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Why Software Builds Fail

bberens Re:Because I'm lazy (279 comments)

This doesn't work well if/when you do something like upgrade you compiler version and code that was previously non-warning producing now produces warning. For example, I work on an older Java system that has a few million lines of code. Most of the older code does not use generics, however the modern Java compilers will throw a warning for all that old code. The old code works just fine and there's nothing wrong with it. It would be nice if it used generics but there's not a lot of sense in going back and updating millions of lines of code, some of which may not even work properly with generics. So for that entire codebase we suppress the warnings about generics.

about a month ago
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Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

bberens Re:It's a problem... (118 comments)

While I have an emotional bond to the idea of "accomplishing something" I don't think it's all that important economically. To turn the tides we need to re-empower the blue collar worker. In the past this was done primarily via unions and maybe that will be how it's done again in the future. Something's going to give, just not sure we're at the point where people are fed up enough to organize in a meaningful way.

about a month ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

bberens Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (435 comments)

Specifically Indians and Chinese are over-represented, at least in my experience. This definitely appears to be a cultural thing as parents really push their children to pursue jobs in these fields.

about a month ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

bberens Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (435 comments)

I'm not OP, but I'd be happy to. According to this site: http://www.ngcproject.org/stat... only 18% of computer science grads are women in the US. That means Yahoo has women over-represented and Google is about right. You can't blame Yahoo, Google, et al for the market of candidates being mostly men. The problems that cause that exist far before Yahoo or Google might be involved. Talk to primary educators, parents, etc.

about a month ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

bberens Re:Awesome (164 comments)

He said in his Reddit AMA that for each $1 Million extra they make it will allow them to give the RR materials away for free to 1500 classrooms.

about 2 months ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

bberens Re:Two Problems (164 comments)

1. No, but if you want to make a commercial enterprise, don't come looking to me for a free hand out to get it started.

I thought that was the whole point of kickstarter. I don't think many of them are non-profits. This is just seed money for an educational semi-startup.

about 2 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

bberens Re:WTF does it do for me? (272 comments)

Soon the US will enter the modern world and require chip and pin for all credit card transactions. When this happens every restaurant will require those little hand held devices that they can bring to your table to allow you to enter your pin. These devices break, are a hassle to keep charged, and are generally a pain in the butt. The most reliable device, by far, is the phone you have in your pocket. I can't wait for the day when my receipt has a 2-d barcode that I scan which allows me to pay via a Paypal/Google Wallet type system. That way I don't have to trust your crappy POS system your restaurant bought on ebay to secure my credit card data. I can choose from a number of trusted vendors to secure my data and handle the transaction.

about 2 months ago
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For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist

bberens Re:Pretty big differencfe (297 comments)

By flying within 20 feet of people he's ALREADY breaking FAA regulations.

That's troubling since every person that has ever flown a quadra-copter would be in violation of that one.

about 3 months ago
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What Happens To All the Universe's Hydrogen?

bberens Re:And what about dark matter? (109 comments)

The beauty of science is that any of the "facts" we know today could be proven completely wrong tomorrow. I don't think there's anything special about the moon collision theory that should require extra qualifiers compared to anything else in that show as it's generally considered the prevailing theory of moon formation.

about 2 months ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

bberens Re:Too good to be true? (196 comments)

Bear in mind that the LG Nexus 5 is only $350. I'd assume the Nexus 6 is coming soon (about the time this phone might get wide-spread availability) and will come in at about the same price point.

about 3 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

bberens Re:project manage then (581 comments)

Given that the national unemployment rate right now is 6.7%, seems like STEM people are doing pretty well.

about 3 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

bberens Re:Sure you can (581 comments)

Being a good programmer isn't just about learning the semantics of a language. It's a problem solving job. As much as I hate IQ it's the best measure we have of intelligence and there's a very strong correlation between high IQ and success at programming. 100% of everything in programming is abstract. It's one of the hardest things human beings do in scale.

about 4 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

bberens Re:project manage then (581 comments)

I don't know about the rest of STEM but unemployment for programmers is really low.

about 4 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

bberens Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

I don't know if what you're saying is technically correct with regard to the law, but it's certainly not how hospitals act in practice. From what I've seen a for-profit hospital will patch you up well enough that you can survive transport to a not-for-profit and a not-for-profit will provide whatever care is reasonably necessary to help you get better.

about 4 months ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

bberens Re:Give 'em your Kool-Aid (226 comments)

I agree with you that VBA is significantly more valuable to the average office drone. However, I'm not sure most of the things VBA is intended for will be big draws to getting kids to learn programming. When I was in high school it was VB6. Me and the other hand full of kids that knew how to program raced through the year's assignments and then wrote a video game. I guess I could implement a video game in Excel, but... it seems unnecessarily cheesy.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

bberens Re:Useless outside of the USA (88 comments)

I run a Plex server and connect to it remotely via my phone. My phone can definitely play 1080p video, but my cell connection generally isn't going to stream fast enough. Having plex transcode on the fly means that the video is playable vs not.

about 4 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

bberens Re:Not necessarily hate (1482 comments)

I agree with you that Orthodox Christianity is a religion of hate.

about 4 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

bberens Re:Terrible precedent (1482 comments)

I support open source for purely political reasons. I stopped using IE for mostly political reasons. I don't use FF anyways but I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that people might not use FF for political reasons.

about 4 months ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

bberens Re:That's it (243 comments)

If you're not distributing copyrighted material I fail to see how this could be a problem in practice. You'd have to create a public link to your copyrighted file and that link would have to somehow wind up in the hands of the MPAA or other representative of copyright holders.

about 4 months ago
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Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

bberens Re:Someone will make money (198 comments)

They should use Windows 8 RT tablets. No one bothered to figure out how to hack both of the users of that platform.

about 4 months ago

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bberens (965711) writes "Over the last year the sales of Blu-ray disks have grossly outpaced HDDVD but I'd personally held out hope that HDDVD would make some progress. The uncertainty of the format war has come to an end as blockbuster chooses Blu-ray."

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