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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

bangular Do math instead (223 comments)

Do math instead. Abstract algebra, Discrete math, many other topics in that vein. You'll come out a better programmer.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

bangular Re:Too little, too late (525 comments)

You have a good point. Saying you're "open sourcing .net" can mean a lot of things. Mono is actually useful today. An open source .net that's missing a huge number of libraries and Windows specific features is useless. Might as well just stick with Mono at that point.

about a month ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

bangular Re:And you get to live in Florida!!! (161 comments)

Florida resident here. There's a lot of hate toward Florida from people that don't understand our state.

Florida geographically is HUGE. This means a lot of different cultures. Assuming the panhandle is anything like key west is just plain wrong. Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Miami, and the Keys might as well be entirely different countries.

This company is located in Dania Beach in Broward county. I defy you to find good ol' boy values and cheap real estate in Broward.

about a month and a half ago
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Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

bangular Re:More than a misunderstanding, it's a fake (105 comments)

2nd rate reporter tries to boost her career by creating sensationalism. More at 11.

about a month and a half ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

bangular Re:whos at fault? the feds or the institutions??? (331 comments)

The state I am in has begun to take "completers" into account for funding. However, that is already having its own unintended consequences...

about a month and a half ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

bangular Re:And what of upselling? (720 comments)

Upselling will be done with a confusiing UI and endless "Would you also like a drink?" with moving "Yes/No" input. Just like they do with gas stations and car wash offers.

about 2 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

bangular Good (720 comments)

The faster we automate the economy the faster we address the root of the problem. One day, almost all jobs will be automated. How will we deal with the makers and takers debate? Delaying the inevitable economic/political revolution doesn't help anyone.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

bangular Re:Scripting language du jour (547 comments)

Ruby was supposed to be the Python replacement and it never happened. Love it or hate it, Python has some staying power. Not because it's better than other languages in any meaningful way either.

1) It seems to be popular in the scientific community, especially with non-programmers. In my experience, scientists will learn a language they like and use it their whole careers. It's the same reason R is still going strong.

2) There's an active community of volunteers. A sense of community can take something average and make it very popular.

3) Large companies use it. Google being the most notable.


Most of the scripting languages mentioned (and I got on the bandwagon for many of them) never really #1 and #3. They have community for awhile, but it fades away as the next big thing comes around. Python's community is as active as ever.

about 2 months ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

bangular What's the best distro of 2014? (303 comments)

What's the best distro of 2014? The one that works best for you. It's a click bait article meant to start a flame war.

Next up "Windows vs Linux: Is the king still supreme?" or "Coke vs Pepsi: Do we have a changing of the guards?"

about 2 months ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

bangular Re:Are we sure it is blood/meat contact? (162 comments)

There's a lot of misinformation that's been passed around regarding HIV. I think the origins of HIV and AIDS as a homosexual disease (remember Gay-related immune deficiency) heightened the "sex with chimps" origin stories. People wanted to believe that some homosexuals also had sex with animals and was just one more reason to hate them.

I remember an elementary school teacher of mine in the 90's telling us that sex with chimps was the most likely reason HIV jumped species. We all giggled, but I'm sure there are many from that classroom that still believe it today.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

bangular Re:Ditch the smartboard (96 comments)

I hate our smart boards. They are so clunky the only think I use them for is to underline things I feel are most important. The overhead document camera is so much more effective. It also has the added bonus that my writing is much much much more legible.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

bangular Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

I had CS professors that really didn't know how to program (just basic pseudocode). Those professors would argue that the only thing important was the mathematics and logic. Everyone is always going to claim they know what's best for CS. It's usually what was important to their professors during the time they graduated.

FWIW, I went to an ABET accredited school and an assembler course was still required.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

bangular Re:And in totally unrelated news.... (383 comments)

Why are tech companies under the same quarter-to-quarter cycle as fast food and retail industries? You can't get anything meaningful done in a quarter.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

bangular Re:I really really hate (383 comments)

It's meant for the shareholders. They know they'll get at least a quarter of artificial profits from such a massive layoff.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

bangular Re:IBM (383 comments)

My first thought was IBM. I'm curious, can anyone think of a company that has done these sorts of layoffs and recovered? I sure can't. They end up like IBM. Still technically a company, but surviving only on branding and legacy products.

And for what? It'll get them a couple of quarters of phony profits to make shareholders happy, but devastate them long term. You can't attract the best of the best talent when you've announced such a layoff. Why would anyone go to a company that seems so volatile?

The last job I left announced layoffs three quarters in a row. The first quarter I decided to get my ducks in a row to leave. I would rather leave on my own accord than have constant anxiety that next week or quarter I'll be jobless.

about 5 months ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

bangular Re:many girls are brought up to believe that (158 comments)

Go to any university STEM departments and here's what you'll find (with my anecdotal evidence).

Women like science. You'll have to go to the Biology department to find them. Women like math, you'll just have to go to the Applied Math & Statistics departments to find them. Women like Computer Science. You'll just have to go to the database courses to find them.

Women are different than men. Forcing this seems artificial.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

bangular Re:High useage (87 comments)

Charts, graphs, equations, and possibly others show up terribly on kindle apps. In chrome, when I resize a page, it seems graphics for the most part resize as well. Not so in kindle. I have some school textbooks I purchased from amazon as ebooks that are only 80% useful because of unusable graphics.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

bangular Re:We're sorry we got caught? (401 comments)

Comcast makes it seem like this was a rogue employee. He's not. In fact, I don't even blame him for what he did. His directions most likely came from the top. "Don't let a customer go for any reason." Then, when he follows those directions, they play dumb and claim "we would never have a service rep do this."

From the sound of the call, it sounds like he was following his training to the "t." He kept his cool. Kept reminding the customer of their market standing as #1. Suggested he could give them a better price. Never took no for an answer.

Besides training people to do this, most of the time they economically incentivise this behavior as well. I doubt he's paid much over minimum wage and any pay that would bring him to a living wage is tied to bonuses for not losing customers. If he loses enough customers I'm sure he'll lose his job.

Bottom line, he's trained and paid to do this from some corporate drones with pay scales far outside of his. What we really need to do is call out the corporate drones that make their reps play hardball to keep their jobs.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

bangular We can thank corporate America (282 comments)

Given a steady job with a pension that won't disappear, I think most people would rather stay at a company long term. Corporate America took this from us and now complains they can't keep people. They set the rules, we're just getting around to beating them at their own game.

about 5 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

bangular Weren't these guys advertising on slashdot? (448 comments)

I swear I remember a period of a few weeks where I'd see ads for this product on slashdot...

about 6 months ago

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