, people do not think that their vote matters so they either don't vote or throw it away.

How many thousands of people voted in this survey? If half of them boycotted the companies they voted for for the period of one year the companies would take notice.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

EMG at MU Re:Back up your vote with your wallet (195 comments)

Exactly, it's near impossible. And these companies are lobbying hard to remove options that allow consumers to vote with their wallets. We need more than just individual economic pressure to have any realistic impact on companies this big.

Another problem is that people really underestimate individual economic pressure. I know too many people my age (mid 20s) who automatically give up and say that there is no way they can make a difference so why even try. They expect someone else to make the sacrifice and work to address the problem. Look at Target's profits in the wake of their little credit card fiasco:

The widespread theft of Target customer data had a significant impact on the company’s profit, which fell more than 40 percent in the fourth quarter, the retailer reported on Wednesday. The company said net earnings were $520 million in the quarter, down 46 percent from the same period a year earlier, when earnings were $961 million.

Source: New York Times

These companies don't magically make money regardless of what consumers do, they make money because consumers willingly spend money with them. It seems as if lots of people just stopped going to Target after the breach was discovered. Explain why the same thing couldn't happen with Wal-Mart or EA?

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

EMG at MU Back up your vote with your wallet (195 comments)

I know its near impossible with a few of these companies since they are oligarchies but I feel that in order to vote for one of these companies you also should make a personal pledge to avoid doing business with the companies you vote for.

One big problem here is that on one hand people say EA is the worst company in America and then turn around and go out and buy the latest EA game. Companies will listen, but only if you affect them where it matters: the bottom line. No one at these companies gives a shit about this survey.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

EMG at MU Student loans (225 comments)

If I graduate with a lot of student debt and my choice is between: working for a company that benefits humanity but pays little, or, working for a company that makes shitty apps for idiots to play with but pays very well what is the most rational choice?

The middle class in America is fucked. And 99% of those people who could "help cure cancer" would end up there if they chose to pursue more altruistic careers. Its a rat race and if you are smart and motivated and at prestigious school I think the path towards $$ is always going to be the most attractive.

about a month ago
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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

EMG at MU Re:No worries, will be banned soon. (352 comments)

Well realistically the company would offer to "delete" those records in exchange for tax breaks or cash.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

EMG at MU Re:Not DRM, just an old business model (769 comments)

Eh, I also have a DE razor. It is cheaper after the initial investment. Maybe it is just me but the shave is no where as close and I bleed just as much. Plus it takes much longer. Since I'm cheap i'll still use it but I'm not too crazy about them.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

EMG at MU Re:Not DRM, just an old business model (769 comments)

Maybe you don't but when I owned one I wanted whatever razor was on sale that week. I don't care if I have one handle and another cartridge.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

EMG at MU Re:Why? (769 comments)

Every coffee maker I have owned in the past 8 years has had a 1-4 cup option.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

EMG at MU Not DRM, just an old business model (769 comments)

Get out your cartridge razor handle. Find a razor cartridge from a different manufacture and try to mate the two, e.g: Schick stick with Gillette cartridge. It will not work. There is no reason it will not work besides the companies want you to only buy their razors.

This isn't DRM it is just an update on an old business model that happens to use a small circuit to achieve the same result.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

EMG at MU Re:Teach the fundamentals (246 comments)

The fundamentals never change. With a solid base, there is nothing a programmer can't do.

An AA program focused on what will get them hired today is exactly what will not get them hired tomorrow.

That is true. And so many of us are thankful we learned the fundamentals and principles because we have had really gainfull and fulfilling careers because of it. But not everyone is like us.

There are a lot of people who don't want to / cannot learn the fundamentals. But since they have been told the only path towards the middle class is to go to a 4 year school they will enroll and either drop out, flunk out, change majors, or graduate being barely competent in what they studied. And they will most likely have a lot of debt.

Wouldn't it be better to give those who wish it another option?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

EMG at MU Why Not? (246 comments)

There are a lot of people who go to 4 year schools expecting a vocational training program and not a education in the principals of their field. AKA anyone who has complained about learning "fluff". A large percentage of a CompE/Computer Science program's students will state that they just want to learn what will get them a job in the real world. These same students are going to slack off in the "fluff' classes and come out with no ability to apply what they learned in those classes. It is wasted time, money, and energy. Give them another option.

To me the question is who is better off: someone who half-assed their way through a CompE degree, got out with $50,000 in debt and is still barely employable as a entry level programmer? Or someone who skipped all the "fluff" and got a 2 year practical programming degree for a fraction of the cost, and is still barely employable as an entry level programmer? I'm arguing it is the guy with less debt.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

EMG at MU Mistress (264 comments)

If you have this you better hope you have nothing to hide from the other people who might be in your car.

Siri: "I see that you have received a text from Ms. Longlegs with the address for the Super 8 motel, would you like directions?"

Siri: "I noticed that your most frequent destination is: Woody's Rub and Tug, would you like directions? Shall I make a reservation?"

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

EMG at MU Because they don't preach (794 comments)

So, why do many of us perceive Whole Foods and the Creation Museum so differently?"

1) Whole Foods is a grocery store, the Creation Museum claims to be a museum.

2) Certain states aren't trying to teach children the "controversy" surrounding dandelion root extract supposedly curing my ailments. There isn't a national debate surrounding gluten-free pancake mix. Politicians don't get elected to office by appealing to the "this organic sea salt is only 4000 years old" crowd.

about 2 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

EMG at MU Re:Productivity gap (333 comments)

You obviously ignored the sarcasm tags.

But to play ball: in the US as in many other developed nations you can't discriminate against employees because of things like that. If I have diabetes you can't discriminate against me because I may have low blood sugar one day and have to go home. You can't discriminate someone with a propensity to get the flu every winter because on average that person misses more days than someone who doesn't get the flu. Furthermore you can't just lump all women together and generalize about them. Some choose not to have children, should they be punished because some women do choose to have children?

Were you really trying to say that there is such a disparity between the number of men and women in software engineering because they may take more time off? Or were you just waiting for your chance to get in a cheap shot against women?

You may not be a misogynist, but you do have some silly thoughts regarding women.

about 2 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

EMG at MU 2001-2 (333 comments)

Humm, if only there was some economic event that happened around that time that could explain why large amounts of people would switch careers. It is almost as if there was some kind of recession in the number of software jobs available that caused female CS grads to pick different careers.

about 2 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

EMG at MU Re:Productivity gap (333 comments)

The same productivity gap for women exists in all industries. 5 days a month and doesn't die, etc. etc.

Every time some neckbeard opens his mouth and allows the misogyny to flow out it just reinforces the notion that there needs to be more incentive for women to get into software. I know this is /. but you probably just made some femnazi's panties crawl up her ass....dammit.

about 2 months ago

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