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

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Good for you, bro. A lot of us aren't so fortunate.

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

I object to corporations as currently constituted in the United States for the same reason I look askance at the Federal government: concentrated power is dangerous to those who lack power. It doesn't matter if that power is political, religious, or economic.

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

I only chose it because I was young, bitter, directionless, and had some natural talent with computers despite not growing up with a programmable computer at home. I decided I wanted to be a writer, and thought I needed a "respectable" day job and my own apartment instead of just working a couple of part-time jobs and sharing a place with an amiable stranger or three.

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

I've been in a union, Stormy Dragon, and they were always there when I needed them. Unfortunately, I listened to my parents and my culture and got a "real job" because cleaning toilets was "beneath me".

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

I don't have the figure or the winning personality for that kind of work. :)

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

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

I can dodge a punch. Dodging a bullet is just a bit tougher.

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Last time I checked, the USA isn't the rest of the world, and in most Western countries the Democrats would be a right-wing party.

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

I was busy clawing my way out of indentured servitude back then. :)

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:C++ is not the language you start with (548 comments)

Sure we do. Do you want to code shitty social apps that separate fools from their personal data?

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

If your ideals actually meant anything to you, you'd despise corporations and government itself with the same fervor with which you speak against unions. Instead, you're a typical secular Republican: you rail against any form of collectivism that helps workers, but rally around all forms of collectivism that serve to preserve the privileges and wealth of America's ruling classes.

Get rid of corporations and government, show me a real free market, and I'll happily compete without seeking recourse from a union of my fellow workers.

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

But corporations getting special privileges is fine with you? You think you're going to be rich someday, don't you.

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Is there a threshold value at which conditions do become bad enough to warrant organization? Private-sector unionization is on life-support, and the public sector isn't much better. Meanwhile, wages for the average worker in constant dollars have stagnated while prices and corporate profits continually increase. It's not like the government gives a shit about us, so maybe it's time we banded together and started looking out for ourselves and each other.

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Lilith's Heart-shape Re: Pick a different job. (548 comments)

And drinking beer is a basis for a life? Look, AC, I started writing because I wanted something in my life that was wholly my own. I gravitated toward SF because I OD'ed on Judas Priest albums and thought androids on nuclear-powered motorcycles were cool.

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

I assume the guy succeeding me has nastier anger issues than I do, lacks my reluctance to initiate violence, and knows where I live.

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

You think talking union is left-wing? Man, your perspective is fucked. I haven't even started talking about work-for-hire alienating developers from their work.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Lilith's Heart-shape Re:$230 (609 comments)

Try DuckDuckGo. No ads, no tracking, no Microsoft.

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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Can you get manage a 40 hour workweek as a coder in NYC/SF/Austin/Boston or Chicago (as another reply mentioned)?

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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

I write SF, but it's hard to let go and not give a shit at my day job because I'm still enough of a Randroid to want to give people their money's worth.

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

As somebody who started working in the trade in 2000, what do you mean by 'good times'? :)

about a week ago
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Lilith's Heart-shape Re:C++ is not the language you start with (548 comments)

Going by my wife's experience, I can suggest a better way to discourage somebody from learning to code. It's called Java.

about a week ago

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Mathematics: The Most Misunderstood Subject

Lilith's Heart-shape Lilith's Heart-shape writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) writes "Dr. Robert H. Lewis, professor of mathematics at Fordham University of New York, offers in this essay a defense of mathematics as a liberal arts discipline, and not merely part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum. In the process, he discusses what's wrong with the manner in which mathematics is currently taught in K-12 schooling."
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