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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

ERJ Rewrite (548 comments)

Sometimes re-writing something just because it uses older technologies or isn't how you would design it is not worth it. Your customers may live by the "quirks" of your system and those code work-arounds may be there for a reason.

about a month ago

Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

ERJ Re:Not sure how well this will stop cheating (122 comments)

They had a story on the radio last night about this. The issue is that everyone (well, most everyone) was getting a passing grade. When they came in and gave an unexpected test the average score was 95%. The problem is that promotions were based on the grades. So, people were not cheating to pass but instead to be "perfect" in order to look better for promotion.

about a month and a half ago

Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

ERJ Re:I will invest in that. (168 comments)

I don't disagree with your premise. Long term strategic planning is something that is very lacking these days. That being said, you can't just say "it will work out" which is kinda what Amazon seems to be doing. Retail is a hard game. Sure Amazon has other things brewing but their bread and butter is retail. Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Google, they can get away with doing heavy R&D and having some bad quarters but in retail you really kinda need to stay at least a bit profitable.

about 2 months ago

Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

ERJ Re:They are all paid too much (712 comments)

Came here to say this. In addition, all this would lead to is contracting out all the low wage jobs. Walmart Store Staff, Inc. a separate but wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Management, Inc.

about 7 months ago

Dallas PD Uses Twitter To Announce Cop Firings

ERJ Re:Unlikely to last (118 comments)

No, but the department can be sued like a corporation can.

Like I said, I think it is a good thing but that doesn't mean it won't fall to the lawyers.

about 8 months ago

Dallas PD Uses Twitter To Announce Cop Firings

ERJ Unlikely to last (118 comments)

Although I do think it is a good thing in that it helps strengthen the community support and trust of the police department I have a feeling that it will end at some point in the near future with a lawsuit....maybe I am just jaded but there is a reason that corporations tend to keep these details silent and have created the (poor in my opinion) rules around providing only the minimal amount of employment information after an employee is let go.

about 8 months ago

How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?

ERJ Re:There is Oracle, and Oracle consultants (275 comments)

Baloney...well, mostly baloney. There are times when it makes sense to do things in house and there are times where it very much does not make sense. Why hire full time employees for project management, development, QA, etc for an 12 month project? Does you organization have the expertise to run such an effort? What do you do with everyone once the project is over? Yes, you will want your own technical staff to be part of the process. Yes, it may make sense to do the maintenance / support in house. Yes, you should never do time and materials but instead fixed bid with penalties (this does mean you will need to have a very good spec up front). Yes, you should get several bids and do your homework on the companies providing the bids. However, none of this precludes using an outside contractor.

about 9 months ago

4K Ultra HD Likely To Repeat the Failure of 3D Television

ERJ Re:Fix HD First (559 comments)

Sorry, you have things very wrong. 18Mbps MPEG2 is not very much bandwidth for 1080i60 or 720p60. It is quite compressed. I work in the video broadcast industry and the providers, if they are using MPEG2 video, typically push the HD video around at 100Mbps or higher for the core feeds. Not that 18Mbps HD video is bad...with the right equipment it actually can look quite good. But it is lossy. Bluray usually uses H.264 at 40Mbps, i.e. a significantly better algorithm for bandwidth / quality, at twice the data rate and even that is somewhat lossy.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?

ERJ Go to your ISP (319 comments)

The nature of a DOS attack (overwhelming your bandwidth / router with traffic) means it pretty much has to be handled upstream. Your ISP should be able to filter the traffic at their routers where they have the bandwidth / processing power to do so. Even if you get a super router it doesn't change the fact that they are using up your bandwidth with dud requests.

about a year ago

8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

ERJ Re:Crime (318 comments)

Otherwise known as the Otis style jail.... Not sure that it really exists outside of Mayberry though.

about a year ago

Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

ERJ Hard hack? (390 comments)

I appreciate that what they are doing is scary but the video doesn't seem to indicate what they had to do in order to get that level of power. It seems that they have wires hooked up between the laptop and dash so, for all we know, they could be feeding bad sensor data into the computers. Is there things that could be done to mitigate the risk....sure. But if that is really how they are messing with things (by tearing apart the dash and rewiring everything) it would seem cutting the break lines would be nearly as dangerous and a lot easier.

about a year ago

What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring

ERJ Re:WTF? (223 comments)

From Wikipedia:

EMC Corporation is an American multinational corporation that offers data storage, information security, virtualization, and cloud computing products and services which enable businesses to store, manage, protect, and analyze massive volumes of data. EMC's target markets include large FORTUNE 500 companies as well as small business across various vertical markets.[2] It is headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

EMC Page

They did 20 billion in revenue last year so they are not exactly an unheard of entity....especially with the large amount of IT folk that frequent slashdot.

about a year and a half ago

UK ISPs Respond To the Dangers of Using Carrier Grade NAT Instead of IPv6

ERJ If they offer IPv6...go ahead (165 comments)

If, and only if, they do offer IPv6 services to their customers than I am pretty cool with this. Realistically IPv4 is done. There is no real other option for the ISPs than to move to this type of setup for backwards compatibility and push IPv6 for full compatibility.

about a year and a half ago

Why You'll Pay For Netflix — Even If You Don't Subscribe To Netflix

ERJ Baloney (292 comments)

Netflix just wants peering agreements. Assuming the service provider doesn't have to build out to the carrier hotel then the cost is minimal.

about a year and a half ago

Google Docs Ditching Old Microsoft Export Formats On Oct. 1

ERJ Re:Why drop functionality? (199 comments)

In a wonderful, magical world of perfect programmers that would be true. Unfortunately, regressions are reality. Maybe google is changing their export class interfaces, or they looked at the fact that you can support docx format back to Office 2003 and decided the maintenance / QA effort was not worth it.

about 2 years ago

Yahoo Excludes BlackBerry From Employee Smartphone List

ERJ Server side software (192 comments)

We run a small business and I can say that our IT group was quite happy when we moved away from blackberry devices. Not because of the phones themselves but instead because of the server side software. It is very likely things have changed since we stopped using their phones but I can tell you that we would be constantly losing device sync between the server side and the phones and would have to manually resync the connections. If that software is still in use I can see how companies the size of Yahoo would want to not have to support the additional infrastructure that is needed for the blackberry devices.

about 2 years ago

Testing for Many Designer Drugs At Once

ERJ Re:Not Regulated... (281 comments)

Ultimately, an employee on drugs is a liability to the company. Whether that be due to dangerous situations that drugs can introduce (i.e. fork lift driver under the influence) or simply that the employee could be arrested for possession, it is not unreasonable for a company to proactively setup a certain standard when it comes to drug use.

more than 2 years ago

Everything You Need To Know About USB 3.0

ERJ Re:And real world speed vs SATA? (322 comments)

It will probably depend on implementation...certain chipsets may be faster then others.

However, anandtech recently reviewed a WD hard drive with a USB 3.0 connector and it was actualy ~20% faster then the eSATA port.

WD 3TB External HD Review

about 4 years ago

Surgeon Performs World's First 4X HD Surgery

ERJ Re:bad title... (101 comments)

I'm sure others will note this as well, but if you multiply the width and height by 2x you receive a total of 4x resolution. (i.e. you could fit 4 1920x1080 screens into one 4k x 2k screen). Another way to say it is that by multiplying the height and width by 2 you have 4x the number of pixels.

more than 4 years ago

American Airlines To Offer Wi-Fi In Planes

ERJ Re:Please turn on your electronics? (303 comments)

You're assuming that there is no ongoing cost associated with this. The service will take money to be online, support the hardware / travelers, etc. However, I would guess it will still be a good money maker for the airlines.

more than 5 years ago


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