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'Just Let Me Code!'

GreyLurk We pay for complexity, not simplicity (372 comments)

There are basically two things that make a job pay well: Rarity of the skill, and complexity of the task. Back in the day, computer programmers were a very obscure and rare trade. Nobody knew much about the arcane inner workings of computers, so the few people who did know something about it were able to extract a good hefty paycheck without having to do anything particularly complex. However, now there's a flood of people on the market who are reasonably well informed as to how to make a computer do what they want. 100 line C programs can be cranked out by outsourced Chinese workers for pennies on the dollar. You can probably even find a college intern to do it for free if all you want is someone to read a spec, and produce code that works. So, "simple" programming is not well paying anymore. Now, if you want a career with reasonable pay, you have to start tackling the "complex" tasks. Sure, writing thread locking is fun and all, but nobody really cares how your semaphore code is working, what they care about is whether the website properly shows your profile picture on the next screen after you upload a new one, and that their 600 friends all see the new picture in their stream too within a minute. That's not a "simple problem" so if you want good pay, that's the kind of problem that you're going to be asked to tackle.

about 2 months ago

That Toy Is Now a Drone

GreyLurk Re: The Goggles! (268 comments)

I have lots of electric fans in my house... They're not very quiet.

about 3 months ago

Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

GreyLurk Re: UV (123 comments)

The plastic dust is probably what makes up the Plastiglomerate

about 4 months ago

Post-post PC: Materials and Technologies That Could Revive Enthusiast Computing

GreyLurk That word may not mean what you think it means... (128 comments)

I don't think I would say "Enthusiast Computing" are limited to people who upgrade their processor to the latest and greatest every 6 months. I would rather call those folks "PC Game Enthusiasts". I would call Enthusiast Computing things more like building Beagle Bone/Raspberry Pi clusters, or people doing more interesting things than just installing new motherboards constantly.

1 year,23 hours

An Interesting Look At the Performance of JavaScript On Mobile Devices

GreyLurk Crisis Averted! (157 comments)

Whew, I'm glad we managed to get everyone to switch off of memory-leaking and CPU intensive Flash stuff over to standards compliant HTML5 and JavaScript then!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

GreyLurk Re:OpenGL 4, Shaders and c++11 (208 comments)

I was trying to draw on my OpenGL 1.x knowledge a few months ago when building an Android app... Damn, OpenGL has changed a lot since 1999 :)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

GreyLurk Re:HTML5, XCODE, and AJAX (208 comments)

*shrug* my current plan is actually to spend some quality time figuring out how to use Ruby this summer. Though to be fair, I'm skipping Rails and going straight to Sinatra.

about a year ago

BlackBerry 10 Can BBM Anything You're Watching, Even Porn

GreyLurk Who cares? (104 comments)

I have yet to meet anyone who admits to having used BBM...

about a year and a half ago

Yes, PlayBook Does Get BlackBerry 10 Update

GreyLurk A Date would be nice? (90 comments)

When? I think it's interesting how BB touts to it's developers that 90% of it's users upgrade to the newest OS within a month of it's release. The reason seems to be because they can't download any good apps for it, so they're desperately hoping to get some functionality out of the Base OS.

about a year and a half ago

Walk or Run: Are We Built To Be Lazy?

GreyLurk Re:Is it lazy to be prudent? (189 comments)

Which is a good part of the reason that dieting and exercise are so hard to get into for a lot of people. We have deeply ingrained evolutionary drives to eat whatever food is available to us, and conserve our calories as much as possible, because as animals, we never knew when our next meal would be available, so you darn well better eat as much of that deer carcass as you can before it goes bad, or some bigger predator tries to take it from you.

about a year and a half ago

Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs

GreyLurk Re:We need better / quicker schooling / training (586 comments)

Actually, drone planes are the first step in making sure that we don't even need unskilled workers for fighting wars. We'll have Robotic cannon fodder.

about a year ago

Statistical Tools For Detecting Electoral Fraud

GreyLurk Re:Gerrymandering (215 comments)

I think that fraud has to include some element of secrecy. Gerrymandering is not secretive, it's practiced openly, and in full public view. The voting district lines are available to anyone who wanders in to your county offices.

about 2 years ago

Koch Bros Study Finds Global Warming Is Real And Man-Made

GreyLurk Re:But the real question is... (769 comments)

Fortunately, for every 2cm of ocean rise, the manatees get roughly 32 square centimeters more of surface to breath at...

more than 2 years ago

Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

GreyLurk Seems reasonable.. (1271 comments)

Don't like my medical advice? Fine, go somewhere else. Seems perfectly reasonable and rational. If I were these doctors, I wouldn't want to feel responsible for the health of a child whose parents were demonstrably not interested in keeping their child healthy.

more than 2 years ago

Yahoo's Project To Disrupt Mobile Publishing

GreyLurk Again? (120 comments)

If only there weren't a half dozen other companies like Xamarin, Appcelerator and PhoneGap already doing the same thing, this might be impressive.

more than 2 years ago

Object Lesson in Non-Transparency At

GreyLurk Re:Not to be a grammar nazi or anything but... (111 comments)

From the site you linked to:

(In some varieties of English 'object lesson' is used.)
This idiom is Indian English

So given that it was an article about US government, it's fair to assume that the writer was trying to use American English idioms, rather than Indian English ones.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

GreyLurk Re:ASP.NET and C# (519 comments)

Sure, $10-$15k may be "the cheapest part of running a datacenter", but for someone starting a new business, bootstrapping themselves up, A $10-$15k up front expense can be pretty prohibitive. Let's say you buy a pair of $4000 servers, (Web and DB) and drop them in a colo charging somewhere around $700-$1000 a month. With open source software, you can be up and working on about 10 grand initial investment, plus $1000 a month. After the first year, you're at $22k. Now, Let's look at microsoft licensing: SQL Server Web is ~$4.5k per processor, plus $1k for the OS so my dual core DB machine is $10k up front. The web server is cheaper, ~$500 up front for the OS, and that includes IIS. Then add in two Developers with MSDN Professional, Microsoft list price of $1,200 each ($800 might be possible with "volume licensing", but probably not for 2 developers) and you're looking at a total of $13k.

So: to sum up, Open source/free tools: $10k first month, $21k for a year. $33k for a second year, and $45k for a third year. Microsoft toolstack: $23k for the first month, $34k for the year, $46k for the second year, $58k for the third. So, basically, buying Microsoft for a small shop ends up costing you about 1 year of your hosting budget.

And sure, forums with the MS Professionals are useful, but as a secondary form of documentation. When I'm the only person at my shop, and I'm trying to solve a problem, if I have to pause my dev process for 2 days to wait for a response, that's cutting 1% off of my profit margin.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

GreyLurk Re:ASP.NET and C# (519 comments)

Ok, to be fair, C# is actually a pretty damn good language. I would rank it up there with Python and Ruby in terms of flexibility and modern features. It's actually a way better language than Java, because it hasn't been hindered by the 10 years of analysis paralysis that Java has.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

GreyLurk Re:ASP.NET and C# (519 comments)

Seriously? Mod_mono_module? Have you even tried using that on an existing ASP.NET app? About 1/3 of the important features are broken.

ASP.Net/C#/MSSQL/Windows/Visual Studio is great as long as you're willing to dump $10-15 grand for the whole stack of software. If you do, a ton of stuff "just works", and you can be incredibly productive. However, take one step outside of that stack, and you're back to writing just as much code as a PHP developer would, and you're due for some major headaches. Swap out your MSSQL server for MySQL or Oracle? Entity framework breaks, and Linq isn't very functional either. You're back to writing ADO.NET. Want to drop the $1500 Visual Studio? Sure you can edit with Notepad and Nant or MSBuild files, but welcome to a world of hurt, not to mention there's barely any documentation or support on blogs, books, or IRC channels. Try running on Mod_mono? Hope you didn't build anything that uses WebForms, or WCF, because if you did, you're going to be rewriting them. Prefer Python over C#? Sure, there's IronPython, but there's basically 0 documentation, and you're on your own.

more than 2 years ago



Google Docs Phasing out support for Offline via Ge

GreyLurk GreyLurk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GreyLurk (35139) writes "Google docs appears to be phasing out support for using their applications offline using the Gears plugin. No word on their site whether they're going to replace the functionality shortly with HTML5 local storage and web database support, or if this is a permanent removal of this functionality, in favor of continuing to support more important features."
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How does this work?

GreyLurk GreyLurk writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Does this work pretty much like JournalScape and liveJournal? Neat.

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