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Willow Garage Founder Scott Hassan Aims To Build a Startup Village

androidph What's all this startup trends? (62 comments)

I'm seeing a lot of people getting into startups, not only in the US but the rest of the world. My facebook feed is filled with my friends founding a startup. And some of my previous bosses are funding startups.

However, the problem I am seeing though, is most of these startups is not the next Tesla or doing something innovative, they are just trying to create a new social media app or some new game. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but my opinion is that startups should be about trying to solve a problem. Just like friendster, it got created because the guy just broke up with his girl and wants a way to easily find dates.

On a side note, given this flood of startups, why is it still hard to find a software development job that gives a decent pay? Can it be that these new startup trend is just another way to get people to write code real cheap?

I'm imagining this scenario.

Start Up Boss : Hey you want to join a startup that is like mashable but only better?
Guy : Yeah cool... <and starts coding some HTML5 stuff and JavaScript.> Here boss all done!
Start Up Boss : Wow cool. You know, it would be better if we can integrate this with some legacy code. Since, you are so awesome, can you write me some services to communicate with our mainframe application preferably using json.
Guy: Yeah I can do that... <starts keyboarding some codes>.. ALL DONE BOSS!!! Take note, I've done all this stuff and got time for 2 hours of sleep. I'm really awesome.
Start Up Boss : Cool! Here's your first month's paycheck for 2K. However, there's some new direction that our startup is taking and we need to let you go.

about a month and a half ago

Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

androidph Re:I'm interested in this sort of thing for my hou (107 comments)

How do you keep your keys from scratching your smartphone?

If your phone is new and probably made with Gorilla glass, it won't scratch it. I tried scratching my old Samsung Galaxy S2 with a key, screwdriver and a knife and found out I was duped into buying those screen protectors.

about 2 months ago

Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

androidph Serious Question What are the advantages of COBOL? (371 comments)

I have IT friends from various consulting firms that are still using COBOL or RPG, they seem to be like fan boys telling me that no new technology could ever replace the mainframe. They told me that some big credit card company before, tried to migrate their application to a Unix/JEE but failed. And they told me failed migration from mainframe is happening everywhere and all industries. My guess is the system that was migrated to is already very stable, and migration would introduce bugs that may cause manager to dismiss the migration. So my question is, if for example you start an new project, what instances where it is still best to use COBOL/RPG?

about 3 months ago

"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

androidph Outbreak (390 comments)

Good that they are actually intending to use the cure, instead of having to go through that whole "Sandman, Viper command...", "Viper command this is Sandman.." wind shear thing.

about 3 months ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

androidph Re:What?!? (928 comments)

This is madness?!? This... is... Southwest... Airlines...!!!! (Kicks guy off plane)

No more points, but very funny!

about 3 months ago

Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

androidph Re:What does IBM do these days anyway? (234 comments)

I'm not sure what's left at IBM ever since they started selling off divisions years ago. The PC/workstation/laptop division got sold off as Lenovo, their online services never materialized, and there's not much sign as what their products are. Is IBM just a corporate shell remaining?

they still have DB2, Websphere etc. which I think is as widely used as Oracle products.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

androidph Any idea what's the motivation to remove START? (516 comments)

I was forced to use Windows 8 because it's packaged in my new laptop, and a change in OS means I need to spend more money. So I gave it a try but I never liked it. I think, I might get used to it, if all the PCs I use (home/office/remote) are all Windows 8. If MS wants everybody to like Windows 8, they should have killed all other versions that uses the START button. i.e. Windows Update that automatically disables the start menu for Windows XP to Windows 7. Then everybody will be forced to grow accustomed to it.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

androidph Bill Gates (153 comments)

Like it or not, people born in the 80s saw those press releases on how this guy programmed his way to success, and thought, "that is the racket I should be in" but along the way, we enjoyed it and stayed in this industry.

about 5 months ago

'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

androidph Prior Art (323 comments)

I had the same exact idea, before the 3G/LTE and highspeed internet, I thought of sending humans via GPRS, but the poor connection might be a problem in actual production. But I was dissapointed to learn that somebody already thought of it but by sending copies of himself via Fax. Unfortunately, I could not find that link.

about 5 months ago

Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

androidph Re:Aaaaaaannd..... (566 comments)

I think INS actually comes to the homes for a surprise visit and interview the husband or wife trying to check for fraud. i.e. what position one sleeps, does he/she snores, what the favorite stuff etc etc..

about 6 months ago



Ask Slashdot: Experienced Java Developer Needs to Learn CS

androidph androidph writes  |  about 5 months ago

androidph (3631653) writes "I am a Java developer for more than 10 years, and have been involved in a lot of projects from startup projects to big data projects.

I am not a Computer Science graduate and do not have a deep knowledge in algorithms, but I know the basics as part of my Electronics Engineering degree.

On my early years, I was able to get by with my Java skills and am able to perform well in development projects as well as create android apps and web-apps on the side.

But, lately when trying to get an interview, the questions are all related to Algorithms, Data Structures and Mathematical Equations.

My question is, can I effectively learn all those theories without going to school?"


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