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I'm most interested in robots that will...

anonymous_wombat Re:Pleasure (307 comments)

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?

about 2 months ago

How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth

anonymous_wombat Could be the green death (48 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago

Internet Archive Launches Arcade of Classic Games In the Browser

anonymous_wombat Re:"vector games are an issue"... (94 comments)

Dig Dug
Marble Madness
Missile Command

Pretty damn cool. I might have to go home early from work.

about 3 months ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

anonymous_wombat Re:No (546 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago

Of the following, I'd rather play ...

anonymous_wombat There is death in the hane (274 comments)

Go. How could you miss that one?

Someone should hane whoever came up with this poll.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

anonymous_wombat Re:Every release is a rewrite? (199 comments)

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 documentation issue.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

anonymous_wombat Dance - 10, looks - 3 (466 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago

One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

anonymous_wombat Re:Confetti on the Charles (230 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago

Toward Better Programming

anonymous_wombat Re: Pft. (391 comments)

Shooting people could be problem solving

Any idiot can shoot people. The expertise is in knowing how to dispose of the bodies.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

anonymous_wombat WAPO and NYT (361 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

anonymous_wombat What? (409 comments)

or your fired

Your fired what?

1 year,13 days

Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?

anonymous_wombat Groups tend to cluster (608 comments)

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

Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

anonymous_wombat Re:R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (524 comments)

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

Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

anonymous_wombat Ask your users (330 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?

anonymous_wombat Re:As a professional, I would say... (183 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

US Educational Scores Not So Abysmal

anonymous_wombat Re:Can we speak in clear terms? (412 comments)

Am I the only one that thought that photo with the article was racist, or was it too subtle?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?

anonymous_wombat Re:Noise (457 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

anonymous_wombat Re:You don't (683 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago


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