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The World's Best Living Programmers

MalleusEBHC How can you take this list seriously? (285 comments)

Forget the arguments about who should or should not be on the list. I can't take seriously a list of the best programmers when they picked 14 and not a power of 2.

about three weeks ago
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Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

MalleusEBHC Re:Made it! (117 comments)

First, your taxes are spent on things you don't agree with. So are mine and everyone else's. You have a right to complain about how that money is spent, but nobody sane advocates a system where your taxes are only spent on things with which you agree.

That said, I'm not convinced that spending tax money to support campaigns is the ideal solution. However, it's perhaps the only solution that is politically viable but could still produce meaningful change. The Supreme Court refuses to put any limits on campaign spending, and fat chance for a constitutional amendment to overrule them passing.

about a month ago
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Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

MalleusEBHC Made it! (117 comments)

The counter just tipped over $5M a moment ago. Let's see what Lessig et al. can do with our (mine and 47K other people's) money.

about a month ago
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Improperly Anonymized Logs Reveal Details of NYC Cab Trips

MalleusEBHC Re: Data Security Officer (192 comments)

Adding a salt is a trivial way of fixing this.

about a month ago
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The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

MalleusEBHC Re:Harder Idea - Shutter the team (398 comments)

Let's not forget that Sterling has been a Grade A fuckwad for decades before this. He has been sued multiple times for his racist housing discrimination practices. He lost one case outright. The terms of the other were confidential, but he had to pay millions in attorney fees, so let's guess how that one ended.

http://www.latimes.com/local/l...

That's just the tip of his douchebag iceberg. He should have been run out long ago, but the league is a bunch of cowards. Fortunately, the players forced their hands by pretty much promising that no one would play for him again after this season.

about 2 months ago
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In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

MalleusEBHC Re:"Tech bro"? (427 comments)

While I hate the term, the SF Weekly assuredly did use "tech bro" intentionally. You can see that it's not the first time they've used it, nor are they the only ones using it. The term usually refers to the SOMA, app-of-the-week startup crowd that's more interested in pitching VCs than building something useful.

about 3 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

MalleusEBHC Re:The STL is too general purpose (435 comments)

I second a lot of these points. In the vast majority of cases, STL is plenty fast as long as you choose the correct container. If you're not able to pick the correct container, you'll be equally hopeless creating your own data structure.

In the absolutely performance-critical pieces, rolling your own data structure is often worth the cost over STL. However, many people mistake how many pieces are truly performance-critical. As Knuth correctly pointed out, premature optimization is the root of most/all evil. In most cases, you're better off with the consistency, readability, and reliability of STL over a homegrown data structure with unfamiliar syntax and potential bugs.

It's trendy to bash C++ nowadays, but I've yet to see another language that can compete with C++ on performance and features, and best yet direct compatibility with C. I do hope that's a cleaner language that can supersede C++ without loss of its strength but so far none has come up.

Have you tried C++11? It makes it possible to write much cleaner code than C++98.

about 3 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

MalleusEBHC Re:I must be in the minority. (467 comments)

I'm tired of all this "six figures is just-getting-by" bullshit. I'm a software engineer in the valley who only a few years ago was making almost exactly six figures, and I was doing far, far better than just getting by.

I bought a house even before making $100k. It's a small house in a good part of San Jose. I probably would have had to get a roommate for the first few years had my then-girlfriend not been chipping in rent, but that's somewhat expected with a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. My monthly payment will stay the same forever, and inflation and salaries, even for non-engineers, are generally only going up in the long run.

Even with the house payment, I've always been able to stuff a significant amount of money into my 401(k) and IRA. By starting early and investing in index funds, I'm going to easily have enough money in retirement.

Even after putting a lot of money into a house and retirement, there was still plenty of money leftover for fun stuff. I was able to go out to nice restaurants, I bought myself nice toys like laptops and bicycles, and I generally didn't have to worry about money.

Admittedly I don't have kids and wasn't trying to support a family by myself, but a second income would also balance that out.

Are you able to buy a 5 bedroom, 3,000 sq ft house in Palo Alto on $100k? Hell no, but you can still live an extremely nice life. It's an insult to the people living paycheck to paycheck to say that six figures is just getting by.

about 3 months ago
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Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast

MalleusEBHC Re:This is unholy (107 comments)

It's not a perfect analogy, but German and Belgian beers are a good example of what you can do with narrow and open views on ingredients, respectively. The Germans were limited by the Reinheitsgebot to what they could use in their beers, and they produce a relatively narrow range of lagers which are, in my opinion, unspectacular. In contrast, the Belgians use a much wider range of ingredients and adjuncts. They produce what are widely considered some of the finest beers in the world, and they have a much wider range of styles.

about 4 months ago
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The Science of Solitary Confinement

MalleusEBHC Re: isn't it also used by request (326 comments)

Lenient?! Aaron Swartz was facing up to 50 years in prison. Assholes like you are part of the reason he is dead.

about 5 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

MalleusEBHC Playing devil's advocate (500 comments)

Fernandez objected to a search, Fernandez was arrested, and Rojas consented to a search an hour later.

At what point does Fernandez's objection to a search become invalid? If the cops came back one year later for a different issue, and only Rojas was home, I think most people would agree that Fernandez's objection would no longer be valid. How do you define when the objection is no longer valid?

I think the Supreme Court got this case wrong because the police were trying to conduct the same search, but how do you define that legally?

about 5 months ago
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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

MalleusEBHC Re:really ? (324 comments)

It's possible that this feature got through Q&A without noticing or telling which got through the cracks.

It's QA, not Q&A. It stands for Quality Assurance, not Questions and Answers.

about 8 months ago
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How Engineers and Scientists Cluster In the U.S.

MalleusEBHC Re:Interactive map (79 comments)

Fantastic link. That's much more useful than TFA.

Zooming down from a national view to the valley is a perfect example of how that map is useful. CA as a whole shows up as about average nationally. Zoom in a little, and Santa Clara County is a bright spot pulling most of the weight for the whole state. Zoom in further, and you can identify the tech mini-corridors like the Sunnyvale/Cupertino/Mountain View triangle (software-heavy), the North 1st Street chunk (hardware heavy), and SOMA (the app-development heavy pit where VC money goes to die). ;)

about a year ago
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How Oakland Is Turning Into an Art and Maker Mecca

MalleusEBHC Re:Wow, Oakland must have changed (109 comments)

In short, it has. The article briefly touches on this, and it was also discussed here a few weeks ago. All these people are getting pushed out of SF because of the rising cost of living, and that's having a smaller gentrification effect on Oakland. It's by no means completely changed, but I fully expect to be reading stories in a few years that are basically copy/pasted with s/San Francisco/Oakland.

about a year ago
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New Tech Money, Same Old Problems

MalleusEBHC Re:Allegory (372 comments)

There's only Caltrain which is a sad joke.

Caltrain isn't perfect, but it's far from a joke. Ridership has been steadily increasing over the past decade. You can get from SJ to SF in an hour. That's barely longer than driving, and you can drink on the train instead of fighting for parking. Again, you can drink on the train instead of driving.

Caltrain's biggest problem is it's lack of dedicated funding. It has to beg for money from SF, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, and they're all hesitant to pony up despite the fact that Caltrain gets a greater percentage of its revenue from fares than any Bay Area transit service except BART. They could also use some more late night trains, especially on Thurs/Fri/Sat nights. But despite these warts, it's still a very useful and popular service.

about a year ago
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Bahrain Activists Battered By IP Tracking Attacks

MalleusEBHC Scary because it's so effective (48 comments)

If you're going to be a repressive tyrant, at least do it right. While the false positive rate on true dissidents probably limits the effectiveness to some degree, the much more chilling effect is to make people afraid to read any anti-regime news. That's probably much more valuable to them in the long run than nabbing a few people they consider troublesome.

1 year,1 day
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Deus Ex Creator On How a Video-Game Academy Could Fix the Industry

MalleusEBHC Re:Why listen to Spector when he created shit game (132 comments)

The dumbing down of DX2 was necessary for consoles...

Admittedly I never played Invisible War, but Human Revolution shows that you don't need to dumb it down for consoles. I played DX:HR on Xbox, and I thought it was a fantastic game. It fell a little short of the original Deus Ex, which I had played on a Mac, but that has nothing to do with console vs computer.

1 year,22 days
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DMVs Across the Country Learning Textspeak

MalleusEBHC Re:If they really want to help... (178 comments)

Agreed. If any cager puts BEEMER on his Bimmer, he needs to have his head examined.

about a year and a half ago

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