top Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987
I hope this isn't going to happen every 24 years.
Just tell me that Motif is still safe.
about a month and a half ago
top I'm most interested in robots that will...
I was indeed looking for "have (too much) violent sex". I will sure be a common use case. Jodorowsky's seen it (and others)
Wait, is the robot the violent one?
top How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth
As others have said, 3.6bn people can't be travelling. I guess they must be counting individual, substantial journeys, but they don't say, which is a bit rubbish. I noticed that this number was unsourced, which also seemed a bit rubbish.
I was wondering how the Chinese were hiding all those billions of extra people.
top Internet Archive Launches Arcade of Classic Games In the Browser
Pretty damn cool. I might have to go home early from work.
top Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
I got my masters degree back in the olden days, 1988.
I didn't have any practical experience, and it took me
18 months and dozens of job interviews to get my first job.
In my experience, companies want
BOTH a degree
and experience if they can get it.
The main things that I acquired from school 25 years ago that I still use
are an understanding of runtime complexity, and encapsulation.
There was lots of coding in the undergrad classes, but almost
none at the graduate level. Almost all the useful stuff I learned
was in the undergraduate classes.
top Of the following, I'd rather play ...
Go. How could you miss that one?
Someone should hane whoever came up with this poll.
top Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?
It seems to me that a major problem here is only releasing once a year.
I realize you are not commercial, and that 2 - 3 week release cycles may not
be realistic, but you should release no less frequently than once every 3 months.
Also, if there are so many independent pieces, why do they all need to be released
at the same time? This sounds like more of a project management issue than a
top Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
There are ratings for both personality and talent.
Finding people high on both is difficult.
Different groups put different emphasis on the two independent ratings.
top One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983
There was a dorm at U of Penn in 1979 where people would dump their cards from the indoor fifth floor balcony at the end of the term.
I avoided CS until my last semester, when they moved to terminals.
Still, it was satisfying watch the cards spin as they fell to the floor.
top Toward Better Programming
Shooting people could be problem solving
Any idiot can shoot people. The expertise is in knowing how to dispose of the bodies.
top Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?
I have subscriptions to the WashingtonPost and New York Times.
I enjoy both of them, and am willing to pay for access. They can't operate on ad revenues alone.
top Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'
or your fired
Your fired what?
top Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?
In my experience at a variety of jobs, some companies had a lot of female programmers, and others had very few or none.
This was also true of Indian and Chinese programmers; they weren't distributed randomly across companies,
but some companies had a lot of one or both groups, and others had almost none.
I don't know what the reasons are for this, just an objective observation.
about a year and a half ago
top Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?
Is a quiet work area a perk? I'd like one of those.
I don't need a foosball table.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?
Make the first version in English only, and somewhere in the app,
ask for requests for support for other languages. The only population
you care about are the users of your plugin.
top Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?
The best course he could take for computer programming is a touch typing course. And that's by a huge margin.
That was the single most useful course that I took in hs.
top US Educational Scores Not So Abysmal
Am I the only one that thought that photo with the article was racist, or was it too subtle?
top Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?
Noise is a much bigger factor for me than meetings.
I don't know how you can be expected to write reasonable code
when people are screeching all around you.
top Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero
They should team up with the researcher from last year,
top Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?
I once worked with a guy who thought that the function pointer was the best feature of C.
He then explained to me how using function pointers was kind of like OOP.
There isn't any point in arguing with people like that.
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