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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Salgat Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (425 comments)

I've just started learning C++ and C++11 makes things so much easier and they add desperately needed features such as threading and smart pointers which reduces the need for including more libraries. If anything, C++11 simply expands the standard library to include more functions that you'd otherwise have more difficult solutions for or have to include libraries for (such as BOOST, from which many features come from). I love what they are doing with C++11 and hope that the next major update includes even more features to make it an even more complete language (such as Python, which has countless standard libraries, far more than C++, that no one seems to be complaining about).

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Salgat Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

If source code was written in human language I'd agree.

about two weeks ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Salgat Re:The appearance of being busy (135 comments)

The whole point of this article is that you burn out and become unproductive if you bust your ass, pump out all your work in 5 hours, then are expected to keep that going for another 5 hours, rinse and repeat everyday for the rest of your life. Humans are complex machines that don't have an on and off button; you have to consider the human element as a core part of productive output.

about two weeks ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Salgat Re:Perspective (111 comments)

They are doing it to increase revenue/future profit. This is a long term strategy, don't be fooled into thinking they are doing this to be charitable. I think it's great because it means they will have more money to invest in infrastructure in the future.

about three weeks ago
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Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

Salgat Re:Not sure how well this will stop cheating (122 comments)

It makes it much more difficult, since cheating to get a few points is a lot different than cheating 10-20 points to pass. The end result is that cheating will have much less impact on the results.

about three weeks ago
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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

Salgat Re: Citing Wikipedia (189 comments)

The problem is if one of those sources no longer exists. Now you have a trusted news source stating something as fact with a source from another trusted new sources but no way to actually verify the origin of the source. This results in a lie on Wikipedia transforming into an unverified claim that may not be able to be proven true or false, giving it much more legitimacy than before.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

Salgat Re:Cell and battery production in same plant (95 comments)

China taking advantage of outsourcing afforded it the ability to provide rural workers with low wage factory jobs. As more rural workers transitioned to these factory jobs, a middle class started to develop. This eventually led to internal demand for the products they were producing (since you had enough people with low but decent wage jobs), which ultimately results in China having a strong enough middle class to create jobs for their own demand, not just the demand of other countries. China is arriving at the point where they can start manufacturing higher end goods/services that can be sold within their own country, just like 1st world countries.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Salgat Re:I will invest in that. (168 comments)

He used it correctly in other parts of his statement. What likely happened is that he just had a typo and does know the correct meaning.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Salgat Re:surpising (168 comments)

You don't need a profit to benefit your investors. As long as your company grows in value, all those who own a share in the company see their own value also increase. Amazon is likely only around because of their long term strategy, which has afforded them the ability to remain relevant through fast shipping, large selection, and their media presence.

about a month ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Salgat Re:IBM (383 comments)

Heaven forbid other people who happen to be from different countries compete for your job, right? I have no problem with immigrants and others coming to our country to earn a living. You have to remember, these people will be using their skills for American companies, their salaries for American taxes, and as an added benefit, they can help themselves and their family to earn a better living (which yes, is a good thing because they are humans, people just like us). I have family in China that benefit strongly from outsourcing and I'll be damned if outsourcing hasn't brought hundreds of millions out of crippling $1/day poverty. We work in a global economy now, your cushy jobs with little competition no longer exist, and I feel no sympathy for you losing that.

about a month ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Salgat Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (383 comments)

It amazes me that people need to realize that skillset is just one factor in compensation. There is a reason why even lawyers can have a hard time finding a good paying position; it's because they, just like programmers, have to compete for high paying jobs. More competitors means more selection and less monetary incentive required by the employer to hire people.

about a month ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

Salgat Changing everything is not always a good thing (204 comments)

While it is good to change something if need be, it can be very detrimental to be overexcited, ready to change everything to how you see fit, and end up causing a lot more problems that solving. On the lower levels you'll especially see this with power hungry over ambitious managers who take advantage of their role to completely change how things are done, regardless of whether the old way actually worked. The best way to "shake things up" is to slowly transition and test your new ideas so you don't create a mess in the process.

about a month ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

Salgat Re:Consciousness (284 comments)

I wasn't aware of the soul as being defined by that, at least for Christians/Jews the Bible barely makes any mention of its properties. Considering the "soul" is metaphysical, the explanation can be simply explained away as a supernatural copy of our state of mind that is restored after death in a new supernatural body. Who knows though, I sure as hell don't know anything about souls and to discuss it is pure guessing.

about a month and a half ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Salgat Re:The goal of 1st world countries (401 comments)

This is why outsourcing is a good thing; it systematically eliminates poverty throughout the world. I'm an American but outsourcing has allowed family in China to have a chance at being middle class. I guess what it comes down to is that as long as people out there are seriously benefiting from this, maybe it's a good thing. Yes people lose their $80,000/year jobs, but on the same hand hundreds of millions in impoverished nations are building a strong middle class and enjoying a life where they might have a chance to not be poor.

about a month and a half ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

Salgat Re:More leisure time? (564 comments)

For the sake of stability in a country, if most people were unemployed the government would implement a minimum guaranteed income, otherwise you'd have rampant uprisings and riots.

about a month and a half ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

Salgat Re:That's not going to make (105 comments)

He has a legit point though. Google not only can give you multiple routes to take depending on what you want, but also knows in real time the traffic on every street in the city and can dynamically change your route to avoid it. Technology is constantly replacing jobs and freeing up money for other parts of the economy, this is a good thing but the transition can be difficult for some.

about a month and a half ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

Salgat Re:ah (228 comments)

If anything, the IRS is pretty awesome. As long as you come to them first, they'll work with you to get your debt paid, even if they could have pursued much harsher legal action.

about a month and a half ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Salgat Re:Why can't (349 comments)

The problem with caps for internet is that you are restricting the flow of information, which is harmful for society as a whole. Internet is something far beyond any other utility and is so revolutionary that you can't just simplify it down to being another utility that goes by usage, especially when the cost to the company is not by data amount but by bandwidth, which can justifiably be charged for.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Salgat Re:I skipped Windows 7... (681 comments)

I'm pretty sure the GeForce GT 750M is not a workstation GPU, unless I am mistaken? It seems to be meant for gaming/desktop use. If, instead, you are trying to be pedantic about his use of the word "card" instead of GPU, then your completely missing the point of his statement and just being an asshole.

about 2 months ago

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