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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

WinstonWolfIT Re:Sexist? (125 comments)

Both of my daughters type between 120 and 140wpm, where I topped out at 95. Point being, they grew up surrounded by technology, infrastructure, and encouragement. (D+ in science? I'm surprised, since Science is your best subject. Psych bullshit but I tried every subtle mind game to encourage her. She responded with an A+, and straight-A'd her way through high school and uni from then on.) Eldest is a successful banking marketer expanding into teaching yoga, youngest is doing well in uni but unsure, and I'll be damned if I didn't encourage and support any of their aspirations, and they can bloody well see day to day how I get stupidly rewarded for being tunnel visioned.

I do recruiting screening for a high end consultancy, and not one female applicant that has crossed my path has remotely approached a passing score, even as I would in a heartbeat pass a female with simply a marginal competency in the interest of diversity -- and I'm far from the only one interested here in facilitating gender diversity. Every cultural male is represented where I work, but it's just depressing how male it is. I wasn't able to interest my daughters in tech, nor would I have tried to coerce them, and for decades of trying I have NO ANSWERS.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

WinstonWolfIT Buzzword bingo, but with sincerity (176 comments)

Retain a consultant with a proven track record to implement your processes.
Hire only senior level devs who can do solo heavy lifting across your technology stack.
Deliver small increments of potentially shippable product.
Insist on emergent architecture.
Empirically adapt into better processes.

5 days ago
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Another Hint For Kryptos

WinstonWolfIT Mu guess (50 comments)

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine

about a week ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

WinstonWolfIT This won't end well (323 comments)

Expect divorce rates among the lower income levels to rise as women lose the ability to cope without chocolate.

about two weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

WinstonWolfIT Yay Xamarin (192 comments)

I've been working with Xamarin's cross-platform support for some time now, and the shared logic between mobile and mobile web pretty much "just works" after you get used to sticking to Xamarin's toolset when targeting multi-platform. I'm keen to see how this all works built into VS.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

WinstonWolfIT Paradigm Shifts (223 comments)

Take two paradigm shifts with you. You don't say what your background is, but perhaps c# -> f#, java -> c++, c++ -> android. I say two shifts, because one won't last a year. Rewrite -- don't port, rewrite -- a non-trivial application you've written in the new paradigm.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

WinstonWolfIT APIs are recipes (260 comments)

An API is a point of fact, as is a recipe, neither of which is copyrightable. Copyrighting an API is like creating an interface IFoo and then telling the world that they can't implement it.

about three weeks ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

WinstonWolfIT Getting better (195 comments)

As an old-school back end specialist, I hated the spaghetti runtime error aspect of Javascript -- until I started decoupling various aspects using, for instance, AngularJs. Lack of compile-time checking is an increasing part of even compiled languages like C# (dynamic, reflection), but since AngularJs supplies dependency injection, sanity has returned to the logic that needs to be in the front end. As I've increasingly shifted page loads to Ajax calls, my pages have become sweetly responsive even on slow (mobile) connections, and the turnaround time of a Javascript code change is often simply that of saving a file and refreshing the browser page, compared to starting a new session from scratch on a compiled back end change. It's also no contest on the turnaround of compiled vs Javascript unit tests.

The decoupled nature of AngularJs leads to remarkably few actual moving parts or Hail Mary references ala jQuery. The last logical step is whether or not Ajax calls are to node.js, but since back end Javascript is as testable as anything out there, it comes down to preference and the maturity of the back end framework.

about a month ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

WinstonWolfIT Crocodiles do as well (152 comments)

Hullooo, zeeba neighba!

about a month and a half ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

WinstonWolfIT Re: So what? (201 comments)

If the ship is built like their tanks, it goes twice as fast in reverse.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

WinstonWolfIT Re:No surprise (224 comments)

Latent homosexual behavior manifested in competition for a same-sex mate.

about 2 months ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

WinstonWolfIT Re:Simple change. What about round abouts (213 comments)

Lights can be installed to pause the heavy traffic. This solves the starvation issue while still allowing the benefits of the roundabout the other 22 hours of the day.

about 3 months ago
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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

WinstonWolfIT A remake of The Birds anyone? (108 comments)

The Coen Brothers do an homage of Hitchcock perhaps.

about 3 months ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

WinstonWolfIT Extensive public input? (164 comments)

"The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all"

Hell, Slashdot has 500 comments on any given topic, and 95% of them aren't fit to bubble above the filters.

about 4 months ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

WinstonWolfIT Re:Bang (162 comments)

You're not thinking it through. Small explosion on plane causes catastrophic decompression and ignites fuel. Small explosion in a security contained area takes out just a few.

about 5 months ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

WinstonWolfIT Re:Bang (162 comments)

Honestly that's fine by me. Better sending up a contained security area than a plane full of innocents.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

WinstonWolfIT Bing is irrelevant (174 comments)

Without traffic being integrated into travel times Bing is useless. The when of a trip is just as important as the how, especially when navigating using a mobile. Bing will happily send me into a 20-kilometer parking lot, where Google will route me around it and save me significant time. Also, the usability of the site is laughable. Where's the search typeahead?

about 5 months ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

WinstonWolfIT Can't unring a bell (346 comments)

The mail is probably sitting in someone's pop3 inbox. Plus, when he received something obviously in mistake it probably got deleted. Either way, wouldn't it make more sense to contact the addressee and stress that the mail is proprietary and disclosing it would rain down a whole heap of trouble on the guy?

about 5 months ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

WinstonWolfIT Re:besides that (131 comments)

Perhaps but the whole point of an ESN is to keep work at work. I've seen Yammer used reasonably well with a couple of distributed technology groups for micro-blogging, and having chat channels (Skype, Lync, HipChat) is very useful. My current engagement is mostly from home, and our company ESN allows us to be productive without having to commute.

about 5 months ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

WinstonWolfIT Inconclusive (198 comments)

Chupacabra isn't included.

about 5 months ago

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