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How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

The MESMERIC Re:I am a Google engineer (791 comments)

Instead of lazying about - how about fixing Google Local?


Scrapping bad data and posting it as official.

Making it IMPOSSIBLE for owners to edit/change.

How many other businesses similarly affected? Including Hospitals, Shelters and Emergencies services? Not impressed.

Shame on you Lot !!

more than 3 years ago

W3C Says Don't Use HTML5 Yet

The MESMERIC Re:The W3C needs a big reality check. (205 comments)


There, did it for you. Long Live Jakob Nielsen! His work should be made Gospel.

Yes, a very ugly website, but that is not the point. What matters is the essence. He is not there to impress people with visuals but to communicate valuable research and findings without being personally bogged down with achieving the perfect layout himself. His followers are not the public (or the common mediocre webdesigners) - but the best professionals in the industry ever. Ask any real pro.

Note, he does advocate sites to be pleasant looking. He acknowledge his own to be an exception. Read his footnote.

more than 4 years ago

Paleontologists Unearth Giant Fossilized Penguin

The MESMERIC Re:Finally (124 comments)

Same here. Nice one.

more than 4 years ago

.Net On Android Is Safe, Says Microsoft

The MESMERIC Re:Why? (377 comments)

shorter learning curve
lots of very newbie-friendly or thicko-friendly literature

So it attracts the mediocres.
And I am one, because I still could never quite dive deeply into Python say.
Take Inkscape for example, what a nice intro to practice Python or Perl - but no piss-easy documentation to be found.
Take Gimp, nice way to learn Scheme; again no baby-simple arrow-pointing colourful books on Scheme-for-Gimp.
So you attract only the top 1% wannabe programmers.

Now take C# , I've learnt and pretty much mastered it in one week. That was a long time back and now I resist using it (like a drug detox).

Reason I learnt C# so fast has nothing to do with my skills. But the skills of the teacher/writer or teaching technique. Very optimised the way books/manual/online tutorials/vids transmitted their stuff for IQ-challenged average folks like myself and hence the masses.

more than 4 years ago

Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities

The MESMERIC Yeah but which one? (192 comments)

/me tosses a coin.

more than 4 years ago

Google Urged To Let Personal Data Fade Away

The MESMERIC Re:Which is it? (116 comments)

No you didn't.

They grabbed it without asking.

Google Street View, Enemies Gossiping, CCTVs, medical records leaked, photos of you without asking, stolen database information (not internet damn could be even HOTEL BOOKINGS, CREDIT CARDS), year of graduation,

you don't even need to ever own a computer or use the internet to have your information and privacy plundered from you and fed to countless databases and finally the internet.

more than 4 years ago

Google Urged To Let Personal Data Fade Away

The MESMERIC Re:Which is it? (116 comments)

What about when OTHERS put information about you - without your consent?

more than 4 years ago

Google Urged To Let Personal Data Fade Away

The MESMERIC Re:Stupid phrasing (116 comments)

But Google is ARTIFICIALLY preserving it.
It is called PageRank. It strengthens OVER time.

(Damn I give up!)

more than 4 years ago

Google Urged To Let Personal Data Fade Away

The MESMERIC Re:What? (116 comments)

One more reason:

Because some data is wrong fixed and is consistently overwriting over the present one.

Take Google Maps for Example.

It sometimes add companies (automatically), damn even HOSPITALS with older details.

The secretaries, even managers are very clueless how to go about fixing this.

You can't contact Google, try - there is no support.

They are made to feel guilty, but damn it was Google that picked an old information (of 3 years back) and put it on #1 for that Hospital.

That OLD data gets fed back into many directories, which in turn gets passed to many health websites. Virally.

Again with no intervention or intention of the said Hospital.

Now of Data were to degrade 'graciously' then Google should then automatically assume the NEW PHONE NUMBER precedes over the OLD PHONE NUMBER (of 3 years ago).

So stuff like that.

By degrading it may not even necessarily mean - data should disappear completely, but the older the data - the further it should recede to the back of the queue.

In my view, that is fair and necessary.

Damn folks, are most people here so blind? I am reading many of the comments. This is so scary. It's like pre-fascism the way your minds are so inclined; you only need a leader - and then you complain about China and Australia.

more than 4 years ago

Google Urged To Let Personal Data Fade Away

The MESMERIC Re:What? (116 comments)

One of the reasons:

Because some people have been accused of crimes they did NOT commit.

The news went viral. Blogs, forums, web news won't bother removing the article.

Their names have been tarnished - forever. And there is nothing they can do about it.

So I see this as a good thing. If a person is guilty he should be in Jail.

Another reason:

Because we grow up, because we may do things we regret. Say trolling or posting a pic of someone in an embarrassing situation - pretty unfairly.

The internet shouldn't be some sort of permanent Karma DB, it is believe it or not simply a media channel, for entertainment and information.

If past stuff gets permanently locked in it could be widely abused; by employers, by the governments, by companies, by blackmailer - damn by criminals even. We will lose our freedom to err and learn. And everything would be in place for a Big Brother society to finally become.

more than 4 years ago

AOL Dumps $1.2 Billion Worth of Acquisitions

The MESMERIC Re:Geeks Profit (122 comments)

.. people who go to school to learn how to make money or manage other people

gosh I hate those!!

maybe they should scrap all such disciplines related to management, business studies, etc

you can't really learn chemistry, physics, mathematics that well completely on your own.

but management? etc - you can from life experience.

so yeah probably most of the excellent managers out there are former computer programmer, designers, scientists, etc

more than 4 years ago

The Man At Microsoft Charged With Destroying IE6

The MESMERIC 90% of the NHS runs IE6 (458 comments)

... Or thereabouts [citation needed]


Good luck trying to change that and watch the countless websites and intranets IE6-compatible only come all crumbling down.

NHS = National Health Service (United Kingdom)

more than 4 years ago

How To Guarantee Malware Detection

The MESMERIC Re:This idea... (410 comments)

maybe AShampoo?

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia Disputes Editor Exodus Claims

The MESMERIC Re:Case-in-point. (207 comments)

Sounds very much like the Parkinson's Law of Triviality

It "roughly" states that when in a committee:

If a matter is urgent, complex and of great importance - people will tend to hold their opinions back. And are happy to honour or agree with one expert advice.

However, with trivial matters - everyone will bicker for ages - arguing strongly, offering their different points of view.

Such as: What colour should we paint the new bicycle shed?

That seems to happens because the majority non-experts are now given a chance to "impress" or "control the issue". It's inferiority complex at play really. So they compete by voicing their "expert" opinion. Everyone is an expert in trivial matters, really.

I design websites. And because of that I never ever allow clients or worse committee's to dictate the design process.

So I do my thing, write, design, optimise, add pretty pictures etc. Choose the colour scheme. Make it live - and then once everything is complete - allow them to speak freely. But at least the job is done now. No waiting on what colour schemes to choose from.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Disputes Editor Exodus Claims

The MESMERIC Re:Wikipedia lies (207 comments)

That tell us more about you - as a stupid person. Then it does about Wikipedia itself.

more than 5 years ago

The Golden Age of Infinite Music

The MESMERIC Re:"Infinite Music" is coming. Musicians will hate (294 comments)

Calligraphy is a subset skill of good graphic designers.
So the art hasn't died.

Oratory is a subset skill of any influential diplomat or politician.

So there.

Music may become a subset skill of something else greater or higher. But it won't die off.

To be a good musician - you will still have to learn the theory and then practise.

Just like:

To be a good graphic designer - it helps to understand some of the concepts employed in calligraphy / kerning / brush textures .. etc

And I bet many politicians lusting for power : study hours on end - verbal debating skills. Are coached, buy books on the subject and so on (eg Oratory)

more than 5 years ago

Disease May Prevent Manned Journey To Mars

The MESMERIC Life was Expendable (177 comments)

In those times.

If they lost 30% of the crew, that wasn't considered to be such a big deal.

But imagine the impact today:

When losing 10% of your armed forced during a war is considered way too much.

more than 5 years ago


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