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Facebook Introduces Hack: Statically Typed PHP

Xunker Re:hate the name (230 comments)

"I'm a hack hacker who hacks Hack."

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Programming / IT Jobs For Older, Retrained Workers?

Xunker Put your work online (215 comments)

tldr: make stuff and put it on the web so hiring managers and interviewers can see it.

Longer version:

I just had the pleasure of interviewing an older applicant for a job. In this case he was a whip-smart C programmer. I would guess mid 50's of age, with a resume saying he'd been in the industry for nearly 30 years.

The job he was applying for was a web developer position for my shop, a Ruby/JS outfit.

While he hadn't coded JS or Ruby professionally, he mentioned he had done many little side projects with those tools. I asked to see them, and he said they may be on his computer at home, but he wasn't sure: that hurt his prospects. A lot.

The ideal thing would be putting his web apps up on Heroku (free), and any other code on Github (also free). These things speak to me almost more than anything.

about 2 years ago

Magician Suing For Copyright Over Magic Trick

Xunker Actually important case (296 comments)

So, yeah, it's easy for us to point and laugh at this and say it's just a useless farce.. but this effects us all actually.

The brief filed states that Teller is suing because the rival's trick supposedly violates a 1983 Copyright he filed for the trick. What is important here is that the Copyright filing DOES NOT describe how the trick functions, but instead HOW IT LOOKS. On those ground, Teller is suing.

I believe this is important. Why? Because I think it is similar to SOFTWARE PATENTS.

Of course, obviously PATENT != COPYRIGHT, but the similarities in this case are still apparent. Unlike every other kind of working patent, software patents generally describe the outcome/result of something instead of the actual mechanism (patents of physical things are based on the WAY it works, not what it produces, SW patents are generally based i the end product).

If suit is upheld it means software patents *could* have an extra life, and indeed if a vendor wants to squeeze out competition they could simply file for a COPYRIGHT on the visible result of the software too.

IANAL, but food for thought.

more than 2 years ago

X-Men Origins Pirate Draws a 1-Year Sentence

Xunker Problem with the analogy.. (341 comments)

The problem with calling it "a Ferrari without a paintjob" is that it's not a Ferrari of a movie. Hell, it's not even an Hyundai Elantra of a movie.

At least watching the workprint made it fun: "Claws Grow".

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

Xunker Re:Not my justification (579 comments)

Post signs that your parking lot stating it is "Private Property" and "Parking by Permission Only" or control the access via a gate or something, you are then (generally, varies by country and state) allowed to set parking however you see fit. Very many pay-parking-lots in my area do not have accessible spaces and are allowed to do this because they are not technically "public". (Yes, I actually asked city hall and that's what they said).

UNLESS you are also an employer in the US. In which case you must follow ADA guidelines and provide spaces based on the size of your lot and/or workforce size.

This is, of couse, all academic to argue about since once you are in a position to actually NEED those space (really, physically need them) you don't care how much other people are annoyed by them.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Rules Boss's "Firing Contest" Created a Hostile Work Environment

Xunker Re:Contest Prizes (314 comments)

The leads are weak!

more than 3 years ago

Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like

Xunker Planning a reunion show? (368 comments)

I mean, of course, a T.J. Hooker reunion show?

more than 3 years ago

Apple Claims Samsung and Motorola Patent Monopoly

Xunker Patent Pending. (381 comments)

I would be playing the World's Smallest Violin for Apple right now, except someone already has the patent for it and has threatened to sue me over it.

more than 3 years ago

Apple WWDC: iOS 5, Lion, iCloud

Xunker Oh how times change (662 comments)

2001: Record labels sue my.mp3.com in to oblivion.
2011: Record labels can't wait to suck on the iTunes Cloud teat.

more than 3 years ago

Things Get Worse at Fukushima

Xunker Re:F*ck You, Shima! (1122 comments)

He didn't have to. Have you SEEN the ANIME that has been coming out of Japan for decades? Thousands of Manga authors already predicted it! Let's hope the predictions of two-wheel-drive electric motorcycles and sexy, sexy robots also come true.

more than 3 years ago

Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

Xunker tl;dr version (831 comments)

So the "Too long; Didn't read" of this basically is:

"It's too hard to write portable code."

more than 3 years ago

Online-Only Currency BitCoin Reaches Dollar Parity

Xunker Re:In other words (517 comments)

"FIAT currency tends to be.."

I believe you mean 'fiat', not "FIAT". Fiat currency is legal tender that has value backed by decree of a policymaker; The FIAT Currency is the new hatchback from the Italian automaker.

more than 3 years ago

Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?

Xunker No Equity? No way! (997 comments)

You have no equity? If they haven't offered any to you in exchange for this, frankly, ridiculous effort you should say the following:

Dear Mr Bossman.

Kindly piss up a flagpole. If you do not have a convenient flagpole, I can direct you to one. If you have no piss, I will happily furnish you with as much as is required.

your name

about 4 years ago

Japanese Guts Are Made For Sushi

Xunker Re:You'll take my sushi ... (309 comments)

Cold, dead digestive tract?

That's my favourite kind of sushi! How did you know?

more than 4 years ago

Stalker Jailed For Planting Child Porn On a PC

Xunker Re:FYI the guy is niot necessarily a brit (368 comments)

Most of us are Americans(TM) anyway, and have no idea where this "Essex" or "Finnish" you speak of is located. Likely they're both next to other countries we don't know the location of, like Myanmar, Quebec and Idaho.

more than 4 years ago

Math Skills For Programmers — Necessary Or Not?

Xunker There's a difference... (609 comments)

There is a difference between "not knowing math", "not understanding math" and "not doing well at math."

I am horrible at math, and I've been bad at it all my life. I failed Pre-Algebra THREE TERMS IN A ROW in High School. I suck at math, period.

But, I am a successful programmer and developer and I've written a lot of code that does really complicated math... so how does that square?

The difference is that even though I can't do math, I know *what I can do* with it. I know what an Interquartarial Mean will do for me, but I have to look it up in a book every time I use it to know *how* to do it. In this case, yes, it is obvious that I would have a _better_time_ if I knew how to do this stuff without looking in a book, but I've fared pretty well. Lacking math skills doesn't mean I'm a suck programmer, it just means I may have a harder time with code that uses a lot of math.

Someone above posted "Two candidates, one knows math and one doesn't, you want the one who knows math"; that's true if all else is equal, but you never have two candidates for a job you are identical except for one thing. You buy the whole package and if you think their other qualities outweigh their lack of math skills then that's one you choose.

more than 4 years ago

Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices

Xunker Remember Windows CE? (636 comments)

The oldies among us may remember this is also the same problem that Windows CE had in the beginning, mid 1990's. There were at least three different CPU platforms, four form factors with at least as many distinct input methods and an array of mutually incompatible screen setups.

In the early 2000's then Microsoft Decreed several standards for the hardware and the rom customisations. The OEMs whined but in the end it allowed the devices to unify somewhat, albeit painfully. The fact Windows Mobile 7 exists at all is because of this decision.

Yes, you can argue that Windows Mobile (the direct descendant of WinCE) is a failed state, but I think it would also be agree'd that it would have been dead long, long ago had MS not done what it did.

Google has the additional "problem" (if you will) of Android being open-source. With WinCE, Microsoft could be the ultimate gatekeeper but there is nothing stopping any device manufacturer from doing whatever the hell they want with Android. They may try to initiate some kind of "Google Certified" plan to signify that an OS variant meets certain interopability standards... but the LSB has tried to do that on the desktop and, well, has it had the traction everyone hoped?

This becomes one of the larger arguments for the 'Walled Garden' approach Apple has taken and I guess that's the choice you make: stability, predictability that comes with restrictions or variability and instability that comes with openness.

more than 4 years ago

Ruby In Practice

Xunker Before commenting, please complete this form (104 comments)

Before commenting, please complete this form:

Sec. 1 Ruby v Python

[ ] I am a Ruby/Python fanboy/fangirl
[ ] I already have a positive/negative entrenched opinion of Python or Ruby
[ ] I cannot tell the difference between the two languages

Sec. 2 Ruby on Rails

[ ] I assume Ruby == Ruby on Rails

Sec. 3 Other

[ ] I program in PHP for it's robust design, consistent syntax and architectural soundness
[ ] I do not understand sarcasm

Scoring: If you answered any of the above questions in the affirmative, your comments may be dismissed out of hand.

more than 5 years ago

Typewriters, Computers, and Creating?

Xunker Re:No obligatory Pattern Recognition reference? (227 comments)

obligatory explanation:

In William Gibson's novel "Pattern Recognition", one of the incidental characters is an antique trader who specializes in famous technological pieces. At one point of the story he is in negotiation to buy the Wang word processor that Steven King used early in his career.

"Yes," says Ngemi, with quiet pride, "but now I am negotiating to buy Stephen King's Wang."

Cayce stares at him.

"The provenance," Ngemi assures her, "is immaculate, the price high, but, I believe, reasonable. A huge thing,
one of the early dedicated word processors. Shipping alone will require the funds I had earmarked for the
scaffolding, and more."

more than 5 years ago

De Icaza Responds To Stallman

Xunker Linus on RMS (747 comments)

From a interview with Torvalds many years ago:

"I think a lot of the extreme people are much too extreme, like Richard Stallman; He's a very extreme person, and while I admire a lot of his ideals, I don't admire him because he is so extreme that he can't relate to other people; and that's a limitation."

No taking sides for me, just pointing out that RMS has his own issues.

more than 5 years ago


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