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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Kazoo the Clown Slaves are always cheaper than the free (424 comments)

When will we finally get to a ruling class no longer pining for the pre-civil war days?

2 days ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Kazoo the Clown Re:APL: A Programming Language (124 comments)

The terseness of APL was a HUGE advantage for interactive programming when baud rates were, like 135. And I loved that its keyboard actually had real multiply and divide symbols rather than co-opting the asterisk and slash. The pictographic character set visually reflected the operations in many cases. It's decendant J, unfortunately sports none of those advantages and programs look like they are displayed on a terminal with its baud rate set wrong.

2 days ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Kazoo the Clown Re:J (You can type more than that for your subject (124 comments)

Yeah, as if APL wasn't cryptic enough, the J designers had to translate its pictographic character set into Multi-character ASCII gibberish.

2 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

Kazoo the Clown Re:Hatsune Midi (147 comments)

Sounds like there wouldn't be enough RAM/ROM for Linux, but running it stand alone somehow sounds like a good idea. I hung on to one of those cards too. Or maybe an ISA interface for the PI?

3 days ago
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Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

Kazoo the Clown Re:remember this.... (134 comments)

And we also know that the GW "skeptic" crowd doesn't bother to send papers even to scam journals. Remember that the next time a skeptic claims the reason there are so few skeptic papers published is because they get rejected.

3 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Kazoo the Clown Fix a thumbdrive virus by doing WHAT??? (555 comments)

The suggestion in the book that it would be appropriate to plug a known-virus-infected USB thumbdrive into another computer in order to fix it seems totally crazy to me. Even if the second computer does have better security there's no guarantee the virus isn't a new one that hasn't made it into virus checker recognition databases yet...

about a week ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Kazoo the Clown Re:strange conclusion (123 comments)

So how many of you, when in a restauraunt in a strange town that you know you're not likely to ever go again, will stiff the waitperson? And if any of you have once worked on a wait staff-- how often were you stiffed on the tip?

about a week ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Kazoo the Clown Re:This study is... (123 comments)

It's yet another damned fool trying to claim we're "better", but we're not. We're apex predators with all that which that entails. And I'd be more than happy to entertain myself at their expense if they're willing to keep deluding themselves and lying to others about this.

Thanks for the warning...

about a week ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Kazoo the Clown Re:Regime Uncertainty (307 comments)

If you ask me the big scandal here is that we're assuming the ISPs have any ability whatsoever to tell streaming video from VOIP, web traffic or email. That they can, tells us the internet is fundamentally insecure which is the problem at its core.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Kazoo the Clown Re:Yeah right (307 comments)

Yes, It's looking like we're doomed. I keep wondering just how screwed up the government has to be to get the non-voters to wake up and vote third parties. The problem is, as things get more screwed up, people are less motivated to vote in response instead of more. So it gets even easier and cheaper to manipulate those who still vote and it gets even worse. It now looks that the government could go around herding people into concentration camps and gassing them and too few would actually rise up against them to make much of any difference. The electorate is so completely delusional the majority would probably just think it's a good thing and would only have a negative impact on "someone else" who probably deserves it.

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Kazoo the Clown Re:Bah (212 comments)

When I started the lead programmer had a degree in Nuclear Physics and insisted on coding his own text editor and assembler from scratch-- the assembler using his own mnemonics. Consequently, it was incompatible with any commercial product we might consider moving to later. The guy never dealt with ANY other code written by anyone. He also didn't have any error handling, which as a user, HE didn't need. My first project was to add error handling so someone could use the stuff besides him. He never used that error checking version tho. There are still apps out there running today written in the higher level language the guy designed at the time. It could run business apps in as little as 4K RAM per user. When we finally hosted it on Unix it scaled up really well...

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Kazoo the Clown Wouldn't want to hamstring the NSA... (706 comments)

Of course they want Net Neutrality. Without it, the NSA would have to impose an override, something they'd just as soon not have to do because word would get out and it would be unpopular. I mean, throttling NSA packets just wouldn't do. And an override could be exploitable, before long every network packet would have the NSA signature on it. Net Neutrality solves all that. Plus, they wouldn't want ISPs to do anything to impede nefarious character's ability to freely surf the internet and hang themselves...

about two weeks ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

Kazoo the Clown Captain obvious (330 comments)

So they've figured out that conservatives are more chickenshit than liberals. This is news?

about three weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Kazoo the Clown Good idea, but that site sucks (81 comments)

The site's comments are driven by a Facebook login, I won't touch those with a 10-ft pole. Any site so brain dead as to think that would ever be appropriate has got nothing to say I want to hear.

about a month ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Kazoo the Clown Re:Still try to do proprietary email? (173 comments)

I wish we could say the same about social networking and get it out of the hands of Facebook...

about a month ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

Kazoo the Clown No shortage of scam products.... (76 comments)

Since a Kickstarter project doesn't usually have the benefit of a reputation, they're ripe for scam artists and huckster/hype factories. Then again, that HAS actually established a reputation. For Kickstarter/Indiegogo/etc. projects in general. Even ones that do what they say they're going to do can boil down to overhyped junk. Take the Om One, Leap Motion, or Midi PUC for example. They do what they say they can do. But it's like, so what, what they say they can do turns out to be pretty lame, it's just their marketing made it seem like something really hot.

about a month ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Kazoo the Clown Re:Agile is a bit like a religion (133 comments)

Managers aren't scientists. They're bureaucrats, or politicians, or bean counters or some combination of those. And they're in charge because they dispense the paychecks. If a methodology takes any significant understanding to make it work, it's too complex for its target audience. That is why every few years a new fad methodology with a new set of buzzwords sweeps through, sold by the latest round of salesmen who make a killing on it. But when it boils down to it, it's just another bit of voodoo ritual that the managers are expecting will solve all their problems-- because before that, the problem was-- "you're doing it wrong."

about a month ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Kazoo the Clown Re:none of this does real work (133 comments)

Agile is just another ritual. And what is ritual? Abandoning the ends and embracing the means. Someone claims Agile is the way to go and the suits have found their latest ritual. There is no comprehension, it's just a superstitious cargo cult.

about a month ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Kazoo the Clown Re:Agile is the answer to everything (133 comments)

Bureaucrats hate "Agile" because they perceive they have less control over the process. Which is true, but only in a way. They may have a bit less control over the process, but they still control the product, which is really the whole point. Micromanagement is bad. Waterfall is micromanagement in action.

My experience with Agile has been the bureaucrats transformed it into just another vehicle for micromanagement. In some ways, an even better vehicle for that than ever before. Daily standups? Sprints? Grooming? Burndown charts? Perfect for micromanagers.

about a month ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

Kazoo the Clown Failing at complex planning! What? (238 comments)

You mean Agile development, like the free market, isn't the answer to the world's problems? How can that be? Just wait until I bring that up at today's standup. The scrum master will be aghast...

about a month and a half ago

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