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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

EricTheGreen Re:Nothing (430 comments)

Zed Shaw, is that you? Good to hear from you again!

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: the State of Open CS, IT, and DBA Courseware in 2014?

EricTheGreen Cutting to the chase (84 comments)

1. No fully online AA program will be accepted as meeting prereqs for any BS degree worth your time or effort. Self-directed learning is great, but none of it currently hold any rigor in the eyes of academe or the evaluators reviewing your transcripts for transfer credit.

2. No fully online BS program will get so much as a whiff of attention from HR at a decent company. See comments on "academic rigor" above.

3. If you are serious about making development your profession, write a ton of code, contribute to open source projects where you can, build a reputation and contacts in a few developer communities so that, if you're actually any good, they can help get you in the door somewhere. Protip: coding a solution to a painful development problem (library, tool, etc.) goes a long way in this regard.

4. Prepare for your 8 - 5 life to collide with the above repeatedly and decide how much impact pain you're willing to tolerate.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

EricTheGreen "Non-commercial use" (224 comments)

I don't think they needed to worry....

about 6 months ago

Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service

EricTheGreen Re:Free market means exactly that ! (405 comments)

And your alternative remedy is what exactly? And how does it make the victim whole again, beyond the tools currently available?

He already can sue for fraud in the current system, if he's so motivated, and recover losses.

For that matter, fraud itself is a crime. Whether or not the federal/state authorities pursue fraud cases energetically enough is a legit beef, but a government issue not a market one. There are well-crafted, legally tested statutes defining commercial fraud and markets have been subject to them for decades, centuries in certain cases.

So what type of market provides novel, effective remedies beyond the above that you'd recommend as a replacement?

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

EricTheGreen Re:Work on the basics (387 comments)

There are not enough "Funny" mod points on the planet to give this. Well played, VortexCortex!

about 7 months ago

Clam That Was Killed Determining Its Age Was Over 100 Years Older Than Estimated

EricTheGreen Re:"When the rockets go up.... (366 comments)

"Some have harsh words for this man of renown,
But some think our attitude
Should be one of gratitude,
Like the widows and cripples in old London town
Who owe their large pensions to Wernher von Braun."

about 10 months ago

Clam That Was Killed Determining Its Age Was Over 100 Years Older Than Estimated

EricTheGreen Re:Poor Ming :( (366 comments)

Poor thing's life probably flashed before him at the last instant, right?

about 10 months ago

Clam That Was Killed Determining Its Age Was Over 100 Years Older Than Estimated

EricTheGreen "When the rockets go up.... (366 comments)

....who cares where they come down? That's not my department." says Wernher Von Braun.

(ok, not exactly the same scientific disciplines here, for sure....but the mindset is certainly close enough.)

about 10 months ago

20-Somethings Think It's OK To Text and Answer Calls In Business Meetings

EricTheGreen Re:Or maybe the young folks just hate meetings? (453 comments)

Pretty sure most of us geezers figured out the "life-draining waste of time" nature of most meetings long ago. Primary difference between the kiddies and us is that the young'uns aren't experienced enough yet to: a) be able to partition the useful ones from the non-useful at first glance, and b) learned the million creative ways of escaping the latter. And if they keep up with this taking the calls, texting and playing Candy Crush business, they ain't gonna last long enough to learn 'em in any moderately structured place of employment.

Back in the day, you had to actually get out of a productivity-trap meeting. Nowadays, it's just easier to pull out the little hand-held whatever and mentally escape. Even if you're being immediately tagged as "lightweight", "rude", "arrogant", etc., by the annoying-but-still-in-charge-for-the-moment management.

about a year ago

Infosys Fined $35M For Illegally Bringing Programmers Into US On Visitor Visas

EricTheGreen Re:Missing Step 2 (201 comments)

You're absolutely right....except you're assuming there is an actual finding/admission of guilt.

The article speaks of a "settlement" being announced. To my eyes, the probability of that settlement including an admission of culpability approaches zero.

Infosys will not be blacklisted, they'll mind their manners and volume for a bit, then quietly pick up where they left off on the contract pile.

And....allowing for that tiny percentage sliver, what if they do admit guilt and are barred from government contracting for whatever period? They just slide the excess capacity over to the contractual pile of Walmart, Sears, etc.

As others have mentioned, $35MM, while not a drop in the bucket, is small enough to be absorbed as a carrying cost of doing business, given the revenue stream.

I hate the whole sordid "enterprise staffing" model that spawns this garbage and hope fervently never to work with it again.

about a year ago

Silicon Valley's Loony Cheerleading Culture Is Out of Control

EricTheGreen Re:Dictator (175 comments)

I would agree Milo is laying it on waaaaay too heavy here....but, honestly, have you met the people he's describing? "Evangelists", "Community Developers", "Mentors", "Facilitators" and their ilk? They have no technical skills to value.

1 year,24 days

Wall Street Traders Charged With Copying Code To Start Their Own Company

EricTheGreen Re:The sent this via Email??? LOL! (145 comments)

Not sure about the stuff you tagged on afterwards about route to future, etc....but if you'd like to propose an example of a truly out-of-nowhere, no-antecedents, Black Swan-class revolutionary *idea*, we're all ears....your thoughts?

1 year,25 days

Interviews: Guido van Rossum Answers Your Questions

EricTheGreen Broaden your functional horizons, Guido! (169 comments)

but any language *less* popular than Haskell surely has very little practical value, and I haven't heard of functional languages *more* popular than Haskell.

There is this language called Lisp. Might have heard of it before.

Erlang, also.

I understand the kiddies are feeling the Clojure love these days as well (although I suppose that just ends up categorized as a Lisp subset)

C'mon Guido, you're smarter than this...

1 year,26 days

Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting

EricTheGreen Re:Awesome (582 comments)

I'm not sure they're going for "better discourse" so much as they're going for "less-bad discourse."

about a year ago

Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting

EricTheGreen Re: Awesome (582 comments)

So the next set of Snowdens and Mannings will simply have to select a communication nexus other than the Huffington Post website. I think they'll manage.

about a year ago

Biggest Headache For Game Developers: Abusive Fans

EricTheGreen Re:Who else should comment on your games? (381 comments)

Since when is "I will find you and kill you" useful feedback, let alone appropriate? And who should have to listen to dreck like that?

about a year ago

Should the Next 'Doctor Who' Be a Woman?

EricTheGreen From another angle.... (772 comments)

One of the strengths of the 21st century reboot has been the consistently good fit of actors to the role. If the franchise did decide it was time for the Doctor to be performed by an actress...who would be the best candidates for the part?

about a year ago

Using Java In Low Latency Environments

EricTheGreen Re:Blah blah blah (371 comments)

Exactly. Y'all come back to me when you're programming a cell phone switch and then you can talk about low latency...

about a year ago



The 'Undue Weight' of truth on Wikipedia

EricTheGreen EricTheGreen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

EricTheGreen (223110) writes "The Chronicle of Higher Education details one scholar's attempt to perform a fact-based correction of a Wikipedia article on the Haymarket Riot ... and how his efforts are defeated by a editorial policy supporting what can apparently best be described as a "truth in numbers" policy, facts of the matter be damned. One particularly telling quote from a Wikipedia editor, cited in the article:

If all historians save one say that the sky was green in 1888, our policies require that we write 'Most historians write that the sky was green, but one says the sky was blue.'


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Microsoft's Sidekick data loss an act of sabotage?

EricTheGreen EricTheGreen writes  |  more than 4 years ago

EricTheGreen (223110) writes "Buried within yesterday's AppleInsider roundup of the Sidekick data wipeout lies the following nugget, charitably described as provocative:

...the fact that no data could be recovered after the problem erupted at the beginning of October suggests that the outage and the inability to recover any backups were the result of intentional sabotage by a disgruntled employee. In any other circumstance, Microsoft or T-Mobile would likely have come forward with an explanation of the mitigating circumstances, blaming bad hardware, a power failure, or some freak accident. An act of sabotage "would explain why neither party is releasing any more details: for legal reasons dealing with the ongoing investigation to find the culprit(s)," one of the sources said. Due to the way Sidekick clients interact with the service, any normal failure should have resulted in only a brief outage until a replacement server could be brought up.

Lots of other interesting tidbits in the roundup as well, especially regarding the "dogfooding" ethos apparently prevalent at Microsoft."
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Climate engineering as U.S. policy?

EricTheGreen EricTheGreen writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EricTheGreen (223110) writes "Brief Associated Press article featuring Obama administration science advisor John Holdren discussing potential climate engineering responses to global warming. Among the possible approaches? His own version of Operation Dark Storm--shooting micro-particulate pollution high into the atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays. I'm sure the rest of the world would have no issue with that at all, of course. Yikes..."
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Yelp and the Business of Extortion, v 2.0

EricTheGreen EricTheGreen writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EricTheGreen (223110) writes ""Nice place you've got'd be a shame if anything happened to it." It's a cliched line, out of the age of low level Outfit guys working a business over for protection money. Apparently some of the juicers have adapted to the internet age and it doesn't appear to just be the goodfellas doing the squeezing anymore, at least according to this lengthy profile of some shady business tactics practiced by Yelp."
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Obama: Fight smears...with your address book

EricTheGreen EricTheGreen writes  |  more than 6 years ago

EricTheGreen (223110) writes "I'm venturing into somewhat dicey waters by submitting this, given the current highly-charged political climate on Slashdot, but the attached story raises a (I think) legitimate concern about privacy, politics notwithstanding. Obama's campaign has apparently decided to get proactive in dealing with what will most certainly be a tsunami of rumor and innuendo, in the form of a strikeback campaign focused around a new website, More details on this available through the URL given above, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune political blog. Good on his campaign for recognizing (again) the value of the web as a communication tool for this. What's very troubling to me, however, is the means by which said smears are going to be fought. From the announcement email, as included in the above-listed blog posting:

This website is an action center that allows supporters to upload their address books and send emails to all of their friends.

(emphasis added)
Am I the only reader seeing a significant privacy concern in this? I'm not sure I'd want his (or anyone else's) campaign getting my email address courtesy of an acquaintance of mine who happens to hop on the wagon with this. Obligatory disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with any political or special-interest organization trying to make hay off of this. I just really don't like where this could go, privacy-wise. Best, -E-"

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The Lamest Microsoft (Internal) Video...ever

EricTheGreen EricTheGreen writes  |  more than 6 years ago

EricTheGreen (223110) writes "What is it with MS and internal videos? Add another to the pile, this one targeted at internal sales teams. No words can do justice to how bad this piece of dreck is. And, worse, it's apparently for real, as Kevin Turner, MS's chief operating officer makes an appearance near the end to legitimize the monstrosity..."
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Massive credit card data breach...from scanners

EricTheGreen EricTheGreen writes  |  more than 6 years ago

EricTheGreen (223110) writes "Merely swiping transaction databases has gotten too boring for black hats...they appear to have upped the degree of difficulty a bit in compromising the POS systems in a grocery store chain recently. POS apparently also could be an acronym describing their systems control process as no one apparently has any idea how 271 stores all got compromised. Good luck unwinding this one, gents and ladies."
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EricTheGreen EricTheGreen writes  |  more than 7 years ago

EricTheGreen (223110) writes "Isn't often that Google completely SIGKILLs an product, which made this announcement noteworthy. Especially interesting given that there's clearly a market for this service, at least using Yahoo!'s offering. So what made Yahoo's service more attractive than Google's?"


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