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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Viol8 If you want to earn big bucks... (280 comments)

Learn C++, Java or C# and get yourself a job at a big corporate.

But hey, if you want to be a hipster coder and dick about all day doing "groovy" websites at some here today gone tommorow startup and earning fuck all by all means go down the web development route along with every other 14 year old school kid.

Erlang? Nice language but too niche. Never really got momentum outside telecoms and its probably too late for it now.

yesterday
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

Viol8 Re:China-based threat actors (93 comments)

"Or are we talking about thespians who specialize in instilling apprehension and dread, while standing on top of dinnerware?"

Well if they call everyone "Daaahhling!" and have endless anecdotes about how they were at the RSC with Daaahhling Larry doing a particularly evil modern day interpretation of Richard III involving hackers then that may well be the case.

about three weeks ago
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Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

Viol8 Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (104 comments)

I didn't mean run java or C++ in the fucking browser you knobend. I meant to code standalone apps!

about three weeks ago
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Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

Viol8 HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (104 comments)

If you want fast 2D or 3D graphics you DON'T code them in an interpreted script language welded onto a markup language pushed well beyond its sell by date running in a bloated client which in turns runs on the OS. If web devs want to climb out of the web playpen and do grown up programming then learn a grown up language such as Java or C++.

about three weeks ago
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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

Viol8 Re:Good. (138 comments)

Wow, lots of capital letters. That really adds weight to your riposte.

about a month ago
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How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

Viol8 Pity Whitney Houston isn't still around (183 comments)

Stick her in front of a mike then tell her no more drugs and press record. That would have got you pretty close to that frequency range.

about a month ago
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How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

Viol8 Computers always were boring (183 comments)

Its what you can do with them thats interesting and thats only going to get more fascinating as the years go by.

A computer without a program is just a plastic brick.

about a month ago
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How Disney Built and Programmed an Animatronic President

Viol8 Re:sigh (97 comments)

Well I've never heard of him or his novel either. Nor do I give a damn about Disney one way or the other. Its a company run to make money from kids. Who cares?

about a month ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

Viol8 Re:Speaking as a guy in his 40s... (370 comments)

"In short, you are not being insightful in any way. You are... stereotyping. Stereotyping is the basis of incompetent and ultimately destructive discrimination."

Call it what you like pal - its my own personal experience from 20+ years in the IT industry. If you have an issue with it then thats your problem, not mine.

about a month ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

Viol8 Speaking as a guy in his 40s... (370 comments)

... I've encountered a tiny bit of what seemed like discrimination but then its hard to tell. Perhaps I just was just being a bit precious about it.

But what I do know is its horses for courses - younger people are (generally) better at thinking up new ideas/paradigms and novel ways to do things , older people are (generally) better at the detailed implementation of a system as they'll have encountered a lot if not most of the problems before and have X number of years experience

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

Viol8 Re:Mozilla doesn't build hardware (89 comments)

Are you smoking something? You appear to be confused about what hardware is and what creating it actually entails from design through to manufacture. Its a *teensy* bit harder and more expensive than writing a VM.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

Viol8 Re:You don't make OS's either (89 comments)

Its not a case of thanking them , its merely a case of acknowledging the fact that its not entirely of their own making. But instead they pretend they wrote the entire thing. Point taken about GNU.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

Viol8 You don't make OS's either (89 comments)

You've done the same as google did with Android - take Linux, write a few hardware specific drivers and shove a roll-your-own graphics interface on top. Its a pity you and Google don't give credit where its due frankly but oddly enough the word linux never seems to mentioned in any of your or their presentations. As if the effort of the thousands of people who helped develop linux counts for sweet FA in your marketing.

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

Viol8 Re:As a Motorcyclist, I Declare "Meh" (345 comments)

"A 54 mile range per charge is not sufficient for anything but a typical daily Home - Office - Grocery Store - Home - Recharge cycle and the price will kill consumer interest."

Err, ITYF a lot of people don't much like the image of scooters and buy a bike anyway just to commute. For those sorts of people this is ideal. You have a point about the price though.

" No one is going to buy this EV motorcycle for weekend back road twisties or poker runs. Or Track Day. Or pretty much anything else people use motorcycles for."

No one buys current harleys for any of the above either - they're for going in a straight line and posing. End.

about a month ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Viol8 Wonder if they'll improve the firmware (394 comments)

Seems you can't buy any form of digibox these days without some serious firmware bugs whether its just picture freezing , "buffering" remote control key presses until it can be bothered to process them, missed recordings for no apparent reason or just complete crashes requiring a hard reboot. Or if like me you were dumb enough to buy a Sagemcom box - then all of the above.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft To Launch Machine Learning Service

Viol8 No one will know (56 comments)

Nobody watches F1 anymore anyway. Its just an out of touch travelling fashion show with cars these days with utterly boring racing and overpaid drivers who've all had a personality bypass. Eventually it'll disappear up its own exhaust pipe with barely a squeak of tyres and nobody will even notice.

about a month and a half ago
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Why the Moon's New Birthday Means the Earth Is Older Than We Thought

Viol8 Oh dear (98 comments)

Feeling a bit precious about our fairy tale beliefs are we?

If you can't handle a bit of piss taking it doesn't say a lot about the strength of your beliefs now does it? You might want to pull that bible/koran/torah our of your arse and get a sense of humour.

about a month and a half ago
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Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

Viol8 Not convinced by the safety arguments (81 comments)

It may well be one solid piece of carbon fibre with a 2 cm thick windscreen and a front struct that can take 30 tons of force , but it wouldn't make any difference if it was made out of reinforced unobtanium - if he looses it and has a rollover at 1000mph he's dead. Even if the structure survives - which I doubt - the G forces will probably kill him anyway.

about a month and a half ago
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Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

Viol8 So it goes up to 11?? (81 comments)

They'll have no problem getting to 1000mph in that case! Wonder if Spinal Tap will do the after record party music?

about a month and a half ago

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