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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

WinstonWolfIT Re:people still watch that crap? (106 comments)

You didn't miss much with voyager.

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip...

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

WinstonWolfIT Re:You seem to think .NET is a language (417 comments)

And, increasingly, F#. I haven't done the leap myself but will soon have to out of necessity, but I haven't seen a single C# -> F# developer want to go back.

4 days ago

Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

WinstonWolfIT Re:Network Level (97 comments)

So Cory did it?

4 days ago

T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

WinstonWolfIT Re:And where is my money?? (51 comments)

Here in Australia, when a company acts fraudulently, they're pretty much forced to declare their misdeed to all their customers, and to go through all the necessary steps to make it right. For instance, when Coles got spanked for calling their bread fresh baked daily, and when it came out they were baking from partially baked and frozen, they had to put several notices on the wall behind their breads spelling out in great detail what they did wrong. Every detail including the placement, frequency, and wording were ordered by the court.

In T-Mobile's case, the court should have (and perhaps actually) ordered them to mail and email every potentially affected customer with details on how to apply credits to their account online, and every affected prior customer to claim a refund online using account number and mailing address to verify. In cases where the actual damage amount can be determined, credits and refunds should be automatic. Anything that requires jumping through one hoop too many is egregiously odious. Ah well one can dream.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

WinstonWolfIT Consider (317 comments)

Sometimes process is more important than technical competence. A scrum master certification might get you recognized for seeing the bigger picture and potentially affecting change in a team. In addition to just scrum, the PSM course also touches on TDD, definition of done and many things that tie directly into the development process.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

WinstonWolfIT I had that wife (720 comments)

After about 6 years of alimony payments, and found a compatible partner, I consider the alimony a bargain.

about three weeks ago

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.

about 1 month ago

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.

about a month ago

Another Hint For Kryptos

WinstonWolfIT Mu guess (50 comments)

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine

about a month ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

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 a month and a half ago

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 2 months ago

Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

WinstonWolfIT Crocodiles do as well (152 comments)

Hullooo, zeeba neighba!

about 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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

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 4 months ago

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 5 months ago


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