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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Snap E Tom Seriously? You Guys Shitstorm Over This? (448 comments)

Dropbox starts scanning your files and prevents you from sharing what *it thinks* are copyrighted materials, and instead, you guys bitch and moan over some Hollywood-celeb-type bullshit?

about 5 months ago

US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

Snap E Tom I'm With the CEO (1313 comments)

As a guy who worked for a company with its headquarters in France, I'm siding with the CEO on this.

about a year and a half ago

Buffalo Bills Going the Moneyball Route With Analytics

Snap E Tom Didn't Work Out Too Well Before (94 comments)

Football is fundamentally different from baseball and basketball. It has a lot more strategy, deception, teamwork, and on-the-fly communication between players. Something that happens innocently on one side of the field often has tremendous consequences on the other side. All this is very hard to quantify in a statistical model. For example, if your star receiver is shut down for a game, that might be because he's drawing double or triple coverage. Sure, his stats are low, but your slot and split ends can now have a field day.

The San Francisco 49ers tried a sabermetrics in their crappy years this past decade. Pioneered by the head of player personnel Paraag Marathe, they fielded a bunch of .500 and sub .500 teams before they moved him more to the business end of things and went with more traditional executives at talent evaluation.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: 2nd Spoken/Written Language For Software Developer?

Snap E Tom Anything That's Intellectually Stimulating To You (514 comments)

In the 80's, I was told we would all be speaking Japanese very soon, and I needed to learn it.
In the 90's, it became Spanish.
In the Aught's, it became Chinese.

We're not all speaking Japanese, and in the US, unless you're in landscaping or the fast food business, how often do you need Spanish?

Don't pay attention to the so-called futurists that have such a great vision of future society. Pick something you like and go for it. I grew up in the Western US and learned German in high school. Never did me a lick of good until I went to Germany for a few days this past summer, but it was fun to learn and close enough to English to not be hugely difficult to learn. Learning Hebrew's on my list this year. It's pretty much going to be useless because I'm not Jewish, but what the hell. It's interesting to me.

about 2 years ago

Oracle's Newest Move To Undermine Android

Snap E Tom Conspiracy theory... (342 comments)

And Larry Ellison's good buddies with Steve Jobs. Coincidence? I think not.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Competitor Diaspora Revealed

Snap E Tom Business Model Still an Issue? (306 comments)

Last I checked, the hosting was either going to be you download and run it on your own server, or you pay them X dollars for them to host it for you. Is that still going to be the case? If so, this thing is dead in the water because Aunt Jane has no idea what a web server is, and she's not going to buy hosting from Diaspora when Facebook is free.

about 4 years ago

Verizon iPhone Rumored For Early Next Year

Snap E Tom Uh huh. (251 comments)

And 2011 will finally be the year of Linux on the desktop.

more than 4 years ago

Yelp To "Clarify" How Advertising Affects Listing

Snap E Tom Screw Yelp (53 comments)

If they were on the up and up to begin with, they wouldn't have to "clarify" anything.

Stop using Yelp. They have no credibility. Google Maps is now aggregating reviews of businesses. Use them instead.

more than 4 years ago

Stand and Deliver Teacher Jaime Escalante Dies

Snap E Tom Re:Shining Example (389 comments)

Citations at the bottom.

IQ's citation goes to a page on which cites a Morgan Quitno study and describes the methodology that gave the score. Although the chart shows California in a 4-way tie for third worst, the citation breaks down the score into tenths, and has California as third worst.

more than 4 years ago

Stand and Deliver Teacher Jaime Escalante Dies

Snap E Tom Re:Shining Example (389 comments)

Did you know that Californians, on average, have the 3rd lowest IQ in the country? Only Louisiana and Mississippi have lower average IQs than California.

When I read stories like this one about post-Escalante Garfield, I'm not surprised.

more than 4 years ago

Why Is a Laptop's Battery Dearer Than a Lawnmower's?

Snap E Tom Did You Guys Actually Click To Page 2? (427 comments)

The guy from Sony answered it: size, weight, and output differences. Would someone actually critique that instead of talking about markets, price settings, and conspiracy theories?

more than 4 years ago

iPhone Gets .Net App Development

Snap E Tom Re:Launch Times? (327 comments)

Because a secret agenda of theirs is to make you use XCode to develop apps. This was made quite clear to my former company on a project. That's why you won't see Java nor Flash any time soon, and the ToS explicitly forbids apps that execute external code. I theorize that by doing this they 1) want control and 2)hope that the iPhone development activity propagates into OS X development activity.

about 5 years ago

Volunteer Programming For Dummies?

Snap E Tom Non-Profits (195 comments)

I've had a lot of experience volunteering for non-profit organizations. Granted, it's not the same type of "volunteering" that you mention, but it is a very good path to gain not only coding experience, but leadership skills, business experience, and of course, contacts. On the resume, it is definitely a differentiator. In interviews, I am always asked about my volunteer work.

That being said, there are several pitfalls:

1) The vast majority of non-profits are inherently very conservative and risk adverse due to their unique cash flow situation. You cannot just go into a group and say, "I'll build you X,Y, and Z and it will be fabulous." You must spend time gaining their trust in a volunteer capacity they ask for. If they're advertising on a volunteer site for a programmer, great. You're in. If there is an organization you want to help, but they're not asking for IT help, you may have to spend a long time volunteering for them in whatever role they need, buddy up to the higher ups, then offer advice on how you can streamline things for them.

2) Be careful of the organizations you list on the resume. They might not always help. The homeless, animals, and children are all very good causes that won't offend anyone. Sadly, though, gay and lesbian causes may turn off a born-again HR screener. I'm not saying don't volunteer for controversial causes, but I am saying be careful of what you put on the resume.

3) Be sure you know what you're doing. Even though it is a learning experience for you, it isn't. You are not giving any long term help to a organization by selecting obscure tools and sloppy coding. You will not be there forever. This goes for paid work and non-profit work. You may be hit by a bus, you may have a falling out. However, the product you create will be used for a long, long time. Use best practices and common tools. Mod me down, RoRers, but I recently talked to a non-profit that couldn't find anyone with RoR experience willing to help modify an app that some fly-by-night volunteer developed. They spent months posting on Craigslist and the usual volunteer sites, and eventually had to agree on a complete rewrite in PHP from another volunteer.

more than 5 years ago

Comcast Intercepts and Redirects Port 53 Traffic

Snap E Tom Re:Using OpenDNS on Comcast (527 comments)

Same here. Jersey Shore. OpenDNS is still working fine.

more than 5 years ago

First Beta of Opera 10 Released

Snap E Tom No database support (278 comments)

Javascript database support isn't mentioned. That's a bummer for those of us creating offline apps.

more than 5 years ago

How Comic Fans & Shops Are Stereotyped

Snap E Tom Jeremy from Lee's Comics (387 comments)

Sometimes, "Stereotypes are a real time saver," as The Onion put it. Growing up, Lee's Comics in Palo Alto, CA was my neighborhood comic book store. Working there from the early 90's, there was a guy named Jeremy. I remember vividly the day Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons was introduced (or shall I say, First Appearance). When I watched that episode, me and every other kid within a ten mile radius said, "Jeremy!"

After school the next day, me and my friends went in, ran to Jeremy and said, "Hey Jeremy, did you watch the Simpsons last night?" "Yes," he said groaning, and obviously tired of the question. Why was he tired? Because Jeremy looked exactly like Comic Book Guy - Beard, receding hairline, big rotund body always wrapped in shorts and t-shirts. Only difference was that Jeremy wore glasses.

Jeremy, Real Life Comic Book Guy, wherever you are now, I salute you. You were a huge impact on the lives of many kids in the 94306 zip code.

more than 5 years ago

Unix Dict/grep Solves Left-Side-of-Keyboard Puzzle

Snap E Tom Bastards! (423 comments)

Not the longest, but my favorite has always been "bastards!"

more than 5 years ago


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