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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

alphazulu0 Find new problems to solve (257 comments)

At its core, programming is about solving problems. But solving the same problem over and over is mind-numbing. Seek out interesting/challenging problems to solve and you'll stay engaged and passionate.


2 days ago

Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

alphazulu0 Re:Uber Fresh? (139 comments)

Uber Fresh is very limited. It's only available in certain parts of West Los Angeles and only one food choice per day. So no going to Subway and no telling them what you want in your sub.

However, if you want a sub, just be in West LA on Weds and they'll bring you a Godmother from Bay Cities Italian Deli. It's widely considered the best sandwich in LA.

about a week ago

Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

alphazulu0 No mention of jQuery? (79 comments)

I'm sure someone will point out that jQuery is more of a library and YUI more of a framework, but they solve many of the same problems and people don't usually use both. I imagine jQuery's popularity is one of the reasons for YUI's decline, but no mention of it in the announcement.


about three weeks ago

Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

alphazulu0 Water is wet and cheaters cheat (182 comments)

1. Gain an advantage over legal competitors by ignoring regulations in your industry.
2. Gain an advantage over fellow illegal competitors with dirty tricks.
3. PROFIT!!!!


about a month ago

Math, Programming, and Language Learning

alphazulu0 Forget math, programming is like organic chemsitry (241 comments)

As long as we're making gross generalizations...

A big part of organic chemistry in college is "synthesis" problems where you are presented with a molecule and you're supposed to outline the steps (chemical reactions) required to turn it into a different molecule. I find that this closely mirrors programming where we're manipulating data instead of chemicals. We all have access to the same tools and there's more than one pathway that will work, but we're trying to find the most elegant / efficient solution to get from A to B.

Most of the students in my OChem class were premeds and many of them struggled with the synthesis problems. A lot of the premed curriculum involves memorizing and regurgitating huge amounts of information, with less emphasis on problem-solving. I always thought the ones that were good at the synthesis problems should switch gears and become programmers.


about 2 months ago

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

alphazulu0 google what? (238 comments)

"Google+ is still around??" - everyone on slashdot


about 2 months ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

alphazulu0 user error (710 comments)

This is slashdot. If there's one thing we know, it's that hoping users will alter their behavior doesn't work. Better technology does.


about 2 months ago

Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

alphazulu0 Uncle Sam Wants You, Zebediah! (205 comments)

Though good ole Zeb actually thinks of him as "Nephew Sam."

about 2 months ago

Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

alphazulu0 A heavy, complicated solution to a rare problem (235 comments)

I commented elsewhere that this is heavy, complicated and no better than a tiny rear flasher. Plus, while getting rear-ended by a car sounds scary, it's one of the least common bike accidents. According to these stats (based on bike collisions in 3 cities in 1995), only 3.8% of crashes were car rear-ends bike:

There's some cool tech in this product, but it won't help with the most common bike collisions (#1 car pulls out in front of bike, #2 parked car door opens into bike).

about 3 months ago

Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

alphazulu0 Re:Useless (235 comments)

I have to agree with jam42. Anyone who rides in a city is in close proximity to cars constantly. All this will do is make my bike heavier and more complicated while providing no more safety than a tiny rear flasher running off a watch battery.

about 3 months ago

A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)

alphazulu0 Re:cool tech, hot back (86 comments)

I did not get paid in any way for that link. I have no relationship with that company or product. I don't even own it, since as I said, it's too flashy for me. I'm just an avid bike rider who remembered a kickstarter for a similar device. Do you criticize every comment that links to a product relevant to the story?

about 4 months ago

A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)

alphazulu0 cool tech, hot back (86 comments)

The technology here is cool, but the last thing I want to do on my bike is wear a backpack. Even on short rides, it seals the heat in and guarantees a sweaty back.

These are a bit flashy for me, but they're wheel mounted and pretty cool looking:


about 4 months ago


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