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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

antsbull Re:Nobody else seems to want it (690 comments)

I've been using Windows Vista for 6 years as a dev environemnt (also do dev on native Mac, Ubuntu and Win 7) - and have NEVER had a driver problem. Just like the other 99.99999999% of Windows Vista users out there.

yesterday
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

antsbull Just recently hired an intermediate developer (557 comments)

in Melbourne, and out of 130 applicants, only 3 were female. There was a wide mix of different nationalities represented - by far the heaviest concentration of applicants were from Asian countries.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

antsbull Re:Beards and suspenders. (637 comments)

and oneday when you find out that memory management and allocation in Java out performs that in a C++ program, specifically because of the GC algorithms, you will still be scratching your head wondering why. Try googling 'heap fragmentation' sometime.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

antsbull Re:We can thank corporate America (282 comments)

Implementing off the shelf solutions is not really software development, even when customization is required.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

antsbull Re:We can thank corporate America (282 comments)

I don't know what sort of projects you've worked on, but an enterprise level project requires a massive understanding of the business, its processes and its clients. You cannot pick that up in a month - 18 months would be about right, to get the minimum understanding of those. On the other hand, if you are just there to build web pages, or desktop GUIs, then sure, you could become productive in a month - but you're not going to be adding value to the company.

about a month and a half ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

antsbull Re:Families come first (370 comments)

I didn't read your whole comment, but you are misunderstanding what college/university education is for - its not to teach a trade, its to teach a mind how to critically think and solve problems in the programming domain, and how to document them.

No matter what you do at college, you are always going to take a minimum of 2 years to become a productive asset in the industry - there is no way to shortcut that process.

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

antsbull Re:Administrators (538 comments)

You are correct in some regards, but you also fail to mention the dozens of absolutely useless degrees that people sign up for that clearly have no job prospects whatsoever at the end, yet they still pursue them. Where I come from (a small country, not the US), there are 20 times the number of graduates each year in Psychology as there are in Computer Science, despite there being barely any jobs in the former, and tens of thousands of unfilled jobs in the latter. There are also thousands of graduates a year with brilliant degrees like Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology, Classical Studies, Art History, Social Studies, Asian Studies, Pacific Studies etc that go into their degree knowing there aren't any jobs in that field at all in our country, and then when they finish up all they can get is basic retail work and they sit around complaining that they don't get paid enough.

about 2 months ago
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id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

antsbull Re:Awesome! (100 comments)

Dude, the first two catacomb games were not 3D. At least check wikipedia or something before trying to act like the boss.

about 2 months ago
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id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

antsbull Re:hehehe (100 comments)

In real life, 100% of the time, the guys who boast about how many girls they've had or how great they are in bed, without fail, are those who don't get much at all, and have massive self esteem problems. You're a textbook example.

about 2 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

antsbull Re:Is this an ad ? (304 comments)

I don't believe that - unless you have a screen the size of a small movie theatre your eye cannot distinguish between 4k and 1080p resolution pixels.

about 3 months ago
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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

antsbull Re:Your estimates are still too high (161 comments)

Problem is, you are having to do consulting work on top of selling apps - which in itself proves that you are not making enough to live from app sales. You've pretty much confirmed what the parent poster said - that its pretty hard for indie app developers to make a living.

about 5 months ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

antsbull Re: Legendary... (232 comments)

Using the latches gets you the ability to write/read 4 bytes to the VGA at the cost of writing/reading 1 byte - that was one of the key things in Mode-X, as it allowed extremely fast graphics performance.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

antsbull Re:Maybe it's not you (218 comments)

It all depends on what sort of work he was doing in the role. If I see 7 years at a government department then I wouldn't touch with a bargepole. If I see 7 years at a small startup that used interesting recent technologies, then IMO he would be able to handle coming into a new role and taking on new technologies.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

antsbull Re: Not MITM (572 comments)

Tell me why your strawman argument about phone call meta data has any relevance to a proxy server?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

antsbull Re:Evil? (572 comments)

So.....the end user wouldn't be checking for those things anyway, and if they were the one in a million user who does check out, they would most likely be using their own devices through paranoia anyway. Its more surprising if a big company doesn't use a proxy server.

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

antsbull Re:surprised!!!! (704 comments)

one what planet is $615,000 "half a billion"?

about 6 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

antsbull Re:Really?!?! (389 comments)

To be fair, a few of the .Net developers I've worked with like building web services with wizards and clicking checkboxes to turn on stuff like WS-Security, without understanding how anything works beneath - so its probably a good thing.

about 6 months ago
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Why Don't Open Source Databases Use GPUs?

antsbull Re: Something something online sorting (241 comments)

Not an enterprise size database. Even so, having a database in RAM isn't going to help processing it on the Graphics card.

about 8 months ago
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Why Don't Open Source Databases Use GPUs?

antsbull Re:Something something online sorting (241 comments)

Ok, I'll bite with an anecdote.... Our production database has a table with 320 GB of sharemarket pricing data in it, that grows roughly by a gigabyte a month. How would our database, or any other enterprise size database benefit from using GPU's when the problem is the size of the data, not the index performance? Using GPUs for calculations is one thing - using them to work through massive datasets is not in their realm.

about 8 months ago
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Storing Your Encrypted Passwords Offline On a Dedicated Device

antsbull Re:Good idea (107 comments)

Just keep your primary email address password backed up on a hard copy somewhere. If you lose your device, you can just reset all the passwords.

about 8 months ago

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