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Chinese Employee Loses iPhone Prototype, Kills Self

The One and Only Re:Culture of Secrecy (514 comments)

That's why, throughout history, farmers have left the fields and come to the cities in droves simply to be sweatshop laborers.

more than 5 years ago
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From an Unrelated Career To IT/Programming?

The One and Only Re:Portfolio + demonstrable talent (374 comments)

They're an easy topic to *understand*, but integrating that knowledge enough to work with it isn't particularly easy. It's not unlike calculusâ"sure, most kids after Calc I have a rote idea of what a derivative and integral are, but is it well enough ingrained that they'll fully grok the rationale behind how they're used in, say, physics? For many kids, not so much.

more than 5 years ago
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From an Unrelated Career To IT/Programming?

The One and Only Re:Portfolio + demonstrable talent (374 comments)

C# and Perl pay my bills right now, but I was hired based on an interview question that was something like "how do you reverse a linked list?", which is a classical pointer question. As Joel puts it:

I've come to realize that understanding pointers in C is not a skill, it's an aptitude. In first year computer science classes, there are always about 200 kids at the beginning of the semester, all of whom wrote complex adventure games in BASIC for their PCs when they were 4 years old. They are having a good ol' time learning C or Pascal in college, until one day they professor introduces pointers, and suddenly, they don't get it. They just don't understand anything any more. 90% of the class goes off and becomes Political Science majors, then they tell their friends that there weren't enough good looking members of the appropriate sex in their CompSci classes, that's why they switched. For some reason most people seem to be born without the part of the brain that understands pointers. Pointers require a complex form of doubly-indirected thinking that some people just can't do, and it's pretty crucial to good programming. A lot of the "script jocks" who started programming by copying JavaScript snippets into their web pages and went on to learn Perl never learned about pointers, and they can never quite produce code of the quality you need.

more than 5 years ago
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From an Unrelated Career To IT/Programming?

The One and Only Re:You could just lie and go for it. (374 comments)

Yes, but what if they say, "tell me how that last job ended, at ScumSoftCo", and you'll have to lie again, and then your lies will grow instead of diminish over time when the next company fires you.

more than 5 years ago
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From an Unrelated Career To IT/Programming?

The One and Only Re:Be Proactive (374 comments)

Sounds like you need to stop interviewing kids from Java schools. My school (which isn't even very good!) still has tons of teaching methods like "learn how to do this in your free time because we're not gonna waste class time teaching you" for things that are less difficult than, for instance, writing a file system.

more than 5 years ago
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On Game Developers and Legitimacy

The One and Only Re:When did comic books become legitimate? (214 comments)

My chess set has majestically sculpted pieces and a beautifully painted wood board but that doesn't make the game of chess art. Even if I listen to Mozart while I'm playing, or instead of using chess pieces, hire Shakespearean actors to walk across a check-boarded marble floor and perform one-on-one battle and death scenes when I make a capture, those are all things attached to the game. It's hard to see this with video games, where the game mechanic is hidden so fully underneath the ornamentation.

more than 5 years ago
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Is It Windows 7, Or KDE 4?

The One and Only Re:I fell for it.... (559 comments)

Well, with the 'U' and a "British" in front of it, maybe.

more than 5 years ago
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Bill Gates' Plan To Destroy Music, Note By Note

The One and Only Re:Microsoft Sucks Checklist (659 comments)

All Microsoft is guilty of is wanting to keep people's business even if they don't want to play video games on a PC. Instead of trying to force the customer to change to adapt to their business plan (which is lock-in), MS changed their business plan to adapt to the customer. This is exactly what companies should do.

more than 5 years ago
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Bill Gates' Plan To Destroy Music, Note By Note

The One and Only Re:Modifications (659 comments)

You are both wrong. Apple makes decent money on both.

more than 5 years ago
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New York Bill Aims To Restrict Games Containing Profanity

The One and Only Re:Monkey (133 comments)

Obligatory

more than 5 years ago
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So Who's Running Apple Now?

The One and Only Re:Who cares? (399 comments)

Why did Jobs wear the black turtleneck when doing the keynotes? Style? Hardly. He blended better into the background. That way whatever he was holding would show up better.

By most accounts, he pretty much wears that exact same outfit every day at work. He's one of those people who decides what to wear once and leaves it at that so he can focus on more important things. Though he has been known to wear shorts when it was hot enough out.

more than 5 years ago
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So Who's Running Apple Now?

The One and Only Re:It's not charisma (399 comments)

Also while Steve Jobs is a techie, he himself isn't a programmer or engineer.

It does seem worth pointing out that Jobs tinkered with electronics around the same time Woz did. One of Jobs' most arrogant quotes was something like, "Woz was the first person I met who was better at electronics than I was."

more than 5 years ago
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So Who's Running Apple Now?

The One and Only Re:You confuse Average with Simple (399 comments)

Actually, the UI is designed to have sensible common defaults and an easy to use UI, but someone "wanting to type in commands" also has the whole UNIX subsystem to access for more flexibility.

He was talking about the original Macintosh, from 1984, which had no UNIX or command line.

Why would the old Steve Jobs have done that? Being forced out and then coming back with Apple in tatters only reinforced his core belief that his own views on how to run product lines were correct. When did the old Steve Jobs hang onto a product line for emotional reasons? Early accounts don't seem to indicate emotion was involved in decisions much at all.

The old Steve Jobs was fanatical about having the NeXT factory painted specific colors, or the NeXT cube being a perfect black cube made out of magnesium, or about the Mac not having a hard drive or a fan. Being kicked out of Apple humbled Jobs, but so did the difficulties at NeXT.

more than 5 years ago
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Line Forms At Apple's Always-Open Manhattan Cube

The One and Only Re:It's back! (445 comments)

You know, there's nothing that sinister about a company being all about "openly taking pride in our products". I'd be more wary of a company that wasn't all into what they made.

more than 6 years ago

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Deranged Inmate Sues Steve Jobs, O.J. Simpson

The One and Only The One and Only writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The One and Only writes "AppleInsider describes South Carolina inmate Jonathan Lee Riches' latest frivolous lawsuit, this time against Apple CEO Steve Jobs and disgraced former football star O.J. Simpson. Among other things, the lawsuit claims that O.J. has been Jobs' hitman since 1985, that O.J. "paid Jobs to clone Dolly the sheep", and that Jobs has aimed nuclear missiles at Riches' brain and Lance Armstrong's bike. The iPhone price drop also makes an appearance in the complaint. Riches, who is serving a prison sentence of identity theft, has a history of filing lawsuits in this vein. US District Judge Gregory Presnell dismissed this suit, noting, "The whole thing reads like a cross between Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start the Fire' and a Dr. Bronner's soap label, if Dr. Bronner had been a first-year law student with untreated paranoid schizophrenia." All three handwritten pages of the suit are also available."
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