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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

WinstonWolfIT Re:Sunk Costs (94 comments)

True. But from a practical point of view, 3d has brought to market a simpler device that works better, and has far less technology -- with its associated costs -- behind it. In scale, I can see this technology easily approaching 10% of the cost.

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

WinstonWolfIT Re:first post :P (357 comments)

Common staples, many of us have done it. Ramen. Fried liver. Linguine aglio e olio. I've never quite forgotten my lean years. I could live off staples in my pantry for three months.

yesterday
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

WinstonWolfIT Re:Another thing (135 comments)

Cute, but I live on the other side of the world

5 days ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

WinstonWolfIT Re:Another thing (135 comments)

Easily said, but if my next door neighbor buys a 20' boat, I'm going to have to go out the following Saturday and get a 24' boat. That's human nature in the simplest terms possible.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Open CS, IT, and DBA Courseware in 2014?

WinstonWolfIT Re:There's a lot of overlap between CS and Philoso (84 comments)

There's a lot of truth to this. I don't hire anyone without commercial experience as there's nothing that you learn in school that prepares you for the real world, but a CS degree is only one of the things I look at. I hired a Polish immigrant once without applicable tertiary qualifications once because he came highly recommended, had highly relevant experience, and nailed the interview. Best developer I ever hired. Frankly, two developers of equal experience and interview, the Philosophy degree to me would win out.

about two weeks ago
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What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

WinstonWolfIT Where I come from (99 comments)

The best of the best were the best and the names were nothing. Wargod (Wargoat), xxAngelxx, Sith Bandon (Sithz), Propolis, Painball, Selene, Shin Ra. The names were random at best, but when you fought with or against the best of the best, the skill far exceeded the name.The highlight of my years was beating Painball and two of his mates solo as a completely green pilot too stupid honestly to realise I was taking on the best and then some. Later I flew with him, and he was 10x the pilot I ever was. Good times.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

WinstonWolfIT Re:actually, it was the fleas. (135 comments)

I'd always heard rats carried fleas, not that they were the primary vector, and this is something I've carried around in my head for decades. So, even when quarantined, it was still a nasty situation of not really being able to completely contain the spread.

about three weeks ago
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Toward Better Programming

WinstonWolfIT Re:My two cents (391 comments)

The true cost of software is enormous, and a majority of projects never return their investment. It logically follows to see point #1.

about three weeks ago
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Toward Better Programming

WinstonWolfIT My two cents (391 comments)

I started when productivity was measured in CLOCs, before C++ went ANSI. Today vs. then is so night and day, I wonder if the OP has any real sense of the big picture.

- Writing a line of code is done as a last resort when all attempts to avoid it have failed. (This comes from starting as a business, not software, consultant).
- Legacy code that has been debugged is almost always better than throwing out all of that QA. Wrap it and refactor it only as a response to bug report / enhancement + TDD.
- TDD, and the act of making software testable is far more valuable than the tests themselves. In my experience, regressions are few in maintainable testable code because it's maintainable and testable, not because of the tests themselves.
- Declarative almost always is better than imperative. See point #1.

about three weeks ago
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JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

WinstonWolfIT Re:He's entitled to spend his money as he wishes.. (112 comments)

Contravening the fundamental right to pursue happiness as a free man is unforgivable. Skewer the homophobe and every last one of his ilk.

about a month ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

WinstonWolfIT Re:Question (323 comments)

For quite a long time now it's become clear that the only way to survive retrenchment is to plan for it -- which leaves you faced with options that all suck. Since forever, I've banked 10% of my pay and 50-75% of my annual leave. It seems impossible until you realise necessary > impossible. At 47, I was retrenched, but had the accumulated resources to retrain myself from C++ desktop to C# web/enterprise. I wrote software all day every day, and the interviews where I excelled were the ones that required a coding competency demonstration. I nailed two positions pretty much at the same time with absolutely nil commercial C# experience. I'm presently with a consultancy as a senior dev on a senior consulting track, mentoring work mates and clients in a language I had barely touched two years ago.

My advice is cold call some consulting groups, keeping in mind relocation and travel may be necessary. I've found them much more switched on than the pointy hairs leading in-house teams.

about a month ago
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Could Earth's Infrared Emissions Be a New Renewable Energy Source?

WinstonWolfIT By rule (78 comments)

No.

about a month ago
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Python 3.4 Released

WinstonWolfIT Jesus called (196 comments)

And he asks nicely that Python programmers stop invoking his name in vain.

Honestly, this entire stack is so non-deterministic, what is it doing in the Enterprise again? I haven't seen anything this Rube Goldberg since the 50s. Shit-can this stinking pile of merde for almost anything and the world will be a better place.

about a month ago
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Python 3.4 Released

WinstonWolfIT Re:And it still has the GIL (196 comments)

Jesus if the whole damn stack isn't thread safe the whole damn stack should be deuce-canned. Grow up and adopt a 21st century stack.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

WinstonWolfIT Re:Fanboy Glee (302 comments)

Most relevant post on here.

about a month ago
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Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

WinstonWolfIT Re:Leak (169 comments)

The data is publicly available.

about a month ago
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Algorithm Reveals Objects Hidden Behind Other Things In Camera Phone Images

WinstonWolfIT Middle Earth Reference (85 comments)

What have I got in my pocket?

about a month ago
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Why Birds Fly In a V Formation

WinstonWolfIT Re:Really that hard? (207 comments)

Indeed they do. But they took 100mil more years to figure it out.

about 3 months ago

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